Sometimes it feels next-to-impossible to get (and then stay) in shape. It's tough, isn't it?! Do you dread receiving an invitation to a pool party? Grab a towel as soon as you exit the shower so you don't have to see yourself naked? 🙂 Don't worry, you're not alone! Even though it's a struggle, there are a few things you can do to ensure you're on the right track towards getting — and staying — fit! Here are 5 simple fitness rules to help you maintain a healthy weight.
1. Eat Healthy
I mention this in nearly every fitness post I write, because it's so important. It is the absolute best health habit you can adapt! When you eat better, you feel better.
2. Lift Weights
Strength training makes you stronger and fitter! Plus, it helps you to burn more calories when you're at rest, and that's always a good thing. It also boosts energy levels and improves your mood. In short, the world would be a happier place if we would all just lift. Here are 7 great reasons to lift.
3. Find a Workout Buddy
Having a workout buddy helps to keep you accountable. When you know someone is expecting you to meet them, you're more likely to show up and put in the work. Plus, exercise is simply more fun when you have a workout partner! Try to find someone who has the same goals as you — or loftier — so they can motivate you even more!
4. Get Plenty of Sleep
Typical adults require 7 – 8 hours each night. I must not be typical, because I do best on 9 hours! Find out what works best for you, then aim to get that amount as often as possible. You'll function better in life when you're well rested. Here's how to determine your sleep needs.
5. Minimize the Consumption of Alcoholic Drinks
This one may be tough for some. I rarely ever drink, so it's actually the easiest one for me. Alcohol isn't a terrible thing, but it is quite the enemy to your fitness levels. It saps energy, leaves you hungover, and it's filled with empty calories. To add insult to injury, some people have been known to pig out when they're drinking — a double whammy! Try to limit the alcohol consumption to weekends/special occasions only, and don't overdo the number of drinks.
These aren't major life changes, they're just good, basic tips to live by. Try incorporating them into your daily life, and let me know if you see a difference in your fitness levels.