Now that summer is over and fun in the sun is no more (unless of course you live in Florida), complacency kicks in. This is the time of year when we start to let ourselves go a little bit because the beach is no more. The kids start school and young adults start college. Fitness and healthy eating take a back seat to school, work, and stress. Even though it may seem impossible to stay the course, here are a few tips to help you stay on track with a balanced life.
1. Plan your exercise schedule.
Go ahead and take the time to put exercise in your schedule first. If you block off the time in your schedule, you will be more likely to commit. More often we find it very easy to come up with an excuse or reason why we cannot exercise on a certain day. We always say we’ll do it tomorrow, but let’s be honest, tomorrow never comes. Make your fitness a number one priority and you will be unbreakable.
2. Plan your sleep schedule.
I know this may sound silly, but trust me it works. I started doing this two months ago myself because I felt I wasn’t getting enough sleep and it was starting to affect my performance. I decided that I was going to get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Without putting it into my calendar, it seemed impossible at first, but after looking at my calendar I never realized it was simple and had been staring me in the face all along. I can’t tell you how rejuvenated I feel every morning, including Mondays!
3. Drink water and carry with at all times.
Most health enthusiasts recommend that you drink half your body weight in water daily. Most times we tend to eat based on emotions, stress in particular. When you first get that urge to eat, try drinking eight ounces of water. You’ll be surprised at the results. Emotional eating is triggered by stress and the first thought of hunger is usually a veil for dehydration. Staying hydrated daily will not only keep you down a healthy path, but it will drastically improve your performance with fitness.
4. Take a rest day once a week.
This may be very hard for you to do. We live in a society where we constantly feel like if we are not doing something, we are not going to make it. You must take a day of rest from EVERYTHING. When I say rest, I mean no cooking, no cleaning, nothing. Have healthy leftovers from the week. Lounge in your pajamas. When you relax the mind and body together, you’ll be shocked at how much better you will feel the next day. For me, this is Sunday. I go to church, then come back home, slip into my PJs, and do whatever I want. Give it a try and you’ll improve not only your health and fitness, but personal well-being.
Give this a try and let me know how it works for you 🙂