When we feel super empowered to do something especially when it comes to our health and fitness, we will stop at nothing until things get done. Although, this is a very good mindset to have, sometimes it can actually sabotage the results due to over training.
Here are a few simple things that you can do to stay on track both on your fitness but also on your health to assure you are getting the most out your workout.
Feed yourself enough fuel – When trying to slim down, perhaps for a special event, or just wanting to look amazing in a bikini, it is very important to reduce calorie dense foods such as heavy starches, sugars and processed foods. The truth is that we have to feed our bodies a lot of healthy, rich vitamin foods to allow us to repair, recover and reenergize our bodies. Having meals rich in lean proteins, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and natural sugars from fruits, will help assure that you are not only fueling your body but also your health.
Incorporate rest days and active recovery – Even though it can be tempting to kill a daily workout focused on your specific goals, it is really important that you incorporate rest days. Allowing rest days will assure that you give your muscles enough time to repair before breaking down again. Remember that when you are working out at the gym, and you tearing up little muscle fibers. This process ends when you stop the training and fuel your body with food. In order to start seeing results, this process has to happen often. This will build lean muscle. However, you must allow your muscles to fully repair before breaking down again. This doesn’t mean you have to sit around doing nothing, it simply means you rest a specific area. For example, you might be focusing on toning up your butt for summer and you might have a powerful resistance workout that targets your glutes and thighs. The day after this workout, rest this area, perhaps go for a light jog or swim instead (active recovery).
Get the rest you need – Sleep is an important aspect of achieving fitness goals. Did you know that just by sleeping you can actually start to burn belly fat? Yes, so true!!! So allow yourself to rest and make sure you are getting at least 8 hours of rest every single night! It is at night time that the majority of your muscle repair takes place!