Welcome back, Health Freaks!
By now, we’ve talked about 5 different ways to get started in your healthier lifestyle. If you missed that blog, CLICK HERE.
A healthy lifestyle is a lifelong journey, full of ups and downs. Never give up!
FIVE WAYS TO
BECOME FIT AND HEALTHY:
KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING
1. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!
Time management is one of the biggest hurdles that get in the way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Plan your meals, plan your exercises, plan your social events, plan work, school, kids, etc. etc. Not only does planning help improve time management and increase productivity, it also helps keep you accountable for your goals. This is also great to keep track of your progress and learn things about yourself that you didn’t know before. Review each month to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie and adjust accordingly. At the end of the year, review the entire year as a whole to learn more about yourself. It’s a fun way to stay organized, decrease stress, and gather statistics on what works and doesn’t work. This information alone can help improve your lifestyle as it is evolving!
2. DOCUMENT YOUR PROGRESS
It is crucial to document your progress along the way. Take before and after pictures, and measurements too! While it’s important to have a baseline weight before you start working out, it’s even more important to measure yourself and take progress pictures. As I’m sure you’ve heard before, you can actually gain weight once you start working out. That’s because muscle is more dense than fat.
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I tell all of my clients to give themselves a month before stepping on the scale again. Even then, you still may see the numbers on the scale go up. Having measurements and pictures can help you see your progress before your scale actually does. According to Women’s Health (2014), it can take up to 8 weeks for more defined muscles. Take notice to the changes going on inside of your body. You are literally cleansing your mind and body, from the inside out! Don’t let your weight discourage you, the day will come, in the near future where the fruits of your labor will start to pay off. Try not to obsess over these details, but use them as a baseline to visualize your progress.
3. MAKE HEALTH SOCIAL
Invite your friends to go hiking, biking, running, walking, to the gym, workout classes, etc. Make working out and nutrition something you talk about and do with your friends! A thing a lot of people have standing in their way is going out to eat or to the bars with their friends. Not that there is anything wrong with those things, in moderation of course, but it can really put a damper on the progress you’re making. By creating more healthy things for you to do with your friends, it will decrease the amount of unhealthy activities you partake in. You’d be surprised at how many of your friends will start asking you to do healthy things once it becomes a thing you do! Start creating your healthy lifestyle in all facets of your life and make it a thing you just do!
4. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP
Inadequate sleep can leave you feeling groggy, unmotivated, exhausted, grumpy, and low energy. It can cause a whole plethora of health problems as well. According to the National Sleep Foundation (2016) the average adult should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. In a 2013 Gallup poll, it was discovered that 40% of Americans get less than the recommended amount of sleep per night. In my experience, when I get less than 7 hours of sleep I am less productive and more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors. Make a good night’s sleep a priority for you and see how it can help you lead a healthier lifestyle! For more tips on how to get a good night’s sleep, check out www.sleepfoundation.org
5. DON’T GIVE UP!
This is probably the most important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Never, ever give up. I say this because you can have a very productive, successful week and then the next week could be less successful. Why? Because we are humans with lives and things happening. Like I said before, this health and fitness journey is a lifelong one. Stick with it and even if you have a bad week it won’t affect your overall journey. Get yourself up, dust yourself off, forgive yourself for getting off track and get back on the horse! It’s not always easy at times, but remember why you’re doing what you’re doing and keep the momentum going!
You’re on a good track! Keep the momentum going! Stay tuned for part three of this series titled, “Five Ways To Become Fit and Healthy- Part THREE: Riding the Wave”
As always, Health Freak, RN is here to serve you! If you are feeling lost, unmotivated, or just need extra help- contact Health Freak, RN for all of your health, wellness, and fitness needs!
UNTIL NEXT TIME,
STAY HEALTHY MY FREAKS!
YOUR MIND AND BODY
WILL THANK YOU FOR IT.
National Sleep Foundation, 2016, How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?, Retrieved from:
Women’s Health, 2014, How Long Should It Take To See Muscle Definition?, Retrieved from: