Everything you need to get active and healthy today

It can be really tough to get up early in the morning and excise while it’s cold and raining outside. It can also be really difficult to eat healthily. And if you skip a morning exercise session, it can be near impossible to exercise in the evening. When you get home from work, all you want to do is relax on the couch with snacks, series and supper. But it’s essential that you do continue to exercise regularly and eat healthy meals, even on the most stormy of evenings.

After all, you already know that you should be eating right and exercising regularly. You know there are numerous health benefits; you know that your energy levels will increase, that your mood will be better, that you’ll sleep better at night and that your memory will improve. And as an added bonus, you’ll be able to feel confident in your swimming costume during the summer months. It’s said that summer bodies are made in winter. Really, though, healthy bodies are created throughout the year and not as a last minute attempt to look good in a bikini.

It’s not that easy to move from a life of relaxing on the couch to one where healthy eating and regular exercising are your priorities. So, to help you get started, here are some tips.

The right mindset
To be successful at this, your new healthy lifestyle, you have to know that you can and must achieve your goals. You have to wake up in the morning determined to hit the gym, go jogging or cycle to work. Whatever your preferred form of exercise, you need to know why you’re doing what you’re doing. It’s only once you have the right mindset that you can fully embrace your new active and healthy lifestyle.

The right goals
Before you can achieve your goals, you need to know what they are. Do you want to run a marathon, complete the Cape Town Cycle Tour next year or do you simply want to feel comfortable in your own skin? All of these are good goals to have and once you’ve set them, you can achieve them.

The right equipment
To successfully embark on your new exercise and healthy eating routine, you need to have everything you’ll need. Do you have the correct clothing and shoes for your exercise routine? It’s essential that you find comfortable clothing and shoes that’ll let you move comfortably. And ladies, if you’re looking for the perfect sports bra, look no further than Triumph South Africa which stocks the most supportive bras you can find.

The right routine
To exercise consistently, you need to find an exercise you enjoy. Some people love to participate in sports like soccer or rugby but hate the idea of hitting the gym alone. Others feel exactly the opposite. It’s important that you know what’ll work for you. Find a routine that you enjoy and do that. There’s no point forcing yourself to do an exercise that you hate. Once you find an exercise you enjoy doing, you’ll find yourself actually looking forward to exercising. To be consistent, it’s been found that it takes just more than two months to form a lasting habit. So, for those first two months, it’s important that you go for that jog or hit the gym and eat healthy meals daily. Soon, it’ll become part of your life. If you feel it’s necessary, find a friend who can join you at the gym or on grocery shopping trips to make it seem that much more fun and to keep you accountable.

The right diet
If you think eating healthy foods means you’ll only be able to eat boring, bland food, you need to adjust your thinking. You’re going to need to find ways to make your meals exciting. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. You can eat the most delicious meals filled with fresh, tasty vegetables, healthy proteins and filling carbs. Of course, you might need to see a dietician or nutritionist if you’re going to be exercising intensely.

If all of this sounds too daunting, try doing just one thing. Researchers have found that getting dressed in your workout outfit or lacing up your shoes, can be enough to encourage you to get out and exercise. The theory is that if you’ve made the effort to do that one thing, you’ll be motivated to go the gym, go for a run or do some squats. The exact same motivation can be used to eat healthy meals. Simply be sure to buy healthy, fresh food every week. You won’t want to see the food in your fridge go to waste, so you’ll be motivated to eat healthy meals.

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