Let’s be honest. No matter how hard we try to stick to our New Year resolution to getting fitter, it is so easy to slip up and return to our bad habits. You could blame it on the holiday season, or a lack of time. Maybe your schedule really is tight and leaves no room for any fancy workout or meal-prepping. However, this doesn’t mean that everything must go downhill.
In this article, we’ll take a look at five simple things you can do right now to get your health and fitness goals back on track.
Eat Green, Clean and Regularly
No, when we say ‘clean’, we don’t mean to wash your food thoroughly before you eat. Clean foods refer to foods items that are consumed as close to their natural state as possible. Think fruits, veggies, grains, spices, tubers, seeds, and nuts. With ‘clean eating’ the focus is on creating a nutritious, wholesome and holistic meal plan with a majority of fruits and vegetables, with other food groups included as per your needs. Moreover, the important thing is to cut out all additive and preservative-laden foods out of your diet.
To ensure that you don’t put on any unnecessary weight, many people believe that restricting calories heavily or skipping meals may help. Sadly, these things do more harm than help. Rather than doing anything drastic, make sure to eat three big (healthy, green and clean) meals a day and snack healthily instead of getting loaded on chips and candy.
Increase Your Daily Water Intake
Most of us are way more dehydrated that we could ever imagine. Since our bodies are comprised of over 60% water, this element plays a huge role in regulating the various functions in our body. It is recommended that women should drink at least 90 ounces (2.5 litres) and men should consume a minimum of 125 ounces (3.5 litres) of water each day. Drinking enough water flushes out toxins from your system, clears up your skin, and helps you lose weight effectively.
To kickstart your fitness journey, make sure that you drink at least the recommended amount of clean water every day. Additionally, stay away from beverages with additives such as sugar or preservatives.
Look, we all know that exercise is integral to keeping our bodies in top shape. However, we tend to let laziness or a lack of time get the better of us. In some cases, people don’t have the resources to invest in a gym or club membership, and many others just don’t find regular workout routines useful. However, no matter what your excuse is, without exercise, it is impossible to be genuinely healthy.
If you don’t find gymming or jogging fun, try home-based workouts. For example, Yoga Burn by Zoey Bray-Cotton is an online follow-along program that requires just 15 minutes and no extra equipment. Similarly, there are many other videos by people like Jane Fonda, Jillian Michaels, and Kym Marsh. Find yourself a routine that you enjoy and dedicate at least 15-30 minutes every day to improving your health.
Build a Positive Mindset
Let’s be honest; you can’t have a happy body unless you have a happy mind. It has been scientifically proven that a positive mindset actually helps you stay happier, healthier and look younger.
Moreover, the benefits of thinking positively don’t just last for a few moments. The most significant benefit is that it enhances your body and brain’s ability to develop new skills, stick to goals, and perform everyday activities better. You will also notice that your stress levels reduce drastically and your health will improve in all ways. Meditation, yoga, mindfulness, pursuing your hobbies are all proven ways to build a positive mindset and enjoy a reduction in tension and stress.