We asked Peak Performance’s own Exercise Physiologists about how they have created routine in their lives. From working out, to meal prepping to staying hydrated, read on for their best tips!
Summer is over it’s back to school and work. Whether you had a break or not, the start of a new (school) year presents a great opportunity to get into a new fitness routine! For everyone who forgot about fitness over the summer, here are a few tips for getting back on track this fall.
- Make a plan: “A failure to plan, is a plan to fail!” Take a look at your class/work schedule at the beginning of each week and make a plan to get in some form of exercise at least 3 times throughout the week. Make appointments with reminders on your calendars so you don’t “conveniently forget”, and remember your health is just as important for your future as work and school.
- Find a friend: Try to find a workout partner. Working out with a partner is a great way to challenge yourself and can be more fun than working out alone. A partner can help to motivate you to push beyond what you would normally do on your own, as well as hold you accountable on days when you are slacking.
- Have a goal: Make short term and long term goals. Long term goals can be losing a certain amount of pounds by the end of the year, or maybe participating in a race like the Massapequa Turkey Trot 5k we do every November here at Peak (wink wink nudge nudge cough cough). Short term goals can be even more helpful if the long term goals seem overwhelming. Making it to the gym 3 times in a week, or trying a yoga/spin/kickboxing class are some short term goals that are easy to accomplish and can get you on the right track.
- Keep it short: Days are already packed with school, work, homework, family and social obligations, no need to spend hours in the gym. As long as you stay consistent throughout the week, you can get great results from shorter (15-30 mins) workouts. Have an idea of what you want to do before you get to the gym. Walk in, be efficient, stay focused on your workout, and keep up the intensity.
- Eat and Sleep: Eat and Sleep. That’s it. Try to maintain a balanced diet, and make sure your drinking enough water. Plan rest days throughout the week and try get a healthy amount sleep each night (at least 6-8 hours). Recovery is key for achieving your fitness goals!
By David McCalla