Fitness isn’t for everybody, I get that. It requires a lot of commitment, patience, and drive. But it doesn’t have to be so hard! There are little things you can do to help ease you into your fitness journey and that’s what I am going to talk about today. These are just some tips I’ve noticed really helped me implement health into my busy life and as always there are a TON of more hacks you can find on Pinterest or other fitness blogs/websites so feel free to explore and only pick things that work for YOU!
1. Carry a water bottle with you EVERYWHERE. This will make it easier to remember to drink water. The recommended amount for water is 2 liters per day, but you don’t have to start out with that if you don’t drink water regularly. Ease yourself into this practice and up your water intake as needed. The more water you drink, you’ll start to feel yourself maintain good energy levels and your skin, organs, and entire body will thank you!
2. Limit, but don’t eliminate junk food. You never want to suddenly change your entire diet. This will just make it easier to quit as you’ll be miserable without some of the foods you love. Of course, don’t just eat whatever you want whenever, but instead PORTION. Moderation is key here and if you’re like me and get overpowered by junk food cravings, portioning out your guilty pleasures ahead of time will help to ensure you’re not overindulging. Your diet doesn’t need to be strictly healthy things and make you miserable, you just need to find a healthy balance. You can still eat what you want, just pay more attention to how much you eat. Moderation, moderation, moderation!
3. Substitute fruit for a healthy, sweet snack. If you have a sweet tooth, it’s easy to curb those cravings with fruit. If you really need an extra kick of sweetness, add some sugar (I always do when I eat strawberries).
4. Start yourself on an easy and doable workout system. There’s no need to jump in and start working out everyday. You’ll end up wearing yourself out way too much and will be more likely to quit. Scheduling a simple program that works with your schedule is very important. All you need to start is a dedicated 3-4 days a week for cardio and 2-3 days of strength/weight training. You can even mash some of these days together and knockout both workouts if you really want to, but remember to also give yourself rest days as your muscles will need time to heal.
5. Don’t stress if you slip up. Even if you consume a large amount of unhealthy food or miss a workout or two, don’t beat yourself up over it. You will face road blocks and failures on your fitness journey, but it shouldn’t discourage you. Of course, you can’t let these slip-ups happen all the time, but every once in a while is reasonable. Instead of punishing yourself for it, push yourself harder. Use your failures as motivations and your journey will continue on the right path.
6. Get cute workout clothes and lay them out ahead of time. If you like your outfit and feel confident in it, you’re more likely to workout and look forward to it. You don’t need to have a set for everyday of the week of course, but having 2-3 outfits of your liking can really help. Then, if you lay out your clothes ahead of time, it’s one less thing to worry about before going to the gym and you may be more likely to go and to feel a little guilty if you don’t since you already had it all planned out and ready.
7. Share your goals and plans with friends. By inviting friends to join you on your fitness journey you are not only bettering yourself, but helping them to do the same while also improving your relationship with them. It’s encouraging to have someone with the same goals and to have someone to lean on when you are faced with setbacks. It’s a win-win for both of you!
8. Take the stairs every time you can. This may sound silly, and I know everyone hates stairs, but choosing to take them rather than the escalator or elevator can add just a little bit of a physical challenge to your everyday life. You’ll feel better knowing you chose the healthier option too!
9. Walk everyday. Even if you only have time for a brisk 10 minute walk, this can hep to get your blood pumping. It’s also easy to incorporate into almost every lifestyle! You can even grab a friend or your pet to accompany you to make it that much more fun. It may not seem like a lot, but over time, walking everyday can really improve your health.
10. Positive affirmations. Now this tip is more for your mental health, but definitely has an impact on your physical health as well. By telling yourself, writing out, or even just reading daily positive affirmations, you can help to improve your confidence and to motivate yourself. Both of these things can help you in your fitness journey as they will make you look forward to your workouts and to focus more on your accomplishments and goals rather than failures. As I’ve said before, it is vital to work on improving both your mental and physical health simultaneously as they go hand in hand.
I hope these tip help or encourage you to start your fitness journey. It doesn’t have to be hard or scary, it just needs to be for you. Everyone is different, so of course your journey and the steps you take will be different and unique as well. Have some other daily practices that help you maintain a healthy lifestyle? Feel free to share!