There is a lot of information out there about the best practices for women to stay fit and healthy. Simply Google “health and fitness tips” and you’ll quickly have millions of articles at your disposal, each suggesting different ideas, diets and exercise routines to stay fit and healthy. But how do you know which really is the “best way”? One of the most proven methods to learn anything is to copy what others, who already accomplished what you want, did to get there and now continue to do on a daily basis. So what are these already-fit-and-healthy women doing to look and feel great? Here are six of their everyday habits.
Fit and healthy women know that getting enough rest is absolutely vital to staying healthy. The reasoning is simple: if you don’t sleep enough or are tired, you’re more prone to make bad food choices (such as binging on sugary snacks) and not exercise. If you’re feeling sleepy and tired all day, how are you ever going to have the energy or motivation to work out?
Getting enough sleep and rest not only allows your body to recharge; it also improves your mood and makes it easier to stay active and make better dietary choices.
Drink lots of water
Fit and healthy women know that drinking your calories is a surefire way to become lethargic and put on extra weight quickly - and then be unable to get rid of it! Heavily processed drinks are loaded with calories that can add up quickly. A 12-ounce can of coke weighs in at 140 calories, and a typical 16-ounce milkshake is well over 400 calories.
So what do fit and healthy women drink? Mostly water. They may also drink green tea, coconut water or freshly squeezed juices to stay healthy and hydrated.
Stay active in creative ways
There are dozens of creative ways you can integrate fitness into your daily life more easily, and fit and healthy women know this. Instead of taking the elevator, they take the stairs. Instead of driving to work or to the supermarket, they walk or ride a bike. Instead of changing the TV channel with a remote, they get up and change it manually. Instead of making their kids or husband cut the lawn, they go out and push that mower themselves.
In today’s world, we rely on machines and technology to make life easier - so much so that it’s easy to forget just how much we depend on them. So ask yourself, “where in my life can I replace reliance on technology with physical activity?” When you say “no” to the escalator, remote or car, you say “yes” to an instant (and free!) workout.
Enjoy sweet treats
Fit and healthy women know it’s okay to enjoy a muffin, chocolate bar, or cookie every now and again. And let’s face it, most women who try to oust sugar from their diet completely on a long-term basis are going to fail. So why set yourself up for failure?
Having sweets in your diet doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing decision. You can enjoy a sweet treat every now and again without it turning into a sugar binge. In fact, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.
Stay fit and healthy for YOU
Who are you being fit and healthy for? To make other women jealous? To try and attract a partner? Fit and healthy women exercise and eat well for themselves. They aren’t trying to impress anyone. What’s more, they know that women come in all shapes and sizes. Everyone is different and there’s no point comparing your body type to others. Constant comparing and judging doesn’t make anyone’s life better. So stay fit and healthy for YOU first and foremost.
Integrate fitness into your daily life
Healthy and fit women know that exercise is a habit and a PART of their life. Just like work, family, your spouse or significant other, or watching your favorite TV show are. These habits are routine - and for fit and healthy women, so is fitness. Adapt this mentality when it comes to exercising and eating right, and see just how quickly you start to become fit and healthy yourself.
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