Getting the body moving and eating right should be at the top of those people’s New Year’s resolutions, and the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB) – creator of the “Got Milk?” campaign – has teamed up with Jason Walsh, trainer to the stars, to help Californians get that fresh start.
Walsh, who trains the likes of Jessica Biel and Sophia Bush, says the secret to a stronger, leaner and higher-performing body is exercise and proper nutrition. Below are some of Walsh’s hottest tips.
• Cut calories and fat. Lessen your intake of foods and beverages high in calories and fat. Choose foods that are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber to keep you full longer.
• Consume more fruits and vegetables daily. They’re loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber and make you feel full faster.
• Get milk. It’s rich in essential vitamins and minerals and is the number-one source of calcium for optimal bone health. The calcium in milk initiates muscle tissue for contraction.
• Drink chocolate. Chocolate milk can aid post-workout muscle recovery.
• Keep those portions moderate. A good rule of thumb is to cut portions in half, saving the other half for the next meal a couple of hours later to keep hunger sensation low and energy high. And eating slower can help you eat less.
• Cardio, cardio, cardio. Californians simply aren’t moving enough to maintain good health. Exercising 30 to 60 minutes daily is integral to a healthy lifestyle. Change the way you think about exercise from have-to to want-to. A brisk walk around the neighborhood is an easy way to get started.
• Step it up. Interval training or high-intensity training is key. Interval training also spares lean muscle, which is optimal in maintaining a higher metabolism.
• Movement matters. Perform squats, lunges, step-ups, push-ups and pull-ups. These exercises help you obtain maximum results for a toned body and should be a part of every exercise regimen.
• Increase your workout. All workouts should be based on a progressive scale. Aim for a 10-percent progression each week.
• Recuperate. Recovery from each workout is crucial for optimal results. Make sure to get enough sleep, stretch properly and eat a balanced diet that includes nutritious foods. Your next workout is only as good as your last recovery.
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