Here we are - it's August already. Only 1 month left of Summer. For those of us in the northern part of the US, it's like our "last hoorah" before school, schedules, and snow. This month can slip by so quickly and we can easily get "caught up" in our hectic Fall schedules. This happens every year and instead of panicking our way into the new season, let's get organized and get in a new routine now.
1. Don't feel overwhelmed. We are the kings and queens of multitasking, but sometimes, it's just too much. Make a list of all near future priorities, then prioritize them. One at a time, and you'll get through your list.
2. Track your progress. Whether you like to keep it old school with pen and paper, or allow technology to aid you, tracking your to do lists, workouts, and foods are very important. Plus, crossing off an item from your list gives you a feeling of accomplishment that will help you continue getting through your list. The app options are endless so go to your app store and try different ones until you find one that fits your needs. I personally like pen and paper, or I'll use MyFitnessPal for food tracking (always double check your sources).
3. Sleep. Making sleep a priority is crucial, and we all know this, yet we don't do it. The average adult needs 7-9 hours per night. Right away, half of you scoffed at this number. Maybe it's more like 6 hours (any less, and you need to make it a priority), but how is the quality of your sleep? Do you wake up often, toss and turn? Hitting the REM phase of sleep is said to be important for memory storage and mood stabilization. Create a bedtime routine that you can stick with and I guarantee many other things will fall into place.
4. Exercise daily. Hitting the gym daily might be tough, but taking a walk around the neighborhood will help improve your mood, anxiety, and give your body a chance to stretch, relax and move. Take 15 minutes a day to do something. Squats, lunges, jumping jacks, push ups, leg lifts. 20x each, repeat 5 times, 4x a week. Movement equals energy!
5. Eat Better. Yes, this is very broad. This is exactly what we say, but what does it mean? It could mean something different for everyone. One of our biggest problems is we try to go from 0 to 60 is 24 hours and wonder why we fail. Each week, choose a new food to add in replace of something bad. It could be a better version of something (white bread to Ezekiel), or eliminate soda and add a new vegetable or fruit. It's up to you but YOU have to WANT it. That is and will always be the key. Here's a simple guide for adding and eliminating foods.