When we think about weight loss and improving our health, often the first things that come to mind are strict diets and hardcore exercise regimes. As much as we wish we could enjoy those early morning runs and tasteless sugar-free snacks, they often feel like a chore and take the fun out of fitness and health.
You might be wondering if fitness, health and weight loss can ever be called ‘fun’, but the answer is yes, of course – it can if you go about it the right way! There are plenty of unique and exciting ways to lose weight and keep healthy without feeling like it’s a chore, or even noticing you are doing it. Here are our top tips for making your health goals less of a chore:
Make a health food bucket list
It is true that to get your health on track you need to eat some fruit and vegetables, but there is no need to make it feel like you are forcing yourself to eat a salad instead of a sandwich every lunch time. If trying new healthy recipes is a bit daunting to you, then try adding just one new healthy food to your usual meals instead.
Write a health food bucket list of all the new foods you want to try and eat more regularly. Making a bucket list keeps healthy eating and weight loss more fun, so if you are always eating an avocado with your lunch try swapping it for spinach one week, or kale the next. Not only will you keep your taste buds awake but you might discover your new favourite fruit or vegetable in the process.
Shout about your snacks
This one is a bit out the box and might not work for everyone, but it is so easy that it is worth a try! If you’re struggling to reach your weight loss and health goals because you are a sucker for a snack, then try to announce every snack you eat (out loud, perhaps not Facebook!).
You are allowed to eat anything you want, whenever you want, but you have to announce out loud ‘I am not hungry, but I’m eating this anyway’. By announcing out loud that you are just snacking and not actually hungry, you are forcing yourself to admit you’re mindlessly snacking and can begin to break your negative eating behaviours.
Start a ‘Buddy Bootcamp’
Instead of enlisting the help of an expensive personal trainer or searching the web for a gym near me, try setting up your own bootcamp with a few friends that also want to get in shape and up their exercise game. Bootcamp style workouts are usually a good laugh and can be a great chance to get out in the local park and burn some calories.
Create a circuit of lunges, knee highs, push ups, sit ups and jumping jacks and do each of these for 90 seconds at a time. If these types of exercises make you want to hide away in bed, then try something a bit more fun and change it up every week.
Practice handstands with your friends to build up some serious arm and core strength and have a bit of fun at the same time. Or bring it back to the nineties with a rollerblading trip around your local park. Rollerblading is super cardio-intensive and works your leg and bum muscles without you even noticing you are working out.
Host a healthy dinner party
If you and your friends go-to hang out is to head to a nice place for dinner, it can make eating healthy and focusing on weight loss a real struggle. Instead of booking a table at your favourite eatery next time your mates suggest a catch-up session, save both your waistline and your purse strings by inviting them over for a healthy dinner party.
You can try out some new healthy recipes and prepare a delicious meal for your friends. Many people think that in order to cook something tasty it needs to be full of unhealthy ingredients, but there are plenty of recipes out there that are both good for you and super yummy.
Try swapping the usual cheese board for a plate of sliced veggies and a selection of healthy dips and focus on lower sugar drinks like red wine or vodka soda. Take it in turns with your friends to host the healthy dinner party, and you’ll soon forget all about those indulgent restaurants.
Make your chores the workout – not the other way around!
Whoever invented the saying ‘no pain, no gain’ had clearly never learned the art of making their everyday chores into a sweaty workout. Instead of Googling ‘gyms near me’ and saving your pennies for a personal trainer – next time you want to get into shape and get your fitness on track, simply make your everyday tasks a workout and kill two birds with one stone.
Focus on activities with the highest calorie burn such as scrubbing floors or vacuuming. Get yourself into that fitness mindset by getting your work out gear on and blasting out some upbeat tunes. If you really want to make it a challenge, then add in some squats or push-ups at the start of every new song. Not only will you have a sparkling home, but you’ll feel a lot better for it.
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