To get fit and lean dedication and consistency are key. There is no quick-fix approach to shaping and toning your body. You’ll need the motivation and drive to keep you pushing, and a routine that keeps you on track. How long it takes to get there depends on you and your body.
Working out is only one piece of the puzzle. If you want to get fit and lean, you’ll need to take your lifestyle and eating habits into consideration. Yep, I mean quit the alcohol, junk food and late nights. To get fit and lean you’ll need to get healthy.
Check out my top tips below to get the fit and lean body of your dreams.
9 ways to get fit and lean
1. Be consistent
I said it once, but I’ll say it again, to get fit and lean consistency is key. That means you should be following a workout routine, and scheduling it into your week. Make it non-negotiable, don’t accept excuses and refuse to skip workouts.
Keep in mind that consistency is about staying on track, not being repetitive. I don’t want you to do the same workouts on loop for months on end. You’ve got to keep your body guessing as much as you have to keep your mind engaged. Every 4-6 weeks, switch up your routine.
2. Find your motivation
Finding the “why” behind your goals will keep you motivated to push forward. Why do you want to get fit and lean? Is it to feel healthier and have more energy? Or maybe it’s about those bikini body goals?
When you feel like you want to quit, or you’re having a sluggish day, remind yourself why you’re doing this. The more you understand your goals, the easier it will be to live a lifestyle that’s dedicated to achieving them.
3. Prioritize your goals
Your goals should always be a priority to you. So to get fit and lean, you have to get real with yourself. Pizza and wine every weekend probably isn’t serving you. Nor is going out drinking every Friday and Saturday night if it means you’re home at 2am. How badly do you want to achieve your goals?
Now, I’m definitely not saying you shouldn’t get out and socialize, or that it’s the end of the world if you have a slice of pizza or a glass of wine. Some things are just good for the soul, and I get that. But it’s about prioritizing what you want to accomplish the majority of the time to make you proud in the long run.
4. Train smart
Your workout routine is an obvious part of getting fit and lean. But are you going about it the right way? If you want to shape and tone your body, plus burn fat, you’ll want to include different forms of training in your routine. That includes resistance training to help build strength and tone muscles, steady state cardio to improve endurance and high intensity interval training (HIIT) to burn fat fast.
5. Rest and recover
When it comes to shaping and toning your body recovery is actually the stage where most of that takes place. Your strength training workout will stress your muscle tissue causing small tears. In recovery, your muscles work to repair themselves increasing and thickening the number of muscle fibers in that area. So even though you may not be working on your day off, your muscles still are.
Taking time to rest and recover also restores your energy levels helping you push harder in future workouts.
6. Stay hydrated
The more you sweat, the more water you need to drink. But hydration also helps to prevent bloating and overeating. Sometimes when you think you’re hungry, you might actually just be thirsty.
Try drinking a large glass of water before eating a snack or meal to avoid eating too much. Adding a teaspoon or tablespoon of chia seeds to your water bottle can help keep you feeling full longer and curb junk food cravings between meals.
7. Eat clean
Processed foods and junk don’t belong in your kitchen if you want to get fit and lean. Instead you want to eat a wide range of whole foods include plenty of vegetables (especially the leafy greens!), fruits, lean protein and healthy fats. Eating clean and healthy doesn’t need to be time consuming or complicated. Include salads, smoothies, overnight oats and stir-fry in your healthy meal planning for quick healthy options.
8. Get enough protein
Get enough protein to help your muscles recover, balance your blood sugar (goodbye sugar cravings!) and keep your metabolism turned up. On average you need 0.8g of protein per kilogram of body weight.
Get it from healthy lean sources including lean cuts of meat or fish, eggs, or opt for plant-based sources of protein including, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
Your body rejuvenates itself during a good night of sleep, helping to boost your mood and keep your energy levels high. Start going to bed earlier to get eight quality hours of sleep each night.
Get into a healthy night time routine, sleep in complete darkness and turn of distractions. You’ll wake up feeling rested in the morning helping you sneak in a workout first thing during busy weeks.
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Body goals that include getting fit and eating better are great for your health. Just make sure you’re doing it for you. Don’t make goals based on other people’s criticism, or the unrealistic photos you see in the media. Go after something that feels right for you, and I promise you’ll have a much easier time achieving it.
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