Six years ago, I wrote my first article for this magazine where I introduced eight lifestyle tips. Twenty eight articles, two fitness competitions and one personal training certification later, I decided to share my top six tips in light of a new year.
1. Move more. My parents make it a priority to walk every morning or night. Frequent walks/runs or adding a fun activity to your routine can really make a difference in how you feel and look especially if you work a desk job. Of course, you must enjoy it too. My goal this year is to track my daily steps.
2. Learn to track macros. Macro tracking is a similar concept to Weight Watchers except instead of focusing on calories, you are focusing on how much protein, carbohydrates and fats are in the foods you are eating. Even if you try it just for a couple of months, you will learn a great deal. I stand by this strongly because it teaches you awareness. I would not be where I am today with my nutrition without the knowledge of macros and flexible dieting. You can learn more on my Instagram @TipsFromAFitChick.
3. Snack Prep. You might not be a fan of meal prepping and that’s okay. But at least prepare your snacks! Wash and cut up your fruit and vegetables or portion out some favorites of yours to grab and go. This is an easy way to have healthy options, prevent hunger and stick to your goals.
4. Listen to your body. “No days off,” is a popular phrase that needs to go away. If I told you that I work out about 3-4 times a week and occasionally take a week or two off from the gym, would you believe me? Well, it’s true. Sleep, rest and recovery are just as important as everything else.
5. Try something different. The more you stay stuck to your routine, the harder it is to get out of your comfort zone. Try a local yoga class or do a couple of rock climbing sessions. You never know what you will like until you actually try it. I want to take a self-defense or Muay Thai class.
6. Water is still important. I wrote this final tip in the first article and it’s still a golden rule. I’m not going to lie, it gets difficult remembering to drink water especially if you are constantly in and out all day. I always try to carry a water bottle with me or keep the water pitcher filled or fridge stocked. Flavored seltzer water makes it a whole lot easier also. Make it a habit!
For more guidance, follow Alexandra, NASM Certified Personal Trainer on Instagram @tipsfromafitchick