With the official first day of spring fast approaching and bikini season just months away, now is the time to start getting in shape and adopt a health routine. Fitness specialist and author, Dr. Phoenyx Austin joined me for an interview this week to share the secret to adopting a healthy fitness routine, how we can all make small changes that won’t overwhelm us, and the benefits of fasted training.
Candace Rose: Where is the best place to start when adopting a healthy routine?
Dr. Phoenyx Austin: “The first thing we want to do is we want to exercise first thing in the morning. I know what you’re thinking, I don’t have time to exercise for an hour every morning because I love to push that snooze button. Well, here’s the thing, research has shown that in as little as seven to 15 minutes of exercise each day doing things like high intensity interval training or high intensity workouts like sprinting, burpees, or my personal favorite – jumping rope, you can actually burn more calories than if you did long duration exercise.
With that said, with more intense exercise, more regular exercise you may experience some muscle soreness. In fact, a recent poll of women showed that many women do experience daily aches and pains, and these women also admitted that despite feeling these pains they’re not likely to take something until the pain gets unbearable. Instead of waiting that long until symptoms get that bad, you can use a natural option like Arnicare Gel. This is a homeopathic medicine that works naturally with your body to relieve things like muscle soreness, stiffness, bruising, swelling so you feel better faster. It’s also non-greasy, it absorbs quickly into your skin and it’s unscented which is really nice because it won’t leave your skin smelling mediciney.”
Candace Rose: What are some small changes that we can make that last but don’t overwhelm?
Dr. Phoenyx Austin: “One small yet significant change that you can make is to pay more attention to the health of your skin. Now, people don’t realize this but your skin is your largest organ and you can tell a lot about a person’s overall health and wellbeing by the appearance of their skin. Here are a few things that you want to do:
- You want to exercise regularly.
- You want to eat a healthy diet.
- You want to get ample hydration.
You want to drink ample water each day, and in addition to staying hydrated, you also want to moisturize daily. Lubriderm’s Daily Moisture Lotion is an excellent lightweight moisturizer because it contains vitamin B5 and other skin essential moisturizers that are going to help to relieve dryness. It’s also going to help keep skin moisturized, supple, looking visibly healthy and feeling soft and smooth throughout the day. It’s also great for the entire family.”
Candace Rose: Are there any other ways that we can look great on the outside?
Dr. Phoenyx Austin: “Sure. In addition to your diet, let’s say protein. This is something that a lot of people slack on. They don’t get ample protein in their diet, so I definitely recommend that you do that. There are certain foods that are really great for skin because they’re abundant in B vitamins, so greens.
Green smoothies are awesome for your skin, so things like kale and spinach, throw that in. Add some vegetables, some fruit if you want to sweeten it up a little bit and that’s excellent for your skin.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any tips that you can share with us from your amazing book “That’s Why We Get Fat:20 Diet and Fitness Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making” that we can adopt into our lifestyle?
Dr. Phoenyx Austin: “One big tip is to try fasted training. Not a lot of people know about this because they’re used to hearing that you should eat something before you exercise, but there are tons of studies that show that fasted training – this is exercising on an empty stomach is actually better at burning body fat and keeping the weight off. Try fasted training or fasted cardio, and that is definitely a fitness tip that I’ve given to people and they absolutely love once they see the results.”
Candace Rose: Well, thank you Dr. Austin. Where can we go for more information?
Dr. Phoenyx Austin: “For more information on diet and fitness tips, you can head over to my website at DrPhoenyx.com.”