I’m writing this shortly before jetting off to NYC for a few days. I’m such an organizer and a lot of times a creature of habit, so travel is great for taking me out of my comfort zone. At the same time, I start to think about when/where I can work out and think about how to keep my diet on track.
Maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle takes work and it sometimes takes planning.
Confession: there is no such thing as a perfect healthy lifestyle!
Everyone struggles from time to time from motivation to food choices, it’s not always easy. What works for one person may not work for someone else. That’s just life.
My advice is to try to make things as easy and convenient as possible. Here are a few habits that have worked for me to make maintaining an active and healthy life a bit easier.
- Lay out your exercise clothes before bed. Working out first thing in the morning can be challenging enough when you are tired. Waking up to your clothes already laid out will save some precious minutes. Also having everything laid out may help you talk yourself out of working out. If you work out in the afternoon or evening, pack your bag before bed.
- Homemade snacks. I am not a big snack person most days, but when I do I stick to easy homemade snacks. Make your own bag of nuts or trail mix. I love making protein balls (recipe to come). They take a few minutes to make, can be stored in the freezer, and travel easy. Hummus and veggies are always a safe bet too.
- Prep your meals. I am a huge cook. I love making healthy homemade meals so much. There are days when a little bit of prep can help and save loads of time. Whether it’s cooking rice or quinoa ahead of time or prepping baked dishes so that all I have to do is heat up the oven, set a timer, and dinner is done. My days and schedule is different day to day and week to week, so choosing quick cooking meals or having food prepped ahead of time is a huge help.
- Make a restaurant list. Some days nothing beats going out to eat. Whether it’s for convenience or a relaxing and much needed date, eating out is fun. Making a list of restaurants that have healthier options or have the best pizza ever is great. I am horrible at remembering restaurants or deciding where to go, so having a list is a good reminder. You can also make a list of places that you want to try.
- Remember why you are doing it. Sure losing pounds or saving calories is nice, but that shouldn’t be the only things motivating you. You hear all the time that it’s a mindset and a lifestyle. It’s true. The mind is extremely powerful. Feeling healthy, energized, and beautiful can be your reasons. Maybe being active helps you manage stress. There is no right or wrong. Whatever reasons you decided to become active and clean up your diet hang on to them.