Face it, finding time to achieve your fitness goals while balancing work and home life can be a struggle. However, while many people are spending more time at home, here’s a great opportunity to start fresh with a new fitness routine. Here are five tips to get you started!
1. Create a realistic schedule
It’s a lot easier to blow off your at-home workout than a one-on-one training session or group class. What’s the secret to success? Put your fitness routine on your calendar! Instead of telling yourself, “I’ll exercise after I’m done with work,” switch your thinking to, “I’ll exercise at 6 p.m,” that way you’re more likely to hold yourself accountable.
2. Prioritize sleep
To maximize the work you put in during exercise, be sure to get enough rest every night. A full night’s sleep aids your muscle growth, enhances muscle recovery, regulates weight management and can help boost your metabolism. Turning off electronics and other distractions at least 30 minutes before bed helps you fall asleep faster and achieve a higher quality sleep.
3. Designate a fitness space
You don’t need a full in-house gym to have a successful workout, but it is important to think about what you’ll be doing. Yoga, core exercises or Pilates only require enough space for a yoga mat, whereas a cardio workout may need a larger area or harder surface.
4. Stay hydrated
Caffeinated energy drinks are a trendy pre-workout beverage, but they can lead to negative side effects like jitters and energy crashes. The best way to avoid cramps and fatigue is to drink water before, during and after a workout.
5. Add fueling ingredients to your diet
“It’s important to fuel your body with high-quality ingredients all the time, but especially when you are being more active,” said Dawn Blatner, Registered Dietitian.
“For example, eggs make a perfect pre- or post-workout snack or meal because they offer superior nutrition compared to other snacks and complements you may find at the grocery store. Eggs are rich in vitamin B12, which can help boost energy and keep you fueled throughout the day.”
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