Moveover January, we are now in February. Did you set new fitness and health goals for 2020? Have you kept to them… or are you finding it hard to stay on track?
We usually examine our health and lifestyle, setting new intentions for the new year. This year has 366 days, as a bonus we get an extra day! What will you do with all your days? As for me, I want to make mine the best and continue my #sculpt&shred fitness journey. There’s no need to swear or pinky promise, just follow some or all of my tips for becoming fitter and healthier this new decade. May you be fit and healthy.
Don’t forget to Eat.
Life can be busy! I get that! Try to remember to eat every 3 to 4 hours. Going longer periods without eating, means running the risk of slowing down your metabolism. This causes the blood sugar glucose to rise and possibly making poor food choices. Always have some fruit on hand.
Treats and Cheats.
Treats are not bad. You never want to deprive yourself of your favourite food or treat, only to limit them. Treat your self weekly, just don’t go crazy. A great app that can help is MyFitnessPal for Iphone and for Android.
Time to get drinking! Water. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body requires water to function. Water is needed for just about every bodily function we have. I cannot stress just how important it is to stay hydrated throughout the day. Every morning I start my day with 1 litre of warm water which includes:
- Juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon
- A teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1-2 tablespoons of grated ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayeen pepper
- 1 teaspoon of MSM powder.
Aim to drink a minimum of 8 – 12 glasses daily. It’s important to realise that we need just as much water in Winter as we do in Summer. If you have trouble drinking plain water, add some citrus fruits like lemon or lime or even berries and herbs. Spice it up with slithers of ginger. Flavoured water is just as good for you.
Home-cooked versus Take-Out Food.
Home-cooked foods are the way to go. I get it, take-out can be great too. If not convenient. Eating home cooked meals means that you need to plan and be organised. For me I like knowing exactly what ingredients are being used in my food.
Slow down and enjoy your food.
Life is busy. And sometimes we need to “eat-on-the-run”. Try and aim to sit down to eat your food. Not necessarily in front of your computer or the television. I mean eating somewhere where you can concentrate on the meal in front of you and actually enjoy it. Go outside if the day is nice.
Exercise – is not a dirty word.
Regular exercise is an important factor in maintaining your fitness. Not only will it improve your cardio-vascular system, it will also improve your metabolism. Resulting in burning off body-fat far more quickly and over time this will lead to feeling better. Find something that you enjoy doing. There are plenty of different ways to workout or to move your body.
Some ways to move your body and stay fit and healthy include:
There are many free walking apps that can help track your steps, distance covered and most have GPS tracking. Many can connect to your fitness wearables. My 2 favourite free walking apps are:
Below are three of my favourite free running apps that can help get you started. These are ones that I have personally tried, tested and that I like using.
- Nike + Running app for Iphone and Android.
- Couch to 5K app for Iphone and Android.
- Map my Run app for Iphone and Android.
- Pocket yoga app for Iphone and Android.
- Yoga Studio app for Iphone and Android.
- Simply Yoga app for Iphone and Android.
Otherwise you could join a Gym. Or perhaps try a new class. I hear spin classes can burn a hell of a lot of calories.
My favourite body-weight training app I use is not free of charge, although it is cheaper than a regular gym membership. For those who are interested I offer a 20% discount all year round. Just drop me a comment below and I will send you the details. I have used Freeletics for the past 4 years and add it to my daily gym workout training program with my boys for a daily booster. The workouts are approximately 35 minutes and include videos of all exercises, timer plus a great online community!
Other Activities to move your body.
- Aerial Yoga
- Bodyweight Training
- High Intensity Interval Training
- Home workouts
- Ice Skating
- Jump Rope
- Playing Tennis
- Pole Dancing
- Rebounding (Trampoline)
- Shooting Hoops
Just remember to start out slowly and set realistic goals. Once you decide to start working out regularly, create a plan and work towards your goal. Be consistent with your workout routine. Check off your goals as you reach them. Reward yourself when you do reach your goal. Then set new fitness and healthy goals and remember to always have fun!