Getting in shape, losing weight and feeling great is all about creating a healthier lifestyle. You may develop some rituals you follow on a daily basis that will help you in achieving your fitness and wellness goals. Rituals, like keeping hydrated and walking instead of jumping in the car at every opportunity can make a difference. Here are seven rituals that will help you to be the most healthy, optimal you.
1. Keep a Glass of Water Next to You
Water is so important. Every single cell, tissue, and organ in your body need water to function. The human body will not survive long without water, so not surprisingly, there are many benefits to keeping your body well-hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated, eliminate toxins and get rid of the bloat. By keeping a glass of water next to you at all times, you will be reminded to keep hydrated. So drink to your health, weight and aiding your digestive system.
2. Do Not Skip Meals
Not only will skipping meals cause you to have mood swings but it will slow down your metabolism, potentially storing excess body fat. When you skip meals, you feel hungry and ravenous. By eating balanced mini-meals throughout the day, you will have more energy and never feel hungry again. The bonus is that you will boost your metabolism.
3. Eat Your Greens On The Daily
Add some green into your life to increase your fiber, minerals, and vitamins. You will speed up your digestive tract, increase your metabolism and also just feel so much better overall. Make this part of your daily ritual and you will see amazing results.
4. Schedule Your Workouts Every Day And Live By Your Calendar
How many times do you skip your workout because you are tired, busy or just not feeling up for it? Hopefully, your answer was never but if you are like most, this does happen. It's so easy to come up with different excuses when you're feeling unmotivated. Change your daily lifestyle and schedule your workouts to be nonnegotiables. This meaning that no matter how busy, bored, tired or whatever your excuse might be you will still get it done. (Don't be a flake to yourself!)
5. Pick Up The Pace Wherever You Go
There will be times when you can't fit in exercise, so you have to figure out a way to make it work. Pick up the pace wherever you go. This is a tip I picked up from Maria Menounos in which she calls "convenience conditioning." The two block walk to your car can be a total waste of possible energy expended by strolling there. Instead speed walk to your car.
6. Graze but Don’t Gorge
Fact: Eating is 80% of your efforts. Graze at meal times rather than gorge at the end of the day. A great tip is to eat on salad plates because dinner plates are too big. By sticking to portion control regularly, your body will have less to digest at a time, boosting your metabolic rate. And, when you eat mini-meals throughout the day, you won't be hungry for one gigantic meal at the end of the day.
7. Get Your Beauty Sleep & Go To Bed Earlier
Getting to bed earlier is not always easy, especially if you have a busy life that seems to go nonstop all day. But, getting to bed earlier will allow you time to catch plenty of zzz's and your body to recover from the day. If you want your body to perform at its best, sleep is ultra-important. So aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
Life is what you make of it so make today a better day than yesterday. With these everyday rituals, you will slim down, shape up and feel incredible. Life is all about choices so choose to better your health each and every day.