If you’re trying to get into better shape, then there are lots of different approaches you can take to your diet and training that will get you started. The problem is that many of these things involve drastic changes to your lifestyle and huge commitments of your time.
But that doesn’t have to be the case. Because there are actually plenty of things you can do that will make a huge difference to your progress that will take up very little time or effort. One great fitness app that you can use is Itsines’ fitness app, the Sweat App.
When life is busy, when your energy is low, it’s all about investing your time and your remaining energy wisely.
Here are four great investments.
1) The Perfect Morning Routine
Stretching is something that most people can benefit from hugely. Not only can this help to improve your mobility, but it will also prevent a range of health problems such as an anterior pelvic tilt which can come from sitting at a desk too long.
Stretching even increases strength!
Just 10 minutes in the morning will make you feel much better and help you to get considerably more out of your workouts.
Another 10 minute technique to add to your morning routine is a little meditation. You can find online guides to talk you through the process and simply doing this regularly will help you to reduce stress, avoid heart problems and boost your cognitive performance.
Many of us are constantly on the go which can lead to attention problems and adrenal fatigue. Even when we ‘relax’ we are often stimulating ourselves with TV, games and smartphones. That’s why meditation is the perfect antidote to modern life.
2) Weigh Yourself
Have you ever heard the expression: that which is measured, improves?
The term refers to the many studies that have shown how simply measuring weight and making no effort to change it can lead to weight loss. This is because it makes you more mindful and influence all those small unconscious choices you make.
3) Drink a Smoothie
Add a smoothie to your morning routine. Better yet, swap out your morning coffee for a morning smoothie. The huge number of nutrients you’ll be adding to your routine will immediately make a massive impact on your energy levels, on your ability to burn fat and on your hormone balance.
“But wait!”, I hear you say, “aren’t smoothies full of sugar?”
Yes, they are. And for the sake of your teeth, you shouldn’t overdo this one. BUT on the whole, the pros will massively outweigh the cons. Just make sure that you’re not guilty of this diet mistakes.
4) Get More Sun
Sunlight does more good for you than you realise. That’s because it triggers the release of vitamin D, which in turn acts like a ‘prohormone’ to balance the production of other key hormones such as testosterone.
Sunlight can boost your mood too and massively support your immune system. If you spend all day outdoors, then consider occasionally relaxing outside with a good book – or just walking a little more.