You’ve probably heard all about the things you CAN’T do if you’re looking to get into better shape. Well, as I like to focus on the things you CAN do, let me help with a few suggestions that will help you feel inspired to get a little fitter and healthier in the next 30 days.
- Eat more- Ok, ok, so I’m talking specifically about vegetables here- not your favourite chocolate bar or packet of crisps. Aim to have a portion of vegetables at every meal if possible. They’re full of vitamins and fibre and will help you feel energised and full so you wont need to snack or overeat at mealtimes.
- Skip the workout- It’s important to move as much as you can, but it doesn’t have to be a punishing workout every time. If you’re not feeling up for it, don’t just sit on your bum. Do some stretching, take a brisk walk, get your gardening gloves on or hoover the house from top to bottom for an alternative way to use your muscles and burn calories.
- Have a lie in, or take a nap- You need sleep to recover and repair both physically and mentally. Therefore, getting enough sleep will help you to and get the most out of your willpower and your workouts. Aim for 7-8 hours in every 24 to feel at your best.
- Stop stressing- About work, family, your fitness. Sometimes it’s not easy, but you should try, because hormones that are released when you’re stressed cause you to store more body fat around your middle. Instead, focus on the positives of the situation or what you can do right now to make it better. Yoga, meditation and simple breathing exercises are great ways to help manage everyday stress, but if you’re really struggling, seek some help from a councillor or therapist.
- Take up a new ‘active’ hobby, or restart an old one- The best exercise is exercise you enjoy so much, you don’t even realise you’re doing it! You may even meet new people who share your interests and can help you on your journey.
To your success,