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8 Tips for Kick Starting your Fitness Journey!

Ready to start your fitness journey? Here are some tips to help you get going:

  1. Be determined:

Start because you are convinced that you love your body and want to improve it. Having the right mindset is a key starting point.

  1. Be patient:

Patience, oh Patience, where have you been? If you don’t have it, you will learn it along the way. Permanent, consistent changes to your body do not happen overnight. Once you start seeing results, you’ll want to push yourself more and more every time.

  1. Exercise and nutrition work hand in hand:

Don’t expect to see results if you are not watching what you eat. You can start off by decreasing the amount of junk food you eat per week, cut down on the carbs, increase the protein, and add more veggies to your meal.

If you would like to read more about this topic, you can check out my previous Blog post: “I don’t Diet, I eat according to my goals” here!

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My typical breakfasts include: Omelette, coffee, and some fruit
  1. Don’t be stubborn when it comes to choosing the workouts:

You might think that one move worked magic on a friend of yours but every body is different. Not all exercises are suitable for everyone.

  1. Don’t be afraid of lifting weights:

Many people especially women, are afraid of lifting weights. They immediately think that weights = bulky muscles. No, this is not true, this is a MYTH. Lifting weights burns fat, relieves stress, and tones your body.

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Barbell Squats
  1. Choose Motivational Music:

Prepare some playlists of music ahead of time so you can play them while working out, it will help boost your mood.

  1. Workout with a friend, companion, or lover:

When you workout with someone you love spending time with, you end up motivating each other and having so much fun together. You can also think of it as another opportunity to see each other.

  1. Go buy yourself some NEW active-wear:

When you’re starting a fitness journey you don’t really care about what you’re wearing and you end up picking the old baggy clothes you never wear. This can end up demotivating you. So, go buy yourself some colorful trendy and pretty sportswear, not only will this affect your mood; it will also encourage you to workout and feel comfortable with yourself.

Good Luck!

“Believe in yourself, and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

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6 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

Many people, including myself, are concerned about gaining weight while traveling. I spent most of my winter break in the US and the first couple of days we kept eating out almost every day! Since it was not my first time visiting Virginia, I had already chosen the favorite fast food chain restaurants that I wanted to enjoy such as Chipotle and Five Guys and surprisingly I felt satisfied after only eating at these restaurants once.

Here are some tips that I thought I would share with you to help you on your next trip:

  1. Never skip breakfast

I was not staying at a hotel so my breakfasts were either scrambled eggs with cucumber, Greek yogurt and fruits, or Greek yogurt on multi-cereal bread with different toppings such as fruits and veggies.

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  1. Commit to at least one healthy meal a day

When on vacation, we tend to eat out almost every day and personally, I got exhausted. I do enjoy eating out however, repetitively eating out especially more than once a day was annoying. Most of the food was too salty or included heavy sauces so I always ordered the sauce on the side or simply asked for lemon oil dressing for the salads and asked for less salt.

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Make your own Salad bowls at SweetGreen
  1. As much as possible, make your own meals

The days that we were going to have dinner with some friends, we would try to eat lunch at home. We would make quick and easy meals such as grilled salmon or chicken breasts in the oven with a huge salad bowl: healthy, simple, fulfilling, and delicious (such meals could also be ordered at restaurants).

  1. Carry snacks with you

Snacks on the go are one of the best things to have with you on long tour/shopping days. You are unaware of when lunch or dinner is going to take place therefore having a good breakfast before you go as well as healthy snacks such as raw nuts, protein bars, and/or fruits will give you the energy you need to keep enjoying your day.

  1. Drink lots of water

When it’s cold, I sometimes tend to forget to drink water. Stay hydrated by keeping a bottle of water with you at all times.

  1. Walk

Even if you are not working out as much as before because you are on vacation you can stay active by walking as much as possible, taking the stairs, not using much public transportation… Many beautiful places are discovered when you just walk around a city that you are not familiar with.

 

I hope you will find these tips useful! I believe that it’s all about the balance; indulge in the foods you love from time to time but also stay active and healthy.

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6 Tips to boost your health :)

  1. Make the best out of every situation you face

The mind is a powerful tool. Many studies have shown that positive thinking can affect health. When you are stuck in a certain situation, there is no point in wasting time regretting the past and neglecting the present. Face the situation and try to make the best out of it. I’m not saying that this is something easy to do, but you are capable of overcoming anything in order to reach your goals. And remember, it’s just a phase!

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  1. Never Skip Breakfast!

One of my favorite meals of the day is breakfast. Whether I woke up really early or very late, I never leave the house without having eaten. Having an early meal fuels your body for the day and minimizes the chances of overeating during later meals.

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  1. Exercise Regularly

Any type of physical activity is a plus for your health. Integrate some easy steps to get a little more active, like parking your car a little farther, taking the stairs, carrying your own groceries… Take the initiative and choose to try something new and fun with your friends. Join a dance class or try yoga or simply commit to being gym buddies. Joining a gym or new class gives you an opportunity to meet new people and enhances your mood. I exercise because it makes me feel good!

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Trying out Aerial Yoga Class
  1. Do more of the things that make you happy

According to Oxford Dictionaries, the definition of being happy is when an individual feels or shows pleasure and contentment. Doing more of what makes you happy helps release your stress and increase your positive vibes.

  1. Drink more water

Your body is made up of approximately 60% water. Drinking more water helps keep your skin hydrated. I sometimes tend to forget to drink water but I attempt to always carry a bottle of water with me wherever I go in order to at least drink 1.5-2 liters of water daily.

  1. Meditate from time to time

From time to time, spending some time alone simply doing nothing is all you need. Allow yourself some “me time”, enjoy the sunset from your balcony, or find a quite spot at a park, or mountain, and go there and be still from time to time. Escaping the hustle and stress of the day to day can help relieve stress and re-energize you.