Unless you’re living under a rock, you’re familiar with the barrage of advertisements and articles every year, beginning just before Christmas, encouraging you to build that “new you”, usually through weight-loss programs or products that are geared towards beauty and weight loss, rather than focusing on building your strongest you.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to lose weight, and it’s a great goal to have, if you and your doctor agree that’s something necessary for you. But being healthy, taking the time to build your best self, is about more than just losing weight. It’s about being healthy, taking the time to care for yourself and your needs, and about being strong. It’s about health at every size, fitness at every level. It’s about setting attainable, realistic goals for yourself that will result in feeling great about who you are and what your body can do. Sound good? It’s easier than you think! You can build your strongest you for the New Year with just a few simple steps!
So many people make the mistake of just tweaking (i.e. trimming) their diet, popping a supplement or signing up for a weight-loss regimen. Those things can be good, but there are other things you can and should be doing to rebuild yourself stronger and healthier. For one, exercise. Exercise isn’t just about weight loss, either; exercise is good for your body in so many ways. Building muscle, strengthening your heart, your core and your lungs; and best of all, exercise is good for your mind! Getting outside for a brisk walk, a challenging bike ride, lifting weights at the gym or even doing yoga on your living room floor, will give you that boost of endorphins you need to feel great. It improves your mood, helps you sleep, and best of all, you’re toning your physique, too! Whatever your favored form of exercise is, get out there and get moving!
When it comes to exercise, especially for professional athletes and those who compete, nutrition is key. Eating a balanced, thoughtful diet including healthy fats, lean proteins, leafy greens and a variety of fresh fruits and veggies is so important, but you may also find that, despite your best efforts, you need a supplement to your diet for peak performance. There are many on the market, ranging from multivitamins and add-ons like omega-3 or colostrum. Talk to your doctor about areas where you might be deficient, and take the time to research which supplements are right for you. At the very least, a daily multivitamin is a good idea for everyone.
Still need a boost in performance? Companies like muscle rage offer a wide variety of nutritional, energy-boosting performance supplements that can give you the edge you need in the gym, on the bike, or wherever you need it. Products like whey protein for when you’re hungry and on the go, supplements to help you burn the optimum amount of fat during your aerobic exercise, and even pre-workout mixes to give you the energy you need to get through that hard session; when used with liberal exercise and a healthy diet, these products can really make a huge difference in your physique, your performance and your outlook!
You can build a stronger, healthier you this year. All it takes are a few little adjustments, and you’re well on your way to being the best you can be.