Fitmark Ambassador Miranda Swartz talks about making a plan
There is no such thing as over training, only under recovery. But seeing as how most of us don’t have the liberty to eat, train and sleep without other responsibilities getting in the way, we have to focus on making the time we have as quality as possible.
No matter your situation, if planned perfectly, you can make the same gains with less time as the sponsored athletes with more availability. All it takes is a few simple steps and a determination to succeed and you will reach your goals in no time.
1). Write it down
Planning out your day so you can plan your meals, workouts and lifestyle around your day is essential to your success. Without a schedule, you’re basically shooting in the dark and setting yourself up for failure.
2). Make your food and take it with you
Plan out your meals and prepare them ahead of time so when you need to refuel your body you have everything that you need. It only takes a few hours a week to plan out your meals and have them ready to eat! Often it is easiest to prepare your meals in bulk so you don’t have to continue to plan for it every day. Also, if you get caught out somewhere and need to refuel you will be fully prepared. You won’t have to rely on fast food or other bad food choices to get you through.
3) Schedule down time
It is a huge necessity to take personal down time. If you’re always on the go, your body needs a small break each day to rest. There are many different things you can do, whether you take a short nap, read a book, take a yoga class or just sit and relax. The time can vary from day to day, but try to find at least 15 minutes a day that you can reserve for yourself.
4) Get plenty of sleep
Sleep is the most important step to proper recovery. Your body doesn’t change when you’re awake. Your body only changes at full rest. If you do not enter the REM (Rapid Eye Movement/dreams) cycle, you haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep. Try to get a minimum of eight hours of sleep and possibly more depending on your activity level. If you’re feeling tired and run down throughout your day, you probably didn’t get enough sleep the night before.
When meeting a goal, it is vitally important that you don’t skip steps. There are no short cuts to anywhere worth going.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013