It’s officially Spring and you know everyone is on the grind to get bikini ready. As you all know, my fitness routine has drastically changed this first quarter (you can read about it here). Because I don’t have a home gym at the moment, I feel like I’ve been slacking. I honestly don’t know if I have or if my body just feels like it because of the change. I know in times of transition our bodies can feel whacky. I find that making some small changes can have a huge effect on my health and wellness. Here are a few tips I incorporate into my daily life:
Don’t shop hungry
OMG how many times have you come out of the grocery store with way too much stuff? I am so guilty of this. I used to go to the grocery store right after the gym and would end up with tons of crap because I was hungry. Don’t do it. I promise you’ll end up buying all the junk you’re craving and regret it later. Read more about the science in this article from Reuters. Instead go grocery shopping during the week or use a meal prep service like Territory Foods. They have been my saving grace during this transition. Use “Chris50” if you’d like to get $ off your first two orders.
Don’t keep junk food in the house
This goes hand in hand with not shopping hungry. My kryptonite is cookies and if they’re in the pantry they’re getting eaten. So you know what I do? I don’t keep them. If you keep junk food in the pantry it’s likely you’re going to eat it. Instead make sure you stay stocked up on things like nuts, carrot sticks, berries, or avocados. Avo is always a great snack.
Stop drinking alcohol during the week
I know quite a few people that drink a glass of wine every night and I cringe when they tell me. I think it goes without saying, dropping alcohol will drastically change your body. I mean, how many times have we heard of our friends shedding pounds and getting flat bellies from this one tip? Ideally, I try to stick with drinking one day out of the week but sometimes it’s not possible. A great tip I use to try and get out of “grabbing a drink” is asking friends to go work out with me. It works sometimes. If it doesn’t, I opt for a bubbly water, with vodka and a splash of ginger ale. But try very hard to limit your alcohol intake.
Get enough sleep
My friends like to joke that I’m a sleepy Mexican and I guess I’ll take it. I’m the nap queen. But, seriously, sleep is good for you. There are so many benefits to sleeping:
Decreased risk of health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, etc…
Maintain your immune system
Cell turnover, which helps with your skin
7-8 hours is usually the recommendation. We all have tons of things going on but it’s important to make our health a priority. Sleep is part of that.
Stop making excuses
It’s sunny outside and the good vibes are flowing. Let’s stop being negative and making excuses about everything. There is a solution to every excuse. You can’t afford the gym? That’s fine work out at home, go for a run or do all the free drop ins you can find. You don’t have time to cook? Remember I mentioned Territory? They’re nationwide. Think you’re not ready for that class? Try it before you knock it. Don’t have time to workout because life? Take those ten minutes you’d use for IG and do some push-ups.
You get the gist. I think a lot of times, we use excuses because we want the easy way out. Being healthy and living a long life doesn’t come easy. We’ve got to put the work in. Remember, a small change can lead to big results. With repetitive action, these changes will feel second nature. It takes serious intention to be your best self.
Let’s go into this season with open hearts and refreshed minds. Let me know what changes you’re making this Spring. I’d love to hear from you.