The kids are back to school. Time for you to get back to fitness.
Summer is a wonderful time of the year. We should all enjoy it to the fullest. However, it can also break up our regular routines and get in the way of keeping up with a healthy and fit lifestyle. All of those summer BBQ’s, weekends up at the cottage, drinks on the patio and well earned vacations, all adds up to disruption in your quest for health and fitness. Now that summer has officially come to an end, and the kids are settled back into school, it’s time to get back into action, back on track and back to fitness!
Here are 5 tips to get back on the road to fitness and health
1. Have a game plan
Knowing your schedule will help you plan out your workouts and meals. Plan the week ahead of time and put your workouts into your calendar as an appointment that is not to be missed or forgotten.
2. Try something new
Join the gang in any of our fantastic group fitness classes. Allow our supportive and enthusiastic fitness instructors to assist you in full body conditioning. You can try the high intensity of our body-energizing Zumba sessions or our gruelling virtual mountain training (on our spinning cycles). In addition, try slowing things down a bit and join one of our empowering yoga classes. It will help balance your mind, body and spirit.
3. Sleep schedule recovery – foods can help
Is your sleeping schedule way out of whack? The late nights by the campfire can definitely make it difficult to get back into the workweek groove. The night before you have to wake up to your alarm, try eating foods that promote a restful sleep.
- Tryptophan: Think of the turkey coma at Christmas – you can get the sleep inducing effects from many foods such as walnuts, dates and pumpkin seeds.
- Melatonin: Regulates circadian rhythm of the body that it used to distinguish night from day. Good sources are walnuts and cherries, which makes it easy because you are already having them.
- Magnesium: Almonds are high in magnesium which helps the body relax.
4. Rebalance your blood sugar
Did you eat too many sweets or junk over the summer? Are you still craving chocolate smores every night? Rebalance your blood sugar by replacing the synthetic sugar from cakes and candy with something naturally sweet such as strawberries, raspberries or cherries. Cherries are made up of 75% water so they give you hydration, fibre and a bit of sugar to smooth out any sugar cravings over time.
5. Improve digestion and re-hydrate
Are you still left feeling lethargic and bloated? Do you still have a lack of energy? Eating too much over a short period (and indulging over the summer) can leave you feeling this way. A quick tip for improving your digestion is drinking a teaspoon of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar diluted in a little warm water before your next meal. It kick-starts your digestion; therefore, reducing indigestion. It also promotes weight loss if taken on a regular basis!
You can also make yourself a homemade electrolyte drink that will revitalize your whole body:
- 1 cup water
- 1 small pinch sea salt
- A shot of fresh squeezed fruit juice (half an orange should do it)
- Squeeze of lemon
Are you feeling better already? Look forward to seeing you at the Club!!