First and foremost, I want to begin by stating how relevant this article is right now. Normally it’s January 1st when everyone begins to make big changes in their life – love more, curse less etc etc and be more healthy.
But from past experience (27 years worth), this doesn’t work. I have gorged at Christmas and thrown out all junk food in the new year. I have promised myself changes in January, ate everything in sight over the season and then joined a gym and signed up for as many classes as I could.
Believe me when I say big and sudden changes rarely work. Sometimes it’s better to just start instead of putting it off until Monday or January. Or plan to put these small changes in place in the new year, rather than panicking when you wake up on the 1st January and you’re too hungover to think of anything healthy to eat other than rice and ice (and yes, this also happened to me),
Forget the crash diets and the new fitness trends; here’s some small changes you can make for a healthier lifestyle.
Invest in a decent water bottle
We all know water is good for us, but remembering to drink it all the time isn’t easy. Invest in a decent water bottle (cute but motivational slogan on the side optional), fill it up in the morning and keep it with you at all times. You’ll be surprised at how much you reach for it without even realizing.
Add some cucumber to flavour it if water is too bland for you and if you’re really set on getting the right amount of H20, there’s tons of cute apps to help. My favourite is Plant Nanny; it’s like having a Tamagotchi in the form of a plant and you drink glasses of water and tick them off on the app to feed your plant child. Also perfect if you can’t keep a plant alive in real life.
Get a FitBit
It helps you get more in tune with your body and it’s so motivational when it comes to setting challenges with your friends. It sounds stupid, but knowing how many steps you do really helps too. If I’m sat at home and see that I just need 1,000 more steps to hit the recommended target, you can bet I’ll get off my ass and go for a walk to hit it.
Why not try a vegan or vegetarian diet? No matter what your personal intentions are, it’s good for animals – and you too. Since going vegan, I’ve become more experimental with food, I’ve lost weight and just feel genuinely much better in myself. Once you try it, you’ll soon crave the benefits.
Just remember to get your protein elsewhere and research in detail if you plan to swap to a green diet entirely. If not, try it bit by bit, such as doing meat-free Monday’s or allowing yourself just one or two cheat days to begin with. We’ve got some awesome vegan recipes you can try.
Don’t be so hard on yourself
If you f*ck up – who cares? It’s so easy to give in after one mistake. So many times I’ve skipped a day of working out or eaten meat and then left it about a month to get back on track. If you mess up, accept it and start again tomorrow. Don’t put it off.
Try something new
Going to the gym just doesn’t work for me full stop. So I try different classes until I find ones I like. That way, I feel more motivated because I actually enjoy them. Running on a treadmill or doing reps in the gym isn’t the only way to be healthy. Try some new classes such as Poundfit, Roller Derby or Clubbercise (Google them. They’re all super fun.)
Don’t push it
Work out when it feels right. Don’t starve yourself. Try one or two gym classes. Doing too much too soon will soon leave you feeling exhausted and if you want to make long-term changes, then these need to be implemented bit by bit so that your new changes will last. Don’t sign up to a million gym classes, throw yourself into them for a month and then give up entirely. Small changes will make all the difference as long as you stick to them (and don’t get too disheartened when you don’t see immediate results).
Being healthy doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg either. Check out our tips for saving money on your food shop.