eating             Cold and rainy winter days make it really difficult to get up, eat healthy and exercise. And when you come home from work, all you want to do is stretch out on the couch with snacks, supper and series. But it’s important to keep eating healthy and working out, even on those stormy evenings. You know you should be eating right and exercising regularly. You know about the health benefits, the increase in your energy levels, the improvement to your mood, the impact on your sleep and the enhanced ability to remember important information. An added bonus, you’ll be ready to go shirtless during the summer months without having to hit the gym at the last minute. But how do you go from relaxing on the couch to making healthy eating and exercise a part of your daily life? Here are a few tips. 1. One thing at a time Many researchers have found that simply getting dressed in your gym clothes or lacing up your running shoes is enough to convince you to get out and exercise. The theory is that if you’ve made the effort to do that one thing, you’ll be motivated to go for a jog, lift weights or do some squats. The same can be said for healthy eating. Simply ensure you go grocery shopping weekly to buy fresh food. You won’t want to waste what’s in your fridge, so you’ll be motivated to eat your healthy food. 2. Be consistent According to scientists who research habit formation, it takes a little over two months to form a lasting habit. So, for those two months you need to convince yourself to go for that jog daily, eat that chicken and veg nightly and soon it’ll be part of your life. It could be as easy, or difficult, as putting on your shoes and going grocery shopping. Find a friend to join you for these exercise sessions or grocery shopping trips. It can be easier to exercise and eat healthy if you have a friend to motivate you and hold you accountable. 3. Eat meals you enjoy If you hate the idea of eating boring, bland food, find ways to make your meals exciting. If you love snacking, eat small meals often during the day. These can be healthy meals filled with delicious products like fresh fruit and vegetables, cold meats and filling grains. Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring. 4. Do an exercise you enjoy Many young people love to participate in team sports like soccer or rugby but hate the idea of going running. So, if you hate running, don’t run. Find a sport you enjoy and do that. There’s no point forcing yourself to do an exercise you don’t enjoy. Rather find something you like and do that. You’ll find yourself actually looking forward to exercising. 5. Set goals you can achieve You’re not going to be an Olympic athlete right away. But your habits and health will improve each week if you keep at it. By setting goals you can achieve, you’ll feel motivated every time you reach a new goal. Image: Pexels

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