At the start of every new year most of us set the goal of getting healthy and losing some additional ‘Christmas’ weight. Sometimes it can feel a little tough to stay on track and dragging yourself to the gym in the freezing cold isn’t your idea of a good time. We’ve all been there, but if you practise some manageable habits you’re more likely to succeed.
I’ve always been into fitness and healthy eating, and over the years i’ve found some ways that help me keep on track.
There has been so many times i’ve not made my lunch the night before work and ended up eating something quick and easy that probably isn’t very good for me. The easiest way to stick to your goals and ensure you’re eating well is to prep your food as best you can. If you make your lunch for the week on a sunday evening or each night as soon you get in then you don’t have to rush in the morning as it’s already done. It’s the same for breakfast. Overnight oats are a great way to ensure you are eating something substantial and healthy. Here’s a great recipe for overnight oats.
Mix it up
When it comes to exercise there are so many ways to stay active and keep healthy. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym to make sure you’re being active. For me i like to mix up my exercise, i try different gym classes, walk my dog or do yoga videos in my bedroom. Whatever works for you and keeps you moving is fine! Some people love lifting weight, other prefer running outside; play around with different things and see what activating motivates you to keep going! I find when i exercise early in the morning it gets it out the way for the day so i have the rest of my evening after work to do what i want. This might not work for everyone as i appreciate everyone’s schdule is different but it’s something that helps me.
Liquid diets consisting of nothing other than soup and shakes are not going to help you stay healthy. Yes you are going to be consuming less calories, but the calories you are consuming aren’t going to be of any nutritional value. The problem with the ‘weight loss industry’ is that everyone is after a quick fix; something that is going to take 48 hours and take little to no effort. Unfortunately this isn’t realistic, you can reduce your calorie intake but this should be substituted with healthy alternatives that will still allow you to function properly.
Eating nothing for 10 days and then going back to your usual eating habits isn’t going to ensure you are healthy. The best thing to do is look into healthy alternatives that are sustainable. There is no quick fix, so why not find food that works for you.
It’s so easy to think when you’re trying to loose weight that you need to cut every single food that isn’t a salad out of your diet. That is completely not true and it’s not sustainable. As long as you’re eating everything in moderation your diet is fine. It’s not good to deprive your body of everything because you’re more likely to just give up and fail if you don’t set realistic goals.
Sometimes when i’m feeling a bit unmotivated there is nothing better than having a friend call me up asking to go to the gym. It’s so much easier to stick to your goals and healthy eating if you have friends that is also doing the same. Lunches out become easier and early morning runs aren’t as easy to get out of if you’re in it together. Once you’ve got into a habit of regularly exercising and eating healthy it becomes a little easier to stick to.
There are of course lots of ways to keep active but these are just a few tips that help me healthy. If you’ve got some helpful tips please feel free to leave them in the comments section! Thats it from me, thank you so much for reading.
Curls and Pearls Xx