Continuing on with our theme of turning resolutions into evolutions, let’s talk about health. We all make those “get healthy” goals for the new year, but how often do you see the gym packed with “resolutionaries” from January to Valentine’s Day, and then following that dreadful holiday, you no longer have to fight over the treadmill, or say excuse me when moving through the weight room?
I find it hilarious, not to toot my own horn, but I go year round; seeing the difference from the beginning of the year to Holiday season is incredible. I give props to those who stick to it, but my guess is it’s 1:100 that stays with it.
So here, a few ideas to stick to a healthy lifestyle, because you only get one body in your lifetime..
1) NEVER…let me repeat, NEVER skip breakfast.
It is literally the most important meal of the day. Make it easy on yourself and prep everything at the beginning of the week or at least the night before. Don’t have time? Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier. That too hard? No, it’s not.
2) Go in with a plan.
Starting with food: Don’t let yourself starve. Healthy and lean protein packed snacks will keep you satiated because it take more energy for your body to break down those lean proteins, are packed with nutrients and are typically low in calories. I’m not talking a sugar packed protein bar either, I’m talking nuts, animal, those kind of things. Now don’t go overboard you can still overeat when it comes to healthy items, but I know what it’s like sitting at a desk and having ate breakfast really early and it’s not quite lunchtime yet, or those forsaken hours between lunch and dinner when you could gnaw your hand off you are so hungry after you leave the office.
Workout: Write down your workouts before you go into the gym. I do this overtime and it keeps me focused, organized and not bored knowing I have goals to reach and time to beat.
3) Some physical activity is better than no physical activity.
Stayed up too late and don’t feel like getting up early to hit the gym? Sleep is pretty important so that is understandable. Try to squeeze in 30 minutes of activity a day, whether it’s doing a home workout (thanks to YouTube), stretching out those tight hips, taking the stairs rather than the elevator or doing a 30 minute run when you get home from work. What may help is picking up a new class, hobby or workout program to keep you motivated. When I am a zombie afterwork I love when a person tells me what to do so I don’t have to think about it. Not to mention an awesome new way to socialize without the calorie packed boozy drinks we love (guilty).
4) Limit processed foods and refined sugar (including alcohol, sorry).
Doing the Whole30 I saw an incredible difference in my body, energy and appearance by carefully reading labels and seeing/realizing exactly how much sugar was in some of the products I was consuming, like wine, whiskey and tequila. I’ll admit I can be a total lush at times, I love an amazing glass of wine with dinner or a rambunctious shot of a tequila but who doesn’t every now and then? Which is why I chose to only have my boozy products, every now and then. I save my consumption for my designated “cheat days.” Yup. I have a schedule for my drinking.
5) Drink More Water.
Water is life. It helps with brain function and decreases your risk for memory loss as you age; puts less pressure on the heart because when you are dehydrated your heart is forced to do more work to get oxygen to your muscles, now your red blood cells can carry oxygen more effortlessly improving muscle function; it enables efficient cell repair; stops hunger pangs; it’s anti-aging- slowing down the aging process and making your skin plump and smooth; it lubricates your joints allowing you to move with ease, and calm your arthritis and/or back pain; it fights fatigue keeping you awake and alert. Here’s a [not so] little diagram:
K. Here’s a schedule for all you people that need a plan to get you started!
6) Try to catch a few more zZz’s.
It’s hard in this day and age where working overtime is praised and if you have kids, lives, school, etc. it feels nearly impossible. Shoot for going to bed 15 minutes earlier, then 30, then how ever much you want to try next. Your body needs 7-8 hours a night to properly function the following day, and let’s face it- it feels really good to get some extra sleep time in.
There you go!