Sometimes, we look at people who are fit and think “I will never be able to live like they do!” There are a lot of misconceptions about fitness lifestyles as well. Eat clean. Do Crossfit. Do cardio. Ever wonder what the keys to staying healthy and on track are? They’re simpler than you think!
10. Plan ahead
Food prep, out-of-town gym trips, weekend hikes- planning ahead is crucial when sticking to a fitness regimen. Even the most basic healthy concepts involve planning ahead. If you know you’re going out on the weekend, don’t over indulge during the week. Balance is key!
9. Make time
Lie doesn’t always give us an hour a day at the perfect time for exercise. We don’t always have enough time to prep a weeks worth of dinners at one time. When you make health a priority, you make time to do these things. Do people love waking up before dark to exercise or cook their food for the day? Most people would say no. But it has such a great return that it’s worth it! You have to MAKE time, sometimes.
8. Sleep more
Good rest is crucial to good health. Your body cannot run on 5 hours of sleep a night. Over time, it will tire. You need to fuel your body properly and part of that is sleeping enough. Don’t skip out on the Zzz’s!
This is a given. Healthy people exercise. Whether it’s walks in the park or marathons, exercise is key to good health.
6. Stay focused
It’s easy to get off track. Sometimes it’s even a little bit necessary. But living a healthy lifestyle is easier when you have a goal and stay focused on it. You owe it to yourself and to your body to be and stay healthy!
5. Make wise food choices
Notice I didn’t say “eat clean” or “eat healthy food?” I said make WISE choices. A burger and fries is not going to be the bane of your healthy existence. Every day burger and fries will. Be smart. If you can sub chicken for ground beef, go for it! But if you’re really craving a burger, then get one. Just make sure you have something wholesome at your next meal. You don’t have to restrict yourself to “clean” foods. Just be strategic and smart about it. For example: you have a party to go to. You know there will be pizza and beer and wings and everything that is good in the world. Instead of stressing about what you can/cant have, have nutritious and wholesome food for breakfast and lunch and enjoy yourself at the party. Eat until you’re not hungry and move along.
“Isn’t this the same as exercise?” No. Staying active involves incorporating activity into daily life. Park at the back of the parking lot. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. All the things you hear a thousand times? You hear them because it’s true. A healthy lifestyle is a lifestyle. Not an hour a day in the gym and meals.
3. Drink water
Sodas and juices taste great, but water is the king of all drinks. Not only does it keep you hydrated, drinking water can often help regulate water weight gain. A good rule of thumb: drink half your body weight in ounces each day (ie. a 150 lb person would drink 75 oz of water a day).
2. Don’t compare
You are different than everyone else. And that is a good thing. You cannot compare yourself to anyone but yourself. You are only trying to be better than who you were last week, last month, last year. Other people’s progress has no impact on the progress you can make. Like I said before, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
1. Stay positive
Some days are most definitely better than others. Want to know how to stay in a healthy mindset? Start over fresh every day. Yesterdays workout, lack of workout, bad diet, whatever it is, happened yesterday and has nothing to do with today. The sooner you realize that each day is a fresh start, the easier it will be to stay focused and healthy. Everyday won’t be perfect, but being able to see a silver lining or make something good out of the bad days will improve your mental health dramatically. Believe it or not, mental health can have an impact on physical health. Be positive and your body will thank you for it.