Five Tips to keep you on Track!
For those of you that don’t know me I am a bit of a perfectionist. I call it a curse sometimes, but it is what it is. I am almost 55 (yikes) but it’s true and I am finally in a place where I am just maintaining what I have. I am not looking to lose weight or gain weight. I just want to stay where I am at and be happy.
I truly think it has to be a lifestyle you embrace to be a healthier you. Not that I don’t enjoy a splurge every now and then, but the more consistent I am in my healthy habits the better I really do feel.
Here are five things that I do to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. These can help you or someone you know develop healthy habits.
1. Go to the grocery store when you’re NOT hungry. Let me repeat that, go to the grocery store when you are NOT hungry. I found out the hard way a few times on this one. When you go on a full stomach you actually only buy what’s on the list and you’re not tempted into buying junk because it looks good and you want to satisfy your hunger at the moment. You will actually be glad you did it when you get home.
2. Cook at home! Yes cook at home as much as you can. Use going out for dinner as a date night once in a while as an opportunity to get together with friends. Don’t make it something you do as a means to get out of cooking. My husband and I have been cooking healthy, delicious meals and it sort of becomes a team effort which is something we really enjoy.
3. Get some healthy snacks. We all like a snack mid-day and it’s really easy to make an unhealthy choice if you have nothing planned. I keep a few things on hand always. Nuts are great on the go. I also keep hard boiled eggs on hand in my refrigerator (peeled and ready to go). Have an apple with natural peanut butter if you like. And if you don’t have any real food, opt for a protein bar. Quest makes some really great flavors. Sometimes I warm them up in the microwave and put a little Greek yogurt on top. It seriously tastes like a dessert.
4. Find a training partner or get a trainer. It just makes sense. It is 10 times easier to get your workout done if you are held accountable. You are less likely to skip a workout and you are more likely to train harder than you would have alone. You can push each other and if you have a trainer, he or she can make sure you are using the correct form. There is strength in numbers.
5. Try HIIT (High intensity interval training) style of training. I think you should absolutely incorporate bands and weights in to your workouts. Especially being older you need to keep as much muscle as you possibly can. By getting your heart rate up and working each muscle group, you can create a lean and sleek physique. Add some cardio with seal jacks, partner sprints, or simply grab a hula hoop and go. This is something I have been doing for quite some time and I get my workout done in 30 minutes or less.
There they are. Give these things a try and start reaping the benefits of healthy habits today!