Welcome to a guest post from Gemma from Mummy’s Waisted!
Gemma is a mum to two children and has recently changed career from accountancy to internet marketing. She runs Waist Trainer UK and writes a blog as Mummy’s Waisted, which features healthy living and family life.
We all live super busy lives these days, with many demands on our time. It can be hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you are so busy, let alone starting a new diet or exercise regime. Here’s some helpful tips from Gemma, to get things moving in the right direction.
Before you even start, you need to decide on what your motivation is and what your goals are. This will determine what you should be focusing on with your diet and exercise programme. For example, losing a specific number of pounds or stones will require a different plan to training for a marathon.
Make your goals as specific as possible and set an achievable deadline, making sure you follow recommended guidance for things like healthy weight loss and calorie intake. If you do have an existing medical condition, please consult with a medical professional before you embark on a new diet or exercise regime.
It can be really motivating to look at health and fitness materials whilst you are starting your new plan, and to keep your mindset focused as you carry on. There are thousands of articles, recipes and videos online or why not keep a recipe book on show in the kitchen?
There are plenty of hints and tips for keeping healthy, and not reaching for naughty snacks or takeaways at the end of a long day. The key to it is planning, taking a small amount of time to plan out your strategy for the week will really help you stay on top of things. Choose a time for planning that works for your schedule, perhaps a Sunday evening? Or maybe you can use one of your breaks at work to write out a meal plan.
When you start out, plan even the smallest details, like which snacks you are going to take with you in your bag. As you get used to planning, some things will become second nature. Try not to slip into a habit of always having the same thing on the same day each week though, introduce variety where you can so that you don’t get bored.
Although certain forms of exercise can become addictive for people, starting out on a new exercise programme can be a scary prospect, especially if it’s something you’ve not done before.
This is the time to be really honest with yourself, and look at what is realistic for you as an individual to work towards your goal. If you’re not going to have time to go the gym on a regular basis, that’s fine, have a look at some home based activities instead. There are plenty of apps and vlogs that will help you with a workout, step by step. Make sure you do build it up slowly though, there’s no point injuring yourself on the first day!
If you think you’re too busy to exercise, write down your whole schedule for a day or two, including all activities! You might be able to identify a few short bursts of time (or combine some), perhaps where you could swap social media surfing for a HIIT session?
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