For a lot of people, a New Year’s resolution is to get in better shape. And since the holidays have just passed, a lot of people are left feeling bloated and simply like they’re carrying additional weight that they’d want to lose. The deadline is pretty easy to see: spring! When everyone gets to go out in flowy dresses and shorts, showing off the physique they worked so hard for.
But there’s no need to starve yourself, slave away in the gym and torture yourself in any way. There are healthy, simple habits that you can adopt that will get you into shape without you even noticing you’re doing it.
Get into the habit
There is a good reason why diets, gym challenges and other quick-fixes don’t work: they are not sustainable. There is only so much time that you can spend drinking cayenne with honey and spending hours every day at the gym. What you need are small everyday habits, and once they become a part of your routine, you can add something more. But make sure you don’t go to any extremes and develop unhealthy habits.
If you’re not sure what the best course of action is, consult your doctor and ask for advice.
Drink plenty of water
Our bodies are made mostly out of water, and if you are dehydrated, it can’t function properly. Not only is it dangerous to not drink enough water, but you will also be getting a boost if you drink a minimum of eight cups daily. Your metabolism will work faster, you will be able to flush toxins easier and you won’t feel as hungry when you’re craving something.
Get into a habit to start the day off with a tall glass, carry a water bottle around with you wherever you go, and drink a small glass before bed. If you think water tastes boring, tea or natural fruit-infused water will work just as well. Stay away from sugary drinks because they will not really help you with hydration.
Sometimes, we just can’t do it alone. We can’t organize and motivate ourselves to do what we want and we need someone to give us a little boost. If you are struggling with motivation because you don’t think you’re getting anywhere, find a reputable body sculpting clinic and see if you can fix up a problem area you are struggling with.
Or if you don’t know what to do, hiring a personal trainer or nutritionist will help you set yourself on the right track.
Find an exercise you like
Maybe you wouldn’t go for a run to save your life, but you absolutely adore dancing. Or you hate hiking, but cycling makes you feel great. We’re all different, and just because your friends say that they feel amazing when they start their day with a jog, doesn’t mean that the same goes for you.
Find something you like doing, sign up for a course or a membership, and make it a part of your weekly routine. Perhaps you can even find a friend to do it with you.
It’s all in the mindset
As we’ve previously said, you should never go to extremes, and getting into shape shouldn’t be your top priority. Try looking into body positive and self-love themes to give yourself a boost of confidence – you can’t do good to your body if you don’t love it! Don’t look at your body as an enemy that you need to wrestle down, but rather as a friend helping you to reach your goal. Practice saying self-affirming sentences to the mirror or listing things about your body that you love.
So, start getting into healthy habits today and give yourself the best possible treatment every day, because you deserve it and so does your body!