I kept hearing “Fitness is a lifestyle” throughout my fitness journey. Even I started saying it to my friends, but honestly? It really is a lifestyle. Being fit is not a 6-week fat loss challenge. It’s maintaining a healthy weight so you don’t have to do these extreme fad diets and workouts. Here’s a few tips to make living a healthy lifestyle easier:
Have an activity a day. Whether it’s working out with weights or running or walking, dedicate time every day for movement. It doesn’t have to be intense all the time. The important thing is that you are consistent.
“Consistency over perfection.”
Eat your calories. For some reason, drinking beverages packed with calories doesn’t satiate me the same way a solid meal would. This then leads to going over my calories for the day and ultimately gaining weight. Save the calories for your solid meals and skip the Frappuccinos and the milkshakes.
Go for your cravings. If you are craving something, go for it. You might not want to eat the whole thing and make sure you’re within your calorie allowance for the day, but by all means, go for it. When you don’t eat whatever you’re craving and instead opt for the “healthier option,” chances are, you’ll eat the “healthier option” and then eat whatever you’re craving anyway. Just get it over with and move on.
D.O.T.S. Dressing on the side. Salads are not inherently low-calorie. Anything cream-based will be packed with calories, so I like to have the dressing on the side so I can control how much I’m putting in. Dried berries and nuts are also relatively high-calorie so just be mindful.
Make your own food. The unfortunate reality is that restaurants make food to taste good, not be good for you. So chances are they will make your food with all the good stuff you probably wouldn’t add in if you were to make it yourself. The key here is having control over what you put in your body. This way, you can also more accurately gauge the caloric density of your food.
Have active friends. It’s totally possible to do this alone, but having friends who live the same way you do makes it 100x easier. You can go on walks, hike, kayak, and take pilates classes together. They’ll make similar healthy choices you are making so you won’t be influenced otherwise or feel guilty for not “treating yourself.” In short, you will be inspired to stick to healthy living.
If you noticed, most of the tips here are food-related. It’s because you can’t outrun an unhealthy diet (and by unhealthy, I mean high-calorie and high-sugar). This lifestyle shouldn’t be daunting or overly complicated. It’s meant to add to your life, not detract from it.