Healthy, maintainable lifestyle habits are important for any fitness goal, whether you want to build muscle or lose weight. Restrictive diets can leave you feeling deprived, or can be hard to keep up in the long term. That is not the best way to achieve the strong, healthy body you’re aiming for!
Sometimes making small changes can actually have the biggest impact on your health. There have been studies that show people who take small steps in their fitness journey can be more likely to get lasting results.
Here are some small lifestyle changes you can make that may help you achieve the health goals you’re striving for.
Choose your drinks wisely
If you are trying to lose weight, be mindful of calories hidden in your drinks! Soft drinks are full of empty calories, so they provide almost no nutritional benefit. Wouldn’t you rather enjoy a drink that quenches your thirst and helps your body? Water and fruit-infused waters are hydrating, which can help your body to fight fatigue and stay energised. I love chopping up strawberries and lemon, then adding them to my water!
I say this time and time again, but I’m sure there are still some girls who skip breakfast. The first meal of the day is so important — it can assist in waking up your metabolism and can help improve your concentration and memory. By eating a healthy breakfast, you can get a good dose of nutrients and might be less likely to overdo it on snacks before lunch.
You need regular exercise for a healthy body and mind, so try to get moving as often as you can. Exercise has so many benefits; it can help you to maintain a healthy metabolism, it can help you manage stress and support your immune system. If you’re someone that works in an office, it can be as simple as setting a reminder to get up and move once per hour to fill up your drink bottle, go to the bathroom, or simply stretch your legs – every little bit counts!
Plan your meals
Head out with a list and buy everything you need for the next few meals. It’s so much easier to eat healthy if each meal is scheduled, shopped for and ready to prepare.
Add weight training to your fitness routine
While cardio is fantastic for your health, weight training can help rev up your metabolism and challenge your muscles. It can be used to help develop stronger muscles and increase tone, and can also improve your balance and strengthen bones too.
Portion your snacks
Eating snacks straight from the fridge or pantry makes it easy to accidentally overeat, but there are ways around it. For example, if you know that snacking in front of the TV is your weak spot, portion your snack into a bowl or container. That can help you to control the amount you eat. Snacking straight from the packet makes it all too easy to eat more than a single serve.
Get plenty of sleep
Not getting enough sleep can lower leptin levels, which means you may feel less satisfied after you eat. We know that a good night’s sleep can help us feel refreshed, but it might even help with weight loss.
Don’t ignore your cravings
Hear me out! Trying to ignore cravings completely may not work, it may even lead to a binge. Find a healthier way to satisfy those cravings!
If you’re craving chips, try snacking on a small portion of air popped popcorn instead. They have the same crunch, which could be why you are craving chips in the first place. Wishing for something sweet? Try some yoghurt and berries or a bit of nice cream.
Try making these small changes to your routine and behaviour and you should start noticing the benefits!