It’s not easy making a change in your life – especially when it comes to your lifestyle.
If you’re looking to improve your overall health and wellness, the best way to do that is through weight loss, strength training, and a lifestyle change.
But where do you start? Follow this guide for tips on how to get started!
When it comes to weight loss, the key is focusing on creating a healthy diet and exercise plan that works for you. It’s also important not to cut out everything you enjoy rather find a good balance where you can have some treats but most of the time follow a healthy nutrition plan. You can start by following the 80/20 rule. To do this, start by limiting unhealthy foods such as processed meats, sugary drinks, and processed carbohydrates (this can be your 20%).
Instead focus on eating lean proteins (like turkey or chicken), fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats like nuts or avocados (80%). This will help ensure that you are getting the nutrients your body needs while still losing weight. Additionally, try incorporating some type of physical activity into your routine at least three times a week — whether it be walking around the neighborhood or hitting up the gym — this will help jumpstart your weight loss journey.
Once you have established a regular exercise routine, consider adding strength training into the mix. Strength training is an effective way to build muscle mass while burning fat. It can also help increase bone density which can reduce the risk of injury while helping you look leaner and more toned. Start by finding exercises that work for you — whether it be free weights or machines — making sure to use proper form in order to avoid any injuries. Additionally, aim for two strength training sessions per week with rest days in between workouts in order to give your muscles time to recover.
It’s important not only to focus on what goes into your body but also on how it affects other areas of your life such as stress levels or quality of sleep. Try setting aside time each day for yourself — whether it’s 10 minutes of meditation or simply reading a book — this will help reduce stress levels while giving yourself some much-needed “me-time”. Also, make sure that you are getting enough sleep each night (roughly 7-9 hours) as this helps fuel both mental clarity and energy throughout the day!
Weight loss, strength training, and making lifestyle changes don’t have to be overwhelming – they just require some dedication and hard work! Start by changing up your diet by following the 80/20 rule – limiting unhealthy foods while adding in lean protein sources like fish or chicken – then incorporate physical activity into your routine at least 3 times per week; from there add strength training twice per week with rest days in between workouts; finally, make sure that you are getting adequate sleep each night (7-9 hours) along with taking some “me-time” each day for yourself—this could include 10 minutes of meditation before bed! Following these steps can help jumpstart any wellness journey towards better health and fitness goals!
-Alex Puckhaber, CSCS
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