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10 Fitness Tips For Beginners

10 Fitness Tips For Beginners are solid steps for you if you’re just starting out on your new fitness journey. These tips are also great if you’ve been away from health and fitness for awhile and you’re just getting going again.

Always consult a medical professional before starting any new fitness program to make sure you’re ready for it. The best way to adopt a new fitness focused lifestyle is to find a program you like and stick with it!

10 Fitness Tips For Beginners

  1. Make Your Workout Worth It

If you want to get the most out of your workout, you need to remember that around 80% of the results that you get from your workout actually come from just 20% of your workout.

That means that in an hour’s session, only 12 minutes of the workout will contribute to the bulk of your results. You need to make those minutes really count. Use compound movements that work more than one muscle group at a time to really make the most of your time.

Here are some simple to follow examples of compound movements that you can do anywhere, anytime. Click the link => Carrie Burrows YouTube Play List

  1. Remember To Eat Healthy

Your body shaping goals can only be achieved by eating a healthy diet. If you’re going to the gym so that you can go home and eat a double triple cheeseburger with a 2-person serving of French fries, you won’t do your body any favors ever.

You should make sure that you eat in moderation, and remember that if you’re burning off more calories, you will need to eat that little bit more so that you have enough energy. Balance your nutrition and avoid faddy diets.

  1. Change Your Eating Habits

You need to make sure that you eat properly as well as eating healthily. Eating properly includes eating at the right times of the day. Skipping breakfast can be a really bad idea and you shouldn’t eat too late in the evening either. On the other hand, some people can’t eat breakfast at all.

Here’s how to keep it simple.

If you are overweight, or not in the shape you want to be, your current eating habits aren’t working for you. Speak to a personal trainer or nutritionist (a current one that has been trained in the last decade or has at least kept up with current science) about what would work for you so that you can achieve your goals.

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  1. Plan Out Your Routine

To make sure that you know just when you’re going to be working out and when you can look forward to some downtime, you really should come up with a plan. Remember to include rest days and be realistic about how much time you can make free.

Remember to stick to your schedule as much as possible so that you don’t slide into the habit of skipping the gym and make your targets achievable.

  1. Make A 100% Commitment

You need to remember that your body transformation needs complete dedication from you. You can’t skip a day or two here and there, because you feel as though you deserve it. Plan when your rest day will be and stick to that. Even if you have a vacation planned, check out the local gym, and make sure to take some time each day to continue to work out. Keep up with the healthy eating too.

  1. Don’t Let Perfection And Perception Put You Off

It’s easy to look at a female bodybuilder and suddenly panic. You’re a woman who is trying to lose weight and develop a petite and slender figure and you see these ripped, cut, beefy, thick women.

Or, you scroll Instagram and see these fabulously beautiful, slender, slim, tight 20 somethings and immediately get discouraged by the perfection.

The reality is that it is virtually impossible for women to bulk up like a man; it requires a particular plan and effort and when you were 20 you could probably look like Barbie from Instagram too.

You see the results of hours upon hours in the gym daily. Lifestyles that are out of balance. Full time jobs and sponsorships that pay them to work out.

Your plan will be a lot different than the Barbie or the Barbell body. Stick to a plan that is right for your goals, your needs and your life. You won’t go wrong when you have a plan that is easy to follow and simple to do.

  1. Keep It Simple 

You should remember that you are only starting out with fitness. Familiarize yourself with the basics first to avoid injury and putting yourself off.

We want you to continue with your improvements!

Start off with some shorter sessions and then expand your workouts as you become more confident and as your fitness, levels start to rise.

There is no shame in taking ‘baby steps’ when they lead to bigger steps and jumps and leaps. There is shame in quitting and not getting back up again.

  1. Prepare For Your New Routine

Make sure that you make the time workout and have a rough plan of how you would like your it to go. You need to come up with some realistic goals too. If you want to have 6-pack abs, aim to achieve muscle definition within 6 months! You would like to lose 30 pounds then you need to make sure that the timeframe that you set for yourself is achievable.

If you don’t know what your targets are you will never get there.

  1. Remember Cardio

So you want to get 6-pack abs, bulging biceps, and strong legs? You can’t get those things by just lifting weights. You must remember that while you’re working out, you should fit in a good amount of cardio.

If you’re already carrying excess weight, you need to make sure that you burn off the fat by doing cardio combined with resistance training. Your muscle will start to show through while the fat gets burned away properly.

Fat does not turn into muscle. One gives way to the other. You want a program that speeds fat burning, focuses on lean muscle strengthening and overall fitness.

  1. Use A Visual Inspiration

It is very helpful to have a visual inspiration to keep you motivated to lose weight. Try performing a Google image search to find photos of people who have a body shape and size similar to your own ideals.

Print them out and put them where you’ll see them. Your work desk, on your car dashboard, bathroom mirror or on the fridge. This will ensure that you have a visual goal that will keep you motivated every single day!

Next Steps

Follow these easy 10 Fitness Tips For Beginners and you’ll be on your way to a great new you!

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Mother’s Day: A DAY? WHAT WAS THAT?

Happy post Mother’s Day!

The best part of my life is being a Mom! Without a doubt… owner, operator, coach, trainer, motivator, doctor… there isn’t a title I could live without except, MOM. That is the most important title I have and the one I love more than any other.

Yesterday, Mother’s Day 2017. Oh the build up… the hype, the sales, the promises, the cards, the flowers, the breakfast, lunch, dinners and more! An amazing day… WHAT, A DAY??

A DAY?? THAT’S ALL WE GET? ONE FREAKING DAY?

Presidents get a day and there’s only been 45 of them.
July 4th gets a day.

Teachers get a week and they only play teacher for 8 hours a day with weekends, holidays and summers off.

Mother’s Day should be a month long celebration, with a massive one week build up and a day that every mom get’s everything they want for free.

Think… Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Massive build up for one day.

Don’t Mother’s deserve the same?

OK… rant over. I actually have some stuff to talk about here…

Mother’s Day can be a tough one for a lot of women. A lot of us spend some of the day reflecting on the moms that we’ve lost. (Especially if they were gone too soon).

I lost my Mom on my 20th birthday. Yes, actually on my 20th birthday.

There are so many things that happen daily, that I wish my Mom was here for. She never got to see me be a mom… I think she’d like what she would see though. There is a whole lot of her in my ‘mothering’.

My Mom passed early because of poor health. It has been a driver for me for the last 20+ years.

Your family wants to celebrate a lot of Mother’s Days with your.

Carrying 20 extra pounds increases your health risks – that is just science. Risky behaviors do the same.

Your family wants you around for a long time, trust me.

You want to be here for them.

Make that a part of your WHY to be healthy and stay healthy.

It’s not a punishment to be disciplined with your eating and exercise. It’s just what you do to maintain good health and longevity.

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Making sure you have lots of Mother’s Day celebrations ahead is pretty easy…

Do you even have a routine or just make things up as you go along?  Winging it…that’s where things go sideways. You can’t have a goal without a plan.

Life is crazy right?!

Things change daily, kids get sick from school, family issues happen, work is chaos, car breaks down, you get injured…etc etc etc…so how do you plan around that?

You have systems in place that allow flexibility.  You can have routines in place which give you a path to follow. Almost always the best paths are the ones that other’s have walked before you showing the easier, more successful route.  Those paths and systems make for at least 80% of the results you are seeking in everything you do in life. 

Otherwise you’ll do what most people do; achieve just a small percentage of what they say they want.

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What do I mean by routines and systems?

  • scheduling priorites
  • days you are working out on
  • food prep day
  • shopping days
  • family activities
  • the time you wake up (Pro tip: get up 30 minutes earlier)
  • when bed time is roughly (Pro tip: go to bed 30 minutes earlier)
  • social activities

“But, Carrie, I don’t want to live my life out of a daily planner”.  If that’s your first thought then you are basically saying that you don’t really want to achieve the goals you claim you do. You are making it up each and every morning you will be making your choices and decisions out reaction, out of immediacy and hurry which leads to living in stress rather than within priorities, purpose, intent and time.

Everything that is successful around us was built on a system. Everyone who is successful has systems in their life making things easier, more efficient, faster and flexible.

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Need some motivation?

You might think that you don’t have the motivation to take on a healthy lifestyle change… but you do.
Give yourself more credit than that. Use whatever you need to get you started.  Look at your kids or your family, that is motivation to do better!!!
You are a role model to someone.

Plan and prepare don’t just try to wing it, it does’t work like that.

Make small changes everyday.

I have programs that pretty much fit every lifestyle, need and situation. Not knowing what to do is an excuse… the Internet is full of information. Having a plan or a system is easy… choosing the right one for you may be a little harder.

Commit to better, that’s where you start.

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Sweet And Sour Chicken that is gluten free and paleo friendly

Sweet And Sour Chicken: Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly

Sweet and sour chicken is an absolute must when my family thinks about Chinese Food. But, man, the calories, the sugar and everything else that a healthy diet focuses on avoiding is all over a normal offering.

This is the recipe I did the other night on Facebook Live. I looked at four different recipes that all claimed to be delicious, gluten free and paleo friendly and you know what? They were all just, meh.

So I decided to start from scratch and put a fresh recipe together and this one is AWESOME!

My kids were all over it!

Here you go!

Sweet And Sour Chicken

Ingredients
1 pound of skinless boneless chicken, cut into chunks
1/2 cup of tapioca flour or arrowroot flour
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt + 1 tsp pepper
1-2 tsp paprika
1 large egg
1-2 tbsp water
Mix
Sauce
1/2 cup honey or coconut sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup of chicken stock
1 clove crushed garlic
1 tsp crushed ginger
Salt/Pepper
Directions
Coat the chicken pieces in the flour mixture, then add the chicken into the egg mixture – for extra crispy, add the chicken back into the flour mixture.
You can bake the chicken for 25min at 350
or use 1/4 – 1/2 cup oil in a skillet and fry it for 2-3 minutes per side.
Add all of the sauce ingredients into a small sauce pan, whisk together. On a medium / high heat, bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat.
Once your chicken is done, toss the chicken into the sauce.
Pair this with a veggie stir fry and/or cauliflower rice.
You and your family will agree, this is spectacular!

Healthy Eating Plus A Plan Means Success

There are gazillions of DIFFERENT diet and exercise programs being used.

Are they all right for your personal situation, probably not.

Is there one that will suit your lifestyle and your goals, probably.

Whichever plan you choose:

  • You’ll have to work
  • You’ll have to care about your health
  • You’ll have to get results
  • You’ll have to abide by basic science principles
If there is something out there that makes no sense, I will always let you know. I am not anti other plans or protocols.

I am however:

  • Anti hype from self proclaimed experts #BroScience
  • Anti selling false hope
  • Anti lying to people
  • Anti hard selling someone so badly that you make them feel inadequate unless they buy your stupid false claim supplements
  • Anti encouraging trainers to rip clients off and provide levels of service that are laughable for the sake of doing it.

Get clear on your goals and what you actually want to achieve and you’ll find this program is easy!

The Metabolism Reset Plan

Tomorrow morning another group of new #FitFriends will be starting the Metabolism Reset Plan.
It is a 28 day plan that has been designed to get you results.

  • Weight loss
  • Getting smaller
  • Improving your health
  • Achieving a better level of fitness
    and more

There is always room for you so if you’re looking to improve in any of those areas, this is the program for you!

Meal plans, daily motivation and support, exercise videos, recipes.

All laid out in an easy to follow system that delivers RESULTS!

Joni has every excuse available to keep her from making her health and fitness a priority.. In stead, she uses those excuses as reasons to make her health and fitness a priority.This girl knows the difference between good and bad fats.

Wouldn’t looking younger and being stronger while shedding extra pounds be something you would love to do?
Joni did it she has the energy to chase here son around and actually make him tired!

Just think how you will feel when you look in the mirror and instead of saying, “I wish I could have a smaller waist and firmer arms”, you were able to say, “Look at me. I’m smaller, I’m stronger and I have way more confidence than I did before.”
That’s exactly what Hayley says when she looks in the mirror now.

This is a program where anyone can see that kind of success! All you have to do is put in the work!

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45 Protein Smoothie And Shake Recipes

There is nothing like a really great protein smoothies or shakes when you don’t want a meal or you can’t get to one. I love them…all kinds of them!
They are so versatile, easy and functional for your nutrition plan whether you’re using them as a meal replacement, a snack option, a supplement or a bridge until you can get to a real meal.

They are great no matter how you want them and you can go crazy with all the different combinations and styles.

Here is a free 50 page book with 45 options for you. <- Click here to download.

Every recipe has protein in the ingredient list, but you never have to include protein as an option, but it sure can help! Come to think about it…just take the protein out of every option you have 90 recipes to try!!

Delicious, easy and healthy time saving protein smoothies and shake recipes.

Delicious, easy and healthy time saving protein smoothies and shake recipes. protein smoothies and shake recipes protein smoothies and shake recipe book

The images are from the book showing an example of the shopping / ingredient list, pictures of smoothies and the macro breakdown.

WHY PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTATION?

Protein is vital for you as a nutrient that you need. You can’t live without it and depending what you do, you may need more than the person next to you.

It is vital to weight and fat loss and in the repair of your body systems.  Depending on your diet (the nutrition you consume, not the plan you are using to lose weight), you may need to supplement your protein intake.

Protein smoothies and shakes make a great delivery system for all kinds of protein supplementation. I recommend Whey Protein for the vast majority of people, but there are other kinds as well.

Protein Smoothies Are Everywhere

There are a lot of places that offer protein smoothies for sale. Whether you get plain smoothies and upgrade with a boost of protein buy a protein smoothie or shake special, you’ll love them!

That’s an indication of just how important protein actually is. When you can build a chain of smoothie shops around it, it’s pretty important.

However, you can save a lot of money by getting your own protein and making your own protein smoothies and shakes. They are far more reasonable to make than they are to buy!

More importantly, you know exactly where all your ingredients are coming from. Smoothies can add a lot of sugar to your diet if you’re not careful.

So get yourself some quality protein powder, pick out your favorite recipes and start your day great!

Click here to download your free protein smoothie book

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Leave a comment below with your FAVORITE SMOOTHIE OR SHAKE RECIPE!

 

I care about me

Do You Care Enough To Live A Healthy Lifestyle

In 20+ years of spending time with people to help improve their health and fitness you get to meet a lot of people who care, but you meet a lot more that don’t care. A healthy lifestyle is just something that they don’t care enough about.

What do they care or not care about? Themselves.

The people who have decided on a healthy lifestyle come from every walk of life there is. Rich, poor, happy, sad, fat, fit, male, female and every other opposite you can think of. They all share one common and powerful trait…they care about themselves.

They also care about those that are in their lives.

Care Vs Don’t Care

They never make excuses why they, ‘can’t’. The use what others call excuses and make them reasons.

Those who don’t care…”I don’t have the time to exercise.”, “I don’t have the time to prepare meals.”
Those who do care…”I’ll make the time.”

Those who don’t care…”I can’t afford it.”
Those who do care…”I can’t afford not to do it.”

Those who don’t care…”I need to spend time with my children.”
Those who do care…”It will give me more quality time with my children.”

Those who don’t care…”I’ve tried everything. Nothing works for me.”
Those who do care…”Other people are fit, I can be too.”

You get the idea. Excuses are like belly buttons; everybody has one.

I love living a healthy lifestyle. I’ve been doing it ling enough that I don’t know any different. It’s just the way I live my life. It’s the way I would love to see everyone live their lives.

It’s a choice…a simple choice. Either you care enough about yourself and your loved ones to live a healthy lifestyle or you don’t.

Living a healthy lifestyle say you care enough about you and your loved ones.

 

Care Enough To Live A Healthy Lifestyle

You either care enough to do everything you can to avoid obesity, being over weight, fat related disease, improving your quality of life and making the best odds at longevity…or you don’t.

The best part…once you decide that living a healthy lifestyle is the best choice, it’s stops being about living a healthy lifestyle, it’s just your lifestyle.

The question is…do you care enough?

What do you think? Let me know, leave a comment.

 

 

If you’re looking to make a lifestyle change and improve your health and fitness, I encourage you to take a look at the programs that I offer. If you’re not ready to make a big commitment, you can try the “3 Day Diet Plan Challenge” for free.

The 3 Day Diet Plan for weight loss and improved health.

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