Getting back to basics!! It’s not too late to feel better for Summer!

 

So the countdown to warm weather is here and there is still LOTS of time to make healthy changes so you can feel better about yourself and your wellness. It’s hard for many of us to stay on course over the Easter festivities, but now is a great time to refocus and put our energy into making those changes we need to make, to help get the weight off and to reach our fitness goals.

Helpful tips to get back to basics:

  • Plan your meals and snacks – you can’t be successful if you aren’t prepared. Coming home from work or the gym hungry without healthy food ready to go will lead to snacking on things you shouldn’t. Veggies, humus, pita, fruit, nuts, and protein/energy bites are all good snacks to have ready to grab on the go. It’s also really important to have your meals planned out so you know what you are eating and you can shop accordingly. If you don’t have the ingredients ready to make your healthy turkey chili, you will probably grab whatever is easy and that might not help you to stay on track. Lastly, make your lunches ahead of time. Brown bagging it will not only save you money, it will be KEY in helping you reach your health and wellness goals.
  • Carve out time for exercise – 20 minutes, 1 hour…whatever you can make the time for – do it. Try something new if you are getting tired of your old routine and try to break a sweat at least once a day. Getting moving will help you relieve stress, allow you to refocus and you will always feel better after a workout, even if it’s a quick 20 minute run.
  • Drink lots of water and go easy on the caffeine and unnecessary drinks. Coffee and regular tea are diuretics which go through your system quickly, so you need to drink an additional amount of water to replace the fluid you will lose from those drinks. Save the latte’s and specialty drinks as a treats and keep to water most of the time. Try infusing your water with fruit, lemon/limes or cucumbers for added flavour, or use a home water carbonater to make sparkling water. The amount every person needs to drink to stay hydrated is different, but every person needs to stay hydrated to perform at their very best, whether it’s at work, at home or in the gym.
  • Sleep…Sleep…Sleep – this one is hard for me too. It’s usually the first thing I will sacrifice when trying to fit everything into a hectic day. However, it’s the most important and your state of overall wellness is greatly impacted by your quality of sleep and your quantity. Try to go to bed around the same time every day and sleep for the same period. I need 6-7 hours of good sleep to function. Any more than 7, I actually feel groggy, any less than 6 and I’m tired. Everyone has their magic number and its good to figure out what your optimal number of hours are to perform at your best. Try to unplug before bed,  no phones, no TV, (especially the news…stay away) – music, reading, meditating – all good options before you finally close your eyes for the night.

The summer will be here before you know it and by making these changes you will be improving your health and losing a few unwanted pounds along the way. It takes time, but it’s not too late to feel and look better for the warm weather! Put those easter chocolates away and get moving… be well everyone!