Some of you might be wondering why I feel the need to share this information with you or what I know about leading a healthy lifestyle. I know I'm not the girl with the six-pack abs or skinny legs that you are used to seeing on Instagram (thick thighs save lives), however I firmly believe that living a healthy lifestyle comes from how you treat your body on the inside. I am a personal trainer and I want to share some of the wisdom that I have acquired with you! Let me be completely honest here in saying that, most girls are trying to better themselves and become a healthier version of themselves, whether it is to lose weight, maintain weight or simply learning to love what you got and stay healthy.
Here are my five habits that I think you should try to incorporate into your daily routine to simply be healthier:
As crazy as it sounds most people don’t get enough water in their diet. Right after I wake up, I drink two glasses of cold water. This is a great way to cleanse your system. Make sure you at least get 2 cups to start off your day. It will seem like a lot at first but eventually it will become a routine. I try to drink two liters of water a day, I am 5'11" so depending on your height and body weight you may need more or less. Remember that you don't always need to get your water intake from a water alone, that is why its important to eat your fruits and veggies, they are packed with water and necessary for your body!
Cut down on un-natural sugars
Although I am the BIGGEST chocolate fan in the world, I try to limit desert to once a day. I try to eat it only for lunch rather than after dinner considering that I will be sleeping soon after dinner. Whereas after lunch I still have a large part of the day that I can still burn the dessert off! When I say dessert I don’t mean a full slice of cake or brownie, I would try to limit it to half a brownie, or a half a slice of cake. Think of it this way, this saves another half of the dessert for the next day and saves you some money to put towards traveling.
For me, it’s all about the protein. I try to eat as much meat and fish as possible (protein shakes as well). Protein is great for keeping yourself lean and is essential if you work out and are trying to gain some muscle mass. If you’re a vegetarian, I would suggest you start with a protein shake to make sure you are getting enough protein in your diet. Beans and veggies can only get you so far in that department. Check out my breakfast protein shake recipe that will be sure to satisfy(post is coming soon).
Eat your veggies!
Yep, you saw this one coming! Veggies give your body a lot of essential nutrients needed for your daily tasks and optimal performance. I try to use this rule of thumb; half my plate should be veggies always. Nutrient deficient clients are a major part of your lack of progress. Make sure you get the amount you need to keep your body going!