Often when the topic of weight loss and a healthy lifestyle comes up, there are certain things that may come to mind.
Deprivation. ( ohhh that MUST go with weight loss!)
Following rigid plans.
Following rigid plans for a number of weeks or months before getting back to “normal”.
Cutting out all foods you love that bring you joy.
The list can go on. Can you add to it?
So often in a quest for a healthier lifestyle people overlook other areas that are more than “diet related” to being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle.
Let’s look at a few areas that can contribute to the overall success of a healthy lifestyle.
We live in a world that promotes constant work and productivity. Often we sacrifice rest in the pursuit of busyness.
Yours truly can be just as bad.
I’m a night owl by nature but try to respect that my alarm still goes off a 6 a.m. no matter what time my head hits the pillow.
If there’s one thing being athletic has taught me, it’s the value of rest. Our bodies heal and repair in this time and honestly if I want to feel like I’m doing my best in my days quality rest is just as important as eating quality foods.
Don’t short yourself on rest time.
Get in outdoor time
It’s no secret that being outdoors is my jam. I will hands down, take a solid workout flying down the road on my bike, running or walking, over working out inside. It’s not just the exercise, but being out in the elements that makes me feel good. It clears my mind and feeds me mentally.
Being outdoors has wonderful therapeutic benefits. Make sure you get out not just for your physical self, but your mental self too.
Don’t cut out foods that you love
You know why so many people don’t last on structured, restrictive diets? Because they have a misguided idea they have to cut out all the things they enjoy.
Supposedly being on a diet means you have to suffer, do without, and be miserable to lose weight.
No. No you don’t.
In fact you have a higher chance of success if you allow your favorite things into your nutrition plan
You can still lose weight while building in foods you love. Doing so will keep you from binging or giving up because you feel deprived.
Remember to treat yourself
Really. Get a pedi. Have that special coffee treat. Buy that cute dress ( or shirt!)
Do the thing that makes you happy.
Treats are those non-essential things in life that make life fun. Give yourself permission to do an occasional treat.
Spend time with those who matter
Pretty self explanatory right? Physically we’re designed for relationships.. they give us a wholeness and completeness in our lives. Family and friends not only love us but can be our support system as we work towards a healthier, more fit lifestyle.
Keep these non-diet tips in mind to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
Would you add anything to this list?