How to Be the Healthiest Version of You
Death by Comparison:Nothing will ruin your motivation, kill your goals, and destroy your results like envy over what other people can get away with eating. There has and always will be people who can get away with eating everything and anything in massive servings and they will never gain a pound, but most people can’t do that. I, for one, definitely cannot, and so rather than envy the person sitting across from me ordering the burger & fries, I focus on what will most benefit me.
Meditate:I’ve always battled anxiety, and my cure is meditation. Taking a few minutes every day to quiet my mind and calm myself helps me deal with negative thoughts. A healthy body is nothing without also having a healthy mind!
Go for the Healthy Route:
I sit at a desk all day. For 7 hours, I sit and type – but when I am off work I make sure I go for the healthier routes, I take the stairs, go for a walk, and make a workout part of my daily routine.
Health tastes Amazing:
When you first switch from eating fatty, salty, unhealthy foods it can feel like a punishment, or like the healthy foods don’t have all the flavor that your old favourites once provided. What I can tell you is healthy food tastes amazing, you may just have to re-train your body to realize it. Sources like Pinterest provide really great recipe options for your old favourites.
Create a Routine:
If your work is on a strict schedule (like Monday – Friday 9-5) then you need to create a routine that fits into that. Though it’s tough to keep at first, eventually that routine will become something you look forward to. I work from 7AM until 2PM, and I’ve made it my routine that as soon as I get home I workout for an hour. My workout varies depending on the weather, but rain or shine I know it’s important that I get myself moving for at least an hour.
Provide yourself with positive affirmations throughout the day to help boost your self-esteem and your motivation. I find having positive reminders on my phone really helps keep me on track.
Get a Workout Buddy:
If you feel like your motivation to workout on your own wavers, then it’s time to find yourself a workout buddy. Set up a time to meet a friend and workout together once or twice weekly on the days that you find the most difficult to get motivated. I personally find Wednesdays tough, so I like to plan to go to an aerobics class with a friend on those days.
Appreciate yourself:So often as women we put ourselves down – and honestly, I hate it! It’s almost like we are ashamed to share things about ourselves that we love, and so we so often focus on what we do not like about ourselves. Focusing on the bad more than the good isn’t healthy for your body or your mind. A great way to teach yourself to see the good in you is by writing down one thing you like yourself each day for 30 days.
A Workout Meet-Up:
I don’t know how it was decided that hangouts with friends always had to consist of sitting around eating or drinking. There’s brunch dates, coffee meetings, dinners out, movie dates, and parties – all of which revolve around snacking and drinking. Rather than ask your friend for coffee this weekend, why not ask to go on a hike, to a class, or on a walk? It’s social, you get that special time in with your friend, and you get your fitness fix.