Ten tips to make living a healthy lifestyle as easy as possible!
With so much information about health and fitness around today it’s easy to totally give up on the whole idea! The staff at Rogue Fitness are here to teach you how to make this process as easy as possible.
Drink more water and herbal teas.
This will keep you full and stop you from craving late night treats. I also makes weight maintenance and long term health much easier. When we are dehydrated, we are instantly at a disadvantage.
Eat real foods.
Paleo, gluten free, intermittent fasting…….???
Forget it, keep it simple. Eat real foods till you are full rather than stuffed. Eat when you are truly hungry. If you find this difficult, try to resist for 30 minutes. If you are still truly hungry for food, rather than something in particular, then have snack.
Probably the single best way to make this process as easy as possible is to get prepared!
Do a weekly shop. Have a few go to meals ready: boil 6 eggs and grill 6 chicken breasts on a Sunday. Don’t panic here. Meal prep doesn’t have to be every meal for the next week ready to go. If we have a healthy option ready we will choose it. The problem is when we don’t have that option.
Increase your NEAT levels.
Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or high intensity exercise. It ranges from the energy expended walking to work, typing, gardening, undertaking agricultural tasks and fidgeting. This can be the difference between being in a calorie deficit or not and can also contribute to cardiovascular health, mobility and functionality.
So: take the stairs, walk to work and move around as much as you can.
Do what you enjoy.
If you hate the gym, don’t go to the gym!
If you hate running, don’t run!
If you enjoy a fitness community, join a gym.
If you prefer some privacy, consider hiring a trainer.
If you are on budget, walk in the park
There have never been so many options available to us when it comes to staying active.
Keep your daily diet simple and get adventurous occasionally.
Have two standard meals for each time of the day that you rely on. Then get adventurous when you go out to a new restaurant or you are cooking for friends or family.
Standard breakfast: Porridge or eggs, spinach and 1 slice of brown soda bread.
Lunch: Chicken salad or eggs on toast with veggies
Dinner: A chicken/beef stir-fry, a homemade low calorie curry or roast meat with mixed veggies.
The more simple you can keep your meals the better. Monitor your meals when you can and then when you have less control, enjoy yourself!
3 meals and 2 snacks
Eating often will prevent instances when we become so hungry that we eat whatever arrives on our plate the fastest. Again, if we have a chicken breast and a salad ready we will take this option, if not, we are in trouble.
Routine is key
I know that these days we all have hectic lifestyles, long work days and families to look after but if we can establish a routine from day to day, we can make life so much easier. It really comes back to being prepared. Try to get up at the same time and go to bed at the same time each day. Try to plan your meals each evening, just roughly. When can I take a quick break to make a protein shake or cut up my apple to have with my peanut butter? Nothing needs to be set in stone, life happens.
Eliminate as much temptation as you can.
If we don’t have it, we can’t eat it. If chocolate is your downfall, don’t have it in the house. If you have a particular weakness in a particular café, don’t visit that café. Don’t purposefully make life difficult for yourself by exposing yourself to unnecessary temptations. Will power if finite at the end of the day.
Delay, don’t deny.
Follow the 80/20 rule. Behave yourself 80% of the time and enjoy the other 10%.
If you really want that caramel square on Monday, try to wait till Thursday. You might not even want it anymore! We live in a time on instant gratification so challenge yourself.
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