1. Stay hydrated
I feel like every day, there is new information that comes out as to how much water you should drink a day. 8 glasses, 1/2-1oz per pound you weigh, etc. It can be hard to get this much water in a day! I know I struggle more so on the weekends than the weekdays, but drinking water has so many benefits! It can help speed up your metabolism, curb your appetite, help with skin tone, etc. Especially if you're working out, you need to replenish the water lost by sweating so you don't get dehydrated.
There are a few tricks I use to help me drink more: drink out of a straw, get a pretty water bottle, make sure I have 2 water bottles filled and ready to go in the morning, and adding fruit or essential oils. I recently got this water bottle from Target. It's made of glass, so I can add a drop or two of my favorite citrus essential oils and have lemon or orange water ready to go! I know for some they can't stand the taste of water, so infusing it with fruit can be a great way to drink more!
2. Use a fitness tracker
Hubby and I got Fitbits for our first anniversary almost 2 years ago and it's definitely one purchase I don't regret making! They not only track steps taken, but also count flights of stairs, calories burned, distance traveled, and it tracks your sleep! You can sync it to your phone or computer to see all your stats laid out and even compare it to your friends! It's definitely interesting and eye opening to see how many steps (or lack there of) I take in a day. To compare, on a typical workday in the winter I sometimes average as little as 2500 steps a day, but when hubby and I were in Disney World, we were getting between 20k - 25k steps a day! Crazy! I know I can definitely do better in getting more steps a day, but at least this can be a reminder to get up and move a little bit during the day!
3. Have an accountability partner
Honestly, I think this is the most important on this list! Hubby and I have started going to the gym together, and I can definitely see differences in my workout intensity when he comes with me rather than me going alone. An accountability partner is someone that will help you stay focused and work towards your goals. It is possible to do it alone, but so much more success can be had when you have someone motivating you! My girlfriends and I also have a group on Facebook where we talk about working out and eating right- our successes as well as our failures! That way we can celebrate our achievements as well as motivate each other to get back on track!
4. Fuel your workout
Haha, I'm probably the last person who should be giving advice in this category, but it's definitely true that you need to eat the right foods to have the energy to get a good workout as well as being healthier overall! A big trend lately are the whole food diets- diets in which you cut out all processed foods, alcohol, grains, and dairy, and eat a natural plant and animal-based diet. I'll be honest, I don't think I could commit to that for an entire month (I love my cheese!) but I've seen so many success stories from others that have tried it! I have been trying lately to cut out processed foods from my diet (not 100% successful...) and cooking whole food meals at least once a week. Today is also the start of Lent, and for Catholics that traditionally means giving something up (or adding something positive) for 40 days. I decided to give up treats. Ever since the Christmas holidays, I've just fallen off the deep end with sweets. Hopefully giving them up will help my energy levels and maybe I'll even loose a few pounds :)
5. Wear the right (and cute!) gear
There is just something about new workout gear- just makes you WANT to go to the gym to show it off! :) I recently went to Gordmans to purchase some new workout clothes. (That store is definitely a place I could spend hours looking at everything!) I'd actually never looked in their fitness section before, but I was impressed with their selection of workout clothing! I also happened to go there on a day where they had an additional 20 or 30% (I can't remember which) off of clearance items, so I scored most of this outfit for next to nothing! The pants and the sweatshirt were about $4 each! Can't beat those prices :)
Haha I wanted to show the outfit in action :)
To reward you for making it to the end of this post, I have a little giveaway today! I'm giving away a $25 gift card to Gordmans for one lucky reader! You can use it not only towards workout gear, but they have clothes for men, women, and kids, shoes, home decor and furnishings, pet items, and so much more! You can enter in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will run until next Friday, February 27th. Good luck!!
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But if you don't want to wait until you've won the giveaway to go shopping, here is a coupon for 20% any single item!
Linking up with: The Pleated Poppy, Tucker Up, Shopping My Closet, Because Shanna Said So, Get Your Pretty On September Farm, The Farmer's Wife