BMHS Pridetime Reporter
With the start of the new year, now is the perfect time to start your fitness journey and work towards a healthier body. An online study conducted by Harris Interactive found that 73% of people who make fitness resolutions for the new year fail to reach their final goals. Setting appropriate goals, eating properly and working out effectively are the keys to sticking with your fitness goals and seeing results.
Set reasonable goals. Jessy Rodriguez, Edge Platinum Member, says “getting fit is a process, it takes time. Don’t lose motivation because you won’t see results quickly, but you definitely will see them”. Working out is all about building and learning, set goals that are a challenge for you but that you know you are able to achieve.
Diet is important. People often get confused about this part of getting fit. When people are trying to lose weight or body fat they often try to cut down their food intake. Food is actually the most important part of a healthy body, eating before and after your workout is crucial for success.
Carly Pinto, Edge Red Member and Brien McMahon graduate, told PrideTime, “If what your working towards is a healthier body, you cannot starve your body of the calories and nutrients that it needs, especially when you’re active 5/7 days a week”.
Eating before your workout gives your body the energy you need to you need to workout and eating after restores your body with nutrients that regrow muscle proteins. Slower digesting carbs are the most effective to eat before your workout and help to burn more fat.
Most importantly don’t kill yourself working out. Using a weight that's too heavy or going too hard can lead to bad form and injury. Just like your goals should progress, your workouts should progress. Starting off with 10-15 minutes of cardio will warm up your muscles and help build stamina. It is important to incorporate rest days into your workout schedule to allow your muscles to grow and repair fiber. If you like working out and want to do so every day, be sure that you’re not working out the same muscles. Make sure your staying committed, pushing yourself and always making time for your workout.