Stuck in a lockdown funk and your fitness goals have been put on the back burner? We’ve all been there. Here are a few simple fixes to put a pep in your step, help boost your energy levels and ditch those extra pounds.
Table of Contents:
- Refine Your Routine
- Supercharge Nutrient Levels
- Be Consistent with Your Fitness Goals
- Recover Better
- Signs of Workout Burnout
- Rehydrate Regularly
Refine Your Fitness Goal Routine
Fitness goals revolve around routine, so perfecting yours is key to achieving them. We all have some form of a daily routine, from your 11am coffee to designated tech-time and even ‘fat Friday’, but how does this help our fitness goals? You may recall the notion ‘three weeks to make a habit, three weeks to break a habit’, it really isn’t that clear cut. Routines work when you have discipline but are also kind to yourself by listening to your body. By doing this you could notice that you are fuelling your energy levels, allowing you to feel energised for the day ahead.
We are genuinely creatures of habit. Try small steps first, like switching your mid-morning caffeine fix for a scrumptious smoothie, or nightly Netflix to a few minutes on the yoga mat. Over time you can relax your body ready for the perfect night’s sleep. Aim to sleep smarter too. Go to bed when you’re tired and wake up at the same time every day. Transdermal magnesium is the perfect partner for sleep as it helps to relax muscles and prepare your body for a peaceful night's rest. When you are well rested, it can be easier to achieve your fitness goals, as you are alert and ready to go!
Rethinking your routine may help in numerous areas of your daily life, from:
- losing the lockdown weight,
- refocus on your fitness goals,
- see where you can begin to build healthy habits,
- optimise your time,
- enhance your energy.
Supercharge Nutrient Levels
How often have you tried to workout and achieve your fitness goals, only to find that you are just always too tired? We’ve all had sessions where we want to do more and push harder, but we just don’t have the energy. Energy supplements can help to give your body those extra nutrients you may be lacking in. They are a long term investment for your health and not just a quick fix!
Sadly, eating a balanced diet doesn’t guarantee that we’re getting the energy-supporting nutrients that we need. If we’re always feeling lacklustre, we’re less likely to hit the gym and more likely to make poor food choices, which simply perpetuate the problem. This endless circle can be broken by supplying your body with vitamins such as: vitamin D supplements, Iron supplements, and vitamin B12.
When it comes to fuelling our workouts, to achieve our fitness goals, and boosting our everyday energy levels, pre-workout, caffeine and protein are often go-to products. The issue many can face when reaching for these powders is nutrient deficiencies, they are extremely common and may be the source of our fatigue.
Getting enough B-Vitamins and Iron is vital for energy production and your metabolism. Taking daily supplements can help to fill any nutritional gaps, making you feel more alert, without the inevitable crash that comes with other energy boosters, such as energy drinks.
Be smart when choosing your supplements for your fitness goals and everyday diets so you are kind to your gut. Ingested supplements can often cause digestive discomfort, nausea, and constipation. Opting for pill-free supplements that are gentle on the digestive system, such as BetterYou’s oral sprays, are a great option for effective absorption. They are also easy to take on the go!
Be Consistent with Your Fitness Goals
As a rule, we should all be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity every week. Between work, errands, and childcare, as well as housework, socialising and sleeping, when do we fit in our fitness goals?
We’re often told that mornings have an edge, but the truth is, there is no ‘best time’ of the day to exercise. There are positives and pitfalls to both morning and evening workouts, but it’s the consistent people among us that will see the best results in the long-term. Keeping your body in balance with exercise and nutrition is a great starting point to ease into a good routine. Overtime, it will become second nature and your fitness goals will improve.
Schedule your sessions where you’re least likely to skip them and be realistic with your time. Setting 20 minutes aside to focus on your fitness goals is much easier to do than 60 minutes, and far less daunting too.
Ever heard of workout burnout? Yes, there is such a thing as too much exercise and being too active can get in the way of our fitness goals.
Signs of Workout Burnout
- If you’ve hit a plateau with your fitness goal training
- Gaining weight
- Have a nagging injury
- Suffer from mood swings
- Struggle with sleep
- Are simply addicted to exercise
All of these are signs you may be facing a burnout while trying to achieve your fitness goals. Listen to your body and aid your recovery with the help of magnesium supplements. By treating your muscles to topical magnesium therapy, either with a Magnesium Flakes bath or by massaging Magnesium Oil Spray into the areas that feel sore, can provide that extra TLC. Combine this muscle therapy with regular rest days and focus on mobility. Achieving your fitness goals will not happen overnight, take the time to rest to become strong.
Other ways you can help to avoid burnout is trying to find the amount of activity that is ‘just right’ for you. An optimal training schedule will consider your fitness goals, training intensity and nutritional habits, stress levels and your age.
As a collective, we should aim to drink six to eight glasses or 1.2 to 1.5 litres of water each day to replace normal water loss through breathing, sweating and digestion. Water is vital to helping achieve our fitness goals, as it flushes out toxins in the body.
Our bodies use water in all cells, organs, and tissues to regulate temperature, and lubricate joints, in addition to also boosting brain function and keeping our heart healthy. What you may not realise is that upping your water intake can not only help you to lose weight, but gain an athletic edge, too. Regular rehydration is essential for burning fat and speeding up metabolism. It’s been suggested that people who increase their water intake by just two or three cups are more likely to have less fat, sugar, salt, and overall calories throughout the day. Team your water intake with vitamin supplements such as vitamin C, to promote your overall energy levels.
When it comes to training for our fitness goals, dehydration makes us feel tired and depletes our energy levels, meaning we’re less likely to exercise effectively. Replacing the sweat we lose with water, even on rest days, pays dividends in how we feel and perform. This simple task helps by maintaining blood pressure, improving blood flow, and delivering oxygen and nutrients to working muscles.
By using our at-home testing kits you can also check your vitamin levels to ensure you are not deficient. Deficiencies can be extremely common, but recognising your levels can allow you to achieve your fitness goals easier!
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