This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Listen To Your Body.”
Whether you are an avid exerciser, or a beginner, it is always important to listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Stop what you are doing, and re-evaluate. If you are in a group fitness class, call over the instructor/coach and ask for help. If you are working out alone, stop and do some more research. Exercise-related injuries can be very serious. A simple pulled muscle can take you out of the game for weeks!
It is also super important to stretch before and after exercising. Let us tell you first hand that getting older does not make this easier. The older you get, the older your muscles get. They need more TLC that when you were in your 20s. Sad but true.
This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to Be Positive when it comes to your exercise routine, and in all honesty… life. So many of us are consumed by negative thoughts, including us. I’m not good enough. I can’t do this exercise. It’s too hard. I don’t have enough time. I’m too tired. I’m not fit enough. Stop it. All of those thoughts are negative, and we can all relate at some point or another.
Anyways, what are some ways to get rid of your negative thoughts?
A little while ago we posted about finding the right pre-workout snack, and now we want to share the perfect post-workout snack. This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is “What Are The Best Post-Workout Snacks?”
Most of us give a lot of thought to our pre-workout snack, and just let the post-workout snack fall to the wayside. It is just as important. The bottom line is this, consuming the right nutrients after exercise can help rebuild your muscle proteins and glycogen stores (these are used as fuel when you are exercising). It also helps stimulate growth of new muscle. The best post-workout snack has a 3:1 ratio of carbs to protein.
This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to Swap A Bad Decision With A Good One. We have all been there. We have all made bad decisions. It sucks, and usually we feel guilty afterwards. When it comes to your fitness regime or healthy lifestyle, think about a decision you have made (or maybe haven’t made) and swap it out for a better one.
I was walking out of the gym last weekend, and noticed a large group of people running suicide sprints in the basketball court area. Why were they doing this? I will never know, but I know it was not right for me. It may be super effective, but I would hate every minute of it.
One of the most important things when working out is finding a workout that best fits you and your interests. My husband is someone who has really embraced this in his workout routine. He finds a lot of joy in just shooting the basketball. I’m still not sure how he considers this exercise, but that’s neither here nor there. Anyways, he hits the gym every Tuesday and Thursday morning and starts with a light jog, then does some minor weight lifting, and finishes off the hour with 10-15 min of shooting baskets. While this would not appeal to me in any way, my husband says that the addition of shooting the basketball helps him get up in the morning to get to the gym. It’s something he looks forward to.
This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is “Find The Best Workout For You.”
So let me ask everyone a question, how long before I should be expecting to see some work out results? And by results, I mean a flat stomach, firm biceps/triceps, and a booty you could crack an egg on. When I first began working out, I expected to have the body I desired after a week of commitment. I was so disappointed when I woke up the following Monday and had the same body as the previous week. What do you mean it’s not that simple? Why are my thighs still flabby? This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is “Don’t Expect Immediate Results.”
This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Make Sure It’s Worth It.” Working out can be such a great part of life as moms. After I workout I feel clearer, healthier, and happier. I know in my heart that working out helps me be a better person and a better mom. But even knowing all of those things, leaving my kid and my husband to go workout still gives me such mom guilt.
This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Take Advantage Of Play Time.” Now that it’s getting warmer outside, playtime has shifted from the playroom inside the house, to vast expansion of the backyard. Or even better, the park. We love taking our kids to the park on nice days to let them run around and get out all of their energy. Seriously, stop running around my house. So how can we make their playtime into a workout? Why should they be the only ones to have fun? Next time you are at the park with your kids try the following exercises:
Exercising is tough. Errands are also tough. Circling a parking lot to find the closest spot possible is commonplace. Wait, what?! Why do we all do this? I have actually spent a lengthy amount of time waiting to find a parking spot that is 2 spaces closer. And I preach exercising to my child. This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Park Farther Away On Purpose.”
This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Display Your Results.” You might be thinking, “what are MY results?” Well, results can mean different things to different people. Maybe you want to track how many days/minutes you worked out in a week, how many inches/pounds you lost/gained in a week, how many times you meal prepped this week, etc. Displaying results can be motivating in itself. If you are ahead in your results, go you! If you are behind in your results, it will hopefully motivate you to work a little harder to achieve your goals, and then you can Celebrate Your Small Wins!
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