Today I am pleased to introduce a new contributor to Get McKinney. Seth Hammond is a personal trainer at FIT at Stonebridge Ranch. He trains his clients here in McKinney, lives here in McKinney and prides himself on taking advantage of the opportunities for a healthy life our great little town has to offer. Today he shares some of his top tips with you. Welcome, Seth!
If you consider your health goals ahead of time, it can be much easier to stick with your plan. Here I’ve put together a handful of tips for you to consider as you set your own goals.
Know your WHY.
Do you want to become healthier, fitter, or to just look better naked? Why? The bigger your why the better your results will be. When I meet with a potential client for the first time, I ask them: “What is your goal?” If they say, “I would like to lose X amount of pounds,” “I need to fit into this outfit,” or “I want to weigh what I weighed in high school,” my response is always: “But, why?” Finally, I may hear a response like, “I want my husband to look at me the way he used to” or “I want to be able to play with my grandkids”—something more real. That’s what you should try to figure out: a real WHY.
Have a plan and stick to it.
Do some research, put a plan together, and stick to that plan as best you can for at least 30 days. We live in a culture of information overload. Social media, TV, and people we know bombard us with new ideas almost daily. “Have you tried ____?” “My friend is doing ____!” Give your plan a chance to succeed before you choose a new route. You will never know if what you are trying really works if you abandon ship too early.
McKinney has 33 parks. How many have you visited? When was the last time you walked around historic downtown McKinney? Get out of the house and start moving. Walking is amazing for your overall health. Need to lose weight? Go for a walk. Need to recover from a hard workout? Go for a walk. Need to get your mind right? Go for a walk. Need a healthy idea for a weekend activity? Pack a lunch, walk to Finch Park, and have a picnic. No time for a walk? Take the stairs or park at the back of the parking lot. Want more than a walk? Join a great group of McKinney residents every Saturday at 9:00 for a FREE workout. Just get out there and move!
Amy here: one of the best walks you can take is around downtown McKinney on the McKinney Historic Neighborhood Association’s Tour d’Coop. Check out some of the luckiest chickens in McKinney and their beautiful homes. You can pick up maps and tickets the day of the April 25 event at D&L Agmart at 210 W. University starting at 9:30 am.
Drink water. Lots of water.
You should drink no less than 100 ounces of water every day for the rest of your life if you care about your health. Drink a lot of water, and then drink some more water! Your body cannot function properly without it. Consider yourself a bit of a water connoisseur? Try fILTER(ed), where you can enjoy some of the purest water available, or a delicious infused water.
Eat the highest quality food you can afford.
Food needs to be viewed as an investment in your health, not an expense. I don’t mean buy caviar, or shop at snooty, overpriced, upscale “gourmet” grocery stores. I mean spend the extra 50 cents or a dollar per pound to get real decent food. Look for the following: Locally grown/raised (best for everything) – Organic (fruits & vegetables) – Free Range (poultry) – Grass Fed (cows/dairy products) – Wild/Fresh Caught (fish).
We are lucky to have some great sources for local, healthy food in McKinney: Local Yocal, Patina Green, and now the weekly Farmer’s Market is open for the season. Dining out? Then give McKinney’s Harvest Seasonal Kitchen at try. Join the mailing list at Lake Forest Farms and attend one of their Farm-to-Table pop-up dinners.
If you can learn one thing from your dog, it is to stretch often. Stretching regularly increases your flexibility, decreases inflammation within your body, and helps you feel better. Try yoga! FIT offers 11 yoga classes Monday through Friday. Come join us!
Pick up something heavy (properly).
Moving is awesome and an absolute must to being healthy. To speed up the fat loss process, you must lift heavy weights. If you can do a movement 10 times with the weights you are currently using without being tired, they are not heavy enough.
Rest is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for all ages. It rejuvenates your body and mind, regulates your mood, and is linked to learning and memory function. On the other hand, not getting enough rest can negatively affect your mood, immune system, memory, and stress level. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night and make it a priority. Turn the TV and all screens off to really sleep well. Try taking naps! I am a firm believer that 15-45 minutes of rest can drastically improve your day.
Listen to your body.
The key to finding the nutrition plan that is just right for you is to listen to your body. Your body will tell you when you’re right, and it will tell you when you’re wrong. Food is supposed to make you feel good. You should feel satisfied after a meal for at least 4 hours without any cravings. Meals should give you energy for several hours without any sudden crashes. Your meals should leave your mind crystal clear with no fogginess, impairment of memory, or sluggish feeling.
Care for your body the way you care for other things in your life and you will be a much healthier person. If you love your body you will not fill it with cheap food products, alcohol, and strange chemicals. You will move more and rest better. You only get one body. No one cares about it as much as you do, and no one will be affected by it more than you will. Your health is your choice. How will you choose to look? How will you choose to feel? How will you choose to live? Start today!
Seth Hammond is a Personal Trainer and one of the very fun owners at FIT at Stonebridge Ranch. Want to find out more about his services? Visit the FIT at Stonebridge Ranch website,