July 14, 2017: It’s All About The Motivation!
Getting to the gym five-six days a week isn’t easy. Some days I can dive right into a high demanding work-out and other days I find myself barely making it through. On the weeks I am not so excited about the gym, I analyze my routine. It’s easy to fall in love with certain exercises but after repeating them too often they get boring. If this sounds like you, my advice is to try a long-term challenge. Join Facebook groups or ask your local gym if they are doing any fitness challenges. It gives you an end goal and it switches things up.
Another aspect I take a look at are my goals. You’d be surprised how fast most people hit their goals. Creating new ones will give you the motivation to hit them, whether it’s, running farther, setting a new PR on dead-lifts or finally being able to do 100 sit-ups in a row. You know your body better than anyone else!
July 7, 2017: When is the best time to exercise?
For me, the best time to exercise is in the morning, especially if I have to work. Squeezing in a work out in the morning is much more doable than making myself go after a long eight-hour shift, because once I sit down I am not getting up. To make it easier on myself in the morning I choose my work out before I fall asleep and pack my gym bag. Preparation is key and I can get up and go. Fun Fact: People who exercise in the morning are more likely to make healthier food choices throughout the day. But this question is difficult to answer because there isn’t a “best time” or “right time” of the day. A work out is a work out and ultimately anytime is a good time to exercise! Choose a time that fits best with your schedule!
June 2, 2017: Avoiding The 2 O’clock Crash
To avoid that dreaded 2pm crash my fit tip to you is, eat every 2-4 hours and constantly stay hydrated. Skipping meals frequently is not your friend but your worst enemy. You may feel okay at first but skipping meals will slow your metabolism causing you to feel sluggish, because your body is trying to save energy. A few yummy snacks are any vegetables and hummus, my favorite pairings are carrots or peppers with hummus. Dark chocolate for my sweet tooth’s out there (a few pieces, not a whole bar), mixed nuts or low sodium trail mix, hard boiled eggs, and plain greek yogurt with granola. The key is finding moderately packed protein snacks that will maintain your blood sugar levels but also keep you full. People love to grab fruit as snack and I do too, trust me but eating fruit alone will cause your blood sugar to spike due to the high amount of fructose (natural fruit sugar). Try pairing your fruit with cottage cheese which is high in protein or oatmeal which is high in fiber.