Hello wellness friends! In case no one has told you today: You are awesome! You can do this. You can make lifestyle changes to improve your life. Even if you’re not doing the 90 day challenge with us, I highly recommend you exercise regularly and eat healthy. As stated several posts back, you can be skinny and very unhealthy.
If you’ve started a new fitness program like I have (P90X 2), then here are some things to consider.
1. Your body needs fuel! And good fuel too. Opt for increasing your lean protein intake, vegetables, seeds, berries, and healthy fats (avocado, safflower oil, etc…). Don’t starve yourself! Your body needs food to run.
2. Hydrate! Even if you’re not doing strenuous workouts, you need to drink water all day long to flush toxins from your body.
3. Fiber! Your body needs it to maintain stable blood sugar and remove excess toxins from your body. Most people do not consume enough fiber. We are taxing our internal organs with sugar, fat, and preservatives.
4. Know Your Body! One of my goals is to increase strength in my upper back, the weakest area of my body. There are moves in this program I can only do a few reps with proper form or I have to modify. That’s okay! It’s week 2 for me. I’m getting stronger as I go. Don’t push yourself to the point of injury and check with your doctor before starting programs like P90X, Insanity, T25, etc…the goal is help, not injure the body!
5. Be patient! We live in a fast food society. We want everything now!!!! It takes time for your body to change. It takes a burn of 3,500 calories to equal 1 pound. This is about lifestyle changes, not a quick fix. If you can’t maintain it, access what you can do for life!
Lastly if you’re not looking to gain lean muscle or lose weight, I still encourage you to think about what you’re eating, to get moving, and have some resistance training. Having muscle is good for you!!!
I’m cheering for you! Don’t give up. You may have setbacks. You may have days you can’t work out. You may have cake and ice cream some time. That’s okay. The goal isn’t to be a prisoner to fitness. The goal is to treat your body like a temple! The goal is to prolong life and avoid sickness due to neglect. I believe in you. Believe in yourself! Go get em folks! Eat clean. Train hard.
Oh and next post I will talk about some recipes and supplements.