There really is no one right way to live a happy and healthy lifestyle and honestly it looks different for each and every one of us. In this post, I share with you 10 tips I follow each and every day to stay consistent on my path. Whenever I feel as though I am falling off course, I remind myself of these tips and they help me to continue on.
1. Don’t compare your progress to others
Remember that this is your path. Doing your personal best is all that matters. When I start to compare myself to others, I always bring it back to — Did I push myself to my limit today? Sure there are days I could have done better by getting my heart rate higher, adding more weight, or not modifying an exercise. We all have those days. The important thing is that we even got up and worked out in the first place. A successful fitness plan is not measured by the size clothing you wear, the number on the scale, or how skinny you are. If you are happy and confident in your own skin, you are doing it right.
2. This is a marathon not a sprint
There have been so many times in my life that I started a fitness plan just to meet a goal. Whether it was because I wanted to fit into a bridesmaids dress for my best friends wedding, I wanted to look great in a Bikini for my honeymoon, or I just wanted a summer beach body, I always worked out to reach an end goal. I either wanted to reach a specific size, a weight, or a record time on my run. The thing is, when you want to live a happy and healthy lifestyle— there are no destinations, no end point, no final goal achieved. This is a lifelong journey and as long as you do your best most days, you’re killing it! It took me a long time to accept that.
3. Enjoy a rest day
Take a rest day and please do not spend it beating yourself up for taking a day off. When you’re working out 3-5 days a week, taking a rest day is not something you should be ashamed of. Your body needs time to rest and recover. Not to mention, It is so important to listen to your body. Lately I have been revising my fitness routine on a daily basis based on how I feel. If I need some extra sleep—I’ll work out at night. If I want a night after work to just lay on the sofa, I work out early in the morning. And then there are the days I do not work out at all and that is okay. As long as I get my workouts done 4-5 times a week, I am guilt free!
4. When you fall, get back up again
We have all been there. We were on a roll working out every day we set out to do it. We didn’t miss a workout, we didn’t modify down an exercise and we didn’t cheat with our favorite junk food. Then one day, something throws us off course. In the past when this happened to me, I saw this as a failure and I just gave up.
Just a few weeks ago I went on vacation. I didn’t deprive myself of the foods I love and I worked out consistently for the first three days. Once I took the next three off, I felt like that was it— I had failed again. It took a lot of convincing myself that this was not a failure. This was me living. I had worked out 4-5 times a week for just about 5 months before that vacation. One week off was not going to break me. I just had to get back up again and I had to get back into my routine and I did. Fitness and health is a lifestyle, it’s a lifelong journey.
5. Choose a workout program that you have fun with
I can’t emphasize this enough. If you dread your workouts, you won’t be successful. Working out is work but you should not dread doing it. You need to find a workout routine that works for you and your fitness level whether that’s beginner, intermediate or hard. I like to run but if that is what I set out to do every day, I wouldn’t last a week because I don’t love it. Give me a HIIT workout with a mix of exercises, repetitions and weights and I am in!
6. Hydrate! hydrate! hydrate!
Stay hydrated friends. I feel so much more fatigued and down on the days I do not consume enough water. Not to mention— more hungry. I recommend getting yourself a water bottle in which you know how many ounces of water it holds so that you can track your water intake throughout the day. Also — limit the amount of sugary drinks you have and replace them with water.
7. Limit your cheat days
We all deserve a cheat day every now and again but try not to over indulge. When I first started on my happy and healthy path, I worked out hard Monday through Friday and rested Saturday and Sunday. I ate whatever I wanted over the weekend. I quickly learned that I had to limit my cheat days. Not because I wasn’t loosing weight but because I didn’t feel well. I was feeling so good all week when I was sticking to a healthy diet and then on the weekends I just felt like a bump on a log and it wasn’t fun.
8. It’s all about the mind, the body and the soul
While exercising the body is important, it’s equally important that we do not neglect our mind and our soul in the process. I recommend incorporating some guided meditation or journaling into your routine to nurture your mind and your soul. You’ll notice that the mental and emotional release is just as important as the physical.
9. Do you, for you
Don’t follow this happy and healthy lifestyle for anyone but you. Remember that your path is yours. It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. If it works for you and you are happy—keep doing you.
10. Get yourself an accountability partner — or two or three
It is important to establish a person or a group of people to hold you accountable on your path. This can be a formal process where you ask someone to fulfill this role for you or it can be very informal. My accountability partners are all of you! I am motivated by everyone I follow on IG and by everyone I hear from regarding this blog. I workout and follow this healthy lifestyle for myself but all of you, the work you do and the commitment you make to yourself inspires me to keep going and to do the same for me.
And that’s that. 10 simple tips and tricks to help you stay consistent on your path! You got this. I believe in you. Keep up the great work and continue to do you.