Life can get hectic and fast paced, especially as a New Yorker. For me, it’s important to keep a strict routine otherwise my diet and workout schedule will get lost in the mist. It can be hard to find a daily regimen that keeps your mind and body on point, so I’m here to offer my expertise.
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As a fitness instructor and healthy lifestyle enthusiast, I’ve found ways to keep my daily routine and eating habits on point, despite my busy schedule. Through a low-carb low-sugar diet, intermittent fasting, fat-burning workouts and meal prep – with the help of Served Natural – you can even reach your fitness goals on a fast paced schedule.
My Daily Routine: Jared Lyons
The first thing when I wake up every morning is drink a large cup of water to rehydrate my body after sleep. I then drink a cup of black coffee, straight with no additives (no sugar, milk, creamer etc.) Along with coffee, a great natural metabolic booster, I also start each day with fresh celery juice and half a grapefruit. I typically mix the raw celery juice with a splash of lemon juice and turmeric for taste. Not only is celery juice incredibly hydrating, it’s also great for your skin. Turmeric also has incredible health benefits. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and has the potential to prevent heart disease, alzheimer’s and cancer.
Once I’ve hydrated and had my coffee, I’m ready to hit the gym for a great fat-burning cardio workout. My morning workouts generally starts with 45-minutes of fast cardio (inclined treadmill work at an incline of 15 and 3.0 speed) while hydrating with either water or amino acids. Once finished I will usually squeeze in 10-15 minutes of ab wrok on the mats.
I eat my first meal around 1pm daily. Utilizing the intermittent fasting method, this first meal of the day should come roughly 16-hours after your last meal (8-9pm, the evening before). Here is an additional resource that underscores the importance of intermittent fasting.
After lunch, sometime in the afternoon ill head back to the gym for a heavy weight training workout. I make sure to consistently change my lifting routines. The same routine over and over again will eventually become ineffective, muscle memory will cause your body to quickly adapt to the same routine. If you have the time, an occasional group fitness class is a great way to dynamically change up your regimen. Weight training oriented classes, like bootcamp and total-body training, can be a great way to transform your fitness journey.
At the end of a long day, I focus on recovery. I always make sure to massage out whichever muscle group I’ve worked that day. Nothing is better than sitting on my couch, watching my favorite TV show, while using a percussive recovery tool to really break up muscle tension after a hard workout. A more basic and cost effective option would be utilizing a foam roller or massage balls, both of which you can find relatively cheap.
The evenings are important for relaxation and continued recovery ahead of the next day’s training routine.
I refrain from eating starches after 6pm. And, as previously mentioned, I eat my last meal of the day – low in carbs and heavy in protein and steamed vegetables – at 8pm each evening. The most important thing of all is to get a full night’s sleep, eight to ten hours, to rejuvenate the body and mind.