Getting Fit in 2017

shutterstock_248295028A new year signifies the chance for a fresh start with your fitness goals. Whether you’re looking to lose weight or gain muscle, it’s never a bad idea to revisit your fitness and nutrition habits.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this guide as a jumping-off point to getting fit in 2017.

Working Out to Build Muscle and Lose Fat

Depending on who you talk to in the fitness industry, you’ll either be told to focus on cardio or strength training. While both exercise types have their own benefits, incorporating a mixture of the two is your best bet.

High-Intensity Interval Training

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is the ideal way to fit in strength work while getting your heart rate up. According to this report by the American College of Sports Medicine, HIIT is predicted to be a huge trend this year.

Most HIIT workouts utilize your body weight for the strength training aspect (think burpees and squats). These exercises move so quickly that they cover your cardio requirements as well. Take this one, for instance. It’s great for those days when you can’t make it to the gym.

Eating for Health, Not Fun

Our society has taken a necessary component for survival and turned it into entertainment. There’s certainly nothing wrong with enjoying a meal with friends, but it’s important to pay attention to what you put in your body.

What to Eat and What to Avoid

This year, instead of filling up on empty calories, eat clean, whole foods. Include in your daily diet fresh fruits and veggies (frozen is second best), whole grains, and lean meats. Avoid foods that are highly processed and contain too many added ingredients.

It’s also vital to note here that most food products labeled “diet” or “fat-free” are often full of unhealthy additives.

To really get healthy, make lifestyle changes by cutting back on bad carbs, staying away from anything sweet or fried, and incorporating the foods mentioned above.

Tracking Your Progress

Sometimes you need a little something extra to stay motivated. This year, wearable tech is all the rage when it comes to fitness gear.

It’s not just about looking cool. Recent research found that people who use fitness trackers are approximately 30 percent more active. This kind of gear helps you become more self-aware and encourages you to keep moving.

When you’re ready to kick-start 2017 and get fit, reach out to the health experts at Fitness4Less