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4 Tips for Starting Up Your Healthy Routine at the Gym and at Home

Picture this: You press the snooze button, blow off your early workout at the gym in Mankato, get the kids prepped for the day, and hurry to the office (or your work-from-home room), getting breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You gradually find yourself doing this more often, and eventually, it becomes your new morning schedule. You pledge to yourself, “Monday, I’ll begin again on Monday!”

Sound familiar? If you’ve experienced this in the past, you’re not alone! And don’t beat yourself up either – we’ve all been there. If you’re set to get back in the gym and increase your health, you’re in the correct place. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips for getting back in shape and staying healthy.

1. Keep Meal Prep Uncomplicated

Does the task of meal prepping feel exhausting? Not here! At Farrell’s Mankato, our nutrition plans for your meals are easy, nourishing and tasty. Putting together a balanced meal is simple with a protein, veggies and carbs.

To make shopping uncomplicated, write your grocery list into three sections: protein, carbs and healthy fats. Get your favorites from every section, and you’ll have a week’s worth of meals!

Our top choices:

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

2. Shake Up Your Fitness Routine

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

Farrell’s Mankato has both online workouts and in-studio workouts, so you can work out your way, on your agenda. Whichever option you select, your group fitness instructor will walk you through kickboxing and strength training workouts to burn fat and increase muscle. And you’ll have fun doing it! The greatest part is, all new members are given one free week of workouts.

3. Drink Your Water

It’s important to stay hydrated, but it’s even more critical to consume your H20 through the summer months! Proper hydration is essential for complete health and optimal body functions.

Some of these functions include:

  • Controlling body temperature
  • Distributing nutrients
  • Safeguarding muscles and joints
  • Assisting in healthy skin and organs
  • Regulating appetite

Don’t know how much water to drink? Set 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 every day. Making a reminder on your phone is a great idea.

4. Concentrate Rest and Recovery


Listening to your body and taking rest days often is just as critical as working out. When you allow your body time to take a break, it gets a jump-start on fixing muscles, which gives muscles the ability to grow and become stronger over time. This is important as the greater the muscle mass you have, the more calories your body burns – even when you’re not working out!


While resuming healthy habits, you don’t have to do it by yourself. After all, the most challenging aspect is usually the first step. If you’re looking for a helpful community with a fitness program that guarantees results, visit a Farrell’s near you. We’re here to help you reach your health and fitness goals!

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