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I don’t know about you but January is a pretty silly time of the year, isn’t it?
Even if you don’t go away on holidays, there is just a more relaxed, non-routine vibe in the air.
I actually crave that non-routine silliness after a busy, scheduled year. Not having to be anywhere at a certain time. Fewer emails to answer. Having friends and family around for drinks. Going out to restaurants.
There’s always a but.
It’s about this time of year – with the youngest back at school – that I crave the reverse of silly. I want to get to bed at a decent time. I want to set the alarm and get up for a yoga class. I want to swap out the vino for soda water.
Yes, I crave the routine.
Sometimes the craving alone may not be enough to kickstart normal healthy living proceedings so I’m going to share my 7 tips for getting a healthy living routine back on track.
This tips apply equally to you if it’s been more than just this past month since you felt like you had any kind of a healthy living routine.
In a nutshell, I have Hashimotos, a thyroid autoimmune condition. I’ve had it a long time now but it’s only recently that I’ve worked out a healthy living formula that works for me to maintain my health on a day-to-day basis. I do this with the support of my GP (and I always suggest you talk to a health professional before changing up your diet or exercise routine).
Now to those tips.
1. Review where you’re at now. Be honest with yourself. I’m not talking about weight here but if that’s a motivator for you by all means jump on the scales. I’m talking about how you FEEL. When I’m eating well and sticking to my exercise routine, I have more good days and less thyroidy days. This is my motivator for getting back on track. I want that fabulous feeling as many days as I possibly can. Greedy, I know!
2. If you’re not feeling as good as you know you can, think about what you’re currently doing in the food and exercise department. Are you having more alcohol-full than alcohol-free days? (Just asking for a friend 😉 ) Has there been a distinct lack of anything resembling a leafy green or any kind of green in your diet? Has there been just too much food? (Again, just asking for a friend!). Have you forgotten where you left your sneakers … the week before Christmas? Are you embarrassed to show up at your regular exercise class because you can hardly call it regular any more? If you answered yes to any of these questions – or all of the above – it’s ok. In fact, it’s more than ok because just acknowledging that you’ve dropped the health ball enables you to pick it up again.
3. Make one change today that will improve your health. Yep. Just one change. Unless you fall into the ridiculously self-motivated category, then most of us set ourselves up for failure if we try and change ALL THE THINGS – ALL AT ONCE. If your body doesn’t protest, then your mind sure will and you’ll quite before you’ve even really started. What that one thing will be is up to you – only you (and maybe your health professional/s) know where you health is at right now – so make that one change a lasting one.
4. Find a level of consistency that works for you. This is THE one thing that’s worked for me over the past 18 months. I found a way to exercise that I could be consistent at (walking and yoga). And I found a way of eating (the 5:2) that I can stick at. Yes, there have been weeks where I may not have done ALL the planned walks or classes that I wanted to but there hasn’t been a week where I’ve done no exercise at all. The old me would have had plenty of those weeks.
5. If you’re bored by your current exercise routine, change it up. Try something you’ve never tried before – or something you haven’t done in a long time. Set a goal to take part in a charity run, a bike ride and hill climb. That could be a way to freshly motivate you. Find an exercise buddy – someone at your level of fitness – and train together. You’ll keep yourself accountable and catch up on all the goss at the same time.
6. If you have children, work out how you can work out with them – or schedule around them. Before we moved to Brisbane, it was tricky for me as my husband commuted and that ruled out evening classes. If I wanted to walk, it had to be super early before he hit the highway. If I wanted to do a class then I had to carve it out of work time when my youngest was at school or kindy. Yes it was harder and it was probably the reason I fell off track so often. Now, I aim for morning walks (two of these are while my son is at swim squad before school) and morning yoga classes. This takes the pressure off the evenings and Mr SY having to be home at a certain time to tag team the parenting so I can rush to a class. It also means the exercise is done, no matter what the day then serves up. If you have small children or babies, get out with a pram or do a class at home while they’re sleeping using a smartphone app or YouTube. Take older kids on your walks or bike rides with you. Our youngest will often (under small protest) scoot while Mr SY and I both walk.
7. Treat yourself to new exercise gear. Like drinking your lime and soda out of a nice glass, wearing active wear that makes you feel good, motivates you to stay on track. I love being a brand ambassador for Female for Life because it’s an inclusive range (size 6 to 24), the quality is amazing (I was a customer before I was asked to be an ambassador and those early pieces are still going strong) and they are comfortable, breathable and supportive to wear while working out. Most of the pieces featured in this post are from Female for Life’s new collection. I’m particularly loving the digital print Lightening pant above.
The ultimate way to get your healthy living routine back on track would be to re-boot everything at a health retreat, yes?
There is still time to enter to an amazing health-giving prize worth more than $10,000 that will enable you to do just that? The prize includes a luxury seven-day health and wellness retreat to Koh Samui, Thailand, as well as a Vitamix and four Female for Life activewear outfits.
I’m so excited about this trip and the opportunity for one Styling You reader to come along and focus on their health with Female for Life’s Melanie Becker and me. You can read all about all the inclusions (yes there are spa treatments too!) and ENTER here.
Come along with us!
If you don’t want to wait and see if you’ll win, why not book to come along with us. The retreat will be from April 18-25, 2015. To book, head to the Absolute Sanctuary website and book the Be Fit lifestyle program for those days. The Be Fit program is only one of the programs offered at Absolute and every program is tailored to the person – you create your own inclusions. If you do book, make sure to let Absolute Sanctuary know what you were referred by Styling You and Female for Life. I’d love it if you could also please email me: [email protected]
So tell me, what’s the one thing you could change today to get your healthy living routine back on track?