The last 3 months I have been prepping for a NPC fitness competition. Now that I am coming down to the final stretch of prep, I wanted to share a few simple tips I have learned along the way. I suppose I’ve known of some of these before, but never put them into action. Now seeing myself reap the healthy benefits, I believe that they can truly help.
- DON’T skip breakfast- You have probably heard it over and over again, but it is so important. In the morning, the average person has slept around 6-8 hours, so you want to jump start your metabolism and fuel your body with energy for the day. Try eating within the first hour you get up. ( I know, I’m guilty of laying in bed watching Netflix or scrolling through social media for an hour before getting up, but try try try!)
- Say goodbye to soda and fast food- Loaded with sugar and sodium, soda doesn’t offer any nutritional value to your diet. Fast food, well, is fast food. If you cut these two factors out of your diet, you will see a huge change in that alone. (Disclaimer: Yes, everything is right in moderation. Although, there is a difference between occasionally enjoying Taco Bell, Whataburger, McDonald’s, whatever your weakness of choice is, and having it consistently.)
- Nourish your body with H2O- This was defiantly my weakness when I started my preparations for competing. I would go the whole day and realize I haven’t drank a sip of water, not good. Fights fatigue, aids in weight loss, flushes the toxins your body holds on to, helps the digestion system, the list of benefits of drinking the proper amount of water a day goes on forever. If you need to, add Mio, Crystal Light, or lemon juice, just get that water down!
- Change up your gym routine- Every four weeks my trainer altered my work outs. Change the set number, reps, weight, muscle group splits, add/take out super sets, cardio times/machines, and so on. You have probably heard of “muscle memory” and your body becomes accustomed to what you have been doing, which makes the work outs less effective if repeated too long. Plus side, switching your routine up makes going to the gym more enjoyable!
- Get your mind right- A healthy lifestyle is way more than what your body looks like on the outside. It’s what you’re feeding it through words and thoughts as well. You can have all the motivational support on the outside, which is extremely beneficial, but ultimately you have to be the one that chooses to do it. If you miss a work out or eat something unplanned, move on. Don’t quit altogether for one bad meal, one bad day, one bad week even. Keep going. Challenge yourself to get yourself moving and eating healthy for 2 weeks. You’ll see changes and once you see a change, it becomes addicting!
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