It’s easy to get stuck in a rut while navigating the day-to-day routine. Routines can become tiresome after too much repetition, and so do our workouts. Maybe you’ve hit a plateau or you simply need to do a refresh. Here are six tips to revitalise your healthy habits with ease.
You’ve probably experienced that moment when you are “in the zone,” and it’s completely interrupted by the start of the wrong song. You have to stop what you’re doing to pull out your phone and press skip; this could happen several times and it completely ruins your momentum! Workout music motivates, entertains and sets the tone to hunker down and push ourselves physically. It takes just a few minutes to create the perfect playlist, so it’s worth taking the time upfront to do that. Then you can stay focused on working out without interruption.
Chances are a workout isn’t the only thing on your agenda each day, and you could use a boost of energy before working up a sweat. A small snack that includes fruit, peanut butter, yoghurt or a combination of those can be the extra kick of energy you need to work your best. The combination of natural sugars and dietary fiber in Medjool dates make them perfect as a pre-workout and post-workout snack. Need some snack ideas? Here are some of our favourites.
Think of the gym as your “you” time. Don’t check your social media, emails or apps as you work out. This will not only help you stay focused - it will also impact the efficiency and intensity of your workout. Disconnecting yourself from your phone and reconnecting with your body can be therapeutic too!
Chilling out with your mates at the gym is great fun, but limit the chat time and stay focused on your workout. You want to channel your energy into your workout. Agree with your gym partner to hold each other accountable and to keep motivated and inspired. You can always socialise afterwards over a smoothie or coffee.
We’ve all been guilty of this. Work? Check. Healthy lunch? Check. Work out? Check. We put on our athletic gear, go outside or head to the gym, but we just go through the motions; we drag ourselves through a workout just to fulfil an obligation. Are you actually putting effort and energy behind your workouts? The more intensely you perform, the more calories you’ll burn and the stronger you’ll become. It’s easy to convince yourself that you’re tired and don’t need to push yourself or get stuck in a boring routine. Remind yourself of the purpose of exercising and drive yourself to reach your fitness goals.
Putting together a healthy meal takes time, and you’ll be more likely to reach for unhealthier options when you are pressed for time. The key to eating healthy on a busy schedule is to prepare ahead of time so that meals and snacks are easily accessible when you need them. Check out a few of our favourite recipes designed to power you through your day here.