First note: Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. One without the other won’t do much for your body. It is important to find the right balance in your day to eat the right foods that nurture your body and to exercise (even a little workout is better than no workout!) Also, remember that you are human and that treating yourself on occasion is not something to beat yourself up about. You know yourself and your body better than anyone else.
- Drink more water:
A great motivator to drink more water is to get a nice water bottle that you can take with you to work, school, or the gym! Another tip is that if you find your water boring, put in some fruits and herbs! My favorite combo is strawberry and mint!
- Find a workout buddy:
Find someone that shares your fitness goals to help motivate each other to hit the gym. Most gyms offer a variety of classes, so call up your workout buddy and ask them if they are interested in going to the gym with you! If you don’t have a workout buddy, I recommend putting together a workout playlist to keep yourself motivated. Note: if your workout buddy doesn’t want/can’t go to the gym, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t either!
- Eat 4-5 smaller meals a day:
Eating smaller meals is not only great for weight loss (if you eat the right foods), it is also great for your metabolism, stops hunger that potentially causes an unhealthy binge, and helps control your blood sugar. Another tip is to use smaller plates. This tricks your mind into thinking you are eating larger portions than you actually are!
- Change up your routine:
This was one of my resolutions for the new year. If you do the same workout day after day, it is no longer beneficial for your body. Actually, it’s BAD for your body! If you overuse your muscles by using them every day doing the same routine you can rip, tear, or herniate something! (Which happened to me at age 16. That’s a whole other story I’ll get to in other posts) By switching up your routine, it gives your joints, muscles, and tendons a chance to recover.
- Quit skipping breakfast:
You know the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Start your morning off with some water to start up your metabolism and make yourself a balanced breakfast. One of my favorites is scrambled eggs with chopped asparagus, ham (or Canadian bacon) on top of some coconut oil toast, and some fruit on the side. If you are REALLY running late, quick grab a Luna bar or try to pop in a piece of toast with some peanut butter and grab a banana.
These are only a few simple tips to start with. I’m sure I will have many other posts much like this one, but for now just practice balancing out your day, one day at a time. Try not to look at all the things you need/want to do all at once because that will only stress you out and you’ll lose your balance. Otherwise, you’ve got this!