10 Healthy Changes To Make In Your Daily Routine
1) Get ready the night before. Seeing my gym clothes laid out on the floor reminds me constantly that I am going to the gym the following day. It also means I get up, roll out of bed, get dressed and I’m out the door before I can even think about it.
2) Take a break when your body needs it. I am so guilty of doing this. I used to literally push and push and push myself and then my body gives up. I now realise the importance of having a break and a rest day. Your body needs to recover.
3) Eat properly. I saw a massive change in both my physical and mental wellbeing when I started paying attention to what I ate. Think about what you’re eating – a chocolate biscuit isn’t the same as an apple, a plateful of chips isn’t the same as fresh vegetables and, as good as a full English smells, it’s not great to eat before a workout. Having said that, I think it’s so important to have a cheat meal every now and again to indulge – just don’t do it all the time.
4) Don’t compare yourself to others. When I used to go to the gym I would look at all the really skinny (and I mean really skinny, there were a few who had eating disorders that I later found out about) and think to myself, why aren’t I like them? Why on earth would I want to be like someone who has an eating disorder? They have their own demons to face. Comparing yourself to others when you don’t know their lifestyle, their goals or anything about them isn’t good. It’s so damaging when I think back to it.
5) Set a goal. After a while, I realised I wanted to be strong, not skinny. And it totally changed my outlook. Gone were the days of going to the gym purely for cardio, instead I upped my weights routine and did cardio two/ three times per week. The difference is that, with me, I actually enjoy running, so I won’t cut it out completely.
6) Invest in decent gym wear. I used to go to the gym in baggy tshirts and ill-fitting leggings and it masked all my work and I couldn’t see progress. I invested in a decent set of Nike leggings, boob-hugging sports bras and tighter tops and when I go to the gym now I can actually see my body working, and I love it.
7) Get a routine. I had no routine previously, I would go to the gym on the spur of the moment, or book into a spin class last minute and then not be up for it. I now know what my rest days are what days I’m training and it puts me into the right mentality. It’s also good to have a time frame of what you would like to achieve and when, these things don’t happen overnight.
8) Work out in the morning. This is definitely not for everyone, but I prefer working out in the morning than in the evening. Although it sometimes means a 5:30am/ 5:45am start, it means that when I finish my working day at 5:30pm I can go home and relax. It’s bliss, I much prefer having my evenings free than an extra hours lie in!
9) Plan your meals. I take lunches to work, and with my dodgy stomach (read here) I don’t like getting caught short with meals that’ll bloat me or make my IBS play up. Planning my meals means I know exactly what I’m eating and when, from breakfast, lunch and dinner right down to what snacks I have throughout the day. There are so many healthy recipes books out there, as well as tonnes of resource online to get meal inspiration.
10) Seek help if you need it. The above leads onto this point nicely. Don’t know what to eat for lunch? Research it. Don’t know what exercises works a specific muscle? Research it. Want to switch up your routine? Research one. There are an unbelievably amount of resources online, including video and written information, which you can use for free. Things like bodybuilding.com have thousands of free plans and videos, and if you google ‘healthy recipes’ tonnes come up. If you want to start a new plan, do some research into the ones that are available at the moment, don’t just follow the hype. I’m currently on Phase Two of the Emily Skye F.I.T plan and I LOVE it, but it might not be the right plan for you, so look around!
Thanks for reading,