The end of March marks the end of a fun-filled month. A month complete with people dressing in green for St. Patrick’s Day, people breaking out their sandals at the first sight of spring and people celebrating National Nutrition Month by bettering their health.
Here at Yummie Network, we believe just because National Nutrition Month is coming to an end, your health shouldn’t begin to suffer.
We understand most people don’t look forward to hitting the gym and living on salad but life is a balancing act. We’re all for indulging in pizza and candy but to be at your best, you should combine this with healthy alternatives and exercise.
We’ve come up with six tips to help you stay at your best year-round, regardless of what life throws at you.
Find A Workout Buddy
The buddy system was created for a reason. Everything’s more fun when you’re surrounded by your friends so call your besties and have them meet you at the gym. Another plus: you guys will motivate each other to keep going when you’re feeling lazy.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Life is tough; things aren’t always bound to go your way but you need to power through. There are days when you won’t get enough sleep, or you’ll be in a bad mood or you’ll simply be lazy, but DO NOT make excuses. Go to the gym like you planned; don’t let life get in the way.
Get Into A Routine
People function better when they have routines. Whether you are a morning or night person, pick a time to work out and don’t stray from it. Going to the gym at the same time everyday makes it easier for you to continue going. It simply becomes part of your everyday routine.
Develop Healthy Eating Habits
We’re all guilty of unhealthy eating habits… You know, eating when we’re bored, scarfing down our food and continuing to eat when we’re full because our meal is just so damn good. We’re only human but a key to a healthy lifestyle is to break these unhealthy habits. Ensure you’re eating because you’re hungry, not because you’re bored and there’s food sitting around. Pace yourself while eating, because the quicker you eat the harder it is to determine when you’re full, and stop eating when you begin to feel full. There’s no worse feeling than eating too much and feeling sick.
You’ve probably heard it a million times before but staying hydrated is so important to your overall health. You could begin to feel fatigued or hungry without enough water, when all you really are is thirsty. Try to always keep water with you so you can get in the habit of consistently drinking it at the first sign of thirst.
Remember Sleep Is Key
We’re meant to sleep for a reason; we function better on a good night’s sleep. We are less likely to binge on unhealthy food and more likely to have the energy to end up at the gym if we’ve gotten enough sleep. Everyone’s busy but ensuring you sleep enough at night is necessary to remain healthy so cut back on Netflix, if necessary, and go to sleep at a normal hour.
Moral of the story: You shouldn’t ever be afraid to eat that slice of pizza but you also shouldn’t make excuses to keep yourself from hitting the gym, and always remember, you’re happiest when you’re healthiest.
As Elle Woods said in Legally Blonde, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”