4 Tips for Starting Up Your Healthy Routine at the Gym and at Home

Think about this: You press the snooze button, blow off your early workout at the gym in Cedar Falls, get the kids prepared for the day, and run to the office (or your work-from-home space), grabbing breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You slowly find yourself doing this more regularly, and eventually, it shifts into your new morning routine. You tell yourself, “Monday, I’ll try again on Monday!”

Ring a bell? If you’ve gone through this before, you’re not alone! And don’t be too hard on yourself up either – we’ve all gone through it. If you’re prepared to get back in the gym and improve your health, you’ve come to the ideal place. We’ve assembled some of our best tips for getting back in shape and maintaining health.

1. Keep Meal Prep Uncomplicated

Does the idea of meal prepping feel like too much to handle? It doesn’t have to be that way! At Farrell’s Cedar Falls, our nutrition plans for your meals are easy, nutritious and delicious. Putting together a good meal is easy with a protein, veggies and carbs.

To make shopping simple, write your grocery list into three sections: protein, carbs and healthy fats. Buy your top choices from all sections, and you’ve put together a week’s worth of meals!

Our top choices:

  • Protein—chicken and turkey
  • Carbs—wild rice and sweet potatoes
  • Fats—nuts and avocados

2. Vary Your Fitness Routine

Cardio, high intensity interval training (HIIT), weightlifting and no impact—with so many distinct workouts to choose from, how do you know what’s a good match for you? The answer is, the right workout is the workout you enjoy doing!

Farrell’s Cedar Falls provides both online workouts and in-studio workouts, so you can get fit your way, on your agenda. Whatever setting you select, your group fitness instructor will lead you through kickboxing and strength training workouts to burn fat and enhance muscle. And you’ll have a good time in the process! The greatest part is, all new members get one free week of workouts.

3. Make Sure You’re Hydrated

It’s essential to consume enough water, but it’s even more important to get your H20 during the summer months! Proper hydration is needed for total health and optimal body functions.

Some of these functions include:

  • Regulating body temperature
  • Carrying nutrients
  • Protecting muscles and joints
  • Promoting healthy skin and organs
  • Controlling appetite

Not sure how much water to drink? Make a goal to drink half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, try to get in 100 ounces of water every day. Creating a reminder on your phone is a great idea.

4. Concentrate Rest and Recovery

 

Being in tune with your body and taking rest days weekly is just as necessary as your workouts. When you permit your body time to rest, it starts repairing muscles, which gives muscles the ability to get bigger and become stronger over time. This is essential since the greater the muscle mass you have, the more calories your body uses – even when you’re resting!

 

While returning to healthy habits, you don’t have to do it by yourself. After all, the most difficult aspect is usually the first step. If you’re looking for a caring community with a fitness program that guarantees results, visit a Farrell’s near you. We’re here to assist you in reaching your health and fitness goals!

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