Best Health & Fitness Tips to Start the New Year
2017 should be the year for you to get into the best shape of your life. New Year is always the best time to re-define your fitness goals. Forget the last year and commit yourself to being bigger, faster and fitter from here on out. It’s easier than you think. By following some tried and tested methods, you can learn from cutting-edge research in health and fitness to take your physique to the next level. Even if you’re not chasing after those abs, you owe it to your body to at least treat it well. It’s not even about vanity—it’s about self-respect. Here you go guys!!
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a revolutionary new method for pushing your body that is taking the world by storm. It involves repeated bouts of low, followed by high intensity cardio. The idea is to get your heart rate up over and over again. In this way, you burn fat like a machine. Your metabolism continues to run on high gear for hours after your workout. And the best part is, this philosophy can be integrated into almost any form of exercise – swimming, jumping, skipping, you name it. This could be the game changer you’re looking for.
If anything, ask around and get membership to local gym or club. Get some friends to come with you and pitch in for a personal trainer. It’s so much easier when you’ve roped up with other motivated individuals, especially trained professionals who are literally employed to help you get in good shape. Have a talk with your gym coach or personal trainer and figure out how he/she can help you.
Alright, say you’re a habitual couch potato and you’re not ready to ramp up to interval training so quickly. There are tons of other options. Starting the day with a brisk walk is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Your cortisol levels are naturally highest in the mornings, so your body is literally begging you to give it the chance to burn fat. Opt for a walk in the park over the dreary treadmill. Nature helps soothe your mind, prepping you for an awesome and productive day.
Drink more water. You’re made up of approximately 70% water. It’s literally the stuff off life, not to mention it helps speed up your metabolism, expediting fat-burning. Dieticians recommend 8-10 glasses daily. Drink up. Choose water over soft-drinks any day and every day. Sodas are loaded with sugars. Those empty calories are not helping you towards your fitness goals.
Going back to speeding up your metabolism, try going for green tea and dark chocolate and lose weight. Both of those achieve the same purpose.
Stock up your fridge and pantry with healthy snacks. Keep only nutritious foods in the house. No more midnight ice-cream snacks. This is touching on some cultural sensitivities, but avoid late night dinners. You should not be eating anything within two hours of sleeping. It goes straight to belly fat, not to mention it’ll ruin your sleep quality, and you don’t want that. If you’re working out, the Insulin surge following a late-night meal will inhibit the growth hormone that causes your muscles to enlarge while you’re sleeping.
Follow the age-old wisdom: breakfast like a king, lunch like a commoner and dinner like a peasant. Go heavy on breakfast, and that means high protein food items and complex carbs, not sugary snacks that only buzz you up for a few hours.
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