• Rest. The goal of exercise is to break down body tissue and then allow your system to regenerate itself while you are resting. If you remove rest, you will always be in a state of breaking your body down; and not only will you be discouraged and disappointed with your results, but you can create a chronic problem that changes how you move for the rest of your life. Take days off to fully benefit from your effort. Note: even God rested after He worked. Probably not because He needed to but to be a good example.
• Nutrition. To build a great structure, you must use quality building materials, and this is no different with your body. Your results and body condition are directly related to your food choices. To grow great tissue and speed up healing, pay particular to your intake of these items:
• Water — aids in all rebuilding processes and joint health
• Vegetables — colorful veggies like spinach and broccoli supply vitamins, minerals, and oils essential for healthy tissue repair
• Protein — lean proteins like fish and nuts supply the primary building blocks for cellular repair and omega oils, which help with inflammation.
Nothing stalls out fitness momentum like getting hurt. A nagging elbow, achy knee, or sore back is a total buzz-kill to your new-found activity level, so be wise. Listen to your body and supply it with what it needs to rebuild itself. Prevention is the best solution to avoiding injury and staying on track to achieve your fitness goals.
Mark Moreland is the owner of Body Outfitters Personal Training Studio in Zionsville and has 13 years of experience as a personal trainer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.