Tips to Take Your Health and Fitness to the Next Level!

You might already consider yourself quite healthy and fit. But you want to take your health and fitness to the next level, right? Maybe you want to improve your physique in time for summer. Maybe you feel there are some improvements you can make. Here are a few things you can do to take it to the next level and see even more improvements:

Start Tracking Your Food

If you don’t already track your food, then start. You might eat ‘clean’ or something along those lines, but if you don’t actually know the amounts of the things you’re eating, you might not be helping your physique at all. You might be eating too much fat and not enough protein, for instance. It doesn’t matter if those things are healthy, you still won’t be doing the best you can do for your physique. It isn’t all about counting calories. Calories are only part of the equation. If you want to put on weight/muscle, then you need to be in a surplus. To maintain, you need to find out what your maintenance calories are. And to lose fat, you need to be in a deficit. Still, you need to make sure you’re getting the right mix of protein, fat, and carbs to enhance your physique. I use MyFitnessPal to scan and track everything. I weigh everything with digital scales too. It might seem extreme, but if you want to meet your goals then it’s something you just have to do. You’ll soon get used to it. To begin, use a macro calculator to work out what you should be consuming. Then download MyFitnessPal and buy an electric scale. The great thing about tracking your macros is that you can fit a treat in here and there ‘if it fits your macros’. But you should still make sure you’re getting plenty of micronutrients from your veg and things like that. It can be hard to consistently track your food, especially when the weekend comes around. However, if you’re consistent, you WILL see results.

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Make Sure You’re Pushing Yourself

Make sure that as you work out, you’re really pushing yourself. Let’s say you’re in the gym for an hour but half an hour of that you’re basically speaking to your friends. You haven’t had a good workout. Only you can be truthful and know whether you’re really pushing yourself or not. Make sure that each set you do, each rep even, is you giving it your all!

Get a Personal Trainer

If you struggle to push yourself, maybe a personal trainer would help you. You can find personal training services in the gym or even online, whatever you prefer. I have an online trainer who helps me with my diet and designs training programs for me. She’s really supportive too, so that helps a lot!

If you want to take your health and fitness to the next level, you really have to tighten things up. You can’t keep on doing the same thing and hope to see changes. Good luck!

Fun Things You Can Do Without Food or Alcohol!

Is it just me, or does pretty much everything involve food and alcohol? Your friends want to do something, and it’s either a takeaway, night out, lunch date, etc. Your boyfriend/date wants to do something, and it involves drinks, a meal, and other calorific endeavours. Your family want to do something, and you get the picture. It all involves food and alcohol. To be honest, I’m quite tired of this. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m prepping for a competition. This means no food that I can’t track and no alcohol for me until it’s over. That’s why I thought I’d create a post on some fun things you can do without food or alcohol. Hope you like it!

Go to a Trampoline Park

I went to a trampoline park the other week and it was loads of fun. I didn’t do any flips or anything like that because I was a bit rubbish, but I still had a good time. People of all ages visit these places so you don’t need to worry about being the oldest there! If you’re a bit more acrobatic than me, there are soft pits you can do flips and things in!

Go Rock Climbing

You don’t actually have to scale a real rock to go rock climbing. There are plenty of indoor rock climbing places you can go that are a lot of fun. Not only that, they’re great for upping your fitness levels. I’ve heard that they make people ache in places they didn’t realise they could ache!

People Watch

If you don’t fancy jumping, climbing, or doing anything much at all, why not go somewhere and just people watch? You could go to the park, sit outside of a cafe, or go somewhere else and just watch the world go by.

Coffee and a Catch Up

There are hardly any calories in coffee, and science even says that a few here and there can be good for us. Invite your friends for a coffee and a catch up rather than a full blown meal or night out. Just avoid going for the biscuits or cake if you’re trying to get in shape for summer.

A Walk in the Woods

The weather’s getting nicer now, which means going walking is a great idea! You’ll get fitter, burn some cals, and be able to take in the wonderful summery atmosphere.

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A Pamper Night

If you’d rather not leave the house, a pamper night could be another good idea. Grab some face masks, put on a film, paint your nails, whatever you like. Rather than getting a takeaway and a bottle of wine if you’re on a health kick, make some green juice and healthy snacks like kale chips.

Paintballing

Paintballing isn’t just for boys! Grab all of your friends and have a day out at a paintball park. You might end up with some bruises, but it’s a lot of fun.

Bike Ride

Hop on your bike and go exploring when the weather’s nice. Another great way to get fit!

Spa Day

Maybe you want a day to relax. What could be better than a spa day? They’re a little pricy, but when you consider the amount of money you probably spend on food and alcohol, there might not be that much difference!

Have fun!