Getting fit is hard. Staying fit, that’s a whole different story. Having to watch your diet 7 days a week, make sure you’re drinking a gallon of water every day, hitting 10,000 steps on your pedometer, and squeeze in a 45 minute workout every morning – that’s just downright impossible. Even as a trainer, I would never be able to stay fit if those were the minimal requirements, but luckily, staying in shape isn’t as tough as you might imagine it to be. Keep these 3 steps in check and you’ll be on your way to enjoying life, without having to give up those curves.
Stick to a program
Putting together a diet and workout program always seems like a big waste of time. We all “know what we need to do” to get in shape, but the benefits of having an outline of your routine gives you a plan to stick to. Whenever I want to make progress in my physical performance or to change up my eating habits a little, I would always take the time to sit down and break out a game plan of how to get from point A to point B.
Not only does a written program benefit you greatly in keeping you on a set track, it also gives you a really great place to start whenever you feel that you need to start making a change to your existing habits. If you start off a program strong, but then realize that 2 weeks in, you workouts are draining the life out of you, then you know exactly what you’ve been doing and can make a small adjustment in just a few minutes.
Plan out your workouts
Many people have this impression that a solid workout will require an hour or some set amount of time to complete. That’s complete BS. I tell this same thing to all the people that I meet who who to get in shape. If you’re just starting out and only currently training zero times a week, a daily 15 minute walk will put you miles ahead of where you would’ve been a week ago. If you’re already working out 4-5 time a week, there are even better changes to make.
The majority of us have similar fitness goals – tone up and live healthy. That’s what I hear from just about everybody when they start out. If that’s the case for you, then you’re in luck. Instead of spending hours and hours in the gym, try cutting down on excessive rest times that you spend texting your friends, and bump up that intensity. Unless I’m trying to put on muscle mass, most of my workouts I aim to be finished between 30-45 minutes.
Systematize your diet
I hate spending time putting together food. The biggest factor for me when deciding what to eat is – how long will it take? Because of that, I’ve spend a lot of my time since my college days trying to make fast meals that are healthy, and that won’t taste like poop. My favorite breakfast routine is oatmeal. Not only are oats a great foundation to load up with delicious add-on, but I can also throw a meal together in under 3 minutes.
Another favorite meal of mine is my daily smoothie. Although the recipe is always changing, my current go to ingredients are:
- triple-washed salad mix
- matcha (to meet caffeine needs)
I keep all the salad mix and fruits (minus the bananas) frozen, so I can just toss everything in the blender, add water, and blitz. The best past is that I load up this smoothie up with a whole meal’s worth of salad mix, so not only do I get in all those nutrients that I might otherwise miss out on during the day, it’s all done and ready in under 5 minutes.
Don’t forget to have fun!
If you’re skipping out on a party with your friends or holiday gathering, then you’re making a huge mistake. I see it all too often people missing out on unforgettable memories for the sake of “sticking to their diet”. Honestly, unless you’re trying to cut weight for a competitive sporting event, or have severe health complications, you’re making a big mistake by passing out on good times for the sake of sticking to a routine. Don’t get me wrong, you definitely don’t want to be getting trashed at the bar every weekend, but we all started on this journey for one reason – live healthy to give us more time to be happy.
So make sure you’re doing your best to being the best you that you can be, but don’t forget to give yourself the leeway to get out and enjoy yourself.