It’s been a long road to get here, but today is day 84 of my 90 Day Challenge! Where has the time gone…?!
Oh ya, it’s disappeared in pool of sweat I’ve left behind on the studio floor of Blitz Conditioning and it flashed by while I was busy pushing myself through endless pushups, flies, squats, suspended jack-knife’s and all sorts of other modified one-arm, one-leg balancing act exercises Chris could come up with.
A lot of time was also spent studying articles and words of wisdom from experts all over the world about proper nutrition when exercising to lose weight and gain muscle. Not only did I spend a lot of time reading up on helpful information, but I spent a lot of time in my kitchen trying out tasty recipes (like the oh-so-delicious Turkey Meatloaf Muffins & the Death-by-Garlic Roasted Asparagus!). I’ve spent as much time researching and cooking as I have working out – and I loved every single minute of it!
Everything I’ve done so far has taught me three key points about boosting your metabolism – which is important, because a quicker metabolism is crucial to getting that body you really want!
1. High Intensity Interval Training
- After perusing sights like bodybuilding.com, livestrong.com and other worthy workout/nutrition/healthy lifestyle sights – article after article on every sight promotes High Intensity Interval Training as the best way to quickly lose weight and gain valuable muscle. When I say “quickly”, it doesn’t mean instantly. If you make a daily routine habit of incorporating a high intensity, circuit set workout into your day, you should definitely see results and start feeling better.
2. Clean & Balanced Eating
- I learned the hard way – but I realized that when I don’t eat clean, non-processed food at regular intervals throughout the day, I struggle with my focus at work, during my workout and even when I sleep at night. (Food hangovers are just as suck-y as liquor ones – so I suggest sticking to the good stuff!)
- Good, clean food includes lean meats (chicken, turkey, fish, and lean beef), green vegetables, and other great veggies like cucumbers, peppers, asparagus, celery, tomatos, and (my personal favourite) garlic. Make sure to balance everything out with some slow digesting carbs like yams or red potatoes at least once a day and avoid other heavier carbohydrates like bread. (This is just my personal preference – but I’ve ridded my own diet of breads!)
- When you start eating and incorporating clean foods like the ones I mentioned above and follow a balanced meal approach, you could boost your metabolism right up to the point that you’re burning fat 24 hours a day! It’s a pretty cool feeling when it actually happens 🙂
3. Plenty of Sleep
- This is something I’m not so great at, but all my online research spoke highly of a good night’s rest. Sleep helps you recover from your the ‘stress’ of each day and getting a quality 8 hours could boost your metabolism a significant amount. While I still struggle with this, I have noticed that I can lift heavier and work harder in the gym the next morning after a good night’s rest. When I don’t get enough sleep (like yesterday morning), I’m sluggish to the point where I may not even get a good sweat on. Not good!
These are just 3 of the many things I’ve been reading about, and things I’m working on to try and push my results during these last few weeks. Separately, they are small things that you can focus on and become really good at! (trust me, if I can kind of do it you can!) When you incorporate them together, they’re a powerful tripod to boosting your metabolism and the fuel power to achieving that happy and healthy lifestyle!
There’s just one week left! Time to turn on the afterburners and push through this coming long weekend! I have a bachelor party to attend this weekend, and I’ll be spending some quality time with good friends and my family – so it’ll be interesting to see how what happens…
Wish me luck! And good luck to you with your workout goals!