It’s the season of getting in shape. Somehow we always wait until the 1st of January to start kicking our own butts, but wouldn’t it be great to stay in shape and not have to worry about losing track and starting from scratch?
Here are a few habits fit people swear by to keep themselves on the right track and stay healthy.
1. Start a routine
Fit people have no struggles in the morning, whether they get up to work out or build their breakfast of overnight oats or poached eggs, early starts help you get a hold on the day and plan your hours wisely. Wake up early and create a routine for yourself that you can rely on. It works especially well during the holidays, when you tend to lose track of what day and time it is.
Grab a journal and a pen and plan your days out, factor in work, leave some hours spare for any unexpected setbacks, and fit in your weekly exercise classes, even if they’re just from home. Habits are easy to build!
2. Exercise in short bursts
Whether you’ve got five hours or fifteen minutes spare, it’s important to make the most of it. You can do a workout in 7 minutes using a YouTube video, go for a jog, skip, do yoga, there are so many ways to stay fit. Making the most of the time you have is the fastest way to get in shape.
3. Get a fitness tracker
Fit people keep track of their progress, and the easiest way to do that is with a fitness tracker. You can see an in-depth graph of how you’re doing, figure out if you’re sleeping enough, how many calories you’re burning and how much you need to do to get in shape. If you’re ready to get fit this year, start by tracking your activity levels. The Fitbit Charge 2 is available here and will help you stay ahead of the fitness game.
4. Don’t wait for permission
One thing we’re all guilty of is making excuses. Fit people don’t wait for permission, they don’t wait for January to roll around or for the perfect hour, they know not to listen to their excuses and to get on with it.
It’s hard but if you want to get n shape you need to stop waiting for permission from someone, stop setting faraway goals and throw yourself head first into the now.
5. Eat a proper breakfast
If you’ve created your routine, you should factor in time to have a proper breakfast. A balanced breakfast contains 25% protein, 25% carbs, and 50% fruit or vegetables. Think breakfast smoothies, overnight oats, avocado, poached eggs, and blueberries and forget chocolate muffins and coffee.
6. Create a home gym
We can’t always afford a gym membership, especially after Christmas and New Year. This is where creating a home gym comes in. You don’t need a room filled with equipment to do this, all you need is the basics depending on what you want to do, a yoga mat, some weights, a foam roller, exercise ball and skipping rope will do. It could even be about buying a new pair of trainers to motivate yourself to go running for thirty minutes.
7. Do it for yourself
One of the mistakes I always make is trying to get fit to look good for some event. Fit people keep going for themselves, for the high it gives them and for the stress-release. It’s not always about how you look, or what clothes you fit into, it’s more about the lifestyle. Feeling healthy and dealing with stress is all about moving and getting your blood pumping.
On Sunday 29 January 2017 the Career Girl Academy is back at the coolest spot in London, and this time you’ll learn how to achieve every goal you set your mind to and more. Reserve a guaranteed place when you book your tickets to this event here.
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