5 healthy tips to get back on track
So it’s June and your New Year’s resolutions of going to the gym 5 times a week, or cutting out sweets, seems like a distant memory. But not to worry, it’s never too late to get back on the fitness wagon.
You don’t need to wait until January 2017 to achieve the resolutions you set for yourself 6 months ago.
5 Top Healthy Tips
We have a few healthy tips that will help get you back on track and feeling super healthy and happy instantly!
1. Try a different fitness routine
You know what they say, variety is the spice of life, well same goes for your healthy eating and exercising plan. It can be beneficial to stay consistent with your workout routines in the gym and if that’s working for you, then awesome!
However, if you get easily bored of the same routines why not try different variations to keep things fresh and interesting. Set yourself a new challenge – try a sumo deadlift or a single leg squat instead of the regular kinds and you will get your fitness mojo back. If you’re working hard in the gym a few times a week or hitting the streets for your regular runs, why not try a workout class instead? Have a look into local Pilates classes for great toning and stretching moves, or grab a friend and try something totally different, belly dancing, a Kettlebells workout – whatever takes your fancy!
2. Try adding some super supplements to your diet
Our current lifestyle, diet and nutrient depletion have made it harder than ever to meet all of our nutritional needs from food alone. No matter how clean you eat, adding some supplements to your diet is always a good addition to a healthier lifestyle. Last month, I tried out the new VITL Nutrition Pack which is a 28-day trail of supplements aimed to work alongside the modern diet and providing essential nutrients to help your body function at its best.
The pack comes in easy and hassle-free tearable strips so it fits into a busy on-the-go lifestyle. The daily packs contain Supergreens which include kale, spirulina & acai berry to help with vitality, Krill Oil for a daily dose of Omega-3 which supports a healthy heart and brain function, CoQ10 for a boost of energy, and finally a multivitamin designed to support your immune system and general health. The daily dose of vitamins helped with energy and supporting a healthier diet, as long as you can get over the funky aftertaste.
3. Invest in a new cookbook
It can be very easy to get into a cooking rut when trying to eat healthily, but there is more to life than the regular salmon + veg every day. There are so many exciting cookbooks on the market, with ‘healthy living’ being the buzzword of the moment. We love the Madeleine Shaw cookbooks. She has two books available Get the Glow and Ready Steady Glow, and they are rammed full of easy to make, easily locatable ingredients and absolutely delicious recipes! The books focus on incorporating nutritional recipes into your lifestyle and finding healthier alternatives to regular favourites.
A personal favourite is the breakfast pancakes made with ground almonds and healthy banana bread, made with no refined sugar. Her latest book Ready Steady Glow includes a range of recipes that can be made in less than 30 minutes, including a delicious Sea Bass with Butter Bean Stew. Highly recommend, but there are also many others on the market to add some excitement to your cooking!
4. Be realistic with your goals
We’re almost halfway through the year and the goals you set optimistically in January may need readjustment, and that’s okay. If your current goals still seem like an impossible task, maybe setting some smaller, achievable goals are the way to go. Instead of heading straight for the marathon, start out with some 5k or 10k runs and work up to the big goal.
We would also suggest focusing on achievable goals that aren’t based on looking like a particular celebrity or losing a certain amount of weight – these types of goals can be disheartening when they don’t happen. I’m a tall girl with a curvy figure, I’m not going to look like Karlie Kloss as much as I try. So instead, I’ll focus on strength-based goals like hitting a personal best on weight squats or being able to climb the stairs at work instead of using the lift.
5. Most of all, enjoy the process
The whole point of having a healthy lifestyle instead of a restrictive diet is that if you have a booze and food-filled weekend it isn’t the end of the world. The important thing is not letting a bad day turn into a bad week or – god forbid – giving up completely. Allow yourself the odd treat of your favourite unhealthy food, and give yourself a couple of exercise rest days a week to allow your to recover.
For more motivational tips have a read of some of our other health and fitness articles:
- Staying motivated – our top exercise motivation tips
- Dealing with DOMS – post-exercise recovery tips
- Fitness – setting performance goals
What are your top healthy tips? Share with us @tweetjanes.