Sometimes getting healthy can be a bit overwhelming. Here are 3 healthy habits that have been a real game changer for me! Maybe they’ll change your life too…. or at least make it a little bit better ?
Eating protein for breakfast
Ditching starchy, low-nutrient breakfasts like packaged cereal and toast and replacing them with good-quality proteins and vegetables has been a game-changer for me. Prior to this I would either not eat breakfast, just have a coffee or grab a piece of toast with Vegemite on the way out the door. It wasn’t until I stopped doing this that I started to realise how inconsistent my energy had been over the day. There were often peaks and troughs, and a devastating slump at 3pm.
Part of the issue was I’d experience the symptoms of low blood sugar, like irritability, fatigue, hunger or a ‘fuzzy head’ and then I’d ‘crave’ a quick carb hit to pick me up again, which kicked off another spin on the rollercoaster, and so the ride continued.
I had to take a bit of a stand to break the cycle. I had to choose foods that provided slow-release energy for my body to use throughout the day. And it all started with breakfast.
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Workout snacks are bite-sized bits of movement I use to fire myself up, to boost my energy after lunch, to blast a little stress after a big day or just to make exercising more manageable. They play a huge role in how I exercise these days.
To be honest, 10 years ago I rarely would have done a workout that went for less than 60minutes. Exercise was always a full on training session or game of netball. It was physically intense, often mentally demanding, always time consuming and usually competitive (against others and myself). It was about high heart rates, sweating up a storm, and pushing myself to improve. I absolutely loved every second of it. But, since then, I’ve fallen in love with workout snacking.
Why? Because life got busier, more complicated and more challenging. Careers, injuries, sickness, family, motherhood…. the list goes on. All of those added together meant I struggled to find 60minutes of ‘spare time’ consistently over my week. But, I was easily finding multiple 5minute blocks every day. So I made the most of that.
Soon enough, I fell in love with the 10 minute workout. I was able to do them at different times of the day. I was able to do them indoors, outdoors, at home or at work. I was able to make them gentle, or intense, sweaty, or strong, rehab focused, or full body blasting.
It was exactly what my body was telling me I needed…
…a gentle stretch or quick walk to loosen stiff muscles after sitting all morning. A few bodyweight exercises in my lounge room when I’ve been stuck at home with a sick child for the past 3 days. A hiit of fresh air and movement in my backyard to kick stress to the curb. A bit of foam rolling in front of the TV to aid recovery from last nights training session. Or, a swap of the afternoon food snack with an afternoon workout snack to boost my energy.
Not relying on motivation
I don’t believe it is possible to feel motivated 100% of the time. Just like happiness, sadness or frustration… motivation is an emotion. It peaks and troughs, ebbs and flows, waxes and wanes. If you’re relying on feeling motivated before you get started, or you think motivation will always be there to keep you going… I hate to break it to you, but that’s not really how it works.
What People Think Happens: Motivation leads to Action
What Actually Happens: Action leads to Motivation
Even if the action you take is incredibly small, it can still be a powerful motivator for you! So I’ve learnt not to rely on motivation to get me started (or keep me going). And, I’ve learnt a few motivating strategies that quite often come in handy.