Monday, March 24, 2008

Spring into Fitness: Get Your Body Back

How to Get Back and Lose 10 Pounds by May

Spring! It's officially here.

This is your opportunity to start anew. What better excuse to change up your workout plan, take a second look at what you have been eating and even buy some new workout wear!

Many of us start the new year with a renewed commitment to out fitness plan. However, a few weeks in, we find that life gets in the way and it is just too easy to fall back into old habits.

With warmer temperatures on the way and the desire to do some spring cleaning - why not give your fitness plan a once over as well and get back into a routine that can deliver you results by summer!

Here are 5 simple Steps to help you Spring Back into Your Fitness Plan:

1. Renew Your Commitment
Before you even begin to schedule that first workout or write out your meals for the week, you must take a moment to revisit why you want to do this in the first place. When you have a strong reason WHY you want to make a change, you are more likely to stick with it.

If you have not yet done so, write your goals down and state your reasons why this is so important to you.

Be sure to also list your starting measurements so you have a way to gage your progress - be sure to include a before picture!

2. Pull out Your Calendar
Your workouts are just as important as the daily tasks that wind up in a slot on your schedule. When you write down your intentions, you are more likely to follow through. All you need is 3 days a week when you follow the Fit Yummy Mummy workout plan.

3. Raid Your Kitchen
Your workouts are only half the fat loss battle. What you are eating is the other. It will be extremely difficult to stay on track and see fast results if your kitchen is filled with junk. Because Spring is known for "Spring Cleaning", start in the kitchen and remove the foods that will only take you further away from your goals.

It is a universal fat loss rule....if you own it, you will eat it. So no, the best hiding place does not count. Toss the chips, cookies, candy, ready to eat boxed meals, sugar laden cereals, etc.

4. Reverse the Order
The typical spring fitness plan begins with a nice long session of cardio which might be followed up with a few walking lunges and some "ab work".

Save yourself the time, trouble and frustration. When it comes to fat loss, this approach will do very little in your quest to see fast results.

Instead move your cardio to the end of the line. You will achieve faster results by first performing your resistance training workout - be sure it is a full body workout that includes upper body, lower body and core - and THEN follow up with cardio. When you begin your resistance training routine with fresh muscles, you can work out more intensely which will lead to faster results.

5. Try Something New
The change of seasons is a great time to take a close look at what you have been eating. Just as we switch up our wardrobe to account for warming temperatures, switch up the flavors of the foods you eat with a new selection of what is in season.

The variety will prevent boredom while a new host of nutrients will keep your body healthy.
For example - my staple winter breakfast consisted of rolled oats, bananas and walnuts. I made the switch to fruit omelets - 3 scrambled egg whites, topped with fresh berries and vanilla yogurt. Not only delicious, but something I look forward to in the mornings!

So take some time to write out a few meal options that incorporate new flavors and textures to kick start a spring menu plan.

Use these 5 tips as you kick start your spring fitness plan and begin losing 1-2 pounds of fat per week.

Keep in mind the #1 key to seeing results....if you want to see a minimum of 10 pounds lost by May the best thing you can do is to stay consistent.

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