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!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
If you search for “energy supplement” on amazon, you get over 4,000 results.
How can any reasonable human sift through all that and find the ones that work? Or which ones are bogus?
I did a deep dive into the truth about “increasing your energy” in another article. It gives you a framework for understanding how real energy supplements work and why.
But here I want to do something different.
I want to get practical and tactical with 10 proven ways to boost energy production in your cellular energy factories –– your mitochondria.
We’ll start with the lifestyle and dietary ways to boost your mitochondria and then look at a few powerful supplements.
Let’s start with the cheapest...
Your average health food store has an entire section devoted to “energy.”
The products on the shelf, with their fancy logos and specially designed packaging, make grandiose claims about what they will do for your “energy levels.”
But the truth?
Most of them are stimulants in disguise, artificially jacking you up to give you the sensation of energy.
But in the end, they do more harm than good. They increase cortisol, cause dehydration, and deplete you.
Because almost none of them do anything on the biological level that supports your real energy system: your mitochondria and metabolism.
That’s why in this article I want to show you what to look for with any new supplement.... and why.
It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” according to Andy Williams. Or should it be the most wonderFULL time of the year? I’m referring to the last 6 weeks of the year which is fraught with one nutritional landmine after another.
Let’s face it, things like pumpkin pie, stovetop stuffing, eggnog, pumpkin-spiced lattes, peanut brittle, homemade fudge, and divinity only make their appearance during this brief window so we might as well gorge ourselves with as much as we can, right?
No wonder the average American gains 2 to 5 pounds (or more) over the holidays. You’d think we were part bear by eating all…the…things before going into several months of hibernation. Unfortunately, this is a major reason people gradually gain weight over the course of years and decades. Gaining weight is easy while losing it is another story.