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Creating a sustainable (and healthy) lifestyle to support your fitness and wellness goals can be, well, complicated—especially when you have a busy schedule. From learning more about lean proteins to figuring out what the best workout is for you, sometimes we need a little*extra* help. That’s where Precision Nutrition comes in.
We synced up with Adam Feit, Level 2 Master Class Coach and Performance Nutrition Coordinator at Precision Nutrition, to get his insights into your top fitness and wellness questions—and how a program with Precision Nutrition can help you maximize your potential and achieve your best self.
A: I like folks to remember the three “S's”—scheduling, structures, and systems. So starting with scheduling, if we know we book it—just like a dentist appointment or a doctor's check-up—we're going to go. So, I always try to make sure I schedule that. With our second S, I want to talk about structure. What does the program look like? Is there a specific focus for each day? And how does this day affect the next day? Making sure we have a good structure will help us stay in line with our third S: having a system. What type of environment are you going to be training in? What can you do? What can’t you do? Understanding where you’re going to be during that workout session is going to help you set up a system to match exercises to your goals, ultimately helping you get that great workout in.
A: It's going to be the one that you do consistently. We have to understand that building muscle is a process. It's not necessarily just about the workout. There are a lot of other things to consider—such as getting adequate calories and sufficient sleep and having a great handle on all the other stressors happening in your life. As well as exercise choice and selection. From a specific workout perspective, I want to make sure there is an element of progressive overload. So within each workout (and as we continue on), it’s constantly getting harder or more difficult. This could be displayed in a variety of different ways. It could be more intense, for example, or a little bit longer. Maybe it’s a combination of the two. The idea is to improve the density of your workout so you're squeezing in more work within a set amount of time. If you’re really limited on time, I would focus on multi-joint ground-based exercises and three-dimensional movements to maximize the amount of muscle used.
A: Personally, I think it's great for some people but not so great for others. If you’re an athlete, and you’re in a high-intensity, repetitive effort, go-go-go type of environment for your sport, it's probably not going to be the best source for the fuel you need to succeed on and off the court (or wherever you might be). If you're a regular person just trying to get a little bit leaner and more fit, it’s something to consider. This style of eating is restrictive, and it’s not the only way. There are many different ways of eating that can help you reach your goals.
A: The first thing I'd always want to make sure of is understanding what's happening before that sweet tooth really gets a hold of you—especially if it's at night. So, a lot of the questions that we’re going to ask are around the types of foods you’re eating. And what types of foods are you not eating? How often are you eating or not eating those foods? And the big one: Why are you eating or not eating those foods? What we have seen working with the clients is that most of these cravings can simply be addressed by taking a look into their behaviors—and the number one thing is the environment where the cravings took place. And so before we start talking about eat this and don't eat that and make some healthy food swaps, let's dig in behind those decisions, and find out why these cravings are hitting you.
A: I'd love to see most of our clients consume anywhere between two and four liters of water per day. If you're a hard-training athlete, it actually might be more like three to four liters per day. This may sound like a lot and at first, and it may feel like a lot, too. How do you make it happen? Step one: Try and fill up a liter water bottle or maybe something like a Nalgene (that's about 32oz), and drink that during your workout. Step two: Refill that bottle, and drink it after your workout or at practice. Step three: For every meal you have throughout the day, try and focus on having one to two cups of water with each meal. That'll help ensure you’re adequately hydrated, which will benefit both your health and performance.
A: You’re already off to a great start! At Precision Nutrition, we actually have a free 5-day course for MINDBODY readers with all of our best strategies on helping you lose fat, gain strength, and transform your body.
If you want to live your healthiest life, Precision Nutrition could be the solution. With hands-on coaches like Adam, they’ve helped thousands get in the best shape of their lives. Try their body transformation program for a complete nutrition and exercise plan that’ll help you get the lasting results you really want. Learn more here!
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.