Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Lifestyle Advice?


It's a process that becomes a way of life...
...fad diets/yo-yo dieting aren't going to help you to lead a healthy lifestyle. They may help you temporarily lose a few pounds, but if you don't consistently make healthy choices long term, you'll soon gain those pounds back. It's important to ease into a healthy lifestyle and to realize that it has to be a permanent, consistent change!

Plan out a time to workout before hand, and pack your gym bag the night before...
...it's really easy to convince yourself that you'll work out tomorrow, but then tomorrow comes and you get distracted. Before long the day is over and you've yet to get to the gym. What helps is to plan out the chunk of time you'll use to workout the night before. Don't just say you'll go to the gym tomorrow, but plan that you'll go from a certain time to a certain time so you avoid putting it off. It's also helpful to have your bag packed the night before, or to have your workout clothes sitting in a pile by your bedroom door. When you wake up in the morning you'll be reminded, and will have all of your stuff ready to go!

Don't depend on vitamins or supplements...
...I'm not saying that they're bad for you by any means. I believe that we should aim to consume all of the required daily vitamins and nutrients through our own diet, and to not learn to depend on daily vitamins or supplements! It encourages you to eat healthier and make healthier decisions throughout the day if you know you haven't consumed an adequate amount of a certain vitamin!

Have fun, and laugh...
...don't work out by doing something you don't like to do. If running hurts your body and doesn't feel good, try biking instead. It's important to enjoy what you're doing to not add additional stressors to your lifestyle. Also going with a friend or two can not only encourage you to work harder, but it also initiates conversation and laughter which also help to reduce stress.

Enjoy!
R