This article isn’t going to say generic things like: “drink water”, “eat more vegetables”, “go to the gym”. I am going to be giving my real advice for getting back into shape and what I think really works (at least for me).
Let me start by saying it is OK to not be on your health game 24/7. I told myself before my graduation that the upcoming weeks were meant to be enjoyed and to not be so hard on myself for drinking my moms famous bloody marys and eating my way through Colorado. There are many times in life where we WILL fall “off track.” Know that there will be times when you will slack, get lazy, uninspired, unmotivated, or just be enjoying life without a thought about your kale intake.
I use quotations around “off track” because, since I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle, I am creating something realistic and obtainable. I know that it is not realistic for me to live the rest of my life on a perfect fitness regimen and healthy diet. So, part of the lifestyle is going through phases of healthy and unhealthy. SO technically, it is not falling off track if falling off track is part of the healthy lifestyle you are forming. Make sense? Probably not.
I think the mindset I have made that helps me the most is that I will always crave being healthy. I love the feeling of working out consistently and eating really healthy food. And that is what I am trying to do now! I am going to share my secrets when it comes to feeling better, fitting back into your jeans and overall just feeling confident in your body after a health hiatus . Let’s do this.
Step 1: Get a Morning (or night or afternoon) Routine
I can’t count how many times I have said, “I will be happy once I get back into my routine”. It has taken me a long time to realize that life is crazy and I will probably never be in a consistent routine. Probably the only thing consistent in my day is the morning. I like to wake up, stretch in my room, have a glass of water, then have a cup of coffee while I plan my day and then get a workout in. But if you’re not a morning person, make a night routine. Have a part of your day where you drink water, get active, write things down, or practice whatever healthy habits you want to instill in your life.
Step 2: 10 Minute Morning Yoga
When I was at school, I got into the habit of doing 10 minutes of yoga every morning. I would get right out of bed (PJs, bed head and all) and just stretch. While it was a pain getting into the habit, it eventually became my favorite part of the day. I wouldn’t do anything too intense, just the basic poses to get my body moving. I found that while it wasn’t a crazy workout, I started noticing results in the strengths of my arms and core. Also, moving first thing in the morning gets your body up and running for the day.
Step 3: Do Short Workouts
Previously when I would try to get into shape, I would get amped up about getting back into it, crush an hour of intense exercise, then wake up and not be able to move for the next 3 days and fall back into my non-active lifestyle. Now, I have learned to not be so hard on myself and ease back into it. I will try to do 2-3 miles runs or a 30 minute HIIT workout. I know that I will eventually get to the point where I can go workout for an hour again, but slowly getting there will make a difference in the long run.
Step 4: Have a Daily Smoothie
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Step 5: Eat Treats
It is easy for me to eat healthy, but only when I allow myself to eat treats. If I cut out everything, eating healthy feels like a chore. So don’t cut out tons of foods that you will eventually just end up eating later. Allow yourself whatever you want in moderation. Even when I’m working out 6 days a week and eating tons of healthy meals, I still like my glass of wine or a scoop of ice-cream.
Step 6: Stop Comparing
I am the comparison queen. 10 times out of 10 when I am on Instagram, I am comparing myself to someone else. I see people’s accounts wondering why I don’t look like them, why I don’t have as many followers as them, wishing I could be that motivated all the time and just draining myself because someone posted a picture of them in a new Gymshark set. But guess what, looks don’t matter. No matter how much Instagram tells you it does, it doesn’t. I had trouble putting on my jeans this morning and that is OK because I’m feeling healthy. No one’s life is perfect so stop comparing and do you.
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