January is a popular time of year for people to get back into their fitness goals as well as for people to make New Year’s Resolutions to get involved with fitness or lose weight. January is also the time when I re-evaluate my fitness goals and start preparing for the spring cutting season. I know spring seams far away, but by the time it arrives the hope is that I have built up enough muscle to be able to cut and still maintain my strength levels.
A few weeks before Christmas, Jake and I started a new lifting routine which includes a basic three-day split. I decided to invest in a pair of lifting straps at the advice of a coworker to improve my grip strength and overall improve my dead lifts. For the past two years, I’ve used gloves for lifting but it’s not my hands that need the help anymore as I’ve built up some pretty good calluses. Ladies, do not be afraid of getting calluses from weight lifting. Mine aren’t even noticeable to the eye and most days no one is holding my hands to feel them. In addition to our three-day split, my goal is run or do some form of cardio twice a week. I don’t put a lot of emphasis on cardio during fall or winter, but moving into spring I like to keep it consistent. I’ve never been one for doing ab exercises (I hate them), but this year I’d like to make it one of my goals. Jake and I will probably add ab exercises onto leg day because generally that is our fastest moving day. This weekend I’d like to find a basic everyday ab exercise that I can do in the mornings or evenings on a yoga mat, nothing intense likes those ad challenges I see rolling around on Pinterest. Remember abs are made in the kitchen, not at the gym.
During the fall and winter months, I spoil myself with Pumpkin Spice Lattes, pumpkin cookies, holiday parties, and all weight lifting at the gym. Right now at the turn of the year, I have decided to start tracking what I eat and count my calorie intake. I have used the app My Fitness Pal in the past and I really enjoy it. Not only does it allow my to track my calories, but I can also see the breakdown of the nutrition in the food. The app can keep track of your exercises and how many calories you burn which are then negated from your daily caloric intake. The one downside to the app is that it doesn’t know how many calories are burned during strength exercises. One of my best tips to eating healthy is to meal plan. I like to prepare my lunch and dinners every week, cooking on Sunday’s and packing everything in containers for busy weekdays. I just ordered a weekly whiteboard so that I can better organize meals for myself and for when Jake comes over. I love lists and organizing my thoughts and I have been wanting a whiteboard for over a year now.
I’d like to do these fitness updates every three to four months, during the change of the seasons and fitness routines. Moving into spring, my diet will become more strict with less carbs and high amounts of vegetables and protein. The most important part of my fitness routine is making sure I’m keeping hydrated: drink all the water. Start with a glass right after to step out of bed and add an additional glass or two if you exercise that day.