The back to school season is among us and for those of you who are beginning a new school year, I have come up with a few simple ways to help you maintain your motivation in order to continue eating right and exercising.
I do understand that school can be quite busy (and tough!) so there isn’t always time for exercise. If you happen to fall into this category, my tip #1 goes out to you.
IF THERE’S NO TIME TO WORKOUT,
YOU CAN AT LEAST WORK ON YOUR HEALTHY CHOICES
By choosing the right foods you can obtain a ton of health benefits, which will put your body into a healthy preventative state.
Not sure what foods to choose? I have a few great lists for you to make it easy!
Low-Glycemic Carbohydrates – this list is great for the carb lover! These foods are great for your digestive system and break down slowly within your body. They help you feel full for longer while preventing sugar cravings!
Antioxidant Rich Foods – these foods all carry high antioxidants which help prevent diseases, and build a strong immune system!
The Ultimate List of Superfoods – this list is loaded full of foods which are nutrient rich and are considered to have an exceptional benefit for health!
Clean Eating Grocery Shopping List – this is a list of ALL super healthy, clean eating foods!
To make things even easier, you can subscribe to my Clean Eating Food Blog Lushious Eats and get new simple recipes delivered to your email! It’s still fairly new, but I definitely share a bunch of recipes that can be made at school! 🙂
WRITE DOWN THE MEALS YOU LOVE & KEEP THEM CLOSE BY
This way, you’ll always have a quick list of meals that are easy for you to make at any time!
Go to the dollar store and grab a small note-book if you don’t have an extra one lying around. Write down a bunch of quick and easy meals that you can make anytime you’re hungry, then when the hunger cravings come open your book and check out your healthy meals and snacks.
EAT LOTS OF VEGETABLES & NOT AS MUCH FRUIT
Choose vegetables more than you choose fruit to prevent over eating sugar. Fruits are great for your health, but in moderation. I’d suggest sticking to at least 5 servings of vegetables a day, along with 1 – 2 fruit servings.
HEALTHY VEGETABLE BASED SNACK IDEAS TO TRY:
celery and sliced bell pepper with organic hummus
green olives and sliced carrots with cashews
sliced cucumber and cherry tomatoes with organic tzatziki
All of the above can be written in your book. 😉
DRINK LOTS OF WATER EVERY DAY & it won’t hurt to add lemon!
Bring a bottle of water with you everywhere you go!
Something I do on a daily basis is fill a 1L mason jar with water and add sliced lemon. Limes, cucumber, oranges and apples are all great to add some taste to your water as well.
If you love your water, you’ll love to bring it everywhere with you!
WRITE SMALL NOTES TO YOURSELF AND STICK THEM ON YOUR MIRROR
When you wake up in the morning, your mind usually goes through a billion thoughts. By simply writing small things down to either remind you, or encourage you to get something done, this can help keep your motivation in overdrive.
Do you have a dorm mate? Stick small confidence booster-notes on their mirror too! It will only make them feel incredible, and I bet they’ll pay you back too someday. 🙂
FIND FRIENDS WHO ALSO LOVE TO LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Keeping friends close by who also have the same healthy goals as you can be great motivation without you even realizing it. Going out to restaurants or the movies together and choosing water over soda, or rather than partying Friday night, you instead plan a picnic and study. Things like this will happen all the time without you even realizing it, and it will help you both make healthy choices!
JOIN A LOCAL GYM, OR GET INVOLVED WITH SCHOOL SPORTS/FITNESS GROUPS
This isn’t necessarily possible for everyone, but if it is available to you, take advantage of it!
If there are fitness classes offered locally or a gym close by, sign yourself up! Make an action plan to make 3 gym visits each week, or stick to the class plan offered to help maintain your strength and motivation.
Nothing offered in your area? That’s fine! Visit my WORKOUTS section as I offer a ton of free workouts than can be done with various equipment and some bodyweight workouts too! If you love what you see, subscribe to Lushious Lifts and keep updated with new workouts!
WALK EVERYWHERE YOU GO! EXPLORE YOUR SURROUNDINGS!
Next class? The mall? The library? Out for lunch? Walk!
Walking can also help to ease the mind, and help clear up your thoughts, so it is also a great thing to do if you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed with your school work, or a certain situation with friends.
Also, if you’re new to the area, get out and discover what there is to offer!
Which also brings me to….
CREATE A (BI)WEEKLY MEET UP TIME WITH YOUR FRIENDS
TO GO FOR A RUN/WALK TOGETHER
There’s nothing more fun than catching up with friends while sipping on a green juice and walking it off. Enjoy some active and social time by choosing a time that works for you both (or more!) and be sure to keep it up weekly.
Having a meet up time will keep you motivated, because it’s hard to say “NO” when you know that someone is depending on you.
CREATE AN INSPIRATION BOARD ON YOUR WALL TO KEEP YOUR GOALS IN MIND
Somewhere in your dorm room, set up an inspirational wall to keep all your healthy/fitness goals in mind. You can use a bulletin board, or simply outline a piece of your wall in cute wall tape and add in clippings from your favourite magazines, print outs from online, or notes that you’ve written yourself. To get a few ideas you can check out this search for inspirational boards on Pinterest, ideas are flowin’ everywhere!
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I hope these motivational tips will help you keep on track during your school year. Obviously, school is most important but keep your health in good check too. Sometimes, life can get in the way and if this happens to you, don’t feel bad about it! Just pick up where you left of when you’re able to do so!
What did I miss? Tell me some things you’ll be doing to maintain your motivation throughout the school year.