Think about this time last month. Odds are, you were all fired up about your New Year's Resolutions. Maybe you were mapping out a juice cleanse or vowing to dedicate two nights a week to hot yoga. There's no doubt you've done amazing things in this past month for your health, but now it's time to get down to business. February is the most common drop off date for New Year's Resolutions. Trust me, make it past this month and you'll make it through the year. It's all about cultivating healthy habits, and this month is crucial in reforming the way you view health and fitness. So, if you've been slacking off for the past few weeks or just need that extra push in the right direction, check out these tips and resources below:
1. Know When You're Hungry - I know, this one sounds super obvi right? Well, believe it or not, being able to accurately establish when one needs to eat is a common problem for many people. Snacking is often the (bad) solution to boredom. It can also be a means of procrastination. Come on, we've all pulled the, "I'll do that once I'm done eating" card. Even if you only keep healthy snacks on hand, you should still only be eating them when you're truly hungry. Consider keeping this printable hunger scale on hand to keep you in line.
2. Beat Bad Weather - Poor road conditions and cold weather are not viable excuses to avoid hitting the gym. If you can't bring yourself to leave the house, get creative! This chick offers some amazing youtube workouts (aka a broke girl's best friend). Additionally, consider investing in some cute free weights and other inexpensive at-home workout equipment. Strength training can take you a long way and a partial workout is always better than no workout.
3. Change It Up - Does doing the same workout over and over have you stuck in a rut? Change it up! Nobody ever said you have to do the same workout every time you go to the gym. In fact, if you don't switch up your routine once in awhile, you're likely to hit a plateau both mentally and physically. I've recently been avoiding the gym because I'm sick of my usual two mile runs and strength training. So, I can't wait to try this stair climber routine (P.S. you can do this one on the machine at the gym or at home on your own stairs!).
4. Invest In Your Health - I often find that when I purchase healthy foods/drinks, even before I consume them, I feel like a healthier person. As a result, I subconsciously begin to make healthier choices. Try a new juice or health product and you'll likely begin to feel more motivated too. Just make sure that you read the nutrition labels carefully. Many products that are advertised as "healthy" juices or smoothies are loaded with tons of added sugars and artificial flavors.
5. Shop Your Heart Out - I know what you're thinking...I'm a bad influence when it comes to your personal finances. Seriously though, investing in some new workout gear can make all the difference in your motivation. After all they do say, "Look good, feel good." Check out the images and links below for some of my recent favorites!