Health truly is wealth, but when we start to get out of the habit of being healthy and become lazy, it can be a nightmare to get back into the habit. The beginning of the week is the starting line for maintaining your healthy habits.
The right preparation and dedication can be the difference between falling off track or keeping habits that last a lifetime. There are small hacks and easy tricks to prepare yourself to maintain a healthy week. Health is not just about your diet. It also involves your mental and physical well-being.
If you are trying to be the best version of yourself and find out ways to prepare for the healthiest week ever, take a look at our following suggestions:
First things first, you are what you eat. That means whatever you are putting into your body needs to be thoroughly considered. Grabbing yourself some fast food because you have run out of time might be the simplest option, but your body will not thank you for it. Instead, make the effort to prepare your food for the week.
This can be anything from pre-making morning oats to cooking your lunches in advance, to even chopping up your vegetables for your dinner meals for minimal time spent at the time of cooking. These methods might seem excessive, but they can increase your productivity by 100% whilst helping you stay balanced and nutritious.
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Pack Your Gym Bag
If you are a gym goer who has been struggling to stay on track, you will likely benefit from packing your gym bag the night before you go. For instance, if you have to get up early for the gym before work, the last thing you want to be doing is packing an organised bag. You will be half asleep and probably forget half of the items that you need.
Skip the fuss, and pack a gym bag the day before with everything you need. This reduces the amount of energy you need in the morning, and instead, you can utilise it to get you to the gym! It is a great way to get up, and out of the house in the morning with minimal hassle.
Monitor Your Step Count
Preparing yourself for the week also involves setting goals. We should all be doing a minimum of 10,000 steps a day for optimal cardiovascular work. This of course can reduce with the implementation of working out, but setting goals for the amount of steps you want to hit in a day is beneficial. Consider using a fitness tracker to monitor however many steps you can do in a day. This can be done using your mobile device safely stored in the pocket of your gym leggings, or you can use a fitness watch.
Nutrition Tracking Apps
Speaking of tracking you may also consider tracking what you eat using apps such as my fitness pal. There are tons of applications that easily allow you to input what you have eaten, and it will tell you the exact nutritional value. If you have set the goal of losing weight by eating fewer calories, these platforms can be a lifesaver!
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Have An Accountability Partner
If you are seriously looking for a change that you have not yet achieved alone, why not bring someone else along on your journey? An accountability partner acts as someone to whom you report your updates and routine. It is an open and honest conversation as to how much you have stayed on track with your goals, and it can be an amazing way to stay motivated. If you have a trusted friend who has time at the beginning of the week to take part in a call, speak to them about how much you have stayed on track with things. This way, you will feel more obliged to stick to your goals to show your friend how great you are doing.
Overall, implementing habits for a healthy week will last even longer and extend into the rest of your lifetime as you set the foundations. Start meal prepping, pack your gym bag, and have an accountability partner amongst everything else to become the healthiest and happiest version of you!