I cannot stress how important having a routine is. It can seem boring when looking in from the outside but this structure is set up for success and reduces the chances of failure. Eventually this will become habit and you won’t need to think about what’s next. Having a routine makes a healthy and fit lifestyle easy to accomplish.
When starting out, you may have lots of plans for you new lifestyle. I would recommend that you don’t completely change your life over night but instead incorporate little changes day by day or week by week.
As I always say, if you stick to something for a month, day in day out, you won’t ever have to think about it again. It will become normal and a habit – GOALS.
2. Go outside
Sometime we have lazy days, we are all guilty of it. Make sure you always spend at least 30 minutes actively walking outside. When possible always walk, take the stairs etc to try and get in those recommended 10,000 steps. Pop to the shops, walk instead of drive, walk that extra bus stop down, offer to take the dog for a walk or even better – go for a run, just do whatever it takes.
3. Drink Water
This is my biggest struggle. Unless I’m working out and actually REALLY thirsty I tend to forget all about water. Try and drink at least 2 liters of water per day. Remember if you add this to your routine it should be easy in a few weeks.
Drinking water helps you to increase energy to keep you on top form throughout the day. This will help you to maintain your focus on your daily goals.
It gets rid of all those toxins that we come in to contact with giving you clear, fresh beautiful skin and boosts your immune system.
There are so many other benefits as well including;
- Mood boost
- Headache cure
- Save money (water is free)
4. Balanced Diet (but don’t believe in dieting)
Never start a diet that isn’t sustainable. You will need to change your diet but this is a change you have to make that will last forever. This eliminates all fad diets, short term low calorie diets or anything of the sort. You need to find a diet that incorporates all the healthy food groups so you don’t loose out on any key nutrients.
You need to limit the sugar and the carbohydrates and increase the protein to promote muscle and decrease body fat.
Please don’t cut out any food groups as this is not sustainable for the future.
If people ask me what diet I’m on or what I do the answer is is that I’m not on a diet I just eat healthily. I still eat naughty food now and again, no ones perfect and it tastes good 😉
Remember diet is DIE with a T.
5. Get enough sleep
Going back to point one, routine, you really should have a regular bedtime. Your body craves consistency so schedule bedtime like you would other important things you do.
When you are sleep deprived you are unable to focus and this prevents you from performing your daily duties well. This also affects your mood and can make your day a worse than it should be.
With enough sleep you will look so much better, your skin can clear up, your happy and a delight to be around.
Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same area of the brain. Those of you who are starting your weight-loss journey should ensure that they up their rest as well. This will help speed up results.
For adults the recommend amount of sleep you should get is between 7 – 9 hours daily. Saying that, science has shown that more than 9 hours of sleep on a regular basis increases the risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease and even death so don’t get carried away.
6. Look on the bright side
When you are positive it attracts positive things. Meditate, drink water, be happy. Only you are in control of how you think and feel, no one else. When you think positively about things you reduce stress and are more likely to achieve your goals – a healthy fit life.
If your feeling really down make a gratitude list. List 10 things you are truly grateful for each day. This can change on how you reflect on your day/ life.
7. Meal Prep
I am a big supporter of meal prep as it makes keeping on track and saying healthy a lot easily. Its quite tricky finding something healthy to eat out and about on the go and when you get really hungry its easy to fall in to the trap of buying something unhealthy. We’ve all been there and done it but if you have a tasty prepared meal to hand its much harder to get tempted.
When you eat regularly and often this cuts cravings and keeps you full and satisfied for longer. Not to mention the amount of money you can save. Eating out every day at work can rack up a serious bill at the end of the month.
Joe Wicks Lean in 15 books are a good source for finding easy meal prep options – I’m a big fan. You can find them on Amazon.
8. No Excuses
If I can do it, you can do it. No excuses, be strong and stay motivated.