Five Simple Ways to Get in Shape This Spring
Spring officially rolled in last week and so did social distancing and lots of working from home, but what's happening in our world shouldn't be an excuse for not getting up and moving. Quite the opposite, actually. Getting outside and in the fresh air is one of the best things you can do for your body and your soul, especially in times such as this
If you've packed on some extra pounds because you spent all of your time hibernating or just because of stress eating, BuzzFeed has some great ideas of how to get into shape and the best part about their advice is that it comes from former couch potatoes, so it's not like the suggestions aren't attainable.
Set Your Eyes on Something
When you set your eyes on something, it's easier to hold yourself accountable. So, pick something like a pant size that you want to wear and then set your sights on it. Take daily measurements, and be sure to jot down your weight each day. Sometimes it might not feel like you've lost anything when you actually have. Keeping track will keep you motivated.
One of the best pieces of advice that I ever got about food was that if you're going to eat something with carbs, you need to balance it out with protein. If you're exercising, but not eating properly, you're pretty much undoing everything.
When you feel yourself wishing for a snack, reach for water instead. Not only is water an awesome (and free) belly filler, but it'll keep you hydrated.
Allow Yourself Some Rewards
One of the biggest reasons that most diets fail is because people punish themselves and purge all treats from their life and then have intense cravings and throw their dieting to the wind in favor of delicious snacks. Don't cut the junk food completely from your diet- treat yourself to a sweet or chips every once in a while.
Grab a Buddy
Okay, don't literally grab a buddy because you know, no touching people right now. But, it's so much easier to be held accountable when you have a friend along for the ride. Pick someone you know will hold you accountable, but encourage you at the same time and that person will make you want to work harder to achieve your goal because you won't want to let your friend down.