Its almost the end of February now and the "new year, new me" motivation can be pretty lacking, so I thought I'd post the blog I did with V3 Apparel on the 10 easy ways to get fit and stay healthy!
1. Ditch the elevator, take the stairs.
Something that you do every day without even thinking about it is to take the elevator at work, shopping or even at the gym! Did you know that taking the stairs burns up to SEVEN times more calories than standing around in the elevator! Plus prolonged use and regular walking (see below) helps to protect you against high blood pressure, weight gain whilst improving your overall cardiovascular fitness!
2. Walk, walk, walk.
We are so used to being in the habit of grabbing our car keys and jumping in the car to get from A to B. Instead, leave your car keys behind, lace up your trainers and get out and walk! It’s not only good for your body, but good for your mind too! Say goodbye to the stresses of your busy everyday life, inhale the fresh air and walk your worries away! Competitive? Then why not invest in a pedometer and try set yourself a target to meet each day. You’ll be amazed at how small adjustments to your lifestyle helps you rack up the distance and melt that pesky fat!
3. Get plenty of Zzzz’s
Sleep is so important, especially after intense exercise your body needs time to rest and repair in order to recover physically and psychologically. So turn off your phone, stop checking social media and get plenty of rest! Aim for around seven to ten hours for adequate rest.
4. Don't food shop when you’re hungry
Sounds simple right? But it's been proven that if you shop on an empty stomach you are more likely to pick up more high calorie foods. No time to eat before shopping? Then make a list! This will provide more structure to your shop and minimise your chance of straying down the biscuit isle!
5. Netflix and Squats?
When you're deep into the latest TV series the last thing you want to do is go for a run or workout. I'm sure we're all guilty of settling down to watch a couple of episodes of only to look at your watch to find that it's 2 weeks later and your 5 seasons in. So, to feel less guilty about your netflix binge, throw some body weight exercises in between episodes to keep you feeling fit and fresh!
6. Keep motivated on the go
I could trawl through social media for hours looking at motivational quotes, thinking "wow I needed this" before print screening them adding them to my endless stack of phone images. But the chance of me looking at that photo again is slim... very slim. Let's face it, we all spend a large part of our day staring at our phones so let's make it worthwhile! Next time you come across your favourite quote or inspirational athlete, save the image and set it as your phones background wallpaper. You'll be amazed at how constantly seeing this inspiring image or quote helps to keep you motivated! V3 Apparel now do amazing HD motivational phone wallpapers, just click the link above to browse the range! Once you find your favourite, save it as your phone background and stay motivated on the go! Free motivation, you can't beat that!
7. Find a workout buddy!
Lacking motivation? Find a workout partner to train with. There are so many benefits to working out with someone. You'll burn more calories by challenging and pushing each other to squeeze out those extra reps! You're also less likely to cancel your workout and if you try too, your partner will be there to drag you kicking and screaming! No workout partner? Don't worry! More than likely there is someone you know who would love to go to the gym but are conscious or unsure about going alone. Alternatively, approach a regular gym goer and ask them if they want to team up! Working out together allows you to motivate each other and you're more likely to stay on track!
8. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Drinking water is so beneficial to your body but it is constantly overlooked. The average human adult body is made up of between 50-65% water, therefore adequate water intake is essential in keeping your body functioning to it's full potential. The NHS Eatwell Guide recommend drinking between six to eight glasses a day. Regular water consumption also helps to remove toxins, aids proper digestion and has zero calories! Bored of plain water? Then mix it up with a slice of lemon, cucumber or strawberries for a natural sweetener!
9. Make protein your go to.
Make sure you're putting quality over convenience when it comes to snacking on the go! It's all too easy to reach for the unhealthy pre-packaged snacks at your local store so make sure you plan your time and snacks ahead. For me, protein snacks are a key addition to my food diary. As we all know, protein is an essential component in the muscle-building process but did you know that high protein snacks also help you maintain normal blood glucose levels, keep you fuller for longer and also lower the risk of hypertension! So be sure to head over to my blog www.TheLawFoodie.com for some quick and easy protein snack ideas!
10. Find a workout you love
Find running on a treadmill tedious? Hate those people who can run for miles and miles? More than likely these people LOVE to run and it's their favourite way to exercise. It's not for everyone, we all have different likes and dislikes and that's okay, so don't beat yourself up. It's important to find a workout YOU enjoy! Whether that's; jump rope, sprints, using the stair machine or circuits there is an exercise out there for everyone.