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Fitness for the New Year

Fitness for the New Year

Okay, it’s here, the New Year and time for a new you. Maybe you've heard it before, but getting fit is usually a combination of the right food and the right fitness regime.  If you have a ways to go before you can claim a healthier life, here are a few good pieces of solid fitness advice to get you started:

Set Goals – We know you've heard how to set goals a million times. But where most people go off the rails is being too ambitious. You are far better to start with “baby steps” to measure your success.  We have a friend who started running three years ago. She had a very smart trainer with her to help her stay focused on those baby step goals, offering loads of encouragement along the way. Early in her training her goals were: walk for 5 minutes, run for 1 minute. It was a gradual climb to continuous running for a number of minutes, and then an increase in intensity.  Three years later she has run a 5K, has set her sights on a half-marathon, and continues to run every other day.

Exercise in Short Bursts – Fitness expert and TV star, Jackie Warner, suggests shorter, more intense workouts. Shorter time frames seem easier to work into your schedule, and greater intensity will have a longer lasting effect on your body over the course of the day.

Track Your Workouts – Keep a log, use an online tool, write little shorthand notes on your calendar.  Anything that will help you remember, what you did and whether you thought it worked, and how you felt (good or bad).  Over time this record is solid proof of your commitment, evidence that you have made progress, and incentive to keep going.

Change Your Playlist – We interpreted this piece of advice two ways. First, if you like to use music during your workouts, consider changing your playlist occasionally to create a new burst of energy to move you to the next level.  Second, consider the playlist of negative thoughts you have running through your head. These are those deep dark secrets of self-talk about your lack of ability or unworthiness.  Dumping this negative self-talk and changing to a playlist of lighter more positive and life affirming messages is another interpretation.

Now on to the food in the fitness and food combination, post work-out snack suggestions from Fitness Magazine call for eating to replenish lost energy with some healthy combinations of protein and carbs. Protein to re-build muscles and carbohydrates to create a fast energy burst. 

This just in for snacking in general, there is new research on popcorn as the perfect snack food. “Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It’s the only snack that is 100 percent unprocessed whole grains. All other grains are processed and diluted with other ingredients, and although cereals are called ‘whole grain,’ this simply means that over 51 percent of the weight of the product is whole grain. One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 percent of the daily intake of whole grain. The average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn could fill that gap in a very pleasant way,” said researcher Joe Vinson PhD, while delivering report to scientific community at annual conference.  To read more visit this site.

And finally, we offer a shout-out to our favorite personal fitness trainers at Iron Quest Fitness in Lansing. These people are well-versed on the right kinds of fitness and food combinations for people of all fitness levels. Take a look at their website to learn more about how they work.

Make it a fit and fabulous New Year!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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