New year, new goals, and with that, new me.
The start of a new year is always the perfect time to start something new: a new hobby, new goals, and new challenges to face. For me, it’s the most opportune time to get back in shape!
I’ll admit, one of the biggest challenges for me this the past year is finding the time to exercise regularly and prepare healthy meals each day along with my busy schedule.
Which is why, this year, I’m making it a personal goal to put my health on the top of my priority list. I know it sounds like such an arduous journey, but by starting with small changes one day at a time, you’ll start to notice positive changes in yourself and your life and from then on, the process will be easier.
Here are some of the things I try to make a habit of, to help me stay fit and healthy all year round:
Keep a positive mindset
If you will it, it will.
It’s easy to make a resolution to get fit but staying consistently active can be a challenge when all kinds of barriers get in the way of you and your fitness goals. You don’t have enough time to go to the gym and fixing up a healthy lunch can take up too much time, but you shouldn’t let this bring you down. One of the hardest things I’ve had to do was dealing with the pressure that came with working on my post-pregnancy body. I’ve talked briefly in my previous blog, about how I felt so pressured to go back to my usual size . Getting back into the groove of a fitness routine can be daunting. You have to remind yourself not to rush, and to take it one step at a time. I don’t feel 100% yet, but I know I’m getting to where I’d like to be.
Personally, when things get a bit too much, I like to recharge and refresh with some “vitamin sea” and family time. Our recent trip to Club Paradise Palawan to celebrate Chard’s birthday was just what I needed to start the year.
Staying fit and healthy is a mental game from start to finish, and it’s your body that’s actually going along for the ride. Building a positive mindset and making a conscious effort to change your habits is the first step in building a healthy fitness routine.
Like anything we do, starting is always the hardest part but once you make it through that first bump, easing into your new fitness routine will be easier.
Start a healthier eating plan
Less junk. More real, whole, and unprocessed food.
With new diet fads being bombarded to us on social media, starting an eating plan can be intimidating. The truth is, however, you don’t have to follow the latest diets or detox trends to have a healthy eating pattern. Eating well doesn’t have to be that difficult or complicated!
Make a daily commitment to choose the right types of food for you each day instead of jumping from one diet to another. Skipping meals and then binge-eating afterwards could be the worst thing for you!
Your diet should mainly consist of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Include lean meats such as chicken, turkey, fish, and tofu for your sources of protein. Also, I mentioned in my previous post, that instead of rice, I eat cauliflower rice as an alternative to help me shed the extra pounds during post-pregnancy. Another tip would be to avoid processed foods that have artificial sweeteners, hidden sugars, and excessive fat as they could ruin all your progress. As much as I love to indulge in my guilty pleasures, I try to work hard on my fitness routine before treating myself to make room for some cake and chocolate (so that I feel like I really deserve it!).
Stick to a regular sleeping schedule
Make time for downtime.
Healthy diet and exercise are always recommended to anyone, but a proper amount of sleep should be part of the equation, too! A lot of us belittle the importance of a good night’s rest, but this is actually the most crucial thing for long-term health and overall wellness.
Research shows that the time you go to sleep is actually more important than the number of hours you sleep. The best time to sleep is said to be 9pm, which is why I try my best to make sure we’re all ready for bed by then. This sounds like a difficult thing to do, but make a habit out of it and you won’t regret it! I’m still working on sleeping early, but 9pm to 10pm is the goal. That’s why when we’re out at work events or occasions, I’m the first to yawn, and friends make fun of me! But as the saying goes, health is wealth!
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Avoid drinking juice (except for healthy ones like juices or smoothies you can make at home with honey!), soda, and alcohol. Instead, make water your go-to beverage. Make sure to drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated; not drinking enough can make your stomach grumble, which would make you mistake hunger with what is actually just thirst!
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Have fun getting fit
When planning your fitness routine, pick activities that you actually find enjoyable; you’re more likely to maintain an exercise plan if you’re having fun while you’re at it.
You don’t have to limit yourself to structured exercise programs. Instead of going to the gym, you can go dancing, do yoga, or take spinning classes — your options are endless! One of my classic favorites would be dancing; it’s such a fun way to burn a few calories while loving every second of it. I’ve also been trying to get back into my boxing and Muay Thai workouts again.
Better yet, involve the whole family in getting fit! Instead of going to the mall, try finding some activities you and your loved ones would enjoy doing together. For me, the best workout sessions are the ones I have with my favorite workout buddy — Chard! Not only is going to the gym together good for our relationship, I love that we work as a duo in keeping each other motivated (with just the right amount of hustle!).
You can make exercising part of your trips, too! Arrange outings that involve physical activity such as swimming, hiking, or even walking the dog. I even scheduled in a quick yoga session at Club Paradise Palawan during my recent stay there with my family.
I’m sure all of you have tips and tricks in staying healthy that work best for you; I’d love to hear them! Write them down in the comment section below. 🙂