2020 was quite the year, and for many of us, 2021 is already off to a bit of a stressful start. For billions of people around the world, 2020 meant leading a confused, stressful, and often sedentary lifestyle to stay safe. After months in quarantine, most people are beginning to crave some normalcy, and are excited at the prospect of what this new year could bring.
To prepare yourself to face the year head-on, the best place to start is with your body. Your body is what guides you through every part of your life and helps you to achieve everything from the smallest most basic task to your most proud moments. Your body makes you feel beautiful, makes you feel strong, and makes you feel resilient, which is why it is time to start treating it right for a better, brighter 2021. In this guide, we’re going to talk about a few of the ways you can begin to invest in your physical health for the coming year.
Emphasize Outside Activities
Whether for yourself or clients you are working with, emphasizing the importance of going outside and doing some kind of physical activity is possibly the most important step for enhancing your physical resilience. Yes, you’ll still need to be careful and stay a safe distance from others enjoying the great outdoors, but we encourage you to step outside and breathe the fresh air to help strengthen and fortify your physical and mental resolve.
Unlike working out inside, working out in nature comes with plenty of surprises that help to keep you alert and on your toes. Terrain changes, rain falls, seasons change, and no two paths are ever quite alike, forcing you to become an adaptive, confident individual even on paths you are unfamiliar with.
2021 is the year to stop avoiding stretching! Yes, yes, we know, you don’t have time to stretch before and after your workout, but if you set your mind to it, you’ll find that adding a few extra stretches to your movement routine will help you to feel calmer and more at ease. Stretching isn’t just to loosen up your muscles and rejuvenate your blood flow, it can help you to become more mentally and emotionally settled, and can even improve your mood when done in the morning before heading off to work. Whenever possible: stretch it out!
Take a Course
Whether you are a professional personal trainer with years of experience under your belt or are a freshly-initiated workout fan looking for your first class, taking a course is a great way to help fortify your knowledge and build your skillset. At PT Academy, we offer several personal trainer courses and certifications as well as continuing education credits for established fitness professionals looking to expand their knowledge. You see, even the best, most dedicated athletes need a little push now and then, so take this as a sign for you to build yourself up this year in 2021.
Build a Meal Plan
Eating is one of the most important things we can do for our bodies and goes hand in hand with exercise to build strength and physical resilience. Working out is an excellent way to increase strength and improve your health, but without proper nutrition behind the workout, you won’t see or feel lasting results. Building a healthy meal plan into your daily routine could help you to feel more confident and in control, and will allow you to choose only the best and most beneficial ingredients to help fortify your health.
Eating healthy vegetables, plenty of fruits, and lots of protein while avoiding processed foods and those heavy in sugar can help to support immune, digestive, and heart health, and can help to give you improved energy for longer, more effective workouts.
Like stretching, meditation is an often overlooked aspect of physical wellness that can help you to release physical tension, gain a sense of calm, and release stress and negative emotional energy. Meditating once or twice a week may be enough to help you feel more centered, and could help your body to self-regulate more effectively having been given a moment to actively rest. Meditation not only helps to calm the mind, but it can also help you to develop a keener sense of focus when working out, and help you to wind down more quickly to enter recovery after a particularly tough session.
Discover more tips, tricks, and advice for building the healthiest, happiest life possible when you visit PT Academy online today.