Welcome to The Fit and Fab Zone! I am CAT Burke, a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, fitness nutrition specialist, and professional athlete with over 20 years of experience in the fitness and health industry. I know the importance of how exercise and nutrition play in our overall well-being. I am excited to share my thoughts and strategies on helping you become your best self.
As Floridians living in this beautiful state, we have an opportunity like nowhere else in this country to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Here is a short list of four simple things you can do today to get started on being your BEST you!
1.Exercise at least 20 minutes each day.
It has been proven that exercise controls weight, aids in combating health conditions and diseases, boosts your mood, and promotes better sleep, just to name a few. This can mean just getting out and walking on the beach enjoying some sunshine and surf!
2. Log your nutrition either in a book or in an app (lose it, my fitness pal, etc.).
Logging your nutrition helps to keep you accountable and evaluate your eating habits. Similar to exercise, healthy eating enhances your energy levels and sense of well-being. When you log nutrition, you can identify patterns that may be hindering - or helping - you achieve your health and fitness goals.
3.Say out loud every day, one positive thing about yourself.
Thoughts and self-image play an important role in your mental health. Don't hold yourself back from accomplishing your health and fitness goals with negativity. Positive affirmations help to move you in a forward direction with an outlook of hope and accomplishment.
4. Get plenty of sleep.
Sleeping is the time when your body and mind have an opportunity to reset and repair. Getting enough sleep can help your mood, boost your immune system, and increase productivity.
Make a commitment to yourself and get started today!
Fit challenge: When going to a store, park in a space further away from the store and walk. You will burn a few extra calories every time and enjoy some sunshine.
*This article was also published in the Coastal Breeze on September 23, 2021.