Living a Healthy Life – Beyond Food & Exercise

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After reflecting on what I share most often on social media (check me out on Instagram!), I realized that I focus a lot on two aspects of healthy living – eating well and moving my body for at least 30 minutes per day – but I neglect some of the other foundations of wellness. So I created another graphic guide for three other vital aspects of healthy living!

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Personally, I saw such a positive change when I started practicing self care, drinking my water, and focusing on getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. When I am rested, hydrated, and feel loved, it’s so much easier to pull myself out of funky moods and battle my depression and anxiety. It might be as simple as having three less things to worry about, but whatever the case – I’ll take it.

Here are some quick tips to help you implement these three aspects of healthy living!

  1. Loving and taking care of yourself is not selfish, so if you think it is – reframe your brain. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so if anything – taking care of yourself helps you take care of everyone else in your life.
  2. Get a BIG water bottle – at least 30oz – and use a straw. For some reason, using a straw helps me drink so much more water – and I love not having to fill up an 8oz class 20 times over the course of a day.
  3. Set an alarm for at least an hour before you go to bed. Here’s an example of an evening routine that can help get you ready for solid sleep! Totally unplug from all electronics. Brush your teeth, wash your face. Drink a glass of water while you’re at it to help you with #2! Read a book and/or put on some soothing music. Spray your pillowcase with lavender (so extra but so worth it), and spend some time reflecting on your day before shutting off the light and going to bed. Put your phone in the other room, so when the alarm goes off you need to get up and get moving to shut it off!

Let me know what your favorite self care activities are in the comments below, or any other ways that you focus on living a healthy life that go beyond eating well and exercising!

Jennie

 

Monday Motivation

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I woke up today with zero desire to exercise. I hadn’t slept well, it was 5:45AM, and I just wanted to go back to sleep. Part of me said – “Go back to sleep. You can do this after work.” But the honest part of me knew that wouldn’t happen, and if I procrastinated further I wouldn’t exercise at all.  I’m sure you’ve been there too.

Some of my tips for working out when you have zero motivation:

  1. Sleep in your workout clothes. I’m serious! I work out in leggings and sports bras/tank tops. I sleep in leggings and sports bras/tank tops. I started going to sleep in my workout gear, and when I woke up I was able to roll right out of bed and get going without having to struggle with changing/finding my gear/etc.
  2. Stop snoozing. If you hit that snooze button, you will go back to sleep. Just don’t do it. It’s that easy! When the alarm goes off, get out of bed. I will either put my phone/alarm on the opposite side of the room or just outside my room – somewhere where I can still hear the alarm, but I need to get out of bed in order to turn it off. I also use the most annoying alarm possible so I can’t just put a pillow over my head and ignore it 🙂
  3. Remember your goals. Will your fitness and health progress if you don’t work out today? Think about this: if you avoid working out today, it will be easier to avoid working out tomorrow. Those excuses will pile up and soon you will be back where you started.
  4. A bad workout is still better than no workout at all. Even a half-hearted routine provides more benefits (burning calories, improving cardiovascular fitness, increasing your strength) than staying in bed.

I hope that these tips help! Let me know what tricks you use to push yourself when you need that extra “kick.” I’d love to hear from you!

xo – Fitmiss in Progress – Jennie