No matter how hard you’re working on your health and exercising, we all fall off the bandwagon sometimes, even just a little. Now that many of us are at home, keeping the motivation to exercise and eating right daily can sometimes not feel too exciting. Fortunately, we can tweak our situation with a few easy changes that will make your weeks of keeping healthy feel easier. Therefore, I’m discussing 8 ways to get back on track with your health and fitness.
1. Prep your meals for the week ahead
Meal prepping is a great way to ensure you stick to a healthy lunch and/or dinner. Spending a few hours over the weekend prepping healthy meals can be the difference between eating dinner at home versus ordering take-out food or putting something quick (and probably not so healthy) in the microwave.
Whether you make a couple days or a whole week’s worth of food, prepping will save you time and energy later. Also, it will help curb cravings when you feel there’s nothing to eat at home. You’ll be back on track in no time!
2. Do a workout you actually enjoy
All too often, people focus on strict diets and workout plans that result in burnout or stopping too soon. However, the goal of being fit and healthy is making it a lifestyle, not a chore. For example, if you love dance and hate the gym, then don’t go to the gym, but focus on dancing often. Where you and what you do to workout doesn’t matter. The most important thing is that you are doing some form of exercise daily.
Choose something you enjoy and do just that. This is also helpful if you feel in a rut with your normal workout plan. Change it up to keep it interesting. Remember, everyone is on their own journey.
3. Feel confident in your activewear
I used to not think what I wore mattered, and it doesn’t have to. However, rather than wanting to ‘lose a few kilos’ before buying that cute activewear set, the mindset should shift to whatever makes you feel good. Dress for yourself and go workout!
4. Workout with a friend
Sometimes we lack the motivation to get up and go to the gym or take that early morning exercise class. It happens to the best of us. That’s where accountability comes in. Tell someone about your health and fitness goals, or take it one step further and find a friend that will exercise with you. Waking up at 6am for a walk in the middle of winter may sound more enjoyable when you know you’ll get to chat with a friend along the way.
Furthermore, you’ll be relying on each other to play your role in turning up to workout. This is a great way for the both of you to get back on track with your fitness goals by motivating each other. It may also help ease any uncertainty if you’re going to the gym or taking a new class for the first time.
5. Commit to a challenge
If going ‘cold-turkey’ on a health and fitness plan isn’t your thing, try a shorter challenge that focuses on one area of health. You may aim to reach 10,000 steps daily, cull alcohol and caffeine for 30 days, improve your flexibility or increase your strength.
These are some of many examples out there. Challenges are a fun and motivating way to achieve a small goal. Add in accountability by doing it with a friend or family member.
6. Buy an exercise and/or nutrition eBook
If you do want to follow a complete guide, the world wide web is filled with numerous eBooks in every health aspect you can think of. Although there are so many plans out there it is hard to dispel the accurate from the less accurate (in terms of quality information, credibility of the author/influencer), they still act as good guide for improving your health. You’ll learn some fitness tips, new exercise moves, and probably some cool new recipes to try too. And considering many are inexpensive, it’s worth trying out a few.
If you do nothing else, then at least implement this step and aim to increase your water intake daily. The exact amount we need differs between individuals, and even the Australian guidelines don’t offer a set amount. However, the Nutrient Reference Values recommends 2.1L (8 cups) for women and 2.6L (10 cups) for men. These can vary depending on several factors, including hot climates and pregnancy. Regardless, an adequate intake of H2O is important to support your health.
8. Get you sleep in check
Often overlooked, sleep is a vital element contributing to the health of an individual. I write about it in another post about sleep HERE. Certain steps can be taken to improve our sleep quality. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute explains how sleep deprivation impacts on brain function, emotional wellbeing, physical state, and daytime performance. There are some simple steps you can implement to start improving your sleep today.
The Sleep Foundation recommends implementing a sleep schedule (i’m aiming fo 10pm-6am daily… still a work in progress!), avoiding caffeine before bed, avoiding blue light from your devices before bed, and establishing a relaxing bed time routine.
If you can start by implementing one or two of these aspects, you’ll be well on your way to getting a great night’s sleep. Thus, your daily focus and motivation to achieve your goals and workout will be enhanced (or at the least, it won’t be impacted).
READ MORE: 6 Must-Haves to Improve Your Sleep Quality
I hope you enjoyed these 8 ways to get back on track with your health and fitness. Remember, everyone is on their own journey. Some people may need/want the gym and a personal trainer to radically improve a poor lifestyle. Others may want to increase their confidence or try new classes. Stay in your own lane and focus on daily healthy habits and you’ll be back on track to achieving your health goals.