Newsflash: the health changes that turn your life around won’t be the latest influencer workout guide or fad diet.

 

They will be the simple, easy to follow habits that you can practice every day for life.

 

The below 10 principles, added slowly into your daily life, will have you feeling fitter, healthier and stronger than ever before.

 

The key is to add each change one at a time, giving it a few days or even a week or so to become a habit, then adding the next. By the end of the year, you’ll find yourself living a completely different lifestyle: one where health and fitness happens on autopilot.

 

#1: Don’t be afraid to get down with the weights room!

 

Girls, lifting weights won’t make you look like The Hulk. You need a LOT more testosterone and a very specific form of training with a strength coach to make that happen!

 

What weights will do, however, is give you so much strength and endurance to get through your day, and create a killer hourglass shape.

 

It’s like I always say: cardio may reduce your size, but your shape is built in the weights room!

 

#2: Do cardio

 

Don’t shirk cardio to do all resistance training either! Cardio has a LOT of benefits – and not just for fat loss!

 

Cardio can improve your mood, boost your lung capacity, strengthen your immune system, improve circulation and reduce your risk of heart disease.

 

In fact, it’s recommended that most adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate cardiovascular activity every week, spread throughout the week (read: at least 30 minutes of cardio a day, most days of the week).

 

But don’t worry – you never have to step foot on a treadmill (unless you want to). You can go for a brisk walk in nature, go throw the footy around the yard with your kids, go on a bike ride, or take up a fun aerobics dance class with your friends.

 

Aim for moderate intensity – that is, you should be able to talk but unable to sing or shout. That’s your aerobic zone – and it’s most beneficial for cardiovascular health.

 

Our bodies need regular moderate intensity cardio most days of the week – especially in this increasingly sedentary world. Find a form that feels fun to you and add it to your day whenever and however you can.

 

#3: Never miss two in a row

 

Sometimes we have to miss a workout and sometimes we want to enjoy an indulgent meal. Life happens!

 

Don’t beat yourself up, live on spinach for the next two days, or kill yourself with a double workout to “punish yourself” for a slip up. Just live by the rule “never miss two in a row” – miss a workout today, make tomorrow’s workout a must. Eat ice cream on the beach this afternoon, have a nourish bowl for dinner.

 

#4: Drink plenty of water

 

How much? Your weight (in kg) x 0.033. For example, at 68 kg, I need to drink about 2.24 L of water a day.

 

#5: Eat balanced meals

 

You don’t have to go on some crazy fad diet. Aim for balance rather than restriction and follow the Australian Dietary Guidelines as best you can within your budget and lifestyle.

 

#6: Don’t skip meals or restrict calories too heavily

 

Believe me, I’ve tried it in the past. All it’s ever gotten me is a slow metabolism, a wonky period and a bad relationship with food.

 

Long term extreme caloric restriction can negatively impact your metabolism and muscle growth – not great for long term results, or your health.

 

#7: Your scale is a liaaaaaar!

 

Focus on measurements, progress photos, and the way your favourite jeans fit to help you gauge your progress.

 

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#8: Get plenty of good quality sleep

 

Your body’s cells repair themselves while you’re resting. Plus, you’re more likely to make healthy food choices after a good night’s sleep.

 

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#9: Hang around people with like minded goals

 

Surround yourself with other people who are striving to reach the same goals as you. It really helps you to stay on track when you’re in a group of people cheering one another on and supporting each other.

 

#10: Don’t Give Up

 

No matter what happens, you’ve never “blown it” – at every moment you have the power to choose again.

 

Health and fitness is not about the things you do once or twice.  It’s about what you do consistently!

 

It’s about those tiny little health changes that turn your life around gradually over time.

 

Just move forward and do the next right thing. Keep going, beautiful. You’ve got this!

 

Conclusion

 

One of the biggest secrets to getting fit and healthy for life isn’t deprivation, self torture or guilt: it’s about gradually building tiny health changes that will turn your life around over time. By introducing these habits gradually, you’ll be setting yourself up for lifelong health and fitness.

 

Oh, and by the way, if you’d like extra help setting up these habits (as well as some extra tips for creating a healthy lifestyle), I’ve created something special that will really kickstart your goals.

 

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