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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!
If your cells are taking in less sugar because they’re resisting insulin knocking at their door to let in sugar, then the cells have less energy to work with.
That sugar is there, and insulin is happily converting it to fat, but your cells aren’t getting it so of course they’re hungry and will keep telling you to eat more until they finally get some.
I’ve been asked many times about the one vitamin or supplement a person needs for good health, about this or that diet, about going Vegan or going Carnivore, and much more.
So I wanted to take a moment to look at some things here. Not the pros and cons of different diets or the importance of one vitamin over another, but instead — how you can determine what is right for you.
Especially as they get older, women can find it easier and easier to gain weight and harder and harder to lose it.
But more and more this is happening with younger women as well — and there is an exact reason for this.
It has to do with hormones, the messenger chemicals in our body that tell our cells how to use the foods we eat, whether to store fat or lose it, increase or decrease energy. They even affect our moods.
And when they get out of control, it can become harder and harder to climb back out of the hole.
So let’s take a look at exactly what’s happening here. First, we’ll define a couple of things.