2 Very Underrated Things You Can Do That Will Make A Huge Difference In Your Fitness

1. Make sure you get enough sleep!

This one kind of goes without saying.

Too many of us proclaim that we’re sooo busy, that we don’t have enough to sleep as much as we’re supposed to. Some people feel like sleep is for the weak, but sleep is really for the strong.

Most people need somewhere from 6 to 9 hours.  Personally, I need about 7 hours, but everyone is different.
Sleep is when your body repairs itself, and it is essential for maintaining your metabolism, building muscle and losing fat.

Not getting enough sleep has been show to slow down your metabolism by decreasing your resting metabolic rate, making your body burn calories less efficiently and making it easier to gain body fat (12)

My advice is to find what works for you. Know yourself. 

Easy ways to try to get more sleep:

Having a regular sleep routine does wonders. Try to turn off your electronics at least 30 minutes before you plan on going to sleep. Being exposed to blue light late at night has been shown to have a negative effect on circadian rhythm and sleep patterns. If you absolutely must use electronics, try f.lux (computer) or the “Night Shift” feature on iOS. Also, anything to relax or calm you down before you sleep is also a good idea.

2. Meal prep!!

Meal prepping is a complete game changer

The hardest part about getting in shape isn’t working out.

Working out is maybe an hour on most days of the week. It’s the other 23 hours in the day that are the biggest challenge

The key to making the most of those other 23 hours is eating right. And eating right is exponentially easier when you make your own food, i.e. meal prep.

When you prepare your meals ahead of time, it makes your life so much easier because:

1) You already know what you will be eating

2) You will save time because it only takes a few minutes to heat up your food in the microwave once it has already been prepared

3) By making your own food, it becomes much easier to eat healthy because you won’t be tempted to eat fast food

Easy ways to incorporate meal prep:

Pick one day of the week to do most of your cooking. The idea is to make enough food for at least several days, or maybe the whole week if you’re feeling ambitious. Since the setup and cleanup is the same no matter how much you cook, you’ll really be saving a lot of time. If you need help with examples, check out my Instagram page on the right side of the page ———————————–>>>

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