Are you a highly healthy person?
What does that mean to you? I would really like to hear what you think, seriously, comment below or find me on social media (links below).
Here's how I think about it: our bodies are very complex and durable bio-machines. And like any other highly complex machine, it has a lot of moving parts that require check-ups and maintenance.
Our bodies need the right fuels, the right preventative care and the right support when things break down.
Below are five areas I focus on the most and have helped me reach fitness goals as a professional trainer, kettlebell athlete and fitness model.
Drink water (first thing in the morning)
When you sleep you become dehydrated. Hydrating first thing in the morning will give you a great head start on staying hydrated all day. Proper hydration also helps with proper digestion (it detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries waste away). Goal: try for at least 16oz as soon as you roll out of bed.
Eat a diet rich in a variety of colors
"Eat the rainbow," but I don't mean Skittles :) Eating a variety of colored foods will ensure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function at its optimum level. Think: berries, bell peppers, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, leafy greens...
Most of you daily vitamin A, C, and E requirements can be found in most green foods, like spinach, brussel sprouts, broccoli, artichoke and kale. Green foods also contain minerals like iron and zinc. In addition to A,C, and E, red and orange foods also contain a significant amount of potassium, vitamin K, and carotenoids.
Quit counting calories
When you stop eating processed foods and eat the right balance of protein, fat, and carbs, you will lose weight without having to count anything!
Each meal should consist of protein, healthy fats, and carbs. Carbs from vegetables are best before a work out; starchy carbs and grains are best eaten after a workout. I have plenty of meal plans you can use to help you stay on track.
Fuel the mind with gratitude
Just focusing on positive thoughts has been shown to decrease the levels of the "stress hormone" called cortisol in your body. Working out also helps your body manage cortisol in a healthy way. One thing to be grateful for: the ability to workout and think happy thoughts!
Live by the list
Create a list of things you need to get done, and stick to it. Not like a grocery list, or a to-do list. This is a list of ACTIONS that will help you prevent injury, disease or dysfunction. Speak with a physician for advice or shoot me a note for clarification.
Being consistent on things helps you turn these into habits, like warming-up before a workout and stretching afterwards. So once you start, just make the time to get it done - and DON'T STOP ;)
Audrey is an ISSA, USAKL and Crossfit Level 1 certified fitness trainer specializing in kettlebells. She's developed group and personalized training programs for children and adults in weightlifting technique, kettlebell lifting & kettlebell sport. She's all about helping people not only reach their physical training goals but mental and emotional as well. Body-wellness is a key ingredient towards a healthier and happier you. You can find her on Instagram @audreyburgio.