Importance of Habits & Routines
The importance of a few simple daily routines is not to be underestimated, and will have a big impact on your overall fitness, regardless of individual goals. Below are 5 easy-to-follow, daily routines that will help you, both physically and physiologically, to achieve a guilt free, healthy lifestyle.
Always start the day by making your bed.
It is a simple 30 second task that will automatically force you to get going and award you with an immediate sense of accomplishment, before you start the day. Not to mention, its easier to resist the temptation of jumping back into bed after your morning cup of tea.
Plan your breakfast and make it consistent.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there is, in my opinion, no excuse for skipping. Get in a habit of preparing (or even making) your breakfast the night before and, make it as consistent as possible. You’ll have more time to enjoy your first meal in the morning and you can go longer in the day before needing to re-fule. Having a consistent, calorie controlled meal of the same quantity every morning allows your body to become accustom to a certain intake, which will increase your energy levels and speed up the fat burning process. My routine breakfast consists of 60-70gram Organic Jumbo Oats, around 250ml Unsweetened Almond Milk, my preference of fruit and a sweetener (personal favourite is fresh raspberries with a touch of honey). Its a highly recommended way to start the day, both as a tasty breakfast, for dietary and energy level.
Substitute coffee with tea.
An excess intake of coffee is not good for your body. Caffeine can impose as an addictive chemical to your body and is providing a false sense of increased energy and stimulus. Tea is the second most nutritious beverage in the world, after water, and in todays market you’ll find a large selection of different flavoured teas, high in natural caffein and various other antioxidants and nutritious benefits. I am not suggesting to cut out coffee all together, but limit yourself to one or two cups per day and substitute with tea when available.
A personal favorite of mine is Pure Leaf Gunpowder Green Tea.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.
A banana, an apple or a pear, I have found goes a long way when you’re craving a snack. I always keep a green Granny Smith apple in my bag (packed the night before) for those “must have something” occasions and, to my surprise, it actually helps significantly. Again, these are routines and once your body get in the habit of having that apple or any other piece of fruit, its all you’re going to need.
Reward yourself every day.
Every day is a new day, and every day should be celebrated, big or small. Don’t starve yourself of temptations, but don’t overdo it. My daily routine also involves a treat at the end of the day – that being a tub of ice cream, a bag of crisps infront of the TV or a 90% cocoa chocolate bar. Substitute the notorious “cheat day” with a more controlled daily intake consisting of food you actually like and want to eat.
These little life hacks are 5 points I live by and, after becoming a regular habit in my daily routine I have genuinely noticed a big difference in muscle, energy and fat reduction. I hope it can help you as well.