Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial in order to UNLEASH YOURSELF. If you do not have a healthy mindset you will not have a healthy lifestyle. That ties into your mood, your aura, and even your personality. Personal health is so important as we work towards building our self confidence. If you don't feel good, you won't perform good.
Fitness Guru Shoya Clough (IG: @rudegyalskc) shared some amazing insights and tips with me in regards to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
1. Get to know your body. No two bodies are alike, everyone is unique. There is no strick formula for people, only guidelines. I learned that my metabolism works very fast so I have to constantly eat and I started to take in a high protein diet in order to pack on muscles in order to get the body I need. Getting healthy for me wasn't to lose weight but to gain (start:126lbs at 5'10", currently 143lbs). This ties into tip number two, goals. What is your intention for your body?
2. Make sure not to weigh yourself ( that will only drive you mad! ), rather use a measuring tape every couple weeks to keep track of progress. Don't judge yourself and compare yourself with others, instead celebrate you, where ever you are in your progress even at the very beginning. TAKE PICTURES. weighing oneself can be deceiving (our weight even fluctuates throughout the day, naturally). Pictures give you a visual of your progression and it can help by being that second pair of fresh eyes that you will definitely need.
3. Try to stay as natural or as simple as you can with the products you use for your body. Tea tree oil has been a God send for my skin. It is a natural antibacterial so you can use it with a little water or another light oil(coconut) as a toner for your face or anywhere else on your body that is prone to breakouts. Acne.org has the most amazing products for people who want to achieve or maintain clear skin without using harsh products and the site is also amazing at educating you about your skin.
All in all, a diet isn't supposed to be stressful. Appreciate every stage of you; the you that wants to change, the you that is changing, the you that has changed, and the you that wants to maintain that change. Be inspired by other people and never compare yourself, we as people should be one another's motivation, it's healthy! Use social media! YouTube has great at home workout videos you can watch to help guide you if you don't know where to start. Also, follow healthy lifestyle/ fitness Instagram pages as a way to be apart of a community of people like yourself. You will learn and gain so much more control of what your goals are once you see things that inspire you. Lastly, food is fuel but it is meant to be enjoyed, so YouTube a few healthy fun meal ideas so you won't be bored with what you are eating. Lastly, it's okay to cheat once in awhile. :)
Follow Shoya on IG: @rudegyalskc for more tips and tricks on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Remember those 2016 goals and know that they can become actionable with willpower and a positive mindset.
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