Real Talk.

How are you doing on your 2018 Resolution? The excitement was in the air, fireworks got you all fired up and a little too much champers also added fuel to that fire; 2018 was going to be your year! If sprinting for a notepad to write down your new year’s resolutions and jumping to unrealistic expectations were a sport, you’d probably be on your way to the Olympics. And what is usually at the top of our list (except for finally defusing all our vices)?

“Lose a dress size.”

“I want to bulk up.”

“I’m going to be more active.”

“I’m going to get fit and start running marathons.”

“I’m going to eat healthy.”

But the odds are that all these good intentions have probably face-planted into the muck like a clumsy race horse only a couple of metres out of the gate. The unfortunate fact is that ONLY 10% of people actually stick to their resolutions.

Does this mean that we should just give up? That the only New Year’s resolution we should focus on is NOT making any new year’s resolutions?

Not if we tackle WHY we can’t seem to hack it:

  1. Going at it alone – sadly we are not too worried about disappointing ourselves than we are disappointing others. You need someone who will hold you accountable.
  2. Unrealistic goals – Everyone is unique; that also goes for our bodies. Just as unrealistic as it is to think that you will grow another 4 inches when you’re 50, just as unrealistic it is to expect to turn into a Victoria Secret model in your late 30’s after 4 kids.
  3. Impossible expectations – Even if your goals are realistic, your timeline is often not. If you expect a complete physical transformation within 2 weeks, you are bound to get discouraged.
  4. Giving up too easily – Unlike the famous saying, when the going gets tough, the tough tend to just give up.
  5. Time flies – Living a healthy lifestyle has a time commitment attached to it that people often underestimate. When life gets busy, we revert back to the fast food and couch surfing after a tiresome day.
  6. Finances – There is nothing more uninspiring or demotivational than forking out thousands for something you are already not too amped about.
  7. No roadmap – How can you get to a specific destination if you don’t know how to get there in the first place? It’s absolutely crucial to have a plan that’s based on your personal requirements and uniqueness.
  8. Lack of belief – Do you really know how amazing you are? There is LITERALLY no-one else in the world like you! It’s time to set all those self-doubts aside and start believing in yourself.   

We get you. At Hot Feet Fitness we appreciate individuality as much as a healthy lifestyle and our priority is becoming your fitness partner. Let’s show you how to reach your goals in a realistic and fun way! www.hotfeetfitness.com

Your Sleep and Overall Athletic Performance

 

 

When considering our active lifestyles and healthy living routines, it is no surprise that many of us prioritize a workout regimen and a nutrition plan, with hopes that this alone will steer our body in the direction of our goals. A true increase in strength, muscle toning/growth, endurance, and overall athletic performance require more than vegetables and revisited exercises. If you find yourself coming up short on your personal progress, perhaps the missing catalyst is an obvious one that we often overlook… our SLEEP!

 

We discussed the importance of rest for recovery and as we have heard 1000 times, sleep is undoubtedly an important aspect of this! So why are we so quick to neglect our rest but never our workouts, are these really two in the same?

 

Sleep is the easiest way to help our bodies to naturally recover, repair and rebound right back to whatever goals you're working towards. More often than not, we will trade our sleep for additional time. In desperate times this works, although in the long run, this strategy can become quite detrimental to our training and our overall well being. Getting sufficient sleep, rather than overcompensating and forcing more physical activity into the day to achieving faster results can ultimately present the reverse effect on your training. Understanding our physical need and ability to recover, can supercharge workouts and amplify our self care.

 

The Pillars of Athletic Success

  • Sleep
  • Hydration
  • Conditioning
  • Mentally Ready
  • Nutrition

Sleep Impacts on Athletic Performance

  • Reaction Times
  • Memory & Learning
  • Focus
  • Motivation
  • Hormone Release (muscle repair/building, bone growth)
  • Injury Risks
  • Illness Susceptibility

Don’t make sleep the victim of your everyday trade-offs any longer. If you face physical discomforts while you rest, consider the aspects within your control first. Start by evaluating your nightly essentials (mattress, pillows, bedding, bedroom environment) and upgrading to more supportive, breathable and thoughtfully designed options that promote better rest. For active individuals who are a bit rougher and tougher on their joints and bodies, consider a foam mattress built with layers of zoned support.

Submitted by Jax Hendricks 

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