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Savannah Lynx’s Resolutions with Resolve

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It’s the same story every January 1. You finish up the year with a string of cheat days only to swear that THIS is the year you’re finally going to attack your fitness goals. Truth is, even if we desperately want to have a banner year in our health and fitness pursuits, the momentum and energy we start with fresh out the gate in January have most likely burnt out by mid-March. As your steamed chicken and veggie dishes taste more and more bland and your workouts seem less and less fun, the lost quality of life doesn’t seem worth a few extra pounds. Soon enough, you’ve forgotten about that six pack you always wanted and have headed straight for the couch with your two best friends (Ben and Jerry).

Read more from Savannah Lynx: Savannah’s Guide to Your Holiday Hot Bod

But here’s the good news- it doesn’t have to be like that this year. If you really want something, you’ll need to be prepared to do the work. That being said, working smarter, not harder, is the secret to keeping your fitness goals alive in your mind all year round. Nobody wants to eat chicken, fish, and veggies every day for the rest of your life, and working out every single day can be daunting. However, your perfect body isn’t far out of reach if you just try to keep your head in the game, recommit to your goals every morning, and realize that consistency is key. Here are some Lynxy Tips to keep your eyes on the prize until December 31!

Switch It Up
In today’s world, there are thousands of different types of workout styles which means you have a huge spread to choose from. If you haven’t found your exercise go-to, try them all out! Groupon and ClassPass have some great discounted deals, and a lot of gyms will let you in for a free trial if you talk to the manager. Between SoulCycle, PureBarre, F45, hot yoga, pilates, CrossFit, and Zumba, you could literally take a different class every day for the rest of your life…ok maybe not but you get what I mean.

Make Cheat Days/Meals a Thing of The Past
I’ve seen too many people create super bad nutrition habits thinking that they’ll have one day to totally splurge on whatever they want. Consistent effort over time is the only way to ensure lasting results, not quick fixes or gimmicks. Personally, I believe cheat days tend to incur a binge mentality which can spiral out of control pretty quickly. Instead of planning on going ham on some cheese fries, two milkshakes, a stack of pancakes, and a large Coca-Cola, allow yourself a few bites of indulgence as the week progresses. Allowing yourself some wiggle room is the way to make sure you’ll bend without breaking!

Listen to Your Body
In the fitness world, everyone’s always screaming at you to PUSH YOURSELF. But sometimes, you need to know when to take your foot off the gas. If you’ve been in the gym every day for two weeks and need a day off, take it! However, I’m a big believer in always making it to the gym- regardless of my workout. Even if I don’t plan on working out, just walking on the treadmill and reading or watching TV is much better than sitting on the couch and mindlessly munching on snacks.

Grab a Friend
No matter whether you want to get in shape for your next competition or lose that stubborn extra five pounds, it’s always a good idea to share your fitness goals with a friend. Chances are, almost all of your friends would like to alter the way they eat and/or exercise, so why not pair up with a partner and see your improvement together! Chasing that next goal will become a team effort, and you’ll have a built-in support system and someone to hold you accountable when you want to give up. Think about it- you’re much less likely to skip a workout when your friend is counting on you to be there. Two heads are better than one!

Update!
So you made your resolution in January- but now it’s almost February and you have a clearer vision of what needs to be done in order to make it long term. At the first of each month, update your resolution! Make it more detailed by adding, altering, or even changing it completely to make it more tailored to you now that you’ve been in the game. A lot of times we miss our target because we’re too stubborn to see that we’re actually aiming for the wrong thing. Take some time to re-envision your goals and map out what you need to do to get where you want to be. If you’re serious about reaching your fitness potential, you’ll need to take mental inventory of every piece of the puzzle.

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3 Tips to Burn More Fat Using Sprint Workouts

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These days, many different types of workouts are available. When you’re thinking about workouts which you can easily practice outdoors, sprint workouts are the 1st ones which will come into your mind. That is why you have to always think about opting for proper sprint workouts. Instead of just going for the milder ones, you have to go for the ones which will actually help you in burning more fat. Today, we will share with you 3 tips which will help you in burning more fat using sprint workouts.

Also, check out: Can You Build Muscle And Lose Body Fat At The Same Time?

1 Warming up to speeding up:
Instead of directly sprinting, you have to always start with the warm-up. When you start with the warm-up, it will become much easier for you to reach the higher speeds as well. This will also ensure that you are able to burn more calories as well. You can even create a warm-up drill as well. It can be with simple movements like fast legs, bouncing or skipping. When you are able to do that, you will be able to increase the number of calories which you burn during the sprinting workouts.



2 Quick repeats:
In sprint workouts, there are various movements which can be repeated. This will ensure that you are able to opt for High-intensity bursts as well. When you are able to move in high-intensity bursts, it will become easier for you to burn more calories. You have to always keep in mind that sprint workouts should last for less period of time. Only when they are of high-intensity, you will be able to burn more calories. You have to keep this factor in mind and after that, you have to choose the movements which you can include in your sprint workout.

3 Downhill sprinting:
Another way to increase the intensity of your sprinting workout is to opt for downhill sprinting. When you opt for downhill sprinting, you will have to control your speed with the help of your strength. This will put in more pressure on your muscles. Thus, if you’re looking to lose weight and build muscles, downhill sprinting workouts are the best option for you. You can increase the intensity level which will help you in burning more calories.

Thus, when it comes to sprinting workouts, it is important for you to keep these 3 factors in mind. Only when you are able to keep these 3 tips in mind, it will become easier for you to lose weight using the sprinting workouts. At the same point in time, it is important to increase the intensity slowly so that your body becomes more used to it.

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Can You Build Muscle And Lose Body Fat At The Same Time?

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One question I am continually asked is, “Is it possible to lose body fat and gain muscle at the same time?” My answer is an emphatic YES!

First of all, to build muscle, you must constantly overload the muscles in the gym. Heavy training is of utmost importance. Even when you are on a calorie-deprived diet to lose body fat, you must be mentally tough and continue to train heavily to preserve and even build muscle mass. And, as I’ve discussed several times already, back up heavy training by eating high-quality protein on a consistent basis.

Also, check out: 3 Ways to Create a Proper Workout



To lose body fat and still gain muscle, you must really watch your diet closely. Keep your daily caloric intake below your maintenance level. When you reduce your calories, be sure to keep your diet high in quality protein. Most of your calories should come from your carbohydrate consumption. Of course, watch your fat intake.

Here is how I suggest you manipulate your carbohydrate consumption: For a couple of days, eat only vegetables for carbohydrates then go back to grains like rice, potatoes, and pasta for a couple of days. Rotate in this manner and see how quickly you start melting the fat. Because carbohydrates give you energy, this may become difficult at times. Nevertheless, it is a very effective strategy.

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Get A Strong Heart With Balance Ball

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The exercise benefit you may want from exercise may differ greatly from the exercise benefit someone else wants but some things remain the same.

Also, read: Courtney Gardner’s Track Workout Tips

Strong Heart:
A strong heart does not have to work so hard so you are less likely to have a heart attack. Regular exercise also increases your HDL (good) cholesterol and helps lower your total cholesterol. Exercise also helps lower your blood pressure. Your lungs will also benefit from exercise as they become better conditioned so that activities such as climbing stairs will not make you out of breath.

Any exercise tip you use needs to be simple yet smart enough so you can use the exercise tips to quickly and easily adapt your exercise habits to continue to push ahead and reach your health, fitness, and physical appearance goals and still have the time for a great family life.



Exercise tip for an exercise benefit:
Get a baby jogger. You don’t have to run or jog, walking at a fast pace will do just as good, but you should get a baby jogger they’re much easier and smoother than a regular stroller for this.

Increased Self-Esteem:
Gaining control of your body size and weight through fitness is an amazing way to increase self-esteem. You look better and are more confident which empowers you in everything you do. You will find that the self-discipline required and learned through regular exercise spills over into other areas of your life and you will be better able to make other necessary and desirable changes.

Start by talking with your doctor. This is especially important if you haven’t been active, if you have any health problems, or if you’re pregnant or elderly.

Exercise Makes Your Heart Happy:
You may know that your heart is a muscle. It works hard, pumping blood every day of your life. You can help this important muscle get stronger by doing aerobic exercise.

Balance Ball:
You’ve seen them lying around the gym, but you’ve never really known what to do with them. At first, you may have thought they looked “girly,” but then you probably saw some of the most muscular guys at your gym using them. Balance ball is a great way to get great abs! We urge you to find out more about balance ball exercises!

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