I know very well what it’s like to not feel happy with what I see in the mirror and to want to do something to change it.
I also know, that it’s incredibly overwhelming wondering how on earth you get started; how can you possibly go from doing nothing to suddenly doing something you’d never dream of doing, something that’s uncomfortable, makes you feel self-conscious, something that’s difficult.
I also know that it can be done. I know because I’ve done it.
It’s also not as difficult as you might think.
There are 4 ways to stay fit and healthy – that’s right, just 4 and not a single fad in sight!
Exercise Regularly – now, if you are starting out at the very beginning please don’t think that you’ve suddenly got to start exercising 6 times a week at full-pelt. That’s madness! But you do have to start and you do need to commit to some sort of routine if you really want to see and feel the benefits.
Stay Hydrated – yes really. Too many people don’t consume anywhere near enough. If 2 litres a day seems intimidating right now, just add a couple of cups to what you have already. Fill up a bottle at the start of the day and promise yourself you’ll get to the end of it, twice if you can! Water is so important; it regulates your body temperature, keeps your joints lubricated, prevents infections, delivers nutrients to cells, keeps your organs functioning properly, as well as improving your mood, sleep quality and ability to concentrate.
Focus on Nutrition – yes, food. You can’t not talk about food. Wherever your starting point is, there will be room for improvement. I don’t recommend cutting food groups, I don’t recommend strict diets because they aren’t sustainable ways to live. Instead, focus on what you can do to improve without being too drastic. Add more vegetables into your meals, reduce the amount of processed foods that you have, check your portions sizes, particularly when it comes to things like rice and pasta (people are always staggered how much they overeat of these), make simple switches to eliminate some of the rubbish sugar in your diet. Simple sustainable changes are key because then you won’t be feeling deprived.
Get plenty of sleep – Yep. Get to bed and get more sleep! Of all of the 4, this is the one I struggle with the most! Sleep is the period your body and mind has to recover from what you’ve put it through. Without enough sleep your body and brain simply won’t function to their full potential. When you’re sleeping your blood pressure goes down which gives your heart and blood vessels a bit of a rest. Better sleep can aid weightloss and let’s face it, when you’ve had a really good sleep you wake up and you feel good!
There you have it - have those 4 things in mind throughout your day. Try to be the best version of you. Picture how you want to see yourself and then start applying the behaviour that you know you need to practice to get there. It's completely and utterly worth it and it's completely and utterly doable.
If you want help with the exercise-bit, then drop me a message, there is never a need to feel embarrassed, we all start somewhere and sometimes all you need is a little kickstart! x