Summer is the ideal time to get started on your fit plan. With the warmer weather, you’ll want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors as much as you can. Which is why it’s a great time to get active. To help you get on board the healthy wagon, we asked some of our amazing Fitmark Ambassadors for their hottest fit tips.
To kick off this goldmine of super-hot fit tips, here’s some motivation and sound advice from Fitmark Ambassador Amy Roberts:
Let me give you these words which have always helped push me in the direction of positive change and progress: “If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”
Start With A Plan
The best way to get rid of excuses is to replace them with a plan, one that includes a workout program and a meal plan. Having a plan to follow will help keep you honest and on track. Here’s some advice from Fitmark Ambassador Mikhail Gittens:
Have a planned routine, so you always know what exercise you’re doing next. If you’re new to the gym or unfamiliar with exercises, the worst thing you can do is start without a plan. Having a set workout routine ensures you’re working out efficiently and will help you achieve your goal.
Fitmark Ambassador Meagen Harriman agrees. Her motto is: Plan, Prep, and Persevere. She says:
Plan out your food choices and workouts ahead of time! No matter where you are, when you plan out your meals, it’s easier to stay on track.
Preparation Is Key
Once you master your fitness and nutrition plan, the next step is prep. Preparation is the key to staying on track. This can be as simple as packing your workout bag every night, so you have no excuses to miss the gym the next day. It could be placing your running shoes by the front door as a reminder to go for your morning jog. The same goes for your food. Preparing your meals ahead of time will keep you true to your fitness goals.
Fitmark Ambassador Anthony Woods advises:
Always eat a healthy breakfast and bring your food with you everywhere you go. This will help with temptation and resisting poor food choices. Fitmark has everything you need to make carrying your food do-able.
The Secret Is To Keep It Simple
Just make sure to keep it simple. That’s Fitmark Ambassador Morgan Self’s advice. Whether it’s working out or prepping your meals, keep it simple! She says:
Simple movements can be the most beneficial and will allow you to concentrate on the muscle being worked. There is no need to get super fancy. Just keep it simple until you get the hang of what you’re doing. The same is true for meal prep. Eat whole, nutrient dense foods that are easy to track. For instance, it’s a lot easier to prepare and track chicken and rice than it is a recipe with 10 ingredients.
Plan, Prep, Persevere
With all that planning and prepping, you’ll be in the full swing of healthy living in no time. Now’s the time to practice patience and persevere. Fitmark Ambassador Anh Vu tells us:
Good things take time. Crash diets do not work and are extremely harmful to your metabolism. It may seem like progress is moving too slow, because we all like immediate gratification, but trust the process. Don’t doubt yourself and give up before you reach your full potential!
When All Else Fails, Go Work Out!
Fitmark Ambassador Vanesa Delgado knows all about perseverance and not giving up. After her soccer career came to an abrupt halt, she found another sport that gave her same satisfaction. She didn’t let injury stop her from staying active, and neither should you let anything get in your way of living a healthy lifestyle.
Here are Vanesa’s top 3 fit tips:
- Make sure you know your macros – how much protein, fats and carbs your body needs.
- Make sure you aren’t overeating or undereating.
- Make sure to keep active, even if it’s working out at home or going for a walk outside.
Which brings us back to the beginning and those wise words that Fitmark Ambassador Amy Roberts gave us:
“If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”
So barring all excuses, with a few adjustments to your activity levels and nutrition habits, you can easily adopt a healthier way of living. Even if you’re a busy dad like Fitmark Ambassador Josh Smart. He told us:
It’s really not hard to have a fit lifestyle. You just have to change your approach and mindset. The easiest way is to start in the kitchen. Instead of eating fast food all the time, dedicate just one or two nights a week to meal prep for the whole week. You’ll see changes and from there, make a commitment to start going to the gym. It doesn’t have to be obnoxious, just hit the gym for 30-45 minutes immediately before or after work. You’ll see changes and it’ll be more incorporated into your life.
Whether your gym is the great outdoors or a weight room full of iron, this summer make a commitment to get more active and stay healthy. We’re all rooting for you!