As we brace for additional winter pandemic restrictions, I’m already getting questions from clients about their concerns about how to avoid quarantine weight gain after many people have had an active summer and fall. The idea of it getting colder out and that you might not move your body as much due to working long hours at home with your family, makes things harder than normal. But don’t fear, I have some tips today to help you stay on track with your goals whether that be weight loss, getting more toned, or maintaining weight loss.
Here are 6 tips to help you avoid quarantine weight gain:
1. Set a new health and fitness goal.
Setting a new goal to work towards is the first step to your success. You will decide on a goal focus, set a realistic timeline in which you will strive to achieve your goal, write it down, and really envision how you will feel and look once you have achieved your goal. Once you have envisioned how it will feel to achieve your goal, next is doing the work. Work on your goal every day in some way.
2. Start a new at-home workout routine.
You might be thinking how much you don’t like exercising at home, but I’m here to tell you that home workouts can be fun! My clients have been doing most of their workouts at home since the beginning of the year. The way we make it fun is by doing live workouts together with a group of like-minded people and their trainer. I have found that it is much easier to stay on track with your workouts when someone is holding you accountable and expecting you to be in class! We have classes all throughout the day so it’s easy for clients to choose when they want to workout.
Some of the best exercises to lose weight at home are high-intensity workouts which include compound movements. We love to incorporate these movements into our online workouts so our clients can maximize their results. You can try one of our fun and energetic online workouts for FREE by signing up with this link!
3. Schedule your workouts every day.
Workouts never just happen so make sure you plan your day to include a time to exercise whether that is before you start your day, on your lunch break, or when your kids are napping. Better yet, you can schedule your online workouts at the same time every day so it becomes a daily habit.
4. Find an accountability partner to help keep you motivated.
Ask a friend, family member, or co-worker to be your accountability partner. Check-in with each other via text or email to encourage each other to complete your daily workouts or eat healthy meals. Having a support system is key so you never feel alone in your journey! This is another reason why having a personal trainer is so beneficial because you automatically have a built-in accountability partner.
5. Be consistent.
Even though we all want fast weight loss results, the truth is, nothing comes fast or easy. We want long-lasting results, so we have to come to realize that consistency is key when it comes to diet and exercise. Your body is unique and will respond to a healthy lifestyle change differently than anyone else's so don’t let the comparison game cause you to give up. It’s also important that you don't start this journey with an end in mind, you have to focus on lifestyle changes that you will incorporate into your daily routine for a lifetime. Being consistent with food, exercise, and a daily schedule will help you along your weight loss journey.
6. Plan out and cook healthy meals.
I’m sure you have heard the quote “you can’t out-exercise a bad diet.” It is true! You can exercise all you want but if you are not eating healthy and also overeating, you won’t be able to make progress. Start focusing on eating healthier, cook more meals at home, try new healthy recipes, or join a healthy meal delivery service. If you are unsure how to get started, then you might really benefit from nutrition coaching!