It can be hard to wake up earlier than what you’ve grown accustomed to just to work out or even to get your body off the couch to stop binge-watching on Netflix. However, things tend to be easier to do when we find the ultimate motivation or inspiration – be it your better half, or you just want to start treating your body the way it deserves to be treated.
As it should be pointed out, working out or staying active isn’t solely so that you can post the perfect summer bod in time for the warmer days ahead (although you do you, so if you want to be fit for this purpose, there’s nothing wrong with that), but more importantly, it’s for your health.
Don’t you think 2019 is a time for a change? On the internet, there are many so-called “fitspiration” you can find. Just browse through Instagram, and you’ll definitely see a multitude of influencers and celebrities sharing their fitness journey—the point is, there are a lot of role models you can find who give useful and realistic pieces of advice that you can follow. A-listers, far from the paid marketing stunts, have some down-to-earth tips and hacks you can definitely heed. Without further malarkey, here they are:
Drink Lots of Water
In her book “The Body Book,” Cameron Diaz points out the importance of drinking enough water, which she credits as the key to a healthy life. This is a no-brainer: all other fitness experts and nutritionists have underlined the role of water in our body and advised to consume eight glasses a day—it makes sense, this tasteless, wonder drink has no calories and can give you radiant, moisturized skin. Plus, it quenches your thirst more than energy drinks, which, by the way, has sugar. That’s not all, water is way cheaper than carbonated beverages in the market, so literally, you’re saving your health and money at the same time.
Think of the After-Feeling of Workouts
It can be hard to work out – there are just times when you just want to be lazy and lay in bed all day and snuggle with your dog or cat. Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, herself feels this at times, as she revealed in 2016.
The former “Suit” actress said that what she does when she feels dreadful to move is that she thinks of the jubilance that will come after the workout, you know, the satisfaction once it’s over. A nice sweat session can ultimately give you a euphoric feeling – what’s not to be happy about, you’ve outdone yourself and you’ll not feel guilty as compared to if you cancel the day’s routine.
‘Five-Hands’ Meal Plan
Shortly after the birth of her fourth child Harper in 2011, former Spice Girls member Victoria Beckham wanted to shed the post-pregnancy weight in time for Fashion Week. To do that, she adapted the Five-Hand Meal Plan, which involved five palm-sized high-protein meals per day.
The fashion designer also partnered this with a less rigorous workout as anything drastic could hurt her because she just gave birth by cesarean section. She also removed sugar from her diet and snacked on healthier food like nuts and goji berries. Although this isn’t highly recommended for everyone, it pays to know a meal plan that certainly works for you.
Get Ample Sleep
This cannot be stressed enough – people should adhere to the recommended seven to eight hours a day, as Goop founder and “Iron Man” actress Gwyneth Paltrow also believes. In an interview, the 46-year-old who seemed to not age said that in addition to clean eating, she follows what experts advise when it comes to sleeping hours.
This is, of course, a tip that’s been backed by loads of studies. Not only does a lack of quality sleep affect your performance the next day, but it also messes with your mood and even your thinking. Add to that the fact that you get unwelcome and unsolicited guests: eye bags.
Be Active for Your Mental Health
A lot of celebrities are into yoga, like singer Lady Gaga, model Miranda Kerr, Markle, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and many more. They do not stick with this type of routine because of nothing – it brings peace to a person, after all. Always remember that you also need to take care of your mental health and not just your physical being, and you can definitely reflect on yourself once you meditate.