Fuel Up for Better Fitness

Fuel Up for Better Fitness

To push to your physical peak, you need to eat right and drink plenty of water, says Amy Opielowski, CSCS, a master trainer at CorePower Yoga. She recommends consuming half your body weight in ounces of water, eating a rainbow of colors, and mixing protein, carbs, and healthy fats in every meal to keep you full enough to work out and build muscle.

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7 Have a Workout Snack
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Find three times throughout your day to have a quick healthy snack and then schedule your workouts around it. All you need is two minutes to hit a bout of jumping jacks, burpees, squats, push-ups—or all four, says Opielowski. Time it right before a food snack as a reminder to squeeze it in.

8 Do Bodyweight Intervals
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You can do moves like squats, lunges, and mountain climbers anywhere and everywhere, so pick your favorite spot and just start stepping. Go for 30 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds and repeat for as many rounds as possible, says Opielowski.

9 Breathe it Out
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After your workout, take a second to pause, stretch, and breathe into your body, suggests Opielowski. This not only helps the body cool down and soothes your neuromuscular system, but it’ll also give you another moment to de-stress from your day.

10 Check Your Soreness
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Restarting a workout routine shouldn’t leave you so sore that you can’t walk, says Kate Ligler, CPT and MINDBODY wellness manager. Otherwise, that might turn you off from getting your sweat on again. If you’ve been pretty sedentary, consider starting with just 10 minutes of stair climbing.

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