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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!
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.