Growing up a competitive swimmer, daily exercise has always been a part of my routine. I find that workouts are my number one stress reliever and mood booster, and if I can’t get a workout in, I’m completely thrown off.
With strict clean eating, rigorous workout schedules and body bragging on Instagram becoming such a norm today, I find myself bending over backwards to get a workout in - and often feel incredibly guilty if I don’t.
Although I believe eating healthy and getting a regular sweat in is extremely important, I have to remind myself that maintaining a life balance is just as, if not more, important. Scroll for three steps to striking the perfect balance.
Stop comparing yourself to others: Everyone has different workout regiments and routines. Finding what works for you and makes you feel best is what you should go with. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media, but having so much content at your fingertips can make it tough to not compare yourself to the perfect-looking people on your feed. On a The Lady Gang podcast episode I recently listened to, the trio suggested unfollowing anyone who doesn’t make you feel good about yourself. Though I can’t take credit for this one, I thought it was too good not to pass along.
Set goals: What are your fitness goals? Not just how much weight you want to lose, but think about a long-term plan. Choose a workout plan and diet that is sustainable for your lifestyle. If you won’t be able to work out seven days a week and follow the Whole 30 diet for more than a couple of months, I wouldn’t recommend that plan. Again, it’s all about what works for you!
Order the burger: Remember that it’s okay to mix in something fried every once in a while. I try to eat about 80% clean and about 20% not-so-healthy. As someone who loves food, making certain types of food off-limits just doesn’t work for me. I think it’s so important to enjoy life. So, order the burger, and eat a salad tomorrow.