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4 Suggestions for Starting Up Your Healthy Lifestyle at the Gym and at Home

Think about this: You hit the snooze button, blow off your early workout at the gym in Andover, get the kids ready for the day, and run to the office (or your work-from-home room), getting breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You slowly find yourself doing this more often, and finally, it turns into your new morning schedule. You pledge to yourself, “Monday, I’ll try again on Monday!”

Sound familiar? If you’ve gone through this in the past, you’re not alone! And don’t be too hard on yourself up either – it’s happened to all of us. If you’re set to get back in the gym and increase your well-being, you’ve arrived at the ideal place. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips for getting back in shape and staying healthy.

1. Keep Meal Prep Simple

Does the task of meal prepping feel like too much to handle? Not here! At Farrell’s Andover, our nutrition plans for your meals are uncomplicated, healthy and tasty. Making a healthy meal is fast with a protein, veggies and carbs.

To make shopping quick, write your grocery list into three sections: protein, carbs and healthy fats. Stock up on your preferences from every section, and you’ve got yourself a week’s worth of meals!

Our favorites:

  • Protein—chicken and turkey
  • Carbs—wild rice and sweet potatoes
  • Fats—nuts and avocados

2. Shake Up Your Workouts

Cardio, high intensity interval training (HIIT), weightlifting and zero impact—with so many distinct workouts available, how do you know what’s a good match for you? The answer is, the optimal workout is the workout you like doing!

Farrell’s Andover has both online workouts and in-studio workouts, so you can work out your way, on your time. Whichever setting you choose, your group fitness instructor will lead you through kickboxing and strength training workouts to torch fat and build muscle. And you’ll have a blast doing it! The greatest part is, all new members are given one free week of workouts.

3. Drink Your Water

It’s crucial to stay hydrated, but it’s even more critical to get your H20 throughout hot weather! Appropriate hydration is needed for total health and ideal body functions.

Some of these functions include:

  • Controlling body temperature
  • Carrying nutrients
  • Guarding muscles and joints
  • Promoting healthy skin and organs
  • Managing appetite

Not sure how much water to consume? Make a goal to take in half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, aim to consume 100 ounces of water every day. Creating a reminder on your phone helps.

4. Concentrate Rest and Recovery

 

Being in sync with your body and taking rest days regularly is just as important as going to the gym. When you give your body time to recover, it goes to work mending muscles, which allows your muscles to grow and become stronger over time. This is crucial because the bigger the muscle mass you have, the more calories your body uses – even when you’re resting!

 

While resuming a healthy schedule, you don’t have to do it on your own. After all, the hardest part is typically the first step. If you’re seeking a supportive community with a fitness program that promises results, visit a Farrell’s near you. We’re here to help you reach your health and fitness goals!

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