The holiday season is a chance to let loose and indulge a little. Now that the New Year is just around the corner, it’s time to get back on track with eating clean and training mean!
Simply put, eating clean means to consume food in its most natural state. It’s minimally processed foods that’s free of refined sugars and other preservatives. It includes eating more fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, whole grains and healthy fats. Whole grains include quinoa, brown rice, millet, kamut, buckwheat and farro. Healthy fats include avocados, cooking oils such as coconut oil and olive oil and healthy nuts such as almonds and cashews. Eating clean also involves choosing grass-fed meats, free-range poultry and fresh wild fish over meats and poultry raised with antibiotics and hormones and fish that are farmed.
Here at Fitness Foods, we know how difficult it is to eat clean in a world full of fast-food chains, refined foods and ready-to-go frozen meals. That’s why we’re here to help you get started or keep you on track. We strive to serve you the best quality, organic whole foods that we can find locally and seasonally. Eating clean is not a diet. It’s a lifestyle!
“You can’t out-exercise poor nutrition.”
A well-balanced fitness program includes strength training, endurance training, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and stretching. Strength training is vital to building muscles and burning fat, it involves bodyweight exercises such as push-ups, squats, lunges and planks. Endurance training helps build stamina and increase energy levels, it includes long-distance running, walking, cycling and swimming. High-intensity interval training alternates from a high-intensity exercise to a low-intensity exercise in 30-60 second intervals. HIIT exercises burns more fat and calories than other types of workouts, it includes sprint intervals and CrossFit exercises. Stretching exercises help decrease muscle soreness and increase flexibility, this includes yoga and pilates.
It’s important to add variety into our workouts. Doing the same routine day after day won’t produce much change as our body will start to hit a plateau. We must continue to challenge ourselves and increase weights and/or intensity level when we find ourselves on autopilot mode. We find lasting change when we push ourselves beyond our limits.
Motivation helps us get started. Knowing what we want to get out of training will help us put it into action. Without proper training, those who wish to have abs and a toned body won’t achieve it with a clean diet alone. Without consistent training, those who want to keep their toned bodies won’t maintain it. Creating a habit of training consistently will help us reach our goals. Consistency is key to training mean.
“Motivation is what gets you started,
Habit is what keeps you going.”
A healthy lean body is a result of 80% clean diet and 20% training. The body is a smart machine that strives to stay in homeostasis. When things in the body are out of balance, symptoms arise to tell us that we need to change something. If we provide our bodies energy with the right foods and a well-balanced fitness program, it knows how to heal itself so that it may function optimally.
Our bodies are designed to thrive and live well, let’s help it do so by eating clean and training mean. Clean eating combined with adequate training will produce a healthy body inside and out. It’s all about making healthy choices every single day. We’re all wired differently so it’s important to know your own body, find what works for you and stick with it!