Are you trying to get back into shape?
New Year’s resolutions seem well forgotten. Perhaps you attempted a few eating habits that have not quite stuck and feel disheartened by your progress?
The season of festivities may long have ended. And there is no excuse for indulgence. Especially when you notice the extra layers you have accumulated as a result.
So how do you get back into shape?
We are surrounded by so many mottos and tips. Bombarded by ads on social media. Telling us what to do and how to do it.
- Keep going.
- Keep trying.
- Keep looking forward.
Aimed at empowering us to be better. As well as persuading us to find the humour when our will power diminishes, when faced with temptation.
However, it could be time for a new way of thinking. Rather than choosing the options of a drastic diet or fad. Why not follow the habits of successful people who seem to effortlessly keep in shape and be healthy. Try this at anytime or season.
Part of setting goals means you need to find ways to achieve them.
How will you make healthier eating and drinking a part of your lifestyle? Extreme approaches rarely last. Because sudden change like drastic calorie cutting doesn’t balance out the weeks you have spent eating unhealthy options like cakes and chocolates.
Begin by decreasing all the treats that will hamper your new dietary habits. Be positive and avoid weighing yourself every day. Listen to your body. Focus on the small changes you are making every day to your lifestyle.
Learn how to read your body and what nutritious foods keep you energised for longer. Soon it will become a consistent habit.
Making your health one of your priorities is key to being fit and healthy. Sleep is one big part of this key. But, so is drinking sufficient water to ensure that your body is balanced.
Being hydrated stabilises your metabolism. Preventing you from getting dehydrated. Feeling exhausted and getting headaches.
- You feel boosted.
- You feel fuller.
- You concentrate better.
Try water with a slice of lemon or fruit. Drink herbal and fruit teas as an alternative.
Place reminders for yourself to keep your fluid levels up.
The added benefits is aiding your digestive system and removing toxins from your body. Lubricates your joints. Transports oxygen around your body. Controls your body temperature.
So that you have more energy for my next point!
We spoke about changing your thinking. What if you decided you wanted to enjoy exercise?
Think of ways to enjoy being active. Rather than fill your mind with difficult thoughts about how hard a workout will be. Start with small activities like talking a walk or climbing stairs. Instead of using the lift or escalator.
Simply adding movement to your routine is a positive step in the right direction. Take a break every hour and stretch your legs. It boosts your mood. Creating a positive state of mind.
Go out into the budding spring sunshine at lunchtime. Enrol in a new outdoor activity. Or go away on an active weekend break. All these actions make you more determined to get motivated.
In time you will be heading to the gym. Finding a fitness class. Or enrolling in a boot camp. Start being excited about getting fit. Heading from dread to confident thinking will help you stick to healthy changes in your lifestyle.
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