If you’re like me you see the new year as a great opportunity to start fresh with your fitness goals. It’s so easy to get off track but if you start making steps now they soon become habits.
Here are a few tricks I’m trying and you should too!
Don’t Skip Breakfast
I realize not everyone struggles with this but I did for sometime. It’s so important to eat a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning, and can really help you not feel super hungry later in the day.
Some quick healthy breakfast ideas are:
Oatmeal with cinnamon, honey and fresh fruit (I like to add strawberries and bananas)
Toast with jam and cottage cheese
Egg white omelet with spinach and cheese
Drink Plenty of Water
This one is so important but is easy to forget. You should try to drink at least 2 liters a day. This may seem like a lot but once you get into the habit of it, it becomes a lot easier.
I’ll admit I’m still slacking on this and it’s not because I’m drinking other things but because I’m not drinking enough fluids in general. Sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger and end up eating when we really need water.
I’ve started using an app I used in the past to really help me with this.
*I promise this isn’t sponsored it’s just a really great app*
It’s called plant nanny and you track how much water you drink a day. If you do well your plant grows and if not your cute little plant withers away.
Find exercise you enjoy and do it often
Okay so this one is crucial. If you find that you have to literally drag yourself to the gym it may not be for you and that’s okay. Find exercise you really enjoy because you will be more likely to stick with it.
I personally like to dance. I listen to a lot of k-pop (Korean pop music) and I get my exercise by dedicating an hour of my day to just practicing dances in my living room. I’ve also attended a few Zumba classes which are really fun and highly recommend if you like dance.
If not there are tons of other ways to get good exercise besides the gym.
You could try yoga, jogging, boxing, martial arts or even a self-defense or swim class.
Find what works for you and stick with it.
There are even great in home workouts on youtube for free that are easy to do at home with no equipment.
Replace tempting food with healthy treats
It’s hard to reach your fitness goals if you’re constantly being tempted. If you lack self-control like I do it’s best to just clean your kitchen out and only leave the good. Replace ice-cream with frozen yogurt or frozen fruit (you can actually blend it up after freezing so yummy).
Pinterest is a great place to look for healthy replacements. You would be surprised what healthy treats actually really curb your cravings.
My personal favorites are banana chips (or just plain bananas), yogurt and granola bars. Quick and healthy.
Walk when you can
As simple as it sounds this can really help burn those extra calories. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and walk to class or work when you can. It’s also great after a big meal. Taking an evening stroll is also really relaxing, I’ve found I always sleep better when I walk after dinner.
Well guys there you have it. I’ll be trying these tips all year and keep you updated with more. Hope this helps someone.
Thanks for reading.