With it being the new year, and with one of my resolutions being to be healthier, I thought that I would give you a quick brief on my favourite fitness tips. So here’s a few pointers on how to keep up a healthy lifestyle with a busy schedule.
1. Plan your meals
If, like me, you are a food-lover this tip is a must. Healthy eating can be a little bit of a struggle sometimes, especially if you enjoy eating all the wrong foods at all the wrong times. My main pointer to deal with this issue is to plan your meals in advance. I usually spend my Sunday evenings planning my meals for the next week. If I know what I’m having to eat, and I don’t have to think about it, I generally tend to eat healthier than if I don’t have any form of schedule to work from. Food-prep is such a saviour, and cooking up big portions of healthy meals in bulk to freeze for a later date means that you always have some form of healthy backup food chilling in the freezer if necessary.
2. Know your limits
When you are working out, sometimes it can be easy to either not work hard enough or to work too hard. The danger with not working hard enough is that you probably aren’t going to see any results, which is a really kind of defeating the purpose of exercising in the first place. After all, you don’t want to spend an hour of your day half-assed working out when you could be sat on your sofa for the same results. However, on the opposite end of the scale it’s also just as bad to work yourself too hard. We’ve all had those days where we think we’re Superman at the gym and do more than we can actually manage, or not followed the technique properly and then spent the next three days recovering from your error. Know your limits, and know when to stop. It’s better to build your strength up and take longer to tackle something rather than to just go in like a bull in a china shop and injure yourself in the process.
3. Schedule your workouts
I spend a lot of my time working, so if I want to work out the best way to fit this into my day is to fit it into my schedule. This always tends to change depending on what else I have planned in the week but, as with my meal plan, I tend to take some time out on a Sunday evening to plan where in the week I’m gonna work out. Some days I’ll squeeze a HIIT session in at 5am before I start work, some days I work out at 7pm when I finish work. Occasionally, if I’m really struggling for time, I’ll either jump on the treadmill at home for twenty minutes, hula-hoop or at least fit a few squats in. If I’ve scheduled myself some time in the day to exercise, I’m much more likely to stick to it.
4.Take a rest day
Rest days are just as important as working out. If you work out most days in the week, your body needs a day or two to recuperate (or at least mine does). If I don’t take a rest day, my body basically perpetually aches and I feel so tired and drained that I don’t put effort into my workout anyway. Whilst I do enjoy exercising, I also enjoy knowing that I have at least one day a week where I can just rest and not have to worry about getting my sweat on. Then after my rest day, I’m fully ready to go and smash another workout.
5. Find something you enjoy
I would say that I have been exercising for a good few years now, on and off. At the beginning I used to absolutely despise working out. It used to be the biggest chore, and I was doing it for all the wrong reasons. Something that really changed my outlook on exercise was finding things that I enjoyed doing, and that would make a difference to my body whilst doing it. It took a lot of trial and error to find things that I genuinely enjoyed and didn’t spend the whole day dreading. It’s good to find an array of exercises that you like, so that you always have an exercise you can enjoy even if you can only fit a small workout into your day. Some of my favourites are hula-hooping with a weighted hoop, dancing, HIIT workouts, swimming and resistance training at the gym. If you can find something you love to do, it makes your workouts so much more fun and you’re more likely to stick to them too.
So those are just a few of my favourite fitness tips to keep me pushing through, even on a tough, busy day. My final tip is just take it easy on yourself. Everybody moves at different paces, and as long as you’re trying your best then that’s really all that matters. Everybody falls of the band-wagon sometimes but the most important thing is that you get back up and try again.
Lots of love,