If this is your first attempt at a healthier lifestyle, and you just need to “start somewhere”, here are some baseline tips:
1. Stop drinking soda. No, diet soda is not better for you because it has no calories. Diet soda and regular soda are all 100% terrible for your body.
2. Drink more water. Your body actually retains more water when you don’t drink enough. Drinking water will help keep you fuller, make your skin clearer, flush out your toxins, etc. It’s kind of a win, win, win, win, win.
3. Eat more fruits and veggies. Yeah, yeah, you hear that all the time. There’s a reason for that. Do it.
4. Take the stairs. You think that one flight of stairs won’t make much of a difference? What if you took that one flight of stairs instead of the elevator every single day? What if taking that one flight of stairs instead of the elevator makes you more likely to take that other flight of stairs instead of the elevator? You catch my drift.
5. Get more sleep. I mean.. why not do more of what you love, anyway? Sleeping refreshes and recharges your body, so that it functions better both internally and externally.
Remember, health and fitness is a slow process, and it’s okay to start out with baby steps. Be proud of yourself for even deciding that you want to become healthier - that IS the very first step.
Baked sweet potato stuffed with quinoa, kale & cranberries with a side of roasted brussels sprouts, banana, and Chobani. Thanks ESPN Cafe! (at ESPN)
It is so important to read nutrition labels - don’t you want to know exactly what you’re buying and eating? This article has some great tips on how to read a nutrition label to pick out the healthiest packaged foods.
Remember, if you can’t pronounce it, you don’t want to eat it.
If you’re in a workout rut, change up your routine! Constantly doing the same thing over and over again is not only boring, but it slows down your results — when your body isn’t being challenged, it isn’t being changed.
If you insist on sticking with running, then maybe throw in some intervals. Or cut down your mileage, but try to beat your min/mile PR. Or if you’re willing to change up your cardio, try an elliptical workout or a spin class!
There are many ways you can change up your strength training or HIIT workout as well. Try some of these moves/workouts to give your exercise routine a boost:
30 Minute Treadmill Shred
30 Minute Dynamic Tabata Workout
Do-Anywhere Crossfit Workout
Medicine Ball Interval Workout
There’s a ton of chatter about how you should make peanut butter a staple in your diet because it’s good for you, but be careful what kind you buy because it could have an unhealthy amount of fat and sodium in it.
Here’s a trick: buy the peanut butter where PEANUTS is the only ingredient. No added salt, sugar or oil. Then enjoy :)
As I follow Fitblrs on Tumblr, I see a lot of pictures of really fit girls with amazing abs, arms, butts, etc. While I understand the motivational purpose behind these pictures, I want to make sure people understand that these girls have been working their asses of (literally) to get where they are. If you’re just starting out, don’t get discouraged!! It IS a slow process, but if you keep on keepin’ on, your dream body IS attainable. You just have to be smart about how you get there - cardio & strength training, clean eating, and SLEEP. The true purpose of these blogs is not just to motivate, but also to educate you on how to get there. You got this, girl!!! No more excuses, just do it!
Post HIIT workout dinner: two fried eggs (only one egg yolk), sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese on 100% whole wheat bread with a side of organic whole milk. Yum.