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Body Boost: Making More Of Your Fitness Time
If you’ve reached a plateau when it comes to getting fit and gaining better health, (and who doesn’t at this time of year, right?), it can be frustrating and a challenge to know what to do next. But, you’re not afraid of a challenge, or you wouldn’t be focusing on building up the body you want, and fitness in the first place. You might just need to look into certain areas of your lifestyle, and weekly routines, to understand where you can improve. The following tips and ideas will help to guide you out of your fitness slump and help you to achieve your body goals, at a steady and efficient rate.
Muscles Need Fuel
In order to achieve a healthy and functioning body; you’ll need to fuel it properly and give yourself enough energy to withstand a grueling session in the gym. You will need plenty of protein, limited carbohydrates, and little to no fat, but that’s only if you’re being strict; it’s the festive season after all. Fats should be the unsaturated kind most of the time. Fish is an excellent choice for your diet plan; it provides a substantial amount of protein and can give your body omega 3, which will help you to concentrate on what weights you’re going to be lifting next.
Omelets with veg will make a lean meal, that will ensure you’re supercharged and protein packed. Egg whites can also easily be thrown in with smoothies, or if you want to boost your meal replacement shakes when your focus is on speedy eating. It’s worth getting yourself a meal plan going, finding the best magnet to put it on the fridge, and using it as a guideline. You’re smart, you know what you’re doing in regards to food, but, a list on the fridge will always help remind you of a healthier, and often more filling, choice. You also need to ensure that you are staying hydrated at all times. Water is the surest way of giving the blood supply to your muscles enough hydration for a successful weight session.
Don’t Get Bored
It’s important to stay motivated with your training and workouts; so, if you’re feeling that you’re growing a little tired and bored of the same old routine, it’s time to mix it up and add something fresh, workout wise. For a total change of scenery, adding in some cardio in the form of running or swimming will enhance what you’re already achieving in the gym. Get some fresh air and run around your local park, or set yourself a goal to improve the time it takes to run around a certain area of your neighborhood or town. Visiting the swimming pool attached to your gym is another way to cool off or warm up for your workout, and will also target your key muscle areas, depending on what stroke you’re doing.
Learning a completely new skill will improve your mental focus and your fitness abilities. To increase your speed of response, and your agility, you could try training in mixed martial arts, which will give you a whole new scene to focus on, and smash any plateau you may have found yourself coasting along. Martial arts such as karate, kickboxing, and judo, might be other avenues you want to look into. See if your gym holds any workout classes, or if there are any experts about that can give you the right advice on incorporating it into your regime.
You’ll Need Rest
Now that you’ve sorted out your diet plan and have enhanced your workout regime with some new forms of exercise; you need to consider when and how often to rest your body in between pushing it to its maximum capabilities. You should not be taking weeks at a time off, to eat donuts and watch T.V all day; however the frequency and quality of your rest days are crucial for your muscles to heal and strengthen, and you’ll have more longevity in the gym.
Rest days can benefit more than the physical side of your training. For you to remain confident and focused on your bodybuilding goals; you’ll need to relax your mind, particularly since you’ll still have the everyday stresses of work and family life to contend with. Consider a regular massage from a sports therapist; they are specifically trained to help the body recover and will target any problem muscle and joint areas that you’re concerned about. By replenishing your body and mind regularly, you’ll be making sure that your bodybuilding can continue for many years into the future, and you’ll look and feel great.