If your fitness routine went dormant during the winter, get ready summer is a great time to wake up your commitment to regular exercise and good nutrition. For Peter Park, the strength and conditioning coach for cycling champ Lance Armstrong, summer signals a great time to take stock of your diet.
“One of the first things I discuss with my clients is the importance of proper nutrition,” said Park, who is also a personal trainer and endurance coach for professional and amateur athletes as well as celebrities through his Platinum Fitness centers. “Take a look at what you’re putting into your body. Healthier food options – whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meats – will give you the energy you need for a good workout.”
To help sustain energy, Park and Armstrong also rely on FRS Healthy Energy, which has been shown to support improved fitness and extend endurance. FRS’s main ingredient is the powerful antioxidant quercetin, which is naturally found in fruits and vegetables such as red apples, grapes and berries.
Park has found that quercetin’s incredible ability to enhance your body’s energy system keeps his fitness clients feeling energized longer with out the jittery feeling or eventual crash that can come from caffeine.
Once you’ve shaped up your diet and sustained your energy, try Park’s fitness tips to get fit for summer:
- Consult an Expert: An expert will be able to determine the parts of your body that are not in balance and/or need to be strengthened or balanced. For example, sitting at your desk all day might leave your back hunched over and weak.
- Start with Mobility and Flexibility: It is not smart to strengthen shortened and tight muscles. Incorporate both mobility and flexibility exercises before and after each training session to ensure that your workout gets the most bang for your buck.
- Focus on the Core: As the center of the body, a strong core helps maintain proper posture and proper form while working out. If you find that you can use a little improvement, targeted exercises can help you develop your core strength.
- Work in Weights: Weight training helps keep your body balanced. For example, is your right hamstring as strong or flexible as the left? Being balanced enables you to be more fluid athletically and helps you avoid injury. This is especially important for people over 30 since that is when you start to lose muscle mass.
- Find a Partner: When you have someone to help motivate you or someone else relying on you to make good on the evening walk or ride, you are much more likely to stick to your goals. Lance and I practiced this tip when we trained together to get him ready for his return to professional cycling.
For more information about FRS Healthy Energy and the antioxidant quercetin, visit www.FRS.com.