If you’re like most people, when spring transitions into summer and outfits become more revealing, you’ll find yourself saying, “wow that really crept up on me.” Don’t settle for a ‘next year, I’ll have a great swimsuit body’ mentality. Get started now by becoming healthier so you can feel better about the way you look. Not only that, you’ll be practicing healthy options that you can carry with you for years to come. Exercise and diet shouldn’t be trends for beach bodies to occasionally hop on. Falling into regular habits of health and wellness with have more long-term effects on both your overall health and your waistline than fad diets and juice fasting. Ultimately, it falls on you to carry out a healthy lifestyle because you want to.
Having a general desire to look and feel better is good and well, but you need to focus on goals to accomplish anything. Sit down and consider what exactly what is lacking in your life. Do you want to lose weight? Gain Muscle? Maybe there’s a specific health problem that served as a wake-up call, such as high blood pressure or cholesterol. Once you have a general idea of what you’d like to accomplish, figure out what is getting in your way of achieving it.
Obstacles are often hidden from plain sight, and it takes a bit of reflection and honesty with yourself to see them. You may think you eat relatively healthy, but if you were to write out everything you ate for a week, you’d be surprised what you might find.
After you identify potential problems and figure out what you want, it’s time to ease in to the process. Establishing a healthy routine that leads to a perfectly fit you won’t happen overnight. Understanding this is a critical part of the process, because many people become discouraged when they don’t achieve instant results.
What you eat can play an even bigger role than your exercise routine when it comes to getting healthier and in better shape. The same approach won’t work for everyone, so take the time to explore your options and figure out what works best for you. If you are lost, try talking to a dietician or personal trainer to figure out what you should be eating on top of a regular exercise regimen.
The biggest mistake people make when planning their exercise routine is to be overly ambitious. Determine an end-goal for your routine. (If your goal is to just be healthy in general, set this as the end of the year, or a few months out.) For instance, if you are looking to lose weight before your wedding or slim down for a week at the beach; that is your deadline. Divide up the time between now and then into increments, and slowly build up your routine. Make sure you schedule days off, otherwise you could hurt yourself.
Once you’ve gone through the hard work toward your goal, you’ll see how rewarding a healthy lifestyle can be. You’ll enjoy more energy, sleep better, and feel better in general.
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By Sammy S, a fitness enthusiast looking forward to her hardwork paying off this swimsuit season!