I hope you survived the heat wave last week and my previous Tuesday article covering my top tips training in hot weather helped you out.The hot summer months can be a time where we fall off the wagon a little bit and get a little sidetracked with our fitness regime.From summer holidays,festivals and sunshine in the beer garden the gym might not be the one of the places on the top of your list.Like I mentioned in a previous summer series It is good to take that 1 or 2 week break and come away from your routine letting loose a little bit.Drink that beer,eat that burger and forget about your daily workout.Go on holiday and let you body recharge.Get some rest,some vitamin D,nice food and drink while spending good time with family and friends then try incorporate some of your fitness training back into your routine by ticking the boxes that actually do work.
Over the past 10 years of being around this industry I have seen many fads,myths and total nonsense that has creeped into the fitness industry.Not only are my own clients confused about certain things but I guarantee there are many fitness professionals including myself who are also scratching their head seeing some of the stuff that is out there today.A lot of these myths can encourage people to go down these avenues and it is pretty normal for people to try them,get nowhere and then totally fall off the bandwagon.From quick fixes,fat loss pills,steroids and supplements to the wild and wacky online Instagram trainers promising you their special formula workouts to their discount codes on the products you dont need.
What I will include today is a checklist of things that actually do work,things to be wary of and hopefully everything here will come in handy for keeping you going nicely over the summer months.A lot of these things are really basic but believe it or not its basics that will work all the time along with consistency,some hard work and patience .
- If its too good to be true,then it probably is
We have all seen it,quick fixes,magic fat loss pills,14 day abs,guaranteed results with this certain program along with certain supplement pyramid schemes that get you on board to sell and take outlandish products that you don’t need.Your health and fitness is something that you really should be treating as something quite important for the rest of your life.Signing upto a 14 day program or taking quick fix fat loss pills for a beach holiday next month wont work in the long run.What will work is accepting your health and fitness is a lifestyle where you should live well by eating real food,drinking enough water and getting regular exercise.
- Just eat real food
I have talked in a previous article about balance and the 80/20 approach.Having a realistic approach when it comes to your nutrition is what works.70-80% of the time aim to eat real food full of protein,carbs and fats.Things like meat,fish,eggs,green leafy veg and fruit.20-30% of the time have that cake,beer or take away enjoy it and allow it to be in your plan.We now live in a time where options are endless and you need to do paleo,go gluten free or even cut your carbs in order to achieve and sustain your goals.Time and time again I see people drastically cutting carbs in hope it can help their fitness levels or weight loss goals.Pretty much any client who has comes in before starting working with me has removed carbs from their diet fell off the wagon and always rebounded.Carbs are good and we need them.Protein too is something we all need and its not just for the lads!In a previous article I highlighted everything we need to know about Protein Most people underestimate the power of staying hydrated and drinking enough water. Believe it or not this is one of the most important things to have ticked off whether it comes to your weight loss goals,improving your fitness or performance to even controlling your nutritional habits and cravings.My top tip here is start your day with a half pint of water and during the day always have water not too far away taken little sips every 20 minutes.
- You think you need to be sweating during a session and be sore the next day
This is something I hear every single day.The fitness industry will constantly sell youth,intensity and generally going all out with your routine.It doesn’t seem to be cool to slow down,stretch and listen to your body any more.Believe it or not you don’t need to be sweating and you certainly don’t need to be sore all the time after your workout.From being around the gym floor a long time now I actually see that people need the quite opposite to this.Lots of people have poor movement and mobility while being constantly tight in their body.What people should really make sure that have nailed down in their sessions is some mobility work on the areas that need attention,doing some yoga or stretching sessions every now and then.You might not need to be hammering the heart rate each training session and its good to back down and listen to the body every now and then. Believe it or not but doing really simple things like incorporating a long walk into your week,managing your stress levels by doing some light meditation to even a dip in the sea or even treating your sleep as priority is what you need to be worrying about.Every now and then its good to get the heart rate up or even some weight training so that you might be sore the next day but its not always at the top of the agenda
- Do what makes you happy
That trip to the gym,class or program should never be a chore and a part of your day that you dread.Time and time again I would see people 3/4 months into their new training regime totally fall off the band wagon purely down to boredom,little to no results and perhaps something they truly didn’t enjoy.Sadly we now live in a time where self image is all around and some people regard on what why your body looks is perhaps the most important at the top of the list.A lot of the time people follow the trend for this goal,join the gym,cut the carbs and so on going all out for 3 months getting nowhere,feeling crap and not liking the whole process.There is far more important things on your image.Those 6 pack abs,big biceps or chizzled chest really isn’t that important.How you feel on the inside is far greater and doing things that you actually enjoy and make you happy is what its all about.I have always said its not about going to the gym.The choice is now endless and we can really go down any route here that will help your goal.
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