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4 Suggestions for Resuming Your Healthy Habits at the Gym and at Home

Imagine this: You press the snooze button, blow off your early workout at the gym in West Des Moines, get the kids prepared for the day, and hurry to the office (or your work-from-home station), ordering breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You steadily find yourself doing this more regularly, and finally, it becomes your new morning schedule. You tell yourself, “Monday, I’ll try again on Monday!”

Remind you of anything? If you’ve been through this previously, you’re not alone! And don’t be too hard on yourself up either – we’ve all gone through it. If you’re prepared to get back in the gym and enhance your fitness, you’re in the correct place. We’ve assembled some of our top tips for getting back in shape and remaining healthy.

1. Keep Meal Prep Uncomplicated

Does the thought of meal prepping feel like too much to handle? Not here! At Farrell’s West Des Moines, our nutrition plans for your meals are simple, nourishing and flavorful. Making a healthy meal is easy with a protein, veggies and carbs.

To make shopping simple, write your grocery list into three sections: protein, carbs and healthy fats. Buy your top choices from every section, and you’ve got yourself a week’s worth of meals!

Our favorites:

  • Protein—chicken and turkey
  • Carbs—wild rice and sweet potatoes
  • Fats—nuts and avocados

2. Shake Up Your Workouts

Cardio, high intensity interval training (HIIT), weightlifting and no impact—with so many distinct workouts available, how do you know what’s a good match for you? The answer is, the right workout is the workout you like doing!

Farrell’s West Des Moines has both online workouts and in-studio workouts, so you can increase your health your way, on your schedule. Whichever workout you want, your group fitness instructor will walk you through kickboxing and strength training workouts to burn fat and increase muscle. And you’ll have a good time doing it! The greatest part is, all new members are given one free week of workouts.

3. Make Sure You’re Hydrated

It’s important to get enough water, but it’s even more important to consume your H20 through the summer months! Appropriate hydration is imperative for complete health and optimal body functions.

Some of these functions include:

  • Managing body temperature
  • Transporting nutrients
  • Safeguarding muscles and joints
  • Assisting in healthy skin and organs
  • Managing appetite

Unsure of how much water to consume? Make a goal to drink half your body weight in ounces. For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds, try to get in 100 ounces of water once a day. Creating a reminder on your phone is a good idea.

4. Concentrate Rest and Recovery


Being in tune with your body and taking rest days regularly is just as important as your workouts. When you permit your body time to rest, it goes to work fixing muscles, which permits muscles to expand and become stronger over time. This is essential since the more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body consumes – even when you’re not working out!


While resuming a healthy schedule, you don’t have to do it by yourself. After all, the hardest part is often the first step. If you’re looking for a encouraging community with a fitness program that guarantees results, come to a Farrell’s near you. We’re here to help you reach your health and fitness goals!

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