“If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done”
All women dream of having a fit and healthy body, but not everyone is committed to do what it takes to have that body. No, it’s not the genes that will keep you in shape. There isn’t any magic pill either. Rather, there are habits that you must be willing to take on every day, even if your mood changes.
These habits are what most fit women nurture, and they are easy to follow. All you have to do is set your mind to commit to them, and decide to start now, not tomorrow. Because mindset is what separates the best from the rest, especially in one’s journey to getting fit.
Here are 14 easy-to-follow habits of women who always stay fit:
1. Starting off with a healthy breakfast - not brunch
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it is where you get your energy from to fulfill your day-to-day activities.
However, some people opt to eat brunch right instead of eating breakfast. No, this is not convenient, and it is not healthy either. Eating brunch is either skipping breakfast or lunch. And skipping meals is not healthy. If you woke up late, eat a healthy and light breakfast, so you will still have the appetite to eat lunch.
Running out of what healthy breakfast to eat? We got you! Here are two blogs about healthy breakfast meal and plan:
- Breakfast Recipes That Will Keep You Fully Energized for the Day
- An Easy 7-Day Meal Plan to Increase Your Energy Levels
2. Switching perception about diet
Most people think that diet makes life less enjoyable because of too many restrictions on delicious foods, and most of what you deem as delicious are full of carbs or sugar.
Change this perception. Instead of thinking this way, think of healthy and enjoyable alternatives.
You can still eat bread, just switch to whole wheat bread.
You can still eat chocolates, just opt for dark chocolate.
You can still drink shakes, just choose fruit smoothies instead of sugary milk shakes.
And you can still eat snacks, just don’t order fast food too often.
Also, steer clear of artificial seasonings. The key is to enjoy food and not see it as a draining habit.
3. Filling home with nutritious foods and herbs
If you fill your home with healthy foods, snacks, and herbs, it will become a part of your healthy lifestyle since you don’t have the option to eat processed foods and unhealthy alternatives.
When shopping for groceries, choose whole foods, gluten-free stuff, and organic fruits & veggies. Then choose healthy herbs and seasonings.
You may also want to try five of the best herbs that contribute to women’s health. Although these are hard to find, they will surely bring remarkable benefits to your health.
4. Never getting too hungry nor too full
Always eat on time so you won’t get too hungry. This will also prevent you from overeating.
If you’re running late from errands, bring a healthy snack with you outside in case you go hungry. This will fall under number three: filling your home with healthy stuff that you can bring with you wherever you go.
And once you have the time to eat, eat only what you can. Don’t buy too much to avoid food waste. The techniques are proper time management and clean eating.
5. Having fun in the kitchen
Cooking is a caring and nurturing act. It’s an ultimate gift you can give to yourself and to others.
If you want to stay fit, learn how to cook for yourself, and enjoy it. Experiment in the kitchen by trying different herbs and spices, playing with recipes and attempting to learn new dishes. Eventually, you’ll love the process.
6. Staying hydrated - all the time
Aside from the fact that water keeps you refreshed all the time, staying hydrated contributes a lot to fitness, too.
The more water you put into your body, the better your muscles function and the more endurance you’ll have. This will also prevent you from having excessive heart rate elevations and developing the risks of health issues that are caused by lack of water.
7. Looking for enjoyment in exercise
Just like diet, exercise is found by many to be too exhausting and too taxing. Well, you may only feel this because of two reasons:
- You’re already tired even before you exercise, that’s why you feel exhausted after; and
- You’re too busy, that’s why you can’t find the best time to exercise
These two are the major reasons why you think of exercise as another laborious task that you need to accomplish.
Exercise is a different responsibility from work, household chores, business, or study. Find the best schedule so you can focus more and enjoy it without hurrying.
And exercising is not always about doing cardio, running, or lifting weights. You can try swimming, engaging in other sports that you like, or a simple 10-15 minutes of walk outside.
8. Staying active outside the gym
Going to the gym is good, but staying active even outside the gym is better. Lying on the couch or bed the whole day is not an excuse just because you worked out for four hours at the gym.
You still have to stay active by adding non-exercise movements to your daily routine. Like stretching before and after sleep, walking your dog, doing the chores, or cycling on your way to work or to do errands.
And even if you’re assigned to work remotely, there are still healthy habits that you should keep in mind while working from home.
9. Listening to body signals
If you want to stay fit and healthy, always listen to your body signals. If you’ve been working hard the whole day and you feel sleepy or tired, that’s your body telling you to pause and rest. Take a nap if you feel the need to. Never feel guilty about this. Never think that you’re wasting time. Because if you continue adopting this mindset, your health will suffer in the future, most especially your mental health.
Also, ignore no symptoms, no matter how minor they are. If you feel that something is wrong with your body, visit the doctor. This will help prevent or cure potential health risks before they get worse.
10. Resting and sleeping well
Good quality and sufficient amounts of sleep always lead to a healthy life and fit body. Sleep is both needed for physical and mental health.
Your body recharges each time you sleep. And when you give your body enough time to rest, your energy renews. The more sleep you have, the more energy you’ll have.
Even so, do not oversleep, as this can lead to obesity, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and anxiety. Aim for an average of 6-8 hours of sleep each night. You can also take naps for 1 to 2 hours a day, depending on your schedule or workload. This will help boost your memory, making you more alert and improving your job performance.
And for mental health, sleeping helps your mind to rejuvenate and assist your brain to function properly.
11. Keeping life more interesting and meaningful
Keeping life more interesting and meaningful contributes to your overall well-being. Since your mind always strives to look for interesting and meaningful hobbies, your body follows.
You’ll then have more time to engage in activities and connect with other people more. You’ll wake up every morning feeling excited and happy because you have better things to look forward to.
12. Dedicating time for mental health
Mental health is just as important as your physical health. You cannot expect to have a fit body with poor mental health.
There are plenty of smart ways to look after your mental health, and it can be anything from doing yoga, meditating, seeing a therapist, or having a regular vacation.
But the most important part is to do it consistently. A healthy mental state will help you stay motivated to achieve your fitness goals, while assisting you to balance your busy schedule. Because establishing a healthy mental state will allow you to accomplish your day-to-day goals without easily running into mental exhaustion.
Looking for a challenge? Here’s a 30-Day Challenge to Improve & Protect Your Mental Health.
13. Knowing that consistency is the key
Consistency is more important than perfection. If you are persistent, you will get your goals. But if you are consistent, you will keep it.
If you have body or weight goals, don’t worry too much if you’re not seeing significant results yet. What’s important is to not stop and stay dedicated to it. Because your body can do it, so it’s time to convince your mind. Always remember that small progress is still progress.
14. Knowing what you deserve
Knowing what you deserve helps you raise your standards and leads to better self-care. These two lead to a more fulfilling, healthy, and productive life.
Not everyone pay serious attention to self-care. Sadly, this can hinder you from unleashing your potential and abilities.
The amount of effort you put into your career, self-care, and fitness will let you discover what you deserve. While balancing reward and hard work is the key.
It’s never too late nor too early to work on being the healthiest version you. Every day is an opportunity to improve yourself so you can stay fit and happy as you age. Adopt these easy-to-follow habits to make the most out of your day.