5 Things I do Every Day that YOU can Start Right Now!

The success of your health & fitness journey is fully dependent on your day to day habits, whether your goal is to drop body fat, increase muscle, gain fitness or all of the above. Working with people face to face and also across the world, I have noticed one of the biggest challenges I have faced has been coaching clients to break old habits simultaneously with building new ones. However when this clicks, and my clients are able to simply adopt just a few small, but powerful habits at a time, it leads to incredible, long term, life changing results.

Steering my clients away from the appeal of FAD diets and quick fixes in the direction of adopting small habitual changes has been one of the most important factors in my coaching, for life long results.

Here I have listed the top 5 things I do every single day without fail. If you make these 5 actions a part of your daily check list, I promise you it will change your life.  Talking of habits, I have purposely included these 5 habits because I do ALL of them every day without thinking about it… it just happens now!

Greens Drink

I drink a minimum of one portion of greens powder every day. If you go to any health store, you can pick up sachets/tubs of a powder that consists of a variety of super green sources. You simply have one portion mixed with water and drink at any time of day!

Before anything else I always recommend this as a first task, but unfortunately it becomes forgotten and ignored.

So what are some of the benefits?

  • Hydration
  • Energy, vitality
  • Good digestion
  • Alkalinity restoration
  • Increase weight loss
  • Great skin, hair, nails
  • Decrease cravings
  • Much more!

Move

Every single day I do something that involves me moving my body! This doesn’t mean I always get to the gym and go crazy and ‘smash a workout’, but sometimes something much less intense. Yes, clearly I do a fair amount of hard training, but much of my routine also consists of low intensity activity.

I take a couple of rest days a week. On these days I make sure I enjoy a nice long walk, some yoga/stretching routine, or maybe I just make sure my busy day is filled with moving around quite a lot (shopping, housework, etc.?).  This is so simple and quite easy to achieve if it’s planned in and prioritized. Although we burn calories whilst working out, our main calorie burn is actually dependent on how active we are in our daily activities! And this is one way to take advantage of burning fat the easy way.

So what are some of the benefits?

  • Promotes weight loss
  • Good for your heart
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • De stress
  • Prevents colds
  • Plays a role in preventing cancer
  • Improves brain health
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Much more!

Green Tea

It’s great seeing green tea becoming more and more popular, and over the past few years I can only imagine how many pints of green tea I’ve consumed! Now, today, without even thinking I get home, switch the kettle on and prepare a green tea. Or maybe when I’m out in a coffee shop, I’d ask for a green tea without even thinking, the words just come out of my mouth!  I enjoy some other drinks too of course, however every single day I have between 2-5 mugs of green tea.

So what are some of the benefits?

  • Improves physical performance
  • Improves health
  • Could lead to prevention of cancer
  • Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Weight loss
  • Relaxing, de stress
  • Good skin
  • Much more!

See Daylight

I know this is sometimes tricky for some people, as all of our lives vary all the times and we become so busy, but every day I try my best to let daylight touch my skin! Sometimes this is just a short time, but other days it can be a lot longer, and there really is nothing like a big dose of sunlight. It may be conscious effort for example a walk in the park, but sometimes it may just be a part of your day, for example walking to the shops or collecting your kids from school. When you combine ‘move’ with ‘see daylight’, you’re in for great benefits.

So what are some of the benefits?

  • Treating depression/mood enhancer
  • Improving sleep patterns
  • Natural pain relief
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Much more!

Add Spices

I have this weird habit in the kitchen where, whenever I am cooking I HAVE to add spices. If you follow me on social media, you will have seen I make short cooking clips… and not always are they conventional or normal creations! The point is, without thinking, I throw in some of my favourite health beneficial spices everyday. For best health and fitness results use a variety of spices, but here are my top recommendations I have all the time – cayenne pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, ginger (the list goes on).

So what are some of the benefits?

  • Weight loss
  • Increase metabolic rate
  • Heart health
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Much more!

The thing about habits, is that they are hard to break and also hard to build. With this being said, when making your first changes you will come across challenges, you’ll need reminding and you’ll have constant urges to restore old habits that are damaging to your health.

My suggestion is to really focus on that initial 21 day/3 week period as a goal, and if you succeed through this then that new act will most probably have become a habit! That feeling of self achievement alongside the obvious health and fat loss results will make you feel on top of the world.

Bit by bit, day by day, you can start to make small changes to a better, healthier and fitter you!

If you have any other questions about this topic then please feel free to get in touch!

Stay happy & healthy,

Alex x 

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