Working-out has always been something I have done for my health, but I gave up once I started college and I gained some weight. About a year ago, I decided I wanted to make a change. I was out of the dorms and no longer had the excuse that I could not eat healthy. I changed my diet and started working out at least 3x a week with my personal trainer and I have never felt better. On the days I do not meet with him, I still try to go to the gym and get in my cardio and use the tips he has given me. In a little amount of time, my strength has improved tremendously, I have lost 10 lbs, and lost a couple inches all around my body. Over the summer, I am currently living in NYC and am struggling to get back on the grind, but I know I have to, ASAP. Below are some of my favorite health tips and tricks…
- Cardio– The elliptical is one of my favorite things to do for cardio and I try to do at least 20-30 minutes a day. The best tip my trainer gave me is, if you press more weight into your back heels when you are on the elliptical, it will focus more on your glutes. If you have more weight on the front part of your foot, you are focusing on your quads. I never knew this and now I am always paying attention to it!
- Eating– Just because you are trying lose weight doesn’t mean to stop eating. My trainer recommends I eat something every 3 hours…yes it seems like a lot, but it really isn’t. Surprisingly, I was not eating ENOUGH calories per day, not on purpose, i’ve just never been that big of an eater. My main problem is late night snacking, but I have been getting better and better. Now, I’ve learned that in order to lose weight, I actually need to be eating MORE calories. On average, I eat about 1,200 calories every day. I try to stick to the following eating schedule- 9am, Noon, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm.
- Use a Roller & Stretch– I have always had back pain, my hips are not even-one of my legs is shorter than the other, therefore I need to go to the chiropractor once a week to get adjusted. I bought myself a little back roller which has helped with my back pain and with tight muscles- especially after a workout. After a workout, you should use a roller to stretch out the muscles you worked on so that you are not as sore the next day! It’s also important to always stretch before a workout, I was never one to stretch, but I have noticed that it makes a huge difference and you have a lower chance of injuring yourself (which I am prone to injury).
- Recovery Meal– Before I got my trainer, Derek, I had no idea what a recovery meal was…and I for sure did not think it was necessary. Now, I know how important it is. My trainer knows I wasn’t going to give up my favorite snacks, so we found a way to incorporate it to benefit my health and help me reach my fitness goals. Within 30 minutes after every workout, I have a glass of Horizon Organics low fat chocolate milk- because I LOVE chocolate milk. The first 30 minutes after a workout are important because during this period your body converts food into building lean muscle.