It’s a brand new year and chances are you have big fitness goals that you want to achieve.
Stress is a sneaky culprit and saboteur to fitness goals.
Whether you want to lose weight, improve your cardiovascular health, gain muscle mass or lean out, you can get great results and meet your goals with hard work and some good ole’ friendly fitness tips. Read below to be on your way to success!
1. WHAT YOU EAT AFFECTS YOUR RESULTS IN THE GYM
Nutrition is key to achieving and maximizing results in the gym and for your body. You can work out all you like but if you eat a poor, non-nutritious diet, you’ll never reap the gains you are seeking. You need to fuel your body with nutrient-rich foods so you have the energy to workout and tackle performance goals. You also need to recover with protein and carbs to repair and aid muscle growth as well as speed up recovery times so you aren’t left sore and tired.
2. STRESS AFFECTS YOUR BODY, BRAIN AND RESULTS
Stress is a sneaky culprit and saboteur to fitness goals. It messes with hormones in the body including cortisol, a stress hormone that can lead to weight gain when in excess amounts in the body. Stress not only comes in the form of work stress or stress from a bad relationship, rather lack of sleep and poor nutrition is other stressors on the body.
3. MIND OVER MATTER
What you think is what you will achieve. Keeping a positive mindset and inspiration high will help you tackle workouts in the gym and reach your goals. A negative mindset and poor attitude will probably leave you home on the couch and not a step closer to your goals.
4. FLUCTUATION ARE NORMAL
Do not get hung up over a gain on the scale or an immediate loss for that matter. It’s normal for our weight and bodies to fluctuate even as much as 5lbs on some days! Water, bowel movements, food, stress and hormones affect weight. If you’re in your 30’s, 40’s or 50’s and hitting the gym to try to get your 20-year-old body back, it’s probably not realistic. We will always look and be different at different points in our lives. However, you can still achieve your best body and health at this stage of your life!
5. PROGRESSIVE OVERLOAD
This may be one of the most important things to helping you achieve your fitness goals this year. Progressively overload means to constantly challenge and stress your body by increasing the demands placed on it over time. This is usually achieved with increasing the load lifted (weight), reps, sets and duration (time). Increasing the load will help you get past fitness plateaus and constantly challenge your fitness levels to help you achieve your best Self yet.