1. THINK POSITIVE
Before you roll your eyes at this first tip, just hear me out. If you want to make a change in order to achieve a healthier lifestyle, no matter how big or small that change may be, you have to begin the process with the right mindset. Your motivation to change unhealthy habits and “get fit” cannot come from a place of hatred for your own body. In order to make a lasting and healthy change, it has to come from a positive place; you should be motivated by wanting the best for your body and, even more importantly, wanting to feel your absolute best.
Along with a positive mindset comes the belief that you can be successful. I cannot stress the importance of this enough! Making positive changes to improve your health is something every single person can do, but if you begin the process doubting yourself, chances are you won’t be motivated to reach your goals and you may end up back-tracking. A change that lasts happens from the inside out, so train your brain to THINK POSITIVE when it comes to your journey to a healthier lifestyle!
2. WATER WATER WATER
I know what you’re thinking, “Duh”. Drinking water consistently throughout the day is something so simple that most people know is great for you, but honestly, not that many people actually do it. Long story short, your body needs water to function properly because your body is made mostly of water. Drinking water throughout the day can help control your appetite and help your body burn fat. It helps to flush out toxins and keep you feeling your very best. Try drinking a glass of water before each meal- I’ve found that I get full more quickly when I do! If you really want to go the extra mile, make yourself a glass of warm lemon water first thing in the morning. This improves digestion and can help to regulate your metabolism throughout the day.
It sounds a bit silly, but investing in a water bottle that I loved really motivated me to drink water all day long. Now that I’ve had it for a while, I take my Hydro Flask water bottle absolutely everywhere with me- it’s become second nature. My Hydro Flask has by far been my favorite water bottle I’ve owned, but I’d also recommend brands like CamelBak and Nalgene. Find the one that best suits you and get to sippin!
3. SMALL GOALS
This may seem counterproductive, but setting small, attainable goals is the best way to set yourself up for success on your health journey. Trying to cut all carbs, sugar, and processed foods out of your diet and workout every single day is unrealistic and will lead to a feeling of failure when you cave. Instead, take it slow and set small goals for yourself. These could be things like walking every night, making water your main beverage, and limiting portions of certain foods. As you gain confidence, you can build on those goals and take it to the next level.
4. GET MOVIN’
Setting aside time to exercise a few days a week is super important, but you can also incorporate exercise into your daily routine! Do some squats as you brush your teeth in the morning, start your day with some jumping jacks or pushups, get in some lunges or sit-ups during your evening T.V. time; heck, you can plank as you’re waiting for your food to heat up in the microwave! The more you can get your body moving, the better.
Another tip for this is to get involved in something active that you enjoy, such as biking, walking with friends, hiking, kayaking, or joining a recreational sports team. Exercise really doesn’t have to be a chore, and the more you do it, the more your body will thank you for it!
5. FOOD PREP
Last but most certainly not least! Making healthy eating choices is so much easier when you have nutritious options readily available. Choose a day to “food prep” (my day is Sunday) and cook up a bunch of yummy and wholesome foods. I love to cook crockpot chicken, a big batch of quinoa or brown rice, roasted vegetables and a big fruit salad. By doing this I can pair my foods differently each day, and season them differently each day if I choose! This keeps me from feeling like I’m eating the exact same meal every single day.