It’s something I have been working on my whole adult life and I feel like I learn something new everyday. So what does it really mean to be healthy..?
I’ve learned that being ‘healthy’ isn’t just about what you weigh or what you eat. It’s about doing the right thing for you body – your whole body.
1. Self Love
Sounds silly but this really is the most important part of being healthy. It has taken a long long time for me to realise this but it’s true. I have accepted the fact that my body and mind may not be where I want to be, but I have learned to love myself anyway.
The world is already full of hatred, negativity, fat-shaming, fit-shaming and everything in between. I have learnt that it’s ok to love yourself. It doesn’t make you conceited or full of it, it means that you are working hard to get what you want and you love the way you feel during the process. It means you don’t depend on a goal weight or size or the approval of someone else to make you happy.
Do the things that make you happy and that make you you. Have a glass of wine with a friend. Stop to stroke a dog. Read a book. Swim in the sea. Go on holiday. Just do you.
2. Eating right
I’ve struggled with my weight as long as I can remember and always seem to be in a never ending cycle of crash dieting, failing, just dieting, failing, “not-a-diet” dieting, failing. The problem is, I love food!!
It’s no secret that when you eat good, you feel good and that sets off a chain reaction. See, when I start to eat healthily I don’t feel sick all the time (I often suffer with really bad indigestion when I go to bed) which means I sleep better. When I sleep better I get up earlier and tend to be more productive during the day. When I have a better day I feel more motivated to workout, and you see where this is going.
At the moment I’m kind of just winging it when it comes to eating. I’ve followed Slimming World on and off for the last few years which is engraved in my brain forever more, so I will be using some of the tricks I learned there, but will really just be focusing on making better choices. I would like to go back to Slimming World in future but I’ll think about that after my holiday.
3. Move more
Exercise is the key to anyone’s success when it comes to losing weight or getting healthier but it doesn’t have to be as intimidating as most people think.
When starting out, any kind of movement or activity which is more than you usually do will make a difference. So start small. If you sit down all day at work, try going for a walk on your lunch break. Alternatively, you could go for a swim a couple of evenings a week or try an exercise class with a friend.
I’ve always enjoyed being active, even if I do go off track sometimes, and I’m always looking to try something new. I’ve done cycling, spinning, swimming, golf, running, you name it! At the moment I’m working to build up consistency when it comes to working out so I’m back at the gym. I have a few different routines to keep it interesting and am aiming to go three times a week, one of those time with a swim afterwards.
When it comes to any new challenge, it really is mind over matter. You have to really want what you are setting out to achieve, and if you don’t really want it then it makes the progress much more challenging. Although not impossible.
Before you decide to make any lifestyle change make sure it’s what you want and that you are committed to achieving it. If not, then maybe it’s not the right time and that’s ok too. There’s no time limit or expiry date, just give it a go when you are ready. And if you fall off the wagon, so what? Just try again.
5. Enjoy the process
Last but not least you have to understand that this is a journey. It will take time and dedication. There will be days when you don’t feel like working out or you want to eat pizza or have a glass of wine. As long as you don’t completely self-sabotage, enjoy yourself!
Accept that you won’t get results straight away but enjoy the progress you make along the way. Be happy with where you are whilst working for what you want.
Eat clean. Stay fit. And have a burger to stay sane.
– Gigi Hadid