As far as we’re concerned, starting small is the secret to success, whether it’s running a marathon, learning to drive, or climbing a mountain (definitely start with a smaller mountain!). The same goes for building a healthy lifestyle. These are just some of our top tips for small changes that will make reaching your goals easy and rewarding.
Pick an exercise that’s fun
Mary Poppins had the right idea when she said “In every task that must be done, there is an element of fun.” Basically, we interpret that to mean that nobody likes to do things that feel like a chore, and that includes exercise. Instead of setting goals that lead to a cycle of dread, avoidance and guilt, opt for something that you want to go out and do, like joining a social sport team, taking surf lessons, or even running around with your kids. If it’s fun, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. It’s really that simple.
Convenience is key
This may sound counterproductive – after all, isn’t convenience food basically the antithesis of healthy eating? Our answer to that is, choose your convenience food wisely! After all, it’s always easier to pick the more convenient option, and if the more convenient option also happens to be healthy, you’ll be away laughing. Fitfood’s meals are that skinny slice in the middle of this Venn diagram: convenient and healthy. Sign up for a weekly subscription and you’ll have a healthy habit without even thinking about it! If you're doing a bit of home cooking as well, prep meals in advance to save time and pre-make healthy choices for yourself. Future you will thank you for it!
Eat smaller portions with bigger value
You’ve probably heard that it takes your brain 20 minutes to realise your stomach is full, 20 minutes that you might have spent continuing to eat if you had a full plate of something delicious in front of you. We’ve all been there, but giving your poor, sluggish brain a chance to get with the program is an easy and effective way to prevent overeating. That’s why all of Fitfood’s meals are portion-controlled, to give you the deliciousness without the overstuffed feeling at the end. We also carefully plan each of our meals to fulfill all your nutritional needs, whatever your lifestyle and goals.
It’s important in this high-pressure modern age, and especially in the unpredictable times we’re currently living in, to take time to be in the present moment. One of the biggest things we can do to improve our health and wellbeing is to reduce stress. Try taking five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening to sit in a quiet space and consider something you’re grateful for, whether you write it down or simply acknowledge it silently. Gratitude has been proven to improve physical and mental health, boosts the immune system and generally makes you happier, which certainly sounds healthy to us!
Be kind to yourself
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, don’t be too hard on yourself when you’re seeking to create a healthier life. Building new habits is a process, and taking small steps that you’re more likely to stick to is the best way to set yourself up for success. So pick the changes that work best for you, forgive your missteps, and keep going!