You worked harder than ever to achieve the impressive results you’ve wanted. After all those months of turning down unhealthy food
and exercising most days out of the week, you might think that your job is done. Actually, this is not the case. Now you need to stay on top of your game to keep looking and feeling incredible. Here are 10 ways you can maintain your fitness after reaching your health goal (and how The Edge For Men can help!):
Now is not the time to rest on your laurels and binge-watch
Netflix for days on end. Stay physically active! Continue aiming for at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity each week. You can accomplish this by walking during your lunch hour, doing push-ups during commercial breaks, or even challenging your friend to a tennis match.
Track What You Eat
It can be really easy to forget that you went a little overboard with snacks or had a heavier dinner than you thought. Not when you record your meals and snacks. Doing so can help hold you accountable, fuel your motivation, and keep the pounds off. Log your entries old school by pen and paper or by using a handy app!
Check in with the Scale
Believe it or not, the scale is your friend – a good friend, actually. It encourages you when you do well and gives you tough love when you need it. A weekly check-in with the scale can help you maintain your fitness and detect any small gains you might have experienced in your weight, which can help you take action quickly. And no, you don’t have to be obsessive about it – weekly check-ins work best.
Sit Less, Move More
You’ve heard that sitting is the new smoking and for good reason. More and more evidence is showing just how hazardous prolonged sitting is for your health. Leading a habitually sedentary life can increase your risk for diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and several other health issues. It can also increase pain as your muscles and joints begin to stiffen and tighten up. Get up, stretch, and move around for a few minutes every hour. Walk around while you talk on the phone. Watch your favorite series while you hit the elliptical. Whatever you do, make sure you’re interspersing plenty of movement throughout your day.
Enjoy the Same Foods
We hate to break it to the foodies out there, but sticking to the same meal plan can really help stave off those extra pounds. When you eat the same healthy food almost all the time, your body is in tune with portion size and proportioned nutrients it will gain. You’re also less likely to overeat, which often occurs when you eat a lot of different food.
Eat at Home
If you want to keep your body in tip-top shape, reserve dining out for special occasions. When you eat at home, you control what kind and how much food you’re consuming. Besides, you’ll save quite a bit of money and time overall, which can allow you to squeeze in your workouts.
Schedule Your Workouts
Speaking of getting some exercising in, we suggest putting it on the calendar. It’s one thing to simply say you’ll go for a walk or hit the gym after work. It’s quite another to carve out the time in your busy schedule and treat it like an appointment. When you make time for your workouts, you become more consistent and disciplined, which helps keep your body in great shape.
Mix it Up
The human body is pretty good at adapting – this includes your workouts. Challenge it frequently to keep the pounds off. Are you a runner? Try boxing or Pilates. Love to lift weights? Get some laps in by bike or by pool.
Any fought battle has been won with strategy and preparation. Your health is a war that you can keep winning, especially when you come armed with healthy snacks! We suggest keeping servings of fruit, nuts, seeds, and other small treats with you whenever you need a quick pick-me-up. Doing so can also help ward off the siren call of the drive-thru.
Enlist a Little Help
Seeking help is never a sign of weakness; in fact, we see it as true strength. If your body isn’t exactly where you want it to be, the experts at The Edge For Men can lend a helping hand with non-invasive procedures like Emsculpt and CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting safely and effectively destroys targeted fat through the power of controlled cooling. This procedure is especially useful for fat that has been historically unresponsive to diet and exercise.
Want to build up muscle and eliminate fat at the same time?
Emsculpt could be your answer. It uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy (HIFEM) to create a whopping 20,000 supramaximal muscle contractions. Your muscles will become even stronger as that pesky fat disappears.
Stay on your A-game – call The Edge For Men in St. Louis at
(314) 736-4MEN today!