14 ways to fall in love with healthy living this Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year when love is well and truly in the air. When candle-lit dinners, roses and romance are on many people’s minds.

It’s also that time of year when people potentially fall off the fitness and healthy living wagon and struggle to get back on it again until the next year.

Sound a bit familiar? Read on for ways you can easily stay on track with your healthy living regime this Valentine’s Day:

  1. Drink more water – try to keep a water bottle close at hand and fill it several times a day. It’s almost impossible to lose weight if you’re dehydrated.
  1. Get plenty of rest – chances are you’re in need of more sleep than you’re getting. Make a promise to have a regular routine and time to hit the sheets. Cortisol levels (the fat storing hormone) skyrockets when you’re suffering from sleep deprivation.
  1. Eat more vegetables – simply add a vegetable (or two) to every meal.
  1. Sweat it out – plain and simple. Get a training buddy and work out four to five times a week.
  1. Make a rule not to eat ‘carbs’ after dinner – if you’re really hungry, go for a protein source or more veggies and herbal tea.
  1. Cut back your alcohol consumption – try to drink alcohol just one day a week and chase every alcoholic drink with an equal amount of water.
  1. Don’t drink calories – such as juices, and pop, as tasty as they might be!
  1. Reduce your sugar and artificial sweetener intake – if you eat sweet, then you’ll crave sweet. If you want to get rid of those sugar cravings, the first step is to cut back on how much ‘sweet’ you eat.
  1. Increase the amount of lean protein you eat – this can be in the form of lean meats, fish, Greek yogurt or protein powder, if necessary. Aim to eat 10g of protein with each meal or snack to help stabilise your blood sugar and reduce cravings.
  1. Forget about doing hundreds of sit ups – planking and plank variations are the way to go to strengthen your core. If you want a flat belly you’ll need to boost your metabolism with resistance training and metabolic blasters such as burpees too.
  1. You don’t need to spend hours on the treadmill either studies show that more intense, short workouts are more effective for fat burning and muscle building.
  1. Set yourself a challenge whether it’s running a 5k race, doing the Wolf Run or a sky dive, it’s good to set yourself a challenge so you have something to work towards. The sense of achievement will also leave you feeling on a high for a long time afterwards.
  1. Get a mentor – don’t re-invent the wheel, hiring a coach for whatever goals you want to reach gets you to your goal more quickly!
  1. Stay positive – last, but not least, stay focused and positive! Think of what you’re thankful for daily, including those around you and be sure to thank them often. You’ll actually enjoy life more by counting your blessings. The cup is always half full: it’s all in your perspective.

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In the meantime, get practical advice on cutting the amount of sugar you eat by reading our blog,  ‘Why reducing your sugar intake is important (and practical advice for making it happen).