Beach 2016 is upon us… All you see around you is people running, working out, shopping for carrots and spinach, just to get that summer body.
You’ll be reading this and sooner or later figure out that you’ve read this before. Everywhere! But there’s more to it than “Being healthy” and you shouldn’t change the way you eat or exercise overnight because we all know that ain’t gonna last. You’re not making it easy for your body to adapt if you after maybe going for a run once a week, all of a sudden go to the gym everyday… You’ll end up with knees hurting, back aching and if you’re in bad luck you might even sprain an ankle or bust your knee cap…
With all fitness, diets and life changes in general it must come in moderation and develop gradually. What that means is you first need to change small things, little steps that will soon turn into a giant leap.
I started trying living a healthy lifestyle a few years ago. What I first did was going on crazy diets (and failing miserably) and working out, lifting weights… Which I was not used to at all and so my body was in pain all the time. And it always ended the same – binging. If you don’t know about my binging story then scroll down my page for my other health stories.
One day I just stopped drinking soda. I don’t even like soda or fizzy drinks so I just stopped drinking it. That helped me so much, to regain energy and basically starting to eat right. Most importantly I exchanged those drinks with water. I know you’ve heard this one before 😛 But that’s because it’s true. I had a water bottle next to me almost 24/7 and it prevented me from binging because when you feel hungry it’s likely you’re just thirsty. And no other liquid will satisfy your thirst better than water – trust me. Water also helps your digestion and makes your skin better 🙂 It’s just overall the best thing for starting a healthy lifestyle.
IT IS – a lifestyle. So don’t think you’ll be done after the summer: “now I never have to wear shorts again (well at least not til next year when I just do the same thing over again)”. A healthy lifestyle is continuous all through the year and the seasons. It does not mean starving yourself, n’or does it mean abs, bubble butt or skinny (especially not skinny). It means you caring enough about your body and your happiness to say goodbye to what doesn’t do you good.
In food – processed sugars, saturated fat, lots of “E’s” – the weird numbers in the ingredients list with the big E in front of them? Yea those are supplicants, to make that ice cream taste like strawberries and have that color -without containing actual strawberries-Which, if it’s not obvious, isn’t nurturing your body’s needs in any way.
Tips for food: Forget the calorie count – look at the ingredient list instead. If it’s got more than 3-4 things you can’t even pronounce or have to look up on google – then leave it on the shelf and find a better alternative. And don’t forbid any foods, just try to think “health-ier “(meaning try to eat better than you did yesterday).
Fitness – You don’t have to get a gym membership (but it does motivate some people) or even workout to be healthy. If you wanna lose weight, you might wanna do some exercises other than running/ walking/jogging, but if you just want your body to feel good you basically need to move and of course the easiest way to do so is walking. Your biggest enemy is the couch. A chair is better but not for hours. Stand up at least once an hour to increase the blood flow to your legs as well to your brain (as I’m writing this I’ve been sitting by my desk for about 1,5 hours so I’m gonna go ahead and stand up for a minute or two ^^).
Tips for fitness: Find ways to exercise in your everyday life. Instead of taking the bus or the car, take the bike or walk. Get up earlier in the morning just to walk for 20 min around the neighbourhood or if you’re not a morning person (like myself) go for a quick run/hike after work/school or in the evening. Try to move as much as possible (I dance to music like a crazy person in my room… That’s my work out :P).
Motivation – the only motivation I’ve found actually works the best is the mantra to “love thyself” (excuse the Shakespeare in me). If you love your body and yourself, then all you have to do treat it as such!
While you’re at it, try and smile because you’ll feel and look better, just like that 😛
I have now been without soda and snacks such as crisps for 2 years, running twice a week and moving somehow everyday for about an hour 😛 Lately I’ve excluded chocolate (not entirely of course, daaah) and sweets and instead eating fruits and berries and just finding better ways of satisfying my sugar addiction 😛
I ain’t planning on or feel the urge to stuff my face at the end of the day, and I’m in love with that feeling ❤