You're Stronger Than You Think!
Your body is programmed to protect itself from the discomfort of exercise. Your brain will try to slow you down or stop, even if you can physically push harder. If you want to become healthier and more fit, there are some specific things you will want to know that will help you reach your goals faster and easier. More importantly, you’ll become stronger. You’re stronger than you think. It’s just a matter of believing.
STRENGTHEN YOUR MIND
Challenge yourself if you want to change. You can learn to embrace challenge if you're serious and ready for a change. Challenging yourself will pull you out of your comfort zone, where the most dramatic changes occur. A comfort zone is a behavioral space where behaviors are routine. This minimizes stress, but it doesn’t produce change. If it doesn't challenge you, it can't change you. No changes = No changes!
The next time you’re about to quit, try going one minute longer or remind yourself that you won’t die if you miss dessert or ignore cravings for the wrong foods. Each time you talk yourself out of quitting and walk away from eating junk food, or beat your old benchmark at the gym, you’re chipping away at that mental block that’s been keeping you stuck where you are. It all starts with how you think, so watch your thoughts—they become your actions.
STRENGTHEN YOUR BODY
Do you want a strong, healthy body? Whether you’re working toward a 10K or any goal for that matter, it’s as easy as following a few simple steps consistently. Every time you choose to consistently do something good for your body, the dividends pay off—big time.
- Boost energy with vitamins and minerals instead of sugar and carbs. Is lack of energy your excuse? Instead of reaching for sugar and carbs that send you crashing after a workout, give your energy a boost with vitamins and minerals instead, to nourish your body rather than depleting it. LynFit Daily Power Shot is the perfect solution to your energy needs.
- Lift weights twice weekly to keep your muscles tightly toned and your metabolism boosted. Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba are all great, and while they beat the couch, they don’t count when it comes to lifting weights. It's simple science, so start lifting. All you need is a pair of dumbbells and a floor. No dumbbells, no problem—use any heavy object you have lying around.
Walk more than you think you need to. Your body was designed to move every day. In fact, you require 10,000 steps daily to stay healthy. When you rest, you rust, so get up and get moving. You'll be healthier, physically and mentally.
The best part about walking is you can do it anywhere. Everyone can walk, even if it's walking the dog. Even people recovering from open heart surgery walk. Track your steps using an inexpensive pedometer vs. a Fitbit®. Fitbit's® track all movements, including your arms, so it's not accurate enough.
Recover and reboot your energy by feeding it right. If you want to be strong, you've got to do more than just work out. You also have to feed your body right. To keep your body strong, you need to make sure it's getting the fuel it needs to recover. Diet is responsible for 90 percent of success. Feed it to boost results, no matter what your goal is. If you're not seeing the desired results, chances are you're not eating right.
Replace lost nutrients and protein with a healthy smoothie after your workout. Whey is the best choice because it's loaded with essential amino acids and has the highest PER (protein efficiency rating) of any other food. Whey is a Ferrari where all others are a Ford Focus. Taste counts too. If it's not delicious, you won't drink it consistently.
Try this delicious Birthday Cake Protein Shake recipe after your workout to replace the protein your body needs to heal and repair, so you become stronger.
(2–3 scoops) LynFit Vanilla Complete Protein
(5) Ice cubes
(½–1 cup) Water (more for a thinner shake, less for a thicker shake)
Blend ingredients together until smooth—Enjoy!
- Lisa Lynn