Rest days are meant for your muscles to recover from your week of exercising. Not only that, it is a way for your mind to relax as well! Your mental health matters during this day just as much as your body does when exercising and working. Some things I do during my rest day are:
Comment and share ways you keep a healthy mindset!
Do you ever get too comfortable in an exercise routine and you are no longer pushing yourself? It might have been challenging at first, but now you are just going through the motions?
You are not alone! When we are in an exercise regimen, our bodies get used to the exercises we are performing. In other words, your body is getting stronger! Once your body gets used to your routine, your fat loss will go down and so will your motivation.
So how do I keep staying motivated?
We all have the problem of wanting that fudgy, chocolatey cake…well, at least I do. How do you beat those annoying sugar cravings?
The first thing you can do is not keep them in your house! Whenever you are aware that there are sweets in your house, you WILL want to eat them. You know they are there, so don’t buy them in the first place.
Second, drink lots of water throughout the day! When you are dehydrated, you get tired and you need that pick me up, usually sugar, right? Wrong. This is the first sign that you need to drink some water.
Third, eat 6 small balanced meals per day! Why? When you are eating every 2-3 hours, you are keeping your blood sugars stable, which in turn does not give you that “3 p.m. crash” we experience when we are tired and hungry!
If you really are wanting something sweet, choose healthy options such as pure dark chocolate, or a piece of fruit! Remember that you are human and it is perfectly fine to indulge once in a while.
Do you ever feel in a slump? You are trying to move forward with your fitness and eating goals but at some point you burn out. Why is that?
I have been there! I have felt like I am doing the same thing every day and eventually get burned out. In some ways, it could be difficult to overcome something like that, but when this happens, think of your goals! Why did you start exercising? Why did you start eating healthy? What is your end goal?
Ask yourselves those questions. Think about it for a few minutes and write it on paper. Do you have the same goals as when you started? Did you initially start exercising to lose weight and accomplished weight-loss? Now what?
If you feel stuck in a way that you have already hit your goals, or your results are not coming fast enough, then think about what you REALLY want.
To overcome a slump you first need to recognize why your motivation is down. Then, re-evaluate your goals and your dreams. If your daily actions are not progressing you toward your goals and dreams, it is time to change what you are doing.
Set new goals! If what you are doing is not working, you either have not worked at it long enough, or you are not setting the right goals. When it comes to fitness and health, it is not possible to change overnight. If you want true change, you have to work at it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. A six pack does not happen after a couple abdominal exercises! Love handles do not go away after a couple sets of dead-lifts and a few sprints.
It is so much easier to stick to something long-term when you enjoy it!
The answer is YES! You have probably heard that exercise does not do much for you if you have a poor diet. You have probably heard the saying that nutrition is what you see below the tip of the ice burg, and it is SO TRUE.
In order for your body to properly function (being less tired, no headaches, no bloating, etc.) you need to take into consideration the ingredients of the foods you are eating. If they are whole and natural ingredients, chances are you are feeling pretty well. If it is the complete opposite and you don't know what more than half of the ingredients mean, then it might be time to switch to something with cleaner ingredients.
Now what does eating well really mean? It means having a balanced diet by remembering that you are eating to nourish your body. It also means that you can have that ice cream once in awhile because we all deserve to have a treat. Try to get all your servings of fruits and vegetables in, and also try to get your other key nutrients throughout the day and it might surprise you how good you feel!