If you’re like me, the winter can be extremely draining. It sneaks up on you and I find that my priorities change quite drastically.
For example, I am less inclined to go out into the cold and hit the gym. It’s far too tempting to cuddle up on my sofa, in front of the TV, under a warm blanket with a hot cocoa in hand instead.
Binge watching Pretty Little Liars while devouring a bowl of buttery popcorn seems like a much better option. And who can forget about Christmas? All of the holiday dinner parties, boxes of chocolates, and wine make it hard to commit to a diet.
Now that it’s Spring, my clothes are fitting a bit tighter and I’m feeling rather sluggish. All of that eating, lack of sleep, and stress really does take it’s toll on the body.
So what does one do to get back on the health wagon?
5 Tips To Get You Back In Shape For The Summer:
Pick a Partner
A gym partner that is.
It’s true what they say, having a partner to work out with helps motivate you to get active and stay fit.
If you don’t have access to a gym, you could take a walk together, go roller blading, kayaking, hiking or tree top trekking or if you’d rather stay indoors, you could join a fitness class at your local recreation centre.
No matter what you decide to do, staying active is more productive than sitting on your couch doing nothing!
(A Fitness Journal can help keep you on the right track. Get one here.)
Drink Plenty of Water
I’ve read a lot of nutrition articles and books and have worked with some personal trainers over the last few years.
The common denominator is that they all endorse drinking the right amount of water for your body type and weight.
Water flushes the toxins from your body and fills you up so you are less inclined to over-eat and it keeps you hydrated.
The next time you reach for juice or pop (packed with sugar and all things that are bad for you), try substituting for water instead.
This makes perfect sense doesn’t it?
Have you ever sat down to a meal and even though you felt full you kept on eating anyways?
The pain you feel after is your stomach stretching.
For lunch and dinner, make sure your plate consists of 75% vegetables and 25% protein and don’t overindulge.
The experts say, eat just enough and be sure to stop before you feel full.
When you feel full, your stomach has reached its capacity.
You should incorporate 3 meals and 2 snacks a day to kick start your metabolism, just make sure those snacks mostly consist of veggies, fruits, and whole grains not crackers, rice cakes, and cookies.
(Keep your meals organized with this great portion control set and 21 Day Meal Planner. Get it here.)
Organic food is the way to go.
Try to stock your fridge with organic fruits and vegetables and select grain fed, free range meat as often as possible.
It can be extremely hard to find a reliable source for your organic purchases but there are companies such as MamaEarth which deliver fresh organic produce right to your door.
Minimalizing GMO’s and the amount of chemicals you consume will benefit your health in the long run and kick start your “get fit” regime greatly.
(Here is a great Guide to Buying Organics that is worth the investment. Click here to find out more information.)
Get Enough Rest
Sleep is extremely important.
Getting the right amount of sleep on a regular basis is crucial to your health for several reasons, here are a few:
- Your body repairs itself when you are sleeping.
- Your brain needs to rest. Without the right amount of sleep, your mind won’t be able to focus especially when you are at work.
- Sleeping stops us from reaching for that late night snack and/or junk food. When we rest our bodies, we allow our digestive system to process what we consume each day which can discourage our bodies from storing the food we eat as fat.
&npspWe hope you’ve found this article helpful. For more healthy tips and pointers check out our latest article on the 5 key ingredients to help slow down and reverse the aging process.