It’s that time again! The Single Wives Club Fitness and Wellness Challenge has begun! For the next 30 days, we will embark on our journey to health and wellness! With summer steadily approaching and the weather warming up quickly, it’s time to whip-off those sweat pants and grab that crop-top. We all have different goals, but these 10 tips are sure to guide along the way. Get ready, we’re bringing SEXY back!
Set Realistic Goals!
Despite what those infomercials tell you, you will NOT lose 20 pounds in one week. Be sure to set realistic goals for yourself. On average, a person tends to lose 1-2 pounds per week. Remember weight loss should NOT be the ultimate goal. Focus on improving your overall health, endurance, and strength.
Drink LOTS of Water.
Ask any celeb and they will tell you, water is the ultimate tool in maintaining a healthy body. Replace those sugary drinks with water and you will surely see a difference. Experts say you should drink about half of your body weight in water in ounces daily. That means if you weigh 140 lbs., then you should be drinking about 80 oz. of water daily. So forget that outdated adage of “8 glasses a day” and grab that water bottle and chug!
Schedule your workouts.
Consistency is KEY! It is so important to schedule your workouts. Scheduling workouts eliminates the excuse, “I don’t have the time” and helps you stay motivated. Whether morning or night, find a time that works best for you and stick to it. Also, find a reliable fitness partner. You are less likely to skip out on a workout if you know someone is there motivating you to meet them at the gym.
Double-up on Veggies.
The best bodies are built in the kitchen, not the gym. You cannot out work and bad diet. Remember, not all calories are created equal. Add more veggies and fruits and remove those sugars and fats. Planning your meals in advance helps to eliminate the need for fast food and unhealthy snacks.
Toss out that Scale.
Here is the truth, the scale LIES! A scale is the WORST way to measure health. The scale does not account for muscle or height. The scale does not show cardiovascular or strength improvement. In other words, toss that scale out! You are the best judge of your wellness improvements. A better way to judge weight loss is by measuring your waist, bust, and hips with a measuring tape. Also, try a fitness assessment, most gyms offer them for free with membership. If you must get scale, try to limit it to once every two weeks.
Use Fitness Apps.
Yes, there is an app for that. Whether you need advice, motivation, or a healthy recipe, there is an app available to help. The MyFitnessPal app allows you to set goals and track your fitness, food and water intake. RunKeeper keeps track of you daily runs and shows your improvement over time. The best part? They are FREE!
Grab those weights!
Strong is SEXY! Admit it, you’ve dreamed of having strong arms like Michelle and toned legs like Queen Bey. If you want to achieve this look, you must grab those weights. Trust me, you will not get bulky like a man, our bodies aren’t designed like that. Start with light weights (5-7 lbs.) and work your way up!
LOVE THE SKIN YOU ARE IN!
No explanation needed. You are BEAUTIFUL! Love yourself and the rest will come naturally!