Staying motivated is one thing where healthy living is concerned, but there is also being able to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. Now is the time when we all start to focus on the new year ahead, what we would like to achieve and start to make plans. Many of us start the year with every intention to lead healthier lives, but by February that gym membership has now become redundant and you’ve already emptied the biscuit barrel two times over!
Taking the steps to enhance your life by leading a healthier lifestyle or to adopt a kinder approach to how you look after your body doesn’t have to be challenging or restrictive. Diets may work for some people and that’s really great, however, I truly believe that to live well and to enjoy life fully we should be eating the food that we love, and that includes cake!
The definition of healthy is different for everyone, but the foundations of healthy living are the same and centre around making simple changes to your lifestyle that work for you and making them stick. It’s all about taking baby steps every day to work towards creating a beautiful and happy life that we all deserve.
So, let me show you how!
Don’t sweat the small stuff
I used to feel so guilty if I didn’t work out for over 1 hour a day. Of course, now I realise how stupid this was. Just getting out there and doing something even for just 15 minutes is still worthwhile. It’s not the quantity that counts but the quality of the workout and how fabulous it makes you feel afterwards.
Balance Is What Makes the World Go Round
I’m a massive advocate of balance being the key to a healthy lifestyle and cutting back on everything that is deemed “bad” in your diet may cause you to overeat on a load of unhealthier foods. A little of what you fancy does you the world of good, nourishes the soul and makes you happy. Rather than eating the entire selection box, just have a couple of chocolates and enjoy every mouthful.
Preparing and Organising
Leading a healthier lifestyle sometimes can involve being organised and some forward planning, but it’s so worth it! With a busy lifestyle it can be hard to stay on track but being organised really helps with this. Meal planning and even preparing meals the night before to take to work is a great way to make sure that you’re eating healthy outside of home or when time isn’t on your side. Batch cooking things like soups and veggie packed casseroles to stock up the freezer can be a life saver during busy periods.
Be Kind To Yourself
After an injury I used to be really hard on myself and tried to carry on training at the same pace before my injury. However, I realised how dangerous this was and I could have caused further damage. Now I make sure that I rest up and ease my way back into exercise once I have recovered from an injury. Do what you can and don’t push yourself too hard. Try to remember that something is better than nothing where exercise is concerned.
Take rest days
This links back to my first point about not sweating the small stuff. Feeling guilty that you cannot workout because you feel like you are somehow failing your body is something that I’m sure we have all experienced. However, during my own journey I have come to realise that missing a few workouts doesn’t mean that I’m going to turn into a blob. In fact, after a period of rest from exercise, I feel that I get my best workouts in as I feel re-energized and eager to get back to it.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is all about perception too, learning that resting, easing off exercise when needed and allowing yourself to have treats now and then is all part and parcel of developing a healthier outset. Remember to be kind to yourself, enjoy your food without food or restrictions, live your life to the fullest for a happy and healthy 2016!