You’ve got this far but maybe you’re getting bored, unmotivated, or something has stopped you in your tracks. This is normal, and also a sign you need to change things up!
TO BECOME FIT AND HEALTHY:
RIDING THE WAVE
SWITCH UP YOUR WORKOUTS
What has worked for you in the not-so-distant past may not work anymore. This is because you may be hitting a plateau in your healthy journey. Not to worry, this happens from time to time. Being in tune with your body helps you discover the signs that something is just not working.
Change it up! Instead of doing the same workout routine you’ve been doing, try something else this week. Get a Groupon for some workout classes, ask a friend to workout together, or enlist the help of a professional personal trainer. Whatever you do, don’t give up! Just keep moving until your body gives you the signal that this is what you should be doing at this time.
DRINK MORE WATER
According to Dr. Roberta Lee (2013), Up to 75 % of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Medical Daily, 2013) Chronic dehydration can greatly affect your mood, energy, and workouts. Staying adequately hydrated has been known to increase metabolism, hydrate skin, nails and hair (bonus!), improve digestion, and many many more benefits!
Did you know that when you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated? This can cause many health issues. Stay ahead of your hydration before it’s too late. Focus on keeping yourself hydrated and the rest will come naturally. Since the topic of hydration is not black and white due to different comorbidities, age, gender, activity level, and nutrition intake Click Here for the National Institutes of Health (2010) chart on recommended individual water intake.
For more information on the National Institutes of Health Study on Hydration Click Here
EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT FOODS
Some people find food that works for them and then one day, they’re no longer interested in it, it doesn’t taste good anymore, and more food is wasted because of this. When using the word diet, don’t confuse it with crash dieting. We never endorse crash dieting but support healthy lifestyle changes that are long-lasting, safe, and satisfying. I will be reviewing different diets, their pros and cons, and recipe ideas in future blogs to come! Click Here to see how I meal prep each week. The important thing is to switch it up and make cooking fun!
ANALYZE WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T
It’s easy to lose sight on the bigger picture when things just aren’t working like they used to. Create a list of your goals. Under each goal write down what is working, not working, and strategies to help you ride this wave into a healthier future!
You can’t fix something if you don’t know what is broken. It’s okay that it’s not going perfectly. You’re only human. Cut yourself some slack and figure out how to help yourself achieve your goals! It will take some time but you will get there, so long as you keep trying!
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO VERSUS WHAT YOU CAN’T DO
If you’re trying to stop drinking pop (I’m from Chicago…it’s pop LOL), focus on what you CAN drink versus what you CAN’T. Focus on drinking more water. Change the way you think about your lifestyle changes. When people feel restricted, they’re more likely to fail. Shift your mindset and focus on what you can and should do!
Keep riding the wave and never, ever give up! Check out part four of this series titled, “5 Ways To Become Fit and Healthy-Part FOUR: Taking It To The Next Level”
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
Medical Daily (2013) 75% of Americans May Suffer From Chronic Dehydration-According to Doctors, Retrieved from:
National Institutes of Health (2010) Water, Hydration, and Health
Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908954/