Welcome to the first day of the #28DaysToFit Challenge! If getting fit and toned is what you hope to accomplish over the next four weeks, one of the best ways to reach your goals will be to incorporate a few simple health and wellness practices into your daily routine – starting now. “Committing to 28 days may feel daunting, but we’re here to provide you with the tools and coaching that will support you the entire way, says Flywheel LA instructor coach and psychotherapist Elizabeth Hill. Aside from making fitness a regular habit (or taking your routine to the next level), a healthy, balanced diet is just as important for making total-body changes.
Ready to hit the ground running? Check out these tips for prepping for success from both Elizabeth and FlyBarre Texas instructor Cristin Caulfield as well as our RDs, Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh at C&J Nutrition. From getting your mind and body ready to stocking your kitchen and your gym bag, follow their advice on how to prep for — and stick to — your new routine.
Prep for Success
By Elizabeth Hill, Instructor Coach, Flywheel LA
I could not be more excited to be your instructor coach for the 28 Days to Fit Challenge! I have been teaching at Flywheel since it opened in Los Angeles in 2013, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to get to know more of you. I also have been a psychotherapist since 2006, and I love working with people one-on-one to help them reach their goals.
Here are my top five tips for setting yourself up for success:
- Know that we will work together to form realistic goals.
- Think about the dietary changes that need the most work, whether it’s eating cleaner, moderating your drinking and/or creating more overall nutritional health and balance.
- Before we start, look ahead at your schedule to determine your workout routine. Then, block out your class times!
- Give yourself permission to devote this time to yourself – your partners, friends, children and co-workers will all benefit from a better you. Everyone in my life is happier when I commit to my own wellbeing through fitness, clean eating and overall balance.
- Above all, be ready to have some fun along the way!
Tricks to Stay on Track
By Cristin Caulfield, Instructor Coach, Flywheel Texas
I have been working for Flywheel and FlyBarre since we opened in Texas three years ago and one of the most rewarding parts of my job is being able to watch people work toward their goals — I love the fact that I get to help them achieve what they set out to accomplish. I am looking forward to working with our 28 Days to Fit Challengers and to helping everyone accomplish their fitness goals. I realize that 28 days of intense workouts and eating clean can seem like a long time, but I promise you can do it if you set your mind to it. Plus, the time will absolutely FLY by.
Here are some pointers for staying the course:
- Determine goals for your workouts. Do you want to become more consistent in your routine? Do you want to perfect your form? The first thing you should know is what you want out of this Challenge so you can work towards it – our workshops will help you make the most out of your classes.
- Schedule your workouts for the week ahead of time! Take advantage of booking on Saturdays at 5:00 PM. Then, stick to your plan of action!
- Grocery shop early in the week and spend some time doing meal prep so that you can save time in the days to come.
- Partner up! A friend can help hold you accountable if you’d like some extra support. It could be someone who comes to work out with you or just someone to call when you are dying to stray from the plan.
- Know that you can do this and stay positive! If you stick to this plan you will see and feel such a difference – I promise.
How to Prep Your Kitchen
By Willow & Stephanie, RDs at C&J Nutrition
Did you know that it’s not just what you put in your fridge, but how you put it in, that can help make healthy eating easier? Here are some of our best tips.
- Clean out your fridge! Wipe down shelves with a mixture of white vinegar and water. A clean fridge is the foundation for an organized fridge.
- Don’t overcrowd shelves. If you can’t see the healthy options, you probably won’t choose them.
- Put Grab-n-Go foods on the top shelf. If healthy foods eats are at eye-level, you’re more likely to reach for them when you open the door.
- Keep weekly staples on the middle shelf. Think: things that you’ll use to put together meals throughout the week, like cooked whole grains, marinara sauce, veggies you’ll roast, etc.
- Stock the bottom shelf correctly. Put anything that could drip – like chicken, fish, and other meat – on a plate on the very bottom shelf. It’s also the coldest part of the fridge, so keep dairy here too!
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