Looking your best to me comes from having a holistic approach to health and fitness. After all, being healthy isn’t just about how you look, it’s about how you feel.
While the movement part of your fitness program is important, how much time do you spend on addressing the other parts of your daily routine? Do you ever wish you had more energy in the morning, could easily make better food choices or maintained your fitness year round.
My approach is about doing less, but being consistent, so over time you build healthy habits which don’t feel like a chore.
You can start today! Pick three things that you could change about your weekly routine and just do that.
Often we overwhelm ourselves with trying to do too much at once, if it feels hard, we probably won’t keep it up for very long. Picking three things to change make it easier to set healthier habits that you can maintain.
So what can we do to keep consistently feeling good this summer and beyond?
Change up your fitness routine.
Do you really need to train 5 days a week? Does it make you feel good or is it a burden? Do you really have the time or does it actually stress you out trying to make it?
If you love it and can fit it in then great! But if you don’t, there is nothing wrong with cutting back to 2 resistance sessions a week and then maybe one yoga or stretch session to maintain good posture in your body.
Again, if you overwhelm yourself by trying to do too much you’re less likely to stick at it – or enjoy it!
Train less, reduce the stress.
This brings me to my next point, the biggest threat to our health these days is stress, overtraining can be detrimental to our health. Be okay with doing less if it takes the pressure off your schedule.
Effective training, where you lift weights to help build lean muscle mass will actually have you fat-burning for up to 48 hrs post workout anyway. So train smarter, allow yourself rest and restorative days to help reduce the stress and inhibit your Cortisol hormone production. This is the one that can make you store fat instead of allowing it to be released and used for energy.
Begin a mindfulness practice.
Now, there is a lot of talk about which is ‘the best’ mindfulness practice out there. Is it meditation, journaling, writing gratitude lists or maybe it’s all of them combined!
The important thing is to actually do at least one of them. What ever works for you, pick one and just try doing it for 10 minutes a day. Feeling good comes from appreciating the good things in your life and sometimes we need to stop and remind ourselves what they are.
My current practice is reading a book called ‘Tools of the Titans’ by Tim Ferriss, which is a collection of short stories on how different people have achieved success. This motivates me to keep moving towards my goals and makes me feel like I’m not alone on my journey.
Find a practice that works for you to help you walk more mindfully through your day. This could help keep you out of your ‘bubble’ which can be depressing sometimes and make us lose motivation to eat well and exercise.
Stay hydrated with the right…foods!
We all know that we need to be drinking plenty of water, especially over the summer months. But a little trick I like to practice is also eating hydrating foods. Here are a few of my favourites:
- Coconut Water
- Nashi Pears
So, there you have it! Some top tips to make positive changes to maintain consistency and help you feel your best through a balanced fitness routine.
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How do you maintain balance in your fitness routine?
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ABOUT TEGAN HAINING
Tegan Haining is a globally respected fitness and wellbeing expert who has been transforming bodies with incredible success for over nine years. She began her career as a model at age seventeen and has worked with clients such as Nivea, Seafolly, Jets, Schwarzkopf and Berlei Lingerie. Igniting a passion to create lean bodies in a healthy way, Tegan became a trainer, nutritionist and health coach.
Working at James Duigan’s Bodyism in London from 2012, Tegan shared and developed her strategies while training clients such as David Beckham, Natalie Imbruglia, Jessica Gomes and Lara Stone. Returning to Australia in 2016 Tegan featured on Survivor Season 1 before launching her own online coaching business.