by BodyHealth Representatives February 14, 2017 2 min read
New Year’s Eve resolutions have come and gone and Valentine’s Day sweets may be whispering sweet nothings in our ear, but there’s still time to set and lock in new goals for the rest of 2017!
Maybe you’re thinking of competing in a new big event or looking to beat your best 2016 finish time—whatever your goal, your success will depend on your commitment. Here are four ways you can help reach your fitness goals in 2017.
Meal planning and doing weekly or bi-weekly meal prep in a good way practically forces you to eat healthy, powerful meals even when your day is packed with work, meetings and training. You can start the day off with the best of intentions, but sometimes your schedule can fluctuate and you’re left with few options. Help make sure this doesn’t happen by planning your meals in advance. In fact, here’s a 14-day paleo diet meal plan to get you started.
Take charge of winter, spring, summer and fall by outlining a calendar of your goals and by strategically planning your training schedule to maximize your progress throughout the year. This calendar could aim for your main event in the summer, with smaller practice events in lead-up to the big competition. Working with a training coach during this period can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and determine how best to align your training plan to take advantage of, and tackle, them to achieve your best performance.
In order to perform at your best, you also have to take the time off that your body requires to effectively repair itself. Pushing yourself too hard, and ignoring your body’s need for rest periods, can actually push you further away from your goals, as you are leaving your body open to injury. Your body requires rest days in order for your muscles to properly heal and repair themselves, and to maintain intense training regimens.
To support muscle repair and healing, consider incorporating an amino acid supplement into your regimen. BodyHealth’s PerfectAmino™ includes the eight essential amino acids integral to protein synthesis in the body.
Perhaps the most important, and challenging, factor in achieving your long-term fitness goals is to keep yourself motivated. Setting smaller milestones on the way to your big goals is not only motivating but also marks your continued success and achievement, which can push you to give your all in every session, all year long!
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