Staying on top of your health has a lot to do with what’s going on outside of the gym. Check out the best tips from leading coaches and trainers in the fitness industry.
The best time to start working on improving your overall health is right now! There’s always room for improvement when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, whether it has to do with trying more challenging workouts or becoming more nutrition-savvy. An important part of getting the most out of your workouts — from start to finish — has to do with your overall mentality and motivation, too. Check out some of the best tips and #fitspiration from top trainers, to shape up your overall approach to getting healthier, just in time for the holidays.
“We all love food! But it’s your relationship with food that is important. No matter where you are in your journey, you need to love food. It’s what fuels your body and your mind. Food truly should make you happy. When you aren’t eating enough or aren’t eating the right things, your emotions will swing. Food can also change a lot of situations–it can spice up a meeting, it can improve a celebration, and it creates time to talk around the dinner table. Don’t fear food. Instead, love it for what it does. Understand it and become more knowledgeable about it. A healthy relationship with food is one of the best things you can do for yourself.” – Shaun T.
“The mind is more powerful than we think. We can talk ourselves into (or out of) anything. At least I’ve found that that I can. On a good day, when my head is in the right place, I can talk my laziest version of my physical self into hitting the gym hard, and talk my junk food-craving self out of devouring the bag of whatever cookies are in the cupboard. But there are those days, when those are flipped. When my head is not where it needs to be—and my body will follow suit.” – Darnell Cox of Live Young Lifestyle.
“I’m all about the laid-back look, like jeans and cute tees, but when it comes to gym gear — nothing gets me pumped up like a cool new pair of kicks. Investing in stylish, comfortable clothes and killer kicks can really amp up the enthusiasm for dragging yourself to the gym. So what if you’re there to show off your hot, new gear. You’re still working it on the elliptical, and that’s all I care about.” – Jillian Michaels
“My mom has always said, “Your muscles don’t know if you are in a fancy gym or in your kitchen.” Think about that. A minute here and a minute there adds up to firm up. Simple things can go far. For example, when walking up the stairs, skip a step and squeeze your booty for a butt toner. Or, say you’re in the kitchen waiting for your water to boil, why not do some standing leg lifts?” – Katie Austin
“Sometimes the toughest part of dealing with failure is not the actual event but how we think people are going to judge or criticize us over it. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people who can help you through your difficult time and don’t think about what society will say. Everyone has experienced failure at some point and will again at some stage.” – Lou Ferrigno
“Your body becomes dehydrated as you sleep, so it’s important to drink water when you first wake up. We like to sip an 8 oz. glass before we start our workout. (You don’t want to drink too much or you risk getting yucky stomach cramps.) If you aren’t really a fan of plain H20, add some natural flavorings like ginger, mint, lemon, lime, or even berries!” – Karena and Katrina of Tone It Up.