Thursday, August 25, 2016

How To Fuel Your Body: By Amanda Hughes:

This week's guest blog post is about fitness. My guest blogger is a nurse & a fitness instructor. She has provided some great information on exercising & eating healthy.


Over the last several years, I have learned that both working out
and fueling your body properly are both equally important, so I teach people how to apply both to find the results they are seeking. I believe in providing encouragement, support and accountability, which are key to living an overall healthy and fit lifestyle! The hardest thing people
face when changing habits and beginning a healthy lifestyle is waiting for the results. Whether the goal is fat loss, a gain in muscle, a gain in strength, or just an overall healthier body, they all can be achieved by making daily changes. Small changes equal big results that last. There's no quick fix or fad diet that can give you the long-term results we all desire. Here are some fitness and nutrition tips that can help anyone no matter where they as on this fitness journey:

-  Eat a well-balanced breakfast every morning. It wakes up your metabolism for the day and keeps your body functioning optimally. 


-  Eat 4-5 meals daily. For example, breakfast, lunch, dinner and two small snacks. This also keeps your metabolism moving faster. This keeps energy levels higher throughout the day as well. 


-  Perform strength training workouts 2-3 times weekly. It is a myth that as a woman you will become "bulky" when lifting weights. The more muscle mass you have, even lean muscle, the more your body will burn calories. 


-  Don't focus on tons of cardio but instead limit it to 3-4 times and increments of 35-45 minutes. Shorter high intensity intervals are best. 


-  Make attainable goals for each week, month and year. Focus on one at a time and develop the daily habits necessary to achieve them. 


-  Practice a lifestyle of eating 90% clean and healthy, allowing yourself some splurges. 


-  If you need individual help with either nutrition or fitness goals, seek an expert for the best results 
Above all, enjoy the journey, respect and love yourself where you are, and don't compare yourself to other women. 



My name is Amanda and I am a 39-year-old wife and mom who has a passion for health and fitness. I have been a nurse for over 10 years and love helping to improve the lives of others. My love for healthy eating and strength training developed into a desire to help others find that same love and passion. This led me to obtain my fitness nutrition and personal training certifications through ISSA. I am a fitness nutritionist and personal trainer at Fusion Fitness of Memphis.



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