The majority of us wear many different hats in life and more often than not, there will definitely be days when we feel like we have absolutely no time for ourselves. But this just isn’t true. Many people assume they need to drastically change their whole life to live a healthy and active lifestyle but it’s not necessary. If you’ve noticed, making drastic changes and taking the extremist routes to lose weight only backfires on us in the long run. It’s a temporary fix and becomes an unhealthy repeated cycle. Too many people do this to the point where they end up dreading eating healthy and working out. They will kick themselves in the ass just for eating a cupcake, had more than one cheat meal, or missed a workout. They usually feel guilty for not having enough self-control and give up entirely. Why?! Because taking this route only sets you up for failure. You don’t have to go hard at the gym every single day and cut everything out of your diet.
If you want to live a healthier lifestyle, it’s all about balance and moderation. Of course sacrifices and necessary adjustments will need to be made but I don’t advise taking such extreme measures in order to do so. Here are a few tips to live a healthier and balanced lifestyle no matter how crazy your schedule may be:
Consistency is key. To stay consistent, you need to have some sort of routine. The most successful people have a morning routine and it’s no different when it comes to fitness. Wake up a little earlier. If you’re not a morning person, wake up 5-10 minutes earlier to get in quick cardio exercises such as jumping jacks to get your heartrate going, give yourself a boost of energy, and instantly improve your mood to start your day off right.
Drink your vegetables. Don’t like eating your veggies? No problem. Drink it by juicing your fruits and veggies. Instead of coffee or tea, make a juice or smoothie in the morning. No time? Prepare it the night before so all you have to do is dump everything in a blender.
Meal prepping. I cannot stress how important it is to have healthy foods available in your fridge and pantry at all times. Before you go grocery shopping, buy healthier items so you can prep balanced meals for the whole week—breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. Separate them into food containers so that you can just grab and go. You’re less likely to eat junk, processed food or buy fast food when you’re pressed for time.
Exercise during work hours. Do quick 5-10 minute workouts. During lunch, attend a fitness class, get a quick workout in at the gym, or take a walk with your coworkers. Take the stairs whenever possible and park further from your job site. Every step counts so get up every hour and move by walking around the office. Don’t forget to take breaks and stretch as well.
By slowly incorporating these tips into your life, the results will show. It’s important to maintain balance and try not to be so hard on yourself. On the surface, I may appear to live a fit lifestyle but trust me, my fitness journey was never easy. I struggled and fell off many times to get to where I am today. Slow progress is still progress. You will not see results overnight but over time the daily habits will slowly but surely add up and before you know it, it will become part of your lifestyle!