I think meal prepping, for a LARGE amount of people, is the key to success or failure in reaching their current health and fitness goals.
1. It takes the guessing game out of your eating habits
You meal prep, you don’t worry about what’s for lunch at work. Or stopping for a snack at wawa or sheets. You know what you’re having before you even leave the house.
2. You know EXACTLY what you’re eating
When you meal prep, you know serving size. You know ingredients. You know exactly what you used to cook your food. No hidden ingredients like when you go out to eat.
3. Saves time
It may not seem like it when you’re spending 2 hours in the kitchen on a sunday. But, over the course of the week, you’ll save soooo much time. Meal prepping and cooking in bulk, even just your dinners, can save you 2/3/4 hours of not having to cook, or stop for food, the rest of the week.
Meal prepping is a major key in seeing results. If you don’t want to cook, there are meal prep services out there that will send you prepped meals to just heat up.
You’ll save money by doing it yourself, but, both will work!
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If we’re talking health and fitness (which, we always are lol), I believe doing these 5 things and building up these 5 habits will lead to guaranteed results with any and all of your health and fitness goals. And really, I think these have transferability to other areas of your life too…
It’s the ultimate “Picking things up and putting them down” exercise.
Deadlifts are such a huge test of strength. It really comes down to, can you pick that heavy thing off the ground?
Some quick nerdy info on Deadlifts:
1. It’s called deadlift because you are picking up an object that’s dead on the ground with no momentum.
2. Deadlifts (when done properly!) work to strengthen your lower and upper back, glutes, hamstrings, core, forearms, shoulders.
3. Deadlifts (when done properly!) improve your posture. By having good deadlift form, it often translates to everyday living. And having a strong back and core definitely helps with posture.
Ok. So…. How should you properly do a Standard Barbell Deadlift??
1. Stand with your feet midway under the barbell
2. Bend over and grab the bar. Arms about shoulder-width apart.
3. Bend your knees until your shins touch the bar.
4. Lift your chest up and straighten your lower back
5. Stand up with the weight. Focusing on keeping you back straight (no crouching or bending) and arms straight (no curling or shrugging)
6. Hold for a second, then reverse the steps.
We are not going to go down the rabbit hole of all the variations of Deadlifts. Instead, let’s focus on the WHY…
If we are focused on being fit for LIFE (That is the lifelong goal!), then how does deadlifting help with that??
Deadlifting means getting stronger. Getting stronger can mean carrying the groceries into the house, no problem (1 trip even).
Or, helping a friend move. Picking up a couch or dresser is definitely a Deadlift movement.
If you have kids, picking them up is technically a deadlift.
All the way to picking a pen or pencil off the ground.
ALL motions that simulate the process of doing a deadlift.
So, go out there and start adding Deadlifts to your workout (and everyday) routines. And if you need some help putting a workout routine together, you should check out the custom training plan on the 1LIFE1YOUFITNESS Training App.
I make sure everyone is doing some variation of deadlifts. It’ll be wrong not too!