I have been on a journey to really step up my fitness and health game for the past couple of months (because what else can I really do in quarantine). I am obsessed with working out because it makes me feel good and really helps my mood swings. So as I learn more about what my body needs and what makes me feel the best, I have changed a couple of things in my everyday routine. Nothing I am about to mention is extreme, you WILL NOT see any skinny teas or pointless diets mentioned on here. I am just learning what helps my body recover best, get the most nutrients into my body and how to keep myself motivated to stay moving.
I just want to put a disclaimer here that I will be talking about food and health, so if this may trigger you to talk about weight and food please do not read this. It’s more important to take care of your body and focus on what you want instead of what I need. These are just small things that I do, but it may not work for everyone. Please take care of your health first!
Limit the caffeine, Increase the water (+ trying Collagen)
I talk about this a lot but I used to drink a good amount of caffeine (particularly expresso) and it really messed with how I slept. I would have so many sleepless nights because my body was sensitive to the caffeine. We all know sleep is super important for a healthy body and mind, so I try to get 7-9 hours every night (I love sleep). Now, I strictly stick to Matcha Tea because I find I sleep better and it helps me limit strong caffeine. The Matcha Latte mix I am in love with right now is the WithinUs Matcha Misto + Collagen mix, which really helps my joints recover from running. It’s also really yummy with soy milk and has clean/ethically sourced ingredients! I have really been liking it and highly recommend this brand since they have a variety of options like Turmeric Latte, Hot Chocolate, Plant Protein Powder, Electrolyte Powder and even just plain Collagen Powder.
I took this stat below from the WithinUs website because I had no clue how important Collagen is for our bodies as we age and thought I should share it with you.
Collagen is the most important structural protein in the body, representing 75% of our skin & 7% of our total body weight. From our early to mid-20s, we lose approximately 1% of our collagen each year, which causes our skin to wrinkle, joints to stiffen and bones to weaken.WithinUs.ca
I have also increased my water intake by a lot! I think starting College really helped with this because I always had a water bottle on me and didn’t want to buy take out food a lot. I still should be drinking more but I have a water bottle that holds 24 oz of water and I try to have 4-5 of those a day (One/Two in the morning, two in the afternoon and one/two at night). I have really noticed that if I am not drinking enough water before my workout, my muscles hurt more and even cramp. Now I try to drink a bottle of water before and after my workout to help my muscles recover. I highly recommend starting with an increase in your water intake before jumping into an intense fitness routine, water doesn’t cost money like some crazy diets do, it helps with cravings, helps your skin and joints and is just good for you in general. Up to 60% of the human body is water, so we need to be constantly replenishing our body to ensure everything is running at its best!
Cut the unhealthy snacking
First off, I want to jump right in and say that I didn’t cut calories or restrict my diet at all. I still eat the recommended calories for my body weight but now I eat healthier options instead of sugar-filled “easy” options. This has helped a lot because I am noticing my muscles building better, my body getting stronger and a change in my mood when I cut refined-sugar/empty calories. I try to go for veggies, yogurt, guac, hummus or more nutrient dense foods instead of cookies or chips when I need a mid-afternoon snack. Cutting the junk food has helped my health a lot and helped me get better results from my fitness routine. I still treat myself when I want to because it’s impossible to not enjoy chips and donuts here and there! It’s just about finding a balance and being a bit more creative. I am eating more full meals and including a lot more veggies than I used to. I am listening to my body’s hunger cues instead of mindlessly snacking because I’m bored. I am just eating intuitively!
I really love making tuna or chicken wraps and quinoa or rice bowls because they are super simple. All you need is a handful of veggies, maybe some homemade dressing and meat or protein of your choice, healthy food doesn’t have to take long once you get some staples down!
Online Workout Programs
I recently signed up for BeachBody on Demand (on my own, not with a “coach”) because it looked like a good resource to have when I don’t want to run, make my own workout or try to find a good one a YouTube. I will admit, I think YouTube is still the best resource because it’s free and has thousands of good workouts on it. There are so many programs out there for you to sign up for, so it’s all about trial and error to find one you like. I just like having something that is super simple and I know will give me a good workout without any hassle. On the days where I feel a little lazy, I can just put on a 30 minute full body video and get it done! Will I keep my membership going? Not sure, I was just trying it out but with YouTube it’s hard to justify spending money on something you can get for free. But, I am still liking it for now and it has helped me stay onto of my routine.