Don’t let life get in the way of working out and staying fit. You may not be able to walk, run, bike, or hike outside during severe weather conditions, and just making it to the gym is half the battle sometimes; hectic schedules and many other obstacles keep you from looking great. Keep your mind and body in shape no matter what the season with these six essential methods that will have you looking fabulous when it’s time to come out of hibernation.
Home Workout: Peacocking is about maximizing your time and finding solutions to attain your goals. Here is a quick and highly effective 30 to 60 minute (your choice, more or less) workout that requires cardio, strength, balance, and flexibility. Unlike running this workout will continue to burn calories long after you’ve finished. We’ve found the 60 minute Bodyrock Six Pack Burnout workout is just one example of a myriad of online programs that can be done at home rapidly, effectively and efficiently anytime – no gym membership needed.
Intensify Your Workout: Use a timer to keep pace. First, download the free Gymboss interval timer app for your smartphone (iPhone or Droid download); this is essential to keep you on time and on track – each exercise session will be timed with this app. On Gymboss set up the ‘Rest’ and ‘Work’ timers to intervals that your fitness level can handle. Begin with 15 seconds for ‘Rest’ and 30 seconds for ‘Work’. Progressively increase your workout duration from a 20 minute workout to an hour over the course of a few weeks. With proper diet and exercise intensity you should be able to increase the time substantially.
Juicehead: Try substituting one of your meals a day with a shake or detox juice drink. With so many tasty liquid options available you’re sure to find some that you’ll love. One of the many benefits of juicing is it allows the body to get rid of toxins within your system. The healing properties of juicing allow you to eat fruits and vegetables that you wouldn’t normally eat, resulting in a multitude of health benefits. Cleaner and clearer skin, flatter stomachs, and guarding your organs against oxidative cellular damage all come from this form of diet.
Pack your own lunch! By bringing your own lunch to work not only will you be saving dollars, but calories as well! Ordering take-out may seem harmless and easy, but research shows that making that choice several times a week is tied to increased insulin resistance and weight gain. Food ordered from restaurants is higher in fat, portion size, calories, and cost. Since you might not be as active during the work day all of those extra calories turn into pounds. By preparing your own meals at home you will be able to control portion size, and exactly what is going into your body, making healthier choices easier.
Mind & Body: Getting an expert massage is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Spas have been around since ancient times and for good reason – they work. A massage releases a hormone called serotonin that enhances the body and mind’s “feel good” state which leaves your mind, body and soul in perfect working harmony. Whether you’re looking to relax, recharge, reflect, detox, beautify or to alleviate pain and stiffness a professional massage is an enormous lifestyle benefit. Also known to increase circulation, improve endurance, and increase joint flexibility. Spa treatments are always Peacock!
Get Checked Out: You’ve made a decision to improve your health which in turn will improve your lifestyle. This is just another step to elevate your commitment. Make an appointment with your physician before you start any new workout or diet. This will give you a baseline as to where your biochemistry and fitness level are currently. By doing this it will help you target your goals and measure your progress. You’ll feel healthier the moment you make that appointment!