Summer Fitness And Diet Tips
Summer is here, and that means heading out into those hot temps wearing shorts, swimsuits, and clothing that is just, plain and simple, more revealing. That can be intimidating for many of us.
Don’t worry, we’ve got your back, and health and fitness advice from experts at Philadelphia fitness centers, AFC Fitness. Here are some exercise and diet tips that will get you feeling more confident and ready to get out there. If you have any health problems or haven’t exercised at a gym in a while, you should talk to your doctor before beginning any type of program.
Top 6 tips
- Don’t skip breakfast or carbs – A balanced breakfast will rev up your metabolism and give you more energy so you don’t feel tired. Avoid sugary foods and feast on lean proteins and good carbohydrates. Eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, and fresh fruit are all great fuel choices. Some think that eating carbs will cause you to gain weight. That’s not true. Carbs are essential and can help promote weight loss, but eat the right ones. Go for complex carbs such as oatmeal, whole grain breads and oatmeal.
- Little and often – Four high intensity workouts for shorter periods of time (30 minutes) is better than two longer, less intense workouts per week. A more vigorous workout will burn more sugar and fat than one of low intensity, even if it is shorter. This rule also applies to eating. Eat 5-6 small meals rather than a couple large meals to keep your metabolism revved up.
- Eat before and after exercise – Fuel up before you exercise so that you have enough energy for a great workout. Carbs are great pre-workout food. By eating first, you will actually burn more calories than you would if you skipped a meal. Restock fluids and energy within an hour after your workout. Lean proteins, fruits and vegetables are excellent choices. They will help build muscle and repair damage from exercise.
- Its ok to indulge once a week – Satisfy a craving once a week. It’s ok to enjoy your favorite food that isn’t on the healthy list, just don’t go crazy. One ‘bad’ meal isn’t going to hurt you, but if you over indulge all day long, it could.
- Catch some ZZZZs – If you get enough sleep, not only will you have more energy for those intense workouts, but you’ll also be likely to be up late snacking. Inadequate sleep can actually make you feel hungry and result in fat storage. Most active people need a minimum of 8 hours of sleep.
- Be reasonable and have a target – If you have a plan with goals along the way, you’ll be more likely to stick to it and achieve consistent results. Fitness and nutrition plans work hand in hand. Follow both daily, but be realistic. Slow and steady wins the race.