Looking for ways to keep your fitness goals a priority? The spring semester is well underway and with the slow tapering of New Year's resolutions, I thought now would be a great time to provide some general tips to keep fitness and proper nutrition as priorities. Here are the best ways to keep your fitness goals a priority.
1. Pick Your Preferred Workout Time
Some people can jump out of bed at 5 am, eat breakfast, and do a high-intensity workout program before going to work until 6:00 that evening. Others prefer to workout in the evening because it helps them sleep better or it’s more convenient for their schedules. Finding the right time to exercise is one of the best ways to keep your fitness goals a priority.
2. Choose Your Workout Style
There are different types of effective workouts with varying levels of difficulty. If you want to burn fat at a faster rate and keep your heart rate up, then you might be interested in high-intensity interval training. If you prefer to build muscle and increase energy levels, then consider strength training. I would recommend browsing Fitness Blender workout videos and incorporating some Pilates into your routine. You can work out at home using a stationary bike, treadmill, elliptical, or weights. If at home workouts aren’t your cup of tea, then you can always go to spin class, hot yoga, or dance classes. You just need to define your goals and pick something that fits your schedule as well as your endurance levels.
3. Download Fitness and Nutrition Apps
MyFitnessPal is a great app that helps you track workouts, the amount of water you drink, calories, macros, and you get Under Armour discounts when you log on a certain number of days in a row. Some other amazing apps to check out are Pedometer to track steps, the Health app automatically downloaded on iPhones, Lifesum to track macros, Water Drink Reminder to record water intake, and Jefit to manage training routines.
4. Eat Healthy
I see this so often and this should’ve been number one on my list of recommendations. Eating healthy is important and 70 to 80 percent of weight loss. Even if you don’t need or want to lose weight it’s still important to limit processed foods, incorporate whole foods into your meals, and drink water.
5. Visit Sites like Livestrong and Eat This, Not That
I live on both of these websites because they provide information about eating healthy at fast food restaurants, the best groceries to purchase, workout advice, and different recipes. Livestrong actually has a calorie tracking app called MyPlate and different challenges to target certain parts of your body.