Imagine this: You press the snooze button, skip your morning workout at the gym in West Des Moines, get the kids ready for the day, and run to the office (or your work-from-home space), grabbing breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You slowly find yourself doing this more often, and finally, it shifts into your new morning routine. You vow to yourself, “Monday, I’ll start again on Monday!”
Sound familiar? If you’ve experienced this before, you’re not alone! And don’t be so critical of yourself up either – we’ve all been there. If you’re prepared to get back in the gym and increase your health, you’re in the correct place. We’ve put together some of our best tips for getting back in shape and staying healthy.
1. Keep Meal Prep Easy
Does the idea of meal prepping feel like too much to handle? It doesn’t have to be that way! At Farrell’s West Des Moines, our nutrition plans for your meals are easy, nourishing and flavorful. Making a healthy meal is easy with a protein, veggies and carbs.
To make shopping simple, divide your grocery list into three sections: protein, carbs and healthy fats. Get your preferences from all sections, and you’ve got yourself a week’s worth of meals!
Our top choices:
- Protein—chicken and turkey
- Carbs—wild rice and sweet potatoes
- Fats—nuts and avocados
2. Vary Your Fitness Schedule
Cardio, high intensity interval training (HIIT), weightlifting and zero impact—with so many distinct workouts available, how do you know what’s a good fit for you? The answer is, the optimal workout is the workout you are motivated to do!
Farrell’s West Des Moines provides both online workouts and in-studio workouts, so you can increase your health your way, on your schedule. Regardless of which setting you want, your group fitness instructor will lead you through kickboxing and strength training workouts to torch fat and enhance muscle. And you’ll have a good time doing it! The best part is, all new members receive one free week of workouts.
3. Make Sure You’re Hydrated
It’s important to get enough water, but it’s even more crucial to consume your H20 throughout warm weather! Appropriate hydration is essential for total health and optimal body functions.
Some of these functions include:
- Regulating body temperature
- Carrying nutrients
- Protecting muscles and joints
- Developing healthy skin and organs
- Managing appetite
Unsure of how much water to drink? Create a goal to drink half your body weight in ounces. For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds, try to consume 100 ounces of water once a day. Making a reminder on your phone helps.
4. Prioritize Rest and Recovery
Listening to your body and taking rest days regularly is just as crucial as your workouts. When you allow your body time to rest, it gets a jump-start on repairing muscles, which allows your muscles to grow and become stronger as time goes on. This is essential as the more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body uses – even when you’re resting!
While returning to healthy habits, you don’t have to do it on your own. After all, the most challenging aspect is typically the first step. If you’re seeking a supportive community with a fitness program that guarantees results, visit a Farrell’s near you. We’re here to assist you in reaching your health and fitness goals!