If you want to catch the health and fitness bug, then you need to work on changing your mindset and the way you view fitness. Of course, this is something you really have to be determined to do; you can’t go to the gym once or buy a pair of fancy trainers and hope that it’s going to help you. You need to have great reasons for taking care of your health and fitness; living longer, better mental health, and having a bucket load more confidence are just a few reasons to get started! Keeping these reasons in mind, using positive affirmations, and even visualizing what you’re going to look/feel like after 6 months or so can help you to stick to your new routine.
Below, we have 14 more health and fitness hacks that can help you to change the way you view fitness. Take a look and see what you can do to change your life and become the healthiest version of yourself imaginable:
- Get A Fitness Tracker
A fitness tracker can give you a more accurate idea of stats, including how many steps you do per day, what your sleeping pattern is like, your heart rate, and more. You can use these stats to improve. For example, if you’re only getting around 6 hours of sleep per night, aim to work yourself up to 7, and perhaps even 8 if you can stretch that far! Aim to get your resting heart rate down a few bpm, and see if you can beat your record for steps in a day. A fitness tracker can encourage you to live your healthiest life.
- Try Out Multiple Types Of Exercise
Don’t just try one style of exercise and then convince yourself that you’re destined to hate exercise forever. The fact is, there’s a type of exercise out there to suit everybody, and all you need to do is try to find the right one for you. For example, you don’t have to spend ages stomping away on the treadmill – many people find that boring, and it isn’t the best way to stay fit anyway! A mix of cardio and resistance training is often best to be your healthiest self and change your body composition. However, you must do what you love, or you just won’t stick to it. Don’t look for ‘the best exercise’, find the best exercise FOR YOU. It’ll make the biggest difference. Below are some examples of what you can try:
- Weight lifting
- Bodyweight workouts
- Wear Clothes You Really Love To Work Out In
You might think that it’s superficial, and maybe it is a little, but you’d be surprised at what a good outfit can do for your workout. If you’re wearing boring, baggy clothes, you’re not going to feel good about yourself. When you feel good about yourself, you’ll work out harder and stay positive throughout your workout!
Look for clothes that you absolutely love; maybe you love the fit, the color, the texture, or something else. Have a variety that you can mix and match so you can have fun with your outfits. Make sure they are safe clothes for the kind of workouts you’re doing, so they aren’t going to get in the way, and make sure you’re comfortable. Sweat wicking material can be a great idea if you tend to sweat a lot or just want to make sure you stay dry. You don’t have to spend a fortune either, as there are many brands out there that offer affordable clothes! That being said, once you’ve caught the bug, investing in some more expensive items will mean you have clothes that last a long time. Below are some great brands for all budgets:
- Forever 21
- Under armour
Don’t forget, the accessories you use in the gym can make a massive difference to your workout, too. For example, an armband to hold your phone will deter you from messing with your phone constantly and keep it safe, while a great pair of headphones can enhance your listening experience and help you to work out even harder.
- Get Outdoors
Working out outdoors can change the game for you if you don’t like gyms. Find a park and do some sprints and some body weight workouts, or just go for a run, or even a fast walk! There are all kinds of benefits to getting outdoors. Fresh air and sunlight are hugely beneficial, and some studies even suggest that you get a better workout in outdoors because the terrain is so diverse.
- Mix Up Your Playlist
Make sure you don’t get bored of your gym playlist by mixing it up. You might want to create multiple playlists and rotate them for example. You don’t want to constantly skip songs, as this can add a long time to your workout and take you out of the zone. Follow some ready made playlists and compile a few yourself. For example, you could have one filled with hip hop and other filled with indie, for various moods that you might be in when going to the gym.
- Make Small Changes To Your Daily Routine
Sometimes, simply making small changes to your daily routine can make things far easier for you – you’ll be getting more exercise without even realizing it. Take the stairs whenever you can rather than the elevator, and park your car further away from your destination so that you get more steps in. When working, get up every half an hour or so and go for a quick walk. Get into the habit of doing these things and they’ll really add up and make a difference over time.
- Exercise In The Morning To Get It Out Of The Way
If you’re the kind of person who struggles to ‘fit exercise in’ and finds yourself making excuses at the end of the day, you’re not alone. By getting up earlier and exercising in the morning, you’ll ‘get it out of the way’ and then you can enjoy the benefits for the rest of the day. You’ll likely feel more alert and focused, and you might even get more done. You’ll probably be in a better mood for whatever you have planned too, as exercise gives us all of those wonderful happy hormones!
- Eat Lots Of Healthy Foods
Health and fitness means eating healthy food, but it doesn’t mean just eating salads or nibbling at things like a rabbit. Eat lots of healthy foods. Fill up on them and make sure you’re satisfied. Get a good portion of health protein, fats, and carbs each day. Use an app like MyFitnessPal or Lifesum to make sure you’re eating the right amount to support your goals. If you want to build muscle and get stronger, for instance, then the way you eat needs to support that. You don’t need to stop buying the unhealthy stuff altogether, but you should be aware that if it’s in your cupboards, you’ll probably give in and mindlessly eat it at some point.
When you’re eating the right types of food, you’ll feel better throughout the day, feel fuller for longer, and get better results from your workouts. Your results are made in the kitchen more than they’re made during your workouts!
- Drink Water As Soon As You Wake Up
If you struggle to drink water, make it your mission to drink a pint as soon as you get up in the morning. That will start you off nicely, so you just need to remember to sip it throughout the rest of the day. Aim for 2 litres in total.
- Find New Ways To Keep Fitness Exciting
You’re going to want to find new ways to keep fitness exciting. For example, why not try a new class, go to the gym with a friend, or try a new gym? Once you’ve caught the bug, you could even find out how to become a kettlebells instructor or learn how to teach something else you’re passionate about to keep your momentum up and help other people catch the bug too!
- Don’t Make Every Fitness Session A Mission To Sweat Buckets
You don’t have to sweat lots and burn a load of calories every session. Just moving your body in a way you enjoy is great. You can stretch, swim, or try a short yoga session.
- Remember To Rest
Rest is super important, and your results can depend on it! You should have at least one full rest day per week, ideally two. Don’t feel bad for resting. Your body needs it!
- Try The 3×30 Method
If you can’t get into the habit at first, just commit to 3 times per week for 30 minutes. That’s a very small portion of your day, and you can even do it at home!
- Just Have Fun With It!
Don’t take it too seriously. If you want to dance along to an exercise video from the 80s, do it. Make it as hilarious as you can. Fitness should be fun!