How do you stay consistent with your fitness routine and make progress at the same time?
By doing what’s right for your body, mind, AND soul!
In this article, we will explore how to perform your best. This is not about following the program of an elite athlete, but discovering what works for you today, right now and levelling up from there.
The approach: Make it easier to perform, by truly supporting your entire self.
1. Accept where you are today.
A lot of us want to be better than where we are today. But knowing exactly where we are today will help us know what to do, to help us reach our goals in the future. If we over-train, or push too much, we can injure our bodies and have a big setback. However, if we stay in touch with our body and mind, and truly nurture it, it will be easier to reach our goals and to stay consistent working at them.
- So, do a pulse check.
- Where are you today?
- What is your current performance like?
- Do you measure time, length, distance, power, strength, height, or speed?
- What is your current mindset like? Are you happy with your performance?
- Where do you want to improve? What can you tweak to best support your performance?
Tip: Keep track of your progress with a journal or chart.
This is especially important when you feel like nothing is changing. It is nice to see what has changed since the beginning of your journey.
2. Support your physical body.
We are what we eat and, when we challenge our body with strong movements, we need to provide our body with the building blocks it needs to stay strong and work as it should. This means getting enough macro-nutrition: protein, carbohydrates, and fats as well as the micro-nutrition, including vitamins and minerals.
This is not the time to diet, but the time to focus on eating whole, plant-based foods and finding balance with other foods so you don’t feel deprived. If you’re not sure if you’re getting all that you need, it could also be great to supplement your diet. Food supplements help you to consistently add in concentrated plant-based nutrition to your diet – every day.
Tip: Use food supplements to support your diet with concentrated plant-based nutrition.
For example, supplement your fitness routine with a Juice Plus+ Perform Shake.
Juice Plus+ Perform is a fruit-fusion flavour shake that gives you protein1 to build your muscles, mental focus3 to support your workout, bone support4, and energy production2 to help you stay consistent with your fitness programme. Enjoy as part of a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
1Protein contributes to the growth in muscle mass.
2B Vitamins (B1,B2, B5 and B6) contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism.
3Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) contributes to normal mental performance.
4Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal bones.
French Professional Footballer, FC Fleury
“As a professional footballer, 80% of your performance depends on your diet, so it is important to provide your body with the essential nutrition at every age to maximise health, well-being, performance and recovery.”
Rest and recovery
Almost more important than anything else, is to allow your body adequate time to rest and recover. This is something to explore and “play” with and can change over time, so keep track.
- How long between workouts or trainings do you have a break?
- How long do you need to sleep and rest in the evenings to feel your best the next day?
- When do you feel rested and refreshed and what allows you to feel that way?
- How many days can you work out during the week? Maybe you need 1 rest day. Maybe you need 2-3 rest days to get the best out of your performance.
Tip: The trick here is to not get down on yourself if you are tired.
The trick is to notice when you are tired and find the best way to refresh and reset. Focus on the positive self-talk and it will bring you forward.
Paralympic athlete and a father of three.
“Sleep is part of the body recovery and I always take a micro nap during the day. I try to go to bed at the same time every day and to wake up at the same time as well.”