6 Ways to always keep your training & dieting on track31 March 2020
During this difficult period we find ourselves in, as we can longer easily access the gym, or even the healthy food we’re used to buying regularly from the supermarket. One of the first things that can slip is our motivation to train and eat well.
With the majority of us now working from home, staying in on the weekends, it can be easy to head for the fridge out of pure boredom. And this of course, can result in drifting off the track towards our health and fitness goals. With this in mind, we’ve put together 6 tips to help keep your training & dieting in top shape:
We can no longer head to the gym when we please, so we need to make use of what we have around us at home or in our gardens. If you have some weights and equipment at home then great. There are a magnitude of online workouts you can follow to keep your fitness clock well and truly ticking.
If you don’t have equipment, don’t worry, there’s still plenty you can do with your own body weight, things such as press ups, squats, lunges, dips, all make for a strong workout. And likewise, you can find a ton of these body weight workouts online too!
2. Keep track of what you’re eating
At which times too! When we’re at home most of the day, snacking can become our new favourite hobby and this can be down to filling the time whilst we’re at home. By writing down exactly what you eat at which times every day, you can evaluate where you’re going wrong and change your meal plan accordingly.
3. Stay hydrated
Most of the time, when we think we’re hungry it can be our bodies telling us we’re a little dehydrated and need topping up with a glass or two of water. The next time you think you need a snack, try having a glass of water first – you could find this hunger craving goes away shortly after.
4. Keep yourself busy
Just like we can confuse hunger for dehydration, we can confuse hunger for boredom. So try to keep yourself occupied to help stave off hunger. Instead of opening the fridge, open a book. Don’t grab the biscuits, grab your gym gear for a home workout.
5. Set yourself a schedule
On a normal working day, you might have breakfast at 7am, work from 9-5, head to the gym for an hour, then have your dinner. Most of our lives are led by a loose schedule, so there’s no reason you can’t make one from your time at home too.
Create a schedule that fits around your day so you still have time to work out and eat your meals at the same time everyday.
6. Practice mindful eating
When you’re faced with a delicious meal you’ve just whipped up, it can be easy to wolf it down as quickly as anything. And before you know it, you’re looking for something else to eat because you don’t yet feel full.
Well, it takes time for your body to notice you’re full. So by being mindful of our eating and taking our time with each mouthful. We’re giving our bodies time to digest the food and send a signal to our brain that we don’t need to start snacking straight away.