Spring Into Action

The warmer months are just around the corner, which means we’re already 3 months into 2016! Don’t feel bad if you haven’t hit the ground running with those New Year’s resolutions; there is still plenty of time to hit those goals if you start now!

Here are a few things you can do to jump start the process as well as get your metabolism in gear:

  • Get a large (¼-½ gallon) stainless steel or resin water bottle and keep it at your workplace to drink AND FINISH throughout the day. Fill it up first thing when you get to work so you don’t forget. Water is good for you, and when you’re properly hydrated, everything works better!
  • Plan out your exercise for the week ahead of time. You’re much more likely to get it done if it’s written in your calendar. If you only have 2 or 3 days available, do weight training and cardio on all days. If you can make it 5 or 6 days, then alternate between weights and cardio. Keep it simple and focused. Don’t spend more than 1.5 hours total at the gym, including a warm up and cool down.
  • Mix up your cardio – and remember quality over quantity. As we’ve discussed in the past, higher intensity bursts of cardio are most effective. Be honest with yourself about your perceived maximum exertion rate, and what you’re actually capable of – oftentimes that little extra push makes all the difference!
  • Take a walk after meals. 5-10 minutes of movement after eating will vastly improve your digestion and help to use those calories for energy instead of storing them as fat. Find a walking buddy to go with you, or listen to music on your headphones to make it more fun.
  • Swap out that latte for a cup of green tea – proven to boost your metabolism and with only half the caffeine. Additionally, adding spice (hot sauce, cayenne, etc) to food helps keep your metabolism going strong, and is a great way to add flavor without processed additives or fats.

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