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How to Start a Healthy Lifestyle in 2017

Hey, you guys welcome back to my blog hope you guys are having amazing winters. For many of you, it must be getting hard to stick to your new year’s resolution of staying fit in 2017, a little guidance and motivation for health and fitness is always a good option so stay with me for a while. Today under #FitnessFriday section I will be posting about “How to Start a Healthy Lifestyle in 2017”. Many of you asked me about my fitness routine and tips on staying healthy and fit, so I decided to share my tips. Without rambling any further let’s get straight to the topic. Mentioned below are some of mine tips that are helping me stay healthy so far this year.

Get Motivated/Inspired

Go on Pinterest or Weheartit and search out for pictures that inspire you to stay fit, workout more and eat healthy print them out and add it to your inspiration or mood board. I have made one recently and added all kind of pictures that inspires me to reach out for my goals. If you don’t have one create now it’s really really helpful else you can just stick all these pictures on a white or black board and place it anywhere in your room where you can see it easily. There are many different ways you can put pictures be creative and do whatever you like. Long story short basically you have to print out pictures from Pinterest or Weheartit and use them as inspiration. I have found this method really helpful, it acts as a visual reminder of what you wanna do and where you wanna be in life. Look at it every day first thing in the morning for inspiration.

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Workout, Meditate and Do Yoga Daily

Pick out anything that you like among these 3. It may look hard at first but the inspiration board will help you get along well. If you wanna choose any one thing it’s up to you but I would suggest doing all 3 of them daily. I workout and do yoga daily during the morning hours, if you are interested in my workout routine you can check that out too. I usually meditate during evening hours after having my green tea and book reading. I guess it really helps me to focus more on my work and feel better. It’s not that I only meditate in the evening I do meditate in the morning after finishing my morning rituals. Meditating in the morning hours helps you focus and concentrate more on your work plus you feel active and enthusiastic after it. Just meditate for 10 minutes a day and you will see the difference. If you are not interested in workout and other stuff go out for a walk at least 30 minutes, go grocery shopping or walk your dog. Just go out for running any errand, breath in fresh air. Try this for 5-10 days and you will eventually get into the habit as I have.

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Eat Healthy/Nutritional food & Plan Meals

Eating healthy is very important if you are diving in this pool of being healthy or starting healthy lifestyle because what good than having healthy meals all time. Being a part of the big Indian Muslim family it’s very difficult for me to eat healthily or cook meals because it’s my mom who preps all the meals and you all know how Indian food is all spicy and oily. So its very very hard for me to eat healthily but the good thing is I don’t eat junk food and other things much. My mom cooks for all of us and we have to eat whatever she cooks. I prepare my breakfast and have an option of starting my day with something healthy. I like to have green tea, coffee, fruit bowls, smoothies, egg bread and others healthy food as my breakfast. If I get late which I obv. do I like to have green tea and food bowl. If you are one who cooks all meals yourself you have hell lot of options on hand. Check out youtube or Pinterest for some healthy food recipes. It’s very important to plan meals in advance a) it saves your time b)you get to try new food. Not all my meals but I do plan my breakfast a day before, it really saves my time and the excitement is overwhelming.

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Research Food and Drinks You are Consuming

If it’s possible, avoid eating unhealthy food and do research about foods and drinks you are consuming because its very important to know whatever is going in your body is healthy for you or not, why should you be consuming it, what good it’s doing to your body. Many of you may not be interested in this tips but believe me, you will be a lot more healthy if you will keep records of things that are going into your body. I do not eat processed and canned food but still, like to know about which veggie, fruit, and others things I m consuming are good for me or not.

Follow a Morning & Night Routine

Next important part of starting and living a healthy lifestyle is to have a good morning and night routine. Being a night person, it was very hard for me but I m not ready to give up and still working on following both my routines by heart. I work from home so it’s not that hard to stay on track for me. I have fixed my morning and night sleep time that is wakeup time: 7:30 and sleeping time: 11:00. We all need to have a minimum of 8 hours sleep to feel fresh next morning. The best trick for sleeping on time which I have been following recently is to cut on technologies after 10-10:30 no cellphone no tv after 10:30. Then after following my skincare routine, I go straight to my bed with a cup of green tea and a book to read. Reading a book before sleep is the best way to force your eyes to sleep. I m addicted to night green tea I can’t sleep without having it and what’s more good than having a cup of warm tea and a good book before sleep.

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Don’t Resist Your Feelings Get Them Out

I have got into this habit of writing daily its a part of my morning rituals now. I have also started writing morning pages, a new thing I learned from LAVENDAIRE, it’s under my February goal list. Writing morning pages helps me get my thoughts out on pages, feelings that I have been resisting to share with others, things that bother me. Its feel so great once you write whatever is going through your mind and have a blank page to start a fresh new day. Morning pages or writing has really helped me grow it’s actually a self-care process I m following. Writing is the best thing in the world if you cannot write 3 pages or 1 page just write one thing about your day one goal to want to achieve. I think it will help you open up to this writing things a bit if you are a nonwriter.

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Drink More Water and Smoothies

I m doing a 30-day water challenge right now, again it’s a part of my February goal list. I need to drink 3 bottles of water a day plus 2 green tea and 1 smoothie. God this challenge is overwhelming but not impossible ehh..!! I m ready to crack this challenge if you are too then start today. Take a before and after picture of you to see the difference. Drinking more water daily and have healthy smoothies for breakfast. It’s a healthy way to start your day and stay fit. Once you will get into this “DRINKING MORE WATER” you will see the difference in your body and gradually will start enjoying it. I wanted to challenge myself so I started this if you are feeling start now because you know it’s now or never and if you think you had enough water drink more.

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Don’t Ignore Your Progress

Take a picture of you daily not for the social medias but for yourself to see your progress. If not for a long term (If you aren’t ready yet) try this healthy lifestyle thing as a monthly challenge this way you’ll be forced to start it. If you start seeing the difference which I know you will try this for the next month and so on start from baby steps I know this method will work and you will not easily get demotivated. If you are doing this as a challenge for a month take a picture of you daily to get an idea on how you are doing, how things are going, is it working for you, what more needs to be done? once you’ll see the difference it will motivate you to work hard and reach the ultimate goal of living a healthy lifestyle. Don’t ever ignore your progress if you see you are doing good surprise, pamper, gift and treat yourself buy something new, go out for movie anything. Just reward yourself for the progress.

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That’s it with today’s post I hope these tips will help you get into a healthy lifestyles in 2017. Best of luck, if you have any tips that has helped you please do share it below. Will be back with a amazing post until then take care beautiful people XOXO

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How to Start a Healthy Lifestyle

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Hello my loves, welcome back m so excited for today’s post. It’s Friday and time for an #FitnessFriday post. I love posting under this section, as I have become healthier than before I love reading and writing about fitness inspired topics. For today I will be discussing on “How to start a healthy lifestyle”. I would be sharing some tips that actually helped me get into a healthy lifestyle. I found these tips on Pinterest, applied to my life/routine and could actually see the difference. Everything starts for a reason and fitness is no exception. This kind of things needs a hell lot of courage and patience. You need to stay motivated throughout the journey of changing your life for a good reason. I invested like a year over this to get my sh*t together and as for now, I can finally see the difference I m happy that I gave these tips a try. When these healthy tips helped me to start a healthy lifestyle I decided to share them on my blog. There were many tips available on that page but I will be mentioning the ones worked for me. You need a really good reason to start this else you won’t be able to stay focused and committed. Remove all the obstacles standing between you and your goals, and stay tuned for some exciting tips to change your life.
Things you need to ask yourself before getting into this lifestyle:
How healthy are you?
Do you follow a healthy diet?
Do you exercise daily?
Do you drink 8 glasses of water daily?
Do you sleep enough every day?
I know your answer to most of these question would be a big “No”. Its ok I was in the same situation a few months back but now I can proudly answer to these questions as a big YES. If you want to answer them as yes then apply below tips to your life.

  1. Start loving yourself: before doing anything start loving and believing yourself. Start from today stay happy and love yourself, even more, every day.
  2. Get rid of negative people and thoughts: the second most important thing is to get rid of negative people and thoughts. Surround yourself with positivity and you will start noticing the difference.
  3. Start journalling: write what you feel, express yourself. Journaling has helped me a lot to move on and stay positive in my life. I write about things I want to achieve, my goals, ups and downs to stay more focused in life. I share everything with my journal, its good than keeping your thoughts to yourself.
  4. Set a Goal: a healthy life starts with a healthy mind. Stay focused and be determined. Set your priorities and goals to keep yourself motivated in life. Find the true purpose of living.
  5. Learn to say NO & YES: start saying no for things you hate and yes to things you like. Don’t think how others would react to it just be yourself and do what your heart says.
  6. Get enough sleep: get enough sleep to stay active and healthy next day.
  7. Drink more water: fall is arriving making it difficult for us to stick to our water routine. Read my post on “How I drink 8 glasses of water during fall”. I m sure it will help you a lot. I start my mornings with a glass of water.1479470160738
  8. Keep water with you: whether you’re at your desk or you’re going out keep water close to you. This will help you stay hydrated.
  9. Meditate: As soon as I wake up I like to meditate just before my workout routine. It really helps me to stay focus and inspired. Meditation keeps your soul calm and your worries away.
  10. Breath in, Breath out: sit at a silent place and breath in and out for at least 5 minutes. Oxygen is a vital source of life and believe me we are not breathing properly. A full breath is really important to keep your inner happy and going.
  11. Exercise: I work out for 20 minutes daily, each month I change my exercise to keep my body flexible and toned. Youtube is really our best friend, pick out your favorite exercises and keep going. You can even do yoga or focus on body toning exercises to stay fit and healthy.1479821112516
  12. Get out: go out and meet your friends, interact with people. Visit places you have memories with. Even just for a walk but go out.
  13. Start running/ jogging: do whatever you like but go out for running or a walk even. There are many advantages of running as you may all know. Choose an appropriate hour and start today. I like going for cycling if not running.Processed with VSCO with t1 preset
  14. Cut on caffeine and soda intake: we know these drinks are not healthy but still, we cannot live without them. Our morning starts with a cup of coffee in our hand how can we think of cutting it off. If you cannot totally avoid it consume less. A great alternative for coffee is fruit juice it’s healthy instead.
  15. Cut on alcohol/ Smoking: Like caffeine avoid alcohol and smoking too. We all know they do no good to our health. With them comes many negative health problems, it can affect major organs of our body badly.
  16. Prepare your meals: instead of eating outside, cook for yourself. I know its hard when you have been working for hours but cook small and cook healthy. You will appreciate yourself one day for this.
  17. Eat more fruits: start your day with healthy breakfast. I like having a cup of green tea with a bowl of fruits as my breakfast. It’s healthy and keeps me full until my lunch hours. Eat antioxidant rich fruits. Eg banana, mango,pineapple, oranges, papaya, apples, watermelons, guava etc.
  18. Eat more veggies: include green veggies to your meal every day. Eat antioxidant rich fruits. Eg cucumber, lettuce, celery, eggplants, tomatoes etc.
  19. Eat small: serve your meal on a smaller plate, it will trick you to eat less. Stop eating when you’re full even if your food is tasty. Complete your 3 meals intake every day. Eating small meals balances energy.
  20. Cut down on processed food: avoid eating processed food as they are not good for our health neither do they have any nutritional value.
  21. Avoid junk food: the most crucial tip is to cut on junk food, they have a high level of refined sugar, salt, fat, and flour again not good for your health.1479820998911
  22. Go for brown carbs: switch on to brown carbs than white as they are rich in nutrients and vitamins. Eg brown rice, whole grain, oatmeals, oats, nuts etc.
  23. Cut on salt and sugar: if you cannot totally avoid it, consume less. Go for healthy snacks instead you will feel more satisfied.
  24. Eat low-calorie, low-fat food: there are many alternatives available to choose from just eat healthily and stay healthy.
  25. Brush your teeth twice: brushing twice is a sign of a good hygiene. So brush your teeth Twice a day, rinse your mouth after each meal and floss your teeth at night.

Thats all in today’s post. I will be back with an amazing topic. See you guys very soon. XOXO