I am so excited to share with you that I will be having a guest blogger every other Wednesday sharing her tips on fitness. Cynthia is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Reebok Spin, Zumba, R.I.P.P.E.D (One Stop Body Shock) and Scuba Diver – PADI Certified.
She has been teaching for 15 years. “My passion is anything fitness and physical: boxing, bootcamp, sandbag training, TRX training, weights, spinning, heavy rope training, kettlebells, step, circuit training etc. I love conventional workouts but mostly I love unconventional workouts as they challenge you in ways that you would not imagine. I love the music and high energy”
If you are working out, congrats because you are doing something RIGHT! We all reach a point where we are doing what we do and we see no results. This is not the time to say “I give up” or “forget it” or “My destiny is to be …..” Now is the time to stay focused and stay the course. Staying healthy as we age is truly “the fight of our lives.”
- Nutrition – remember the old formula “calories in has to be LESS than calories out”. Yep, that still holds true. Now don’t run off and reduce your calories to 2 pieces of lettuce per day, this is not what I am saying. I am saying you have to look at your diet and be honest, really honest about
- Portions sizes (how much are you eating)
- Nutritional value of the foods that you do eat – do you eat/drink low nutritional value foods (junk, soda) or do you eat/drink more high nutritional value foods (veggies, whole grains, lean protein, milk)
- Water intake – for most of us eight 8 oz glasses of water is good enough. The human body is 60% water and the body uses water for many important functions. For me 12 – 16 glasses feels right. For certain if you are not drinking the 8 cups per day – try to get the eight in.
- Sleep/Rest – this varies for each of us – however the thought is if you needed an alarm clock to wake you up, you did not get enough sleep. This is the period of time when your muscles repair themselves and they grow. Without the appropriate rest we run the risk of overtraining our muscles. Over trained muscles cannot work as hard, so our workouts become less intense and it becomes a vicious cycle. Bottom line is your body needs rest to repair and prepare you for the next workout.