No one has a perfect fitness routine down. There are always a few things that you could be doing differently to make sure you’re getting the most out of your body and your life. With a few tweaks, you could not only be healthier, but happier too.
1. Ditch the Gym
Gym work outs are good but they’re not the only way to get your body into shape. Try going outside instead. Running, biking, swimming, hiking, rock climbing, power walking—no matter what you decide to do, it will feel like less of a routine chore than going to the gym again.
2. Be Alarmed
Set alarms that go off every forty five minutes during your workday. When each alarm goes off, get up and do a few exercises. It will make your day pass faster because you won’t feel like you haven’t moved from your seat all day, and the extra energy you get from working out will power you through your day. It doesn’t matter how strenuous the exercise, just getting away from the screen helps. It may even help to have your screen saver kick in along with the alarm.
3. Snack Hack
Make your own snacks instead of buying stuff to munch on at the store. If you put a little effort into it, you can replicate anything that you find packaged on the supermarket shelf. Making things at home ensures that your snacks have less junk content in them—you know everything that went into them because you put it there. Granola, muesli, chocolate covered raisins, even a guilty pleasure like potato chips can all easily be made at home.
4. Right on Time
Who says there’s a right time of the day to work out? When you feel like doing it, what works best for your schedule, is more important than how “normal” it seems. Feel like doing your exercises at home right before you go to bed? Go for it. Want to take your lunch hour to run over to the gym before everyone gets there after work? It’s all you. What’s important is that you don’t make the same mistake as the next item on this list.
5. Don’t Schedule the Impossible
Maybe you think scheduling your fitness time for a part of your day when you usually don’t feel like doing anything will change your habits, but the odds are that you’re setting yourself up for failure. If you aren’t able to get out of bed before 7:00 am, don’t expect to make it to that 6:00 yoga class. The more realistically you schedule workouts, the more likely it is you’ll stick to them.
6. Laugh out loud
They say laughing is the best cure to anything. It is important for you to let out your stress through this method which bears no actual cost. It also boosts your immune system and helps to keep you blood pressure low.
7. No Skipping Breakfast
People who eat breakfast are thinner than people who avoid it. Having the first meal of the day early, keeps your metabolism more active through the rest of your day. Intake of fiber in the morning causes you to be less hungry late in the afternoon, when you’re tempted for a heavy snack.
8. Beauty Sleep
It is not only important to sleep early and get 7 hours of sleep for your beauty but, for your health too. Getting a sufficient amount of sleeping hours helps you prolong your life, lowers stress, sharpens your memory and lastly, saves you from those late night cravings!
9. Eating Right
Staying healthy means eating the right things and on the right time. Skipping meals or avoiding certain foods is a no go area. A woman should have nutrients to lead a healthy life cycle such as, iron, calcium, and folic acid. These should be included in your daily meals somehow. Adding flax seeds, green tea, dairy products like eggs, milk and curd should be consumed on a daily average.
10. Some ‘Me’ Time
It is important to enjoy your own company. Pamper yourself by doing things that you enjoy. Relax your mind by taking a trip to the spa or having a go at a good novel. Recharge yourself by joining a class of your interest, or even by keeping a journal. The main aim here is to give yourself the amount of time, to revitalize yourself and keep the stress at bay.
11. Regular Checkups
Choose a good doctor which will help you keep a check on any illness that may occur. It is better to find out about any hidden illness and prevent it at an early detection than later.