Little Steps I'm Taking for a Healthier Lifestyle
Health, nutrition and fitness has always been a huge part of my life. Even as a small girl, I always made the conscious effort to make healthy choices, when it came to eating a well balanced diet and working out regularly. Now that I'm in my mid twenties, I'm making my health an even bigger priority. I'm so proud that my fiance is now consistently hitting the gym with me as well as eating a healthier diet. For me and my life, finding balance in the chaos of it all is the most important thing to living a happy, healthy life. Today I'm sharing with you all small steps I'm taking for a healthier life, all around.
Finding Balance in the every day hustle and bustle
You'll hear me say these words a lot on this blog, finding balance in your everyday routine is crucial for your mental health. If there's anything I'm a big believer in, in this hectic life, is finding balance. The biggest thing for me, is finding a better work - life balance, to make sure I'm staying my happiest (and my healthiest) I find that sometimes, work can consume me, and I can never really turn off my worrying about projects, or deadlines. Some days I just can't seem to stop thinking about work, but seeking to find balance between it all is what keeps me sane. For me, I think what I struggle most lately is consistency when it comes to getting to the gym. I've been going about four times a week, at most, and for me, that's just unusual. I'm a total gym rat and usually workout between 5-6 days, so I guess you could say I'm a little out of balance lately. When it comes down to it, no matter what your workload, you must take the time to make sure you're balanced.
Attending a specialty class 1-2x per week
I'm a huge health nut, and a total gym rat who loves to practically live at the gym. I may not look like it, with huge muscles, but I love getting my workout on. I'm lucky enough to have a fiance who works for a killer company that gives me access to their private gym, filled with specialty class - free of charge. They offer various yoga classes, boot camp, HIIT, Pilates, Zumba, Barre. Tabata, Steel Strength ect. Lately I've been going out o my comfort zone and attended two new classes this week: Barre & Conditioning and Pilates. Pilates seemed pretty easy and low impact, while Barre was super intense and got my heart rate pumping. I've made the commitment to participate in specialty classes 2x weekly. Some days I wish I was a stay at home cat mom that could hit a class once a day, but that's just not in the cards for me. I'm doing the best I can each and every day with what I have and for me, that's enough.
I stopped comparing myself to others
For the LONGEST time in my life, I had a very negative self image of myself. My first initial instinct upon looking at myself in the mirror was to pick myself apart. When I saw other women, I would compare myself to them. This behavior in society is far too normal, and we all suffer from it from time to time. It took me years to overcome my own negative self image, and turn that negative little voice inside my head off. It's important to learn to love the skin you're in, flaws and all. No one is perfect, but no one is you, and that is beautiful. I've learned over the years to treat myself gently, to stand in front of the mirror and compliment myself, and realize that I must celebrate my own uniqueness each and every day. Some days are harder than others, but it's so important to be kind to yourself, and appreciate yourself for all that you are.
Upping my water intake
When we first moved to Texas, I knew I absolutely needed to up my water intake. I kept getting cranky, dehydrated, and it showed with my energy levels. I'll be honest, I can't stand our city water, it tastes absolutely terrible! I don't know if it's because in Maine we were so spoiled, but here, it's a whole different story. Several months ago I invested in a huge water pitcher. Weekly I fill it with water, and spruce it up with lemon, cucumber, berries, or any other fruit I have on hand. Plain water to me, is so boring I just have to dress it up a little. You can almost always find me with a water bottle on hand, always chugging water. Making the conscious effort to up my water intake has made all the difference in my energy levels throughout the day.
What kind of steps do you take to ensure a happy, well balanced lifestyle? I'd love to hear your tips!