Fitness and mood go hand-in-hand. Fitness can affect your mood, and your mood can affect fitness. When you are in a routine, and things are going well, it feels too easy to get active and get moving. But when you are in a rut, what are a few ways that you can help kickstart the cycle? We have put together a few tips for you!
- Create a plan.
Setting up a plan to get back into the rhythm of a regular fitness routine can be fun and exciting. Buy a new planner or notebook and list out a few manageable goals to get yourself on the right path. In your plan, think about these four cornerstones: nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and hydration. Creating a plan can help lower stress and give you peace of mind that you are working toward a goal.
- Follow the 80/20 nutrition rule.
Now that you have begun setting up your plan, let’s talk about nutrition. Although it’s important to fuel your body with wholesome foods, you don’t need to shy away from all indulgences completely. We recommend following the 80/20 rule. This is where you eat healthy, nutritious foods 80% of the time, and allow yourself to open up your options 20% of the time. The increase of nutrition, while also being able to indulge once in awhile will help boost your mood.
- Get active.
It’s no secret that physical activity can help improve your fitness and mood. We like to think of physical activity as the motor that activates the mood and fitness cycle. When we are active, our brains release endorphins into our body that create a “feel good” sensation. Getting into a normal routine of physical activity 3–5 days a week may help you lose weight, build lean muscle mass, as well as feel better throughout the week.
- Get a good night of sleep.
When we are under-rested, our mood and energy levels tend to take a hit. Getting a full eight hours of sleep can help your body refresh and reset for the next day. Ultimately, this will help improve your mood and motivation to get active and continue with your plan the next day.
- Find time to enjoy life.
With how busy life can become with work and other commitments, it can often be a challenge to find time for things we enjoy. We encourage you to set aside time for the things you enjoy, especially if it includes physical activity. Doing things you love with friends or family can dramatically help boost your mood and lower stress levels.
- Reward yourself.
Reward yourself when you succeed, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you have a setback. We all have moments of weakness where we have that slice of pie or skip a day at the gym. It’s important to keep yourself accountable, but give yourself a little leeway and understand that these things happen. On the other side, reward yourself when you hit fitness milestones by picking up a new pair of pants, shoes, or fitness watch you’ve been wanting.
Finding the motivation to strive for personal fitness starts with a positive mindset. If you’re currently feeling in a lull, implementing these tips can help you get back on track. We also recommend trying Relora®. Relora® is a proprietary blend of Magnolia officinalis bark extract and Phellodendron amurense bark extract. Relora® is supported by three peer-reviewed, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled publications that demonstrate Relora®'s positive effects on mood state scores and weight maintenance in stress eaters. Buy it now on our website or learn more by calling 1-800-783-4636 today!