With summer coming to an end, many of us are wondering how to seamlessly get back into a routine with Fall around the corner. if you’re beginning your health journey (or re-starting), this task may feel even harder. Well, as always, your G Girls have GOT you. Here are some easy ways to get back on track and re-prioritize our journey.
Here are our Top 4 Health Tips for Beginners
Tip #1 Just MOVE!
Many times, we fall into the narrative of having to do the most! We join a gym and commit to ALL The things. In fact, we seldom see this approach work long term for anyone! Our advice, start small! Have your only goal be to just MOVE. Whether that’s a long walk, a dance session in your living room, a deep clean of house, or heading to the pool for a swim. Often times, we over complicate things, and truthfully, this doesn’t set us up for success.
Start small, and work your way up. Have your goal be to simply move for a half hour, every day (or at a frequency that feels right). We have had clients lose up to 30lbs with walking alone!
Make your movement easy, attainable, and flexible. That’s the key to making it sustainable!
Tip #2 Hydrate!
We all know water is the source of life. Water helps in the digestion, absorption, circulation, and transportation of nutrients. But a small percentage of people actually get adequate water in.
Our suggestion. Start small! Like movement, set yourself up for success. Aim for a few glasses a day and make it easy. Perhaps it’s a glass of water with each meal. Overtime, you can increase that goal in a way that feels effortless and seamless. The end goal is to have half of your body weight in ounces (i.e. if you way 150, your daily goal is 75 ounces) – but remember go slowly. Some pro tips for you to slowly increase your water over time:
- Eat your water! Many fruits and vegetables contain up to 90% water in them (melons and lettuce to name a few).
- Infuse your water! Add slices of fruit, veggies, and.or herbs to your water for added flavour. We personally love lemon, lime, berries, rosemary, mint, or cucumber as fun additions
- Big bottles work best to remind you to get hydrated.
Tip #3 Find Zen time. High stress levels are a huge reason we remain unhealthy.
Healthy minds create healthy bodies. Have you noticed that when your mind is filled with stressful thoughts, you physically begin to feel sick and lethargic? That’s because there is a strong connection between the mind and body. When you begin to practice mindfulness, you begin to declutter your thoughts. Things feel clearer because your mind becomes clearer.
Deep breathing exercises, a calm environment, and a specific time dedicated to detoxifying your mind from the daily stresses in life work wonders when you do it on a regular basis. You can create this mood by having a specific area in your home for reflection and meditation. You can have a chair, or a cushion on the floor, to sit on—whichever makes you most comfortable. Add a little scented candle, or a reed diffuser with your favorite calming oils, and zen your way into complete tranquility. The goal here, again, is to start small (are you noticing a theme??). Start with just one minute per day, perhaps while you’re making your coffee. Over time, you’ll naturally increase.
Happy hint: A simple quiet moment is magical. Empty your mind of stressful thoughts and focus on the good things you have going on. Give thanks. Give thanks again. And finally, give thanks for all the good things you have. Don’t complicate it!
Tip #4 VEGGIES
Start simple. Don’t aim to overhaul your diet all together, just start with a small veggie goal. Not only do they nourish you, but the fiber-rich foods will keep you full longer – So veggies are an important part of beginning/restarting your health journey. Vegetables are one of the best sources of nutrients, vitamins, and fiber. Also, the natural fiber found in vegetables helps clean your digestive system while keeping your hunger levels low. That means lower cravings, which mean lower consumption of potentially unhealthy food sources, eventually leading to a healthier, fitter, and better you.
How do we suggest you get more veggies, start small! Aim for just a cup a day. That can cooked, raw, blended – whatever serves you. Just begin the habit of aiming for 1 cup each day. Overtime, like with most habits, we promise it will increase. But the key here, once again, is setting you up for success with something easy and attainable.
With all the crazy food fads and diet trends out there today, people are left wondering how they can even start. Everyone wants to take the quick and easy path, not realizing that a great journey begins with a simple step.
Go ahead and take one step—just one step today. Maybe go out for a brisk walk outside. Substitute your sodas for water. Add vegetables to your dinner tonight. Clean your space. Pray or meditate. Whatever small changes you can do, do them, and focus on doing them well. Then, try to do them better the next day.
Pretty soon, you’ll see that your entire lifestyle has been altered from a few daily changes. It’s not all about excessive dieting. Remember to look at the whole picture! That is the ultimate secret of getting fit and staying healthy.
You don’t have to be great to start. You just have to start to be great. – Zig Ziglar.