That person seems to have it all. You hate to admit it, but her good physical condition and healthy life drive you crazy all year long. What do they have that you don’t? You have already tried diets. You did the training, what happens?
But what if you could BECOME that person too? Don’t you think this is possible? Let me explain.
I’ve always been an all or nothing person. There was a year when I drank something made entirely from vegetables for dinner for a month – a month! You heard me: I’m talking about a vomit-worthy smoothie made entirely of spinach, kale, broccoli, and spinach. Stupid.
After a while, I began to realize something extremely important to my fitness journey: being all or nothing doesn’t mean living a healthy life.
Our bodies are delicate! Few calories and lots of exercises will literally increase your cortisol and prevent you from losing weight. A lot of calories and a few exercises and well, we’ve all been through that.
Are you curious about what these things are? You’re in luck because, in fact, that’s exactly what I’m going to show you!
8. Make It Fit Your Lifestyle!
This one I can’t stress enough !! If you find healthy foods that suit your lifestyle, you are already one step ahead of the rest.
The key to effortlessly getting in shape is making it fit into your lifestyle in a way you LOVE! If you like it and it’s easy, you will find yourself reaching your goals without even realizing it.
7. Eat Foods High in Volume and Low in Calories
The technical term is a low-calorie food, but being the kind of casual person I am, let’s stick with my term. So what does that mean? It means eating low calorie but extremely filling foods.
Think of vegetables, for example. You could eat a lot of vegetables and probably consume no more than a few hundred calories.
This is where you can get creative! You can swap the noodles for protein noodles or vegetarian noodles. You can swap out the wraps for cauliflower or lettuce wraps.
Essentially, you can still enjoy all of your favorite foods and still live an extremely healthy life! Do you want to hear one of my favorite tricks?
This one plays on my “low density” trick. One of my biggest secrets is Jello! It’s rich in amino acids, extremely low in calories, and by replacing sugar with stevia, you’ll feel like you are consuming almost no calories! Who knew?
This is for those looking for a tight, sucked stomach (“sucked in”, did you see what I did there?).
Emptiness is an exercise that you can incorporate anywhere. Just pull your navel towards your spine for a minute. Hold and release.
This is something you can do while driving, sitting at work, or doing housework so it’s totally easy. It’s a secret that bodybuilders and bikini contestants used to use for that pulled in the stomach.
4. Go Cold Turkey With Sugar
I know this may not sound easy, and it is not. But after taking care of it, life becomes much easier.
According to a HealthLine article, sugar is more addictive than cocaine. And I believe that.
Sugar becomes a completely different barrier for that reason. While most foods can be enjoyed in moderation, a little sugar with added sugar can trigger bad habits.
If you’ve found that it is impossible to slowly reduce sugar and constantly make you recover, cutting it down completely may be the way to go!
But this is the good news, and I speak from experience, as soon as you get over the initial symptoms of detox, your cravings will almost disappear.
This will make choosing a healthy lifestyle so much easier in the long run! Speaking of running, I know you are curious to know more about exercise.
3. Incorporate HIIT
You’ve probably heard of HIIT by now. It stands for high-intensity interval training and is the key to short, powerful exercises.
It increases something called Post-Oxygen Excess Consumption (EPOC), which basically keeps you burning calories throughout the day!
These exercises are incredibly powerful to get results and hardly take time. The key is that when you are in a “work zone”, you have to work hard!
Be prepared, because in this next one I will jump to the opposite side of the spectrum.
2. Low Stress
I bet you didn’t expect to see stress as part of this article. However, it is extremely important if you want to have a healthy lifestyle.
Some people think that the reason stress is harmful is because it causes overeating. But this is only a small picture of the truth.
Fitness involves much more than “calories in versus calories out,” as many would like to believe.
In fact, the hormones that control our metabolism can play an important role. As this Medicinenet article suggests, it can be extremely difficult to stay in shape with high cortisol, and I can attest to that!
Remember that season when I drank vegetarian smoothies that I talked about? Yes, that was accompanied by brutal racing and training. Let me tell you something. I didn’t lose a pound.
Do you know when I did it? I started to relax and enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle! “Work smarter, not harder” applies just as much to fitness as it does to any other area of life.
1. Leave Your Workout Clothes by Your Bed
I love to start the day with movement! And it is important to have a healthy life.
Sometimes I go to the gym or do yoga, while other days it’s a brisk walk to my favorite podcast. Either way, the best way to prepare your mind is to put your gym clothes next to your bed for the morning.
It’s so much easier to resist the urge to delay when all of yesterday’s intentions are literally in your face. Another trick is to keep an inspiring photo by the bed for a quick flash of morning inspiration.
Whether your goal is to be more energetic for your kids, prepare for an event, or just show that you can, waking up with a dose of purpose will make you eager to make those goals a reality.
Here are 8 quick tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Some of them may be easier for you than others, but the secret is that you are focused and determined to live a healthy life.