Hey there my lovelies! I hope everyone is doing well! Today were going to be talking all about health and fitness that you can incorporate into your spring routine. With summer right around the corner, it’s easy to feel like you’re not ready for warmer weather and less clothing. With these tips and tricks, by the time bikini season rolls around you’ll feel like your best self! Let’s get started.
It’s getting warmer out, and you don’t need to spend a ton of money on a gym to get your body in shape. It’s important when you are starting a new fitness routine not to push yourself to hard. You need to slowly work your way up to a fitness routine you enjoy, especially if you’re not used to working out. There are a few workouts that I really enjoy doing, that show a difference in my body within a few weeks. Here’s my go to routine
- 50 crunches
- 50 Russian twists
- 50 bicycle crunches
- 50 sec planks (4 times)
- 30 squats
- 30 donkey kick backs (each leg)
Again when you’re starting out, cut this routine in half. If you push yourself to hard the first time, you’ll be extremely sore the next day and could even pull a muscle. Make sure to stretch before all your workouts, to get your body prepared to exercise.
Like I said earlier, with the weather getting warmer you can do your whole workout routine outdoors. One of my favorite ways to exercise is running. Four or five times a week I like to go for a two mile run around my neighborhood. This not only helps me stay in shape, but wears me out and helps me sleep. I know a lot of people are not fans of running, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still get outdoors for a walk. Set a time, and schedule that you follow religiously. Make time whether before or after work, or on the weekends, to get outside for a walk. You don’t have to do anything crazy, simply start out walking until you loose your breath. Eventually you should get up to walking a mile or two. You will find yourself looking forward to your walks, so you can listen to your music, have time to think, or simply be by yourself.
𝔽𝕣𝕦𝕚𝕥𝕤 & 𝕍𝕖𝕘𝕘𝕚𝕖𝕤
One of the biggest tips I have is to make sure to incorporate as many fruits and veggies in your diet as you can. Try and have one vegetable with every meal, and use fruit to replace your snacks. Using vegetables to replace one of your sides, will lessen the carbs of the meal, and make you fuller faster. Your body needs fruits and veggies to survive, they are the fuel that keeps your body running. Some of my favorite vegetables to incorporate in my meals are sweet potatoes, broccoli, snap peas, and roman lettuce. I usually season my sweat potato with salt, pepper and a little bit of old bay, then stick it in the oven till it is soft. When it comes to broccoli, I also like to bake it, to make it extra crispy. Again I add salt, pepper and whatever seasoning I want that day, drizzle it with olive oil and bake till crispy. Snap peas I use as a snack more than a side, you can dip them in ranch dressing, Italian dressing or eat them raw. And lastly roman lettuce, I use to make a sort of taco. Find the biggest pieces lay them flat, use whatever sauce you want, I usually choose ranch dressing. Then stuff them with turkey or other meat, tomato, cucumbers or honestly whatever you like and enjoy.
One of my biggest weaknesses is sweets and candies. I have a definite sweet tooth, and will snack in bed at night on candy and chocolate. It was important for me to find a replacement, that was healthier, and won’t cause my blood sugar to shoot up. Some of my favorites are Banana-nice-cream, Halo top ice cream, Strawberries & Blueberries drizzled with honey and more. If you’re trying to lose weight or simply be healthier, you won’t be able to sustain the lifestyle if you hate what you’re eating. If you love salty foods, do some research on healthy alternatives than chips and butter popcorn.
- 2 or 3 frozen bananas
- Whole milk, silk milk, almond milk or coconut water (which ever you prefer)
Add it all into the blender and blend till you have a ice cream consistency. Don’t add to much liquid or it will be to runny. This simple recipe is delicious and will definitely curve that sweet tooth. You can also add blueberries or strawberries for added sweetness, or even dark chocolate nibs.
When your trying to live a healthier lifestyle water is your best friend. Especially if you are working out more than you’re used to, it’s so important to keep yourself hydrated. With it being warmer outside and you sweating more you don’t want to get dehydrated or pass out. Keep a full water bottle with you at all times, and sip on it regularly throughout the day. You can add lemon, mint, cucumbers, berries and more for added antioxidants. Drinking water consistently helps boost your energy, keep your skin clear, and help your mind stay alert.
𝔾𝕖𝕥 𝕐𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕊𝕝𝕖𝕖𝕡
Getting your 8 hours is so important when you’re starting a healthier routine. If your working out more than normal, you need time to allow your body to recharge. Sleeping is so important to keep your body functioning, your mind alert and steady, and your body recharged. If you have a hard time sleeping, try working out right before bed to tire yourself out. You can also try things like Melatonin which is a vitamin designed to help you sleep, or drinking sleepy time tea. It’s important to stop using your electronics about an hr before bed. The light from the electronics, will keep your mind alert and you’ll have a hard time falling asleep. Instead try reading or listening to an audio book.
Detoxing is an awesome way to kick start your healthy routine. There are a million all natural ways you can detox your body. There are detox tea’s that you can drink every morning to help clean out your digestive system, and get rid of all the bad toxins from your body. You can also do a juice cleanse for a few days, which simply means you don’t drink or eat anything but these specific juices for three or four days. If you decide to do a juice cleanse, be aware if you’re feeling dizzy, dehydrated, or shaky. Juice cleanses are used to again clean out your digestive system, and help get rid of all the processed and sugary foods from your system. There are also vitamins and pro-biotics you can take with your biggest meal to keep all the bad toxins out, and to help better absorb the nutrients of your food.