Okay, we are into the New Year and raring to get fit this year - right? Well, if that is truly the case and you are committed to making the necessary changes to build a better body this year, let’s get busy starting today. Follow these nine strategies and this time next year, you will already have a healthy, happy body! As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
Strategy #1 – Clean up your nutritional plan. What and how much you input matters big time. So, review it, hire a registered dietician and get it right this year. Once you understand how to create a healthy, fuel-focused nutritional plan, you may make modifications to it as your body positively changes throughout the years. The key is to obtain scientifically sound nutritional information regarding your specific body avoiding fads and gimmicks.
Strategy #2 – Build an exercise program that will address your specific limitations, goals and needs. Take stock of your body and note all limitations and how you would like to eliminate those limitations where possible or understand how to modify each exercise to enable you to perform it safely and effectively considering your limitations.
Strategy #3 – Understand the five physical fitness components thoroughly. You cannot build a better body if you do not possess the knowledge to get you there. Yes, hiring a trainer is a fantastic idea to help you learn how to train your body safely and effectively. However, you still need to comprehend the physical fitness components and how to train so that you impact each component properly. Cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition are the five physical fitness components.
Strategy #4 – Piggybacking on strategy three, you can improve all five components within one workout or you may concentrate on one at a time. However, since a lack of time is one of the major culprits in failure to adhere to an exercise program, creating efficient programs which encompass the entire body and work it as it was meant to be worked functionally, tends to get the job done in less time with great results.
Strategy #5 – Pay attention to your form and technique from beginning to end on each and every exercise that you perform. Be meticulous when training regardless what skill or drill you are performing. The better your form and technique, the better your results.
Strategy #6 – The mind and body are inextricably linked. Rather than chit chatting while you workout, stay focused and your body will respond more positively. Distracted exercise is not as effective as focused exercise and since lack of time is always an issue, make the workout worth your time by traveling inward and tap into that deep connection that exists between the mind and body.
Strategy #7 – Vary your workouts throughout the year avoiding plateaus. The body adapts very quickly; consequently, if you do not vary your workouts, you will stagnate.
Strategy #8 – Track your progress—write it down!
Strategy #9 – Rest and recover adequately so that the body may continue to improve. The higher the intensity of the workout, the longer the recovery time.
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado and the soon-to-open Mountain Life Fitness, LLC in Granby, Colorado. She may be reached at her website at www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net, her blog at www.skyhidailynews. And her Facebook page at Never Summer Fitness.