Changing Up Your Routine
Progress come to a halt? Inject these five nutrition and training tips into your daily routine to spark change.
Let’s face it: we all get stuck in a rut when it comes to nutrition and exercise. We stick to the same foods, the same exercises in the gym, and the same cardio regimen. Often when we do this long enough we lose momentum and become less motivated. So how can we stay motivated in the kitchen and in the gym to ensure that we continue to make gains and reach personal goals?
1) You don’t just have to eat fish and broccoli to achieve a healthy look. Try changing up your meats; there are several lean meats to choose from. Recently I have tried different kinds of white fish to include: organ roughy, seared Ahi tuna, shrimp, and cod. I have also incorporated more lean red meats (buffalo and elk) and turkey into my daily meal plan. If you really hunt you can find many lean meats that can work well into your weekly meals.
2) Spice things up. I am always on the hunt for different way to season my meats and vegetables and I must say adding different spices gives food a unique taste. I have hit up local farmers markets to find some unique spice blends that are spicing up my kitchen. I also like to make marinades using olive oil, lemon juice, and seasoning.
3) Be adventurous. I have attended our local farmers market several times this month and have been surprised at the new vegetables that I have fallen in love with. Many of these vegetables I am grilling and preparing at the beginning of the week to have on hand for the week ahead. Buying local vegetables is a great way to ensure your whole family is getting in enough of the greens they need.
4) Change things up in the gym. Changing up your workout routine to include the exercises you’re performing, the sets, rep range, and tempo can make a big difference. I like to stick to a workout routine for about 6-8 weeks. It’s hard to tell if a workout is “working” if you don’t stick with it long enough to see the changes.
5) Change up your cardio. Now that the weather is nice, it’s nice to get outside and cardio. Running, walking lungs, riding bike, and even hiking changes up the traditional gym cardio! I like to change up my cardio routine much like I do with my weight routine. You can do this by trying new equipment changing the intensity, and changing the duration. I just recently added swimming into my cardio regimen and I must say I hurt in places that I never hurt before.
No matter how advanced you are, how long you have been training, or dieting changing things up can always been beneficial. Remember to give your body long enough on a place to see the changes, and when you adjust to the plan it’s usually time to consider changing it up! A rule of thumb is: if you’re comfortable, it’s probably time to make a change! Step out of your comfort zone and keep challenging yourself both physically and mentally!