There aren’t many people out there that would pass up the opportunity to be more fit. The difficulty lies in how to go about that and making sure that it fits into an already hectic schedule. Being able to get fit from home makes the process a lot less daunting.
This doesn’t mean go an unsustainable fad diet that cuts out gluten and sugar and all the foods that give you joy. But do be conscious of what you’re putting into your body. A healthy diet is more important than just exercising.
One way to go about a new diet is meal planning. This could simply be taking the time to sit down and plan out what you are going to eat for the week. The less room for indecision and late planning you leave yourself, the less likely you are to call up the delivery guy. There are also services out there that do the planning and meal prep for you. They deliver the food to your door, and all you have to do is cook it.
Cut Out Processed Foods
The more processed your foods are, the worse they are for your body. Of course they are the foods that are the most addicting, but it’s a lot harder to get rid of the potato chip calories than it is to burn off a baked potato. There isn’t much of a guarantee that there is any potato in those chips at all.
Don’t cut out all of the best food immediately or you’ll be miserable three days in and not want to stick to your plan. Start slowly. Change cereals or yogurt in the morning from the sugary sweet flavors to something more natural. Take your fruit products (like applesauce) and exchange them for the actual fruits.
There are a lot of easy swaps that you can make in your everyday eating habits to make this process much easier.
It can be helpful to have something with you to remind you to do your workouts or help you keep track of what you’re eating. Apps make all of that easier. Now you don’t have to convince someone to be your fitness buddy (though that is never a bad idea, accountability is a great motivator), you can tell an app your goals and use it to help you reach them.
There are a ton of apps out there to help you track your food intake. Cutting out calories is easy once you start eating healthier foods, but not always easy to count. Apps like My Food Diary can help you keep track of what you eat and how many calories you take in a day.
It’s also important to track your workouts. Most of the food tracking apps also have a fitness component. One of the more popular options out there is MyFitnessPal. You can put in food and all of your activities to help track all of your calories that you take in and also burn.
There are also a lot of apps out there to help you workout. If you don’t know which type of sit-up or crunch will target what part of your stomach, there’s an app that does.
If an app is not quite what you’re looking for in a workout buddy, there are plenty of videos online to help you get the exercise that you want without having to go to the gym.