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11 Fitness, Exercise, and Health Tips to Step Up Your Gym Game [2022]

We are in the final leg of 2022!

If you are familiar with me, you know I am a HUGE fan of "just starting!" For a little back story on that check out my last blog post on that challenge here.

With everyone gearing up to start the "New Year, New Me" stuff in 2023, I wanted to give you a brief list of ways to get a head start on your fitness goals and start building some momentum now!

1: Start Now

This is the most important fitness, shoot, the most important step for anything. Don't spend a lot of time researching for the perfect exercise program or diet. Do something today to begin. Go for a walk, drink one less soda, eat 3 serving of vegetables today, etc. Just begin and then perfect the plan as you go! Let's gooooooooo!


2: Aim for 4 Days of Exercise Per Week

When people start a new program they are all "Gung Ho" and want to start with 6 days a week of exercise. While that is commendable and maybe a great long term goal, it's not realistic initially. 4 days per week in the gym allows you to hit each muscle group twice, keeps it manageable, and gives you something to build upon!

3: Hit Each Muscle Group Twice Per Week

Starting out, I love the upper body/ lower body split! Here is a great place to start:

Monday: Lower Body

Tuesday: Upper Body

Thursday: Lower Body

Friday: Upper Body

4: Treat Leg Day Like It's Your Job

Leg workouts are where we build our base and where the majority of the muscle is located in our bodies. Leg Press is great but squats are more effective and functional. There are so many variations of squats, so find the variation that suits your current fitness level.

5: Count Your Calories

This is boring, I know. But there is no quicker way to succeed... or fail. Download my fitness pal, enter your weight goal, and that's how many calories you should shoot for per day!

6: Measure Your Food

This doesn't have to be super scientific but we are typically terrible and guessing how much we are eating. A lot of times we think we are eating a serving size but we we are actually eating 3! Cereal of the worst. 3/4 cup to 1 cup is a serving and we typically double or triple that.

Get your calories in check by tracking and measuring food. Eventually you will be able to eyeball it if you stick with it!


7: Begin Workouts with Compound Exercises

Obviously, hit a quick warm-up but following that don't just go hop on random machines. Compound exercises are movements that involve multiple joints and muscle groups. Think: squats, deadlifts, bench press, bent row, pull-ups, or shoulder press. These are movements that I like to go heavier on. 5 sets of 5 reps is a great place to start. Progressively getting heavier each set and finishing with a very challenging set.

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8: Protein, Protein, Protein

Focus each and every meal around protein. Protein helps keep you feeling full and it helps build muscle = win, win. Great sources of protein include: eggs, chicken breast, greek yogurt, tuna, whey protein, lean beef, etc. I shoot for 1 gram of protein per pound of my body weight each day. That isn't necessary for everyone. The USDA suggests 0.8 gram of protein per every 2 lbs of bodyweight... seems a bit low to me, so think of that as the absolute bare minimum.

9: Walking is Underrated

If you don't know where to start begin walking daily! Walking is amazing for physical and mental health. Best of all it is free, accessible, and requires zero skill. Aim for 20-30 minutes a day. Also, if you're already super fit this is still applicable. I am in the best shape of my life at 31 and I am still trying to incorporate more walks!


10: Abs are Built in the Gym, Revealed by Diet

If someone gives you an ab workout and tells you that it will "give you abs" run the other way. Core workouts are a great way to strengthen the abs but they won't necessarily give you a 6-pack. Then you have the people that say "abs are made in the kitchen." That's not true either. A lot of skinny people don't have visible abs.

Abs are like any other muscle and must be trained. Abs are best trained by compound exercises and running sprints. Follow workouts by direct ab training to strengthen the core. Combine this with a caloric deficit to see ab definition, meaning we must reduce body fat through diet to see our abs.

11: Fitness and Health are a Lifelong Commitment, Not a 30 Day Challenge

Find a way of exercising and eating that is enjoyable, sustainable, and helps you reach your goals. A lot of us hop from 30 day challenge to juice cleanses to the next craze and just remain in that cycle forever. Being fit, healthy, and strong is a way of life. You will be happier for it and will gain longevity. Results may take longer in the lifestyle approach but they will also last longer!

Find what works for you and then commit!

Don't know where to go from here? Check out my About Me page for more on my story or download my free 4-week bodyweight workout ebook to get started today!



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