Living fit and healthy shouldn’t mean sacrificing all the fun things you love in life. I’m a big believer that moderation is key. Depriving yourself can only lead to binging later on. So if you like a cold glass of beer after work, then maybe set a day each week to enjoy just that. Or perhaps you’re absolutely nuts over chocolate chip cookies. Then find a healthier or better recipe to make. It’s all about balance. Let me share more tips on living fit and living fun below.
7 Tips to Living Fit and Living Fun
1. Plan It
Set dates for when you can enjoy the food and drinks you love. Maybe you’re a huge pizza or pasta lover. So instead of depriving yourself, just set a day in a week, or maybe a few dates each month to enjoy some pizza or pasta. Maybe you’re used to drinking a cold glass of beer after work. Then why not do it at the end of a work week or on pay days every 15th and 30th? You’ll find that it’s easier to avoid them on regular days because you’ve scheduled a day to enjoy them ahead of time. Just like say, Taco Tuesday! Think about it like meal planning. Plus, it’s always nice to look forward to something, right?
2. Go For Better Options
Love sweets? Then find a healthier recipe or better alternative to your favorite sweet treat. Perhaps you like more savory treats like me. Again, find better options like less sodium, more natural, or made with organic ingredients. Take for example, instead of snacking on chips, enjoy lightly salted roasted almonds. Now maybe you love to enjoy beer while watching TV or having dinner. Then switch to a lighter one. Take for example, the new Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold has only 85 calories, 2.5g carbs, and 0.0g fat per 12 ounces. Now that’s a winner. It’s also made with organic grains and has that pure and refreshing taste. It doesn’t have any artificial colors and flavors, only sourced from the finest farms in the country.
3. Everything in Moderation
Not because you found a better product – be it food or drink – means you can over-indulge or binge on it. Like I said earlier, moderation is key. That food or drink isn’t going anywhere. So just grab a sensible portion for consumption, and then store the rest. Don’t leave it on the table where you’ll be tempted to finish everything.
4. Reward System
Sometimes, there’s just that one thing you really enjoy eating or drinking. Maybe it’s become your tradition to visit this restaurant just for that one dish you love. Then how about creating a reward system for yourself? Add in extra work to your regular workout. And when you’ve successfully done it, treat yourself with a reward. Maybe you’re craving for that ice cream at your local spot. Then tell yourself you need to burn extra calories for the week, so you can hit the ice cream shop on the weekend. Or if you want to grab some Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold beer with friends, then maybe add more steps and a few minutes of workout each day to enjoy the party later that week.
5. Take It Outside
Continuing on to the reward system – you know what’s even better? Plan your drinks or your party outdoors. Bring that Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold beer to camping, hiking, or maybe by the lake. Enjoy a day of outdoor sports, burn some calories in the process, and celebrate with beer after all the fun activities you just did. You earned it!
6. Keep It Simple
Have you noticed the over-the-top desserts and savory recipes spreading on social media like wildfire? Sure they are pretty to look at. And maybe sure, some of them really taste good. But think for a second, do we really need a meatloaf covered in blocks of cheese and bacon, covered in pastry, covered in steak, covered in bacon, covered in butter, and smothered in cheese? I know I’ve seen some version of that in recipe videos online. And while they may look great and impressive in photos and videos, I would rather just keep it simple in real life because clearly, that’s too much. I don’t mind styling and plating my food. In fact, I love to do those things. But when it comes to preparing and cooking food, let’s try to keep the calories, carbs, cholesterol, and fats to a decent amount, shall we?
7. Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
Finally, don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t sweat it out. Enjoy your life. Live life to the fullest, they say. So enjoy every moment with your loved ones and take care of yourself in the process. It’s all about the mindset. When you love yourself, you love your body, it will come natural to you to reach out for better choices without depriving yourself of the occasional indulges in life. Stay fit and stay fun! Xo.