A #GymRat is a highly motivated individual who hits the gym at 5 AM and squeezes another session at 6 PM. It sounds like the ideal lifestyle, right? But for the rest of us, the only thing we’re hitting is the “snooze” button on the alarm. Still, you don’t have to be the next Kim Kardashian to have the perfect bod. The secret lies underneath smarter strategies to trick the Lazy Warrior in you to make better choices. In fact, it’s almost effortless as you begin to see results in no time. The following are healthy hacks that are sheer genius.
Admit it. You’ve wasted money on produce left rotting in the fridge for days. And we’re sure it has happened multiple times until a few dollars turned into hundreds-worth. What if we told you to skip the produce aisle? Instead, make a trip to the frozen section where you can buy a variety of fruits and vegetables.
We sense your skepticism but hear us out because frozen fruits and vegetables have a few advantages. Once the vegetables are plucked, their key nutrients begin to diminish. Fast forward to the warehousing process and the duration of time it took to land on your dinner table; that’s a huge of amount of nutrients lost. Contrary to that, frozen produce is plucked at their prime state for quality assurance. To top that off, they’re frozen right after harvest so you can enjoy them even after a few months.
Who says you have to be a couch potato to enjoy your favorite shows? In fact, you can still be immersed in Game of Thrones without throwing away a much-needed workout. Can someone say, “Cersei say wahh?” Think about it. Every episode is about an hour long, and if you really need an excuse to pass time, watching a newly released episode is the perfect excuse to break a sweat and gasp over who ultimately takes the Iron Throne.
Not into that show? That’s okay because any television is just fine. The point is, you can do two tasks simultaneously and reap the benefits. Our suggestion, select one show dedicated to your workout. Only watch it when you’re on the treadmill, and once you’re done, turn off the tv. It might sound torturous but it motivates you to get moving. Do this until you have created a workout routine you can be proud of.
Home-cooked meals sound appetizing on an everyday basis, but for most of us, cooking isn’t on our schedule. After a long day at work, all we want to do is lounge on the couch. So when a healthy meal becomes an issue, try meal prepping. Did you know? You’re more likely to stay consistent on your diet when meals are readily available.
All you have to do is pick a day to cook. Most people choose the weekends because it gives them time to plan their meals and grocery shop. Before you cook, make sure you have the correct ingredients and proper containers to store your meals. There’s no right or wrong way to meal-prep but some will go as far as preparing breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
We guarantee you’ll thank yourself later when you have healthy meals available any time the hunger pangs comes into cue. Simply pop your meal into the microwave and you’re enjoying a nicely home-cooked for in a few minutes. Not only will this improve your food discipline, but it’s a convenient way to start a healthy lifestyle.
Not a fan of reheated food? Make the slow cooker your ultimate bff. Instead of cooking for the whole week, prepare to “cook” your meals every day. Simply add all your ingredients in one container and toss them in the slow cooker. By the time you’re home, a fresh home cooked meal is waiting just for you. Ah, can you smell the aroma of spices now?
If you’re not familiar on how to cook with a slow cooker, there are plenty of recipes online! From roast beef to peach cobbler, the resource is unlimited. So get those ingredients ready because you’re about to eat some delicious meals.
Snacking is an issue when you’re uncertain about portion servings. In fact, one package of Oreos is already 1400 calories! How many times have you finished half of the packages’ content in one sitting? We can’t blame you, Oreos is quite delicious. To prevent yourself from overeating, prepare your snack in small containers. If you want to go the extra mile, label their calorie count so you’re aware of your consumptions.
At the same time, snacks in small containers are easy to grab and go! Take a bunch of them with you to combat unhealthy eating habits in the office. So don’t forget to prepare healthy snacks especially when you don’t have time for anything else.
How many times have you planned on working out when suddenly, you don’t have the proper clothing? It’s a nightmare to feel motivated to exercise when your apparel gets in the way of productivity. One way to solve this issue is by preparing your workout clothes the night before. If you use the treadmill at home, place the clothes in the workout room so all you have to do is change there!
It’s simple arrangements like this that make a difference. That way, you really have no excuse but to exercise.
Okay, if you’re feeling EXTRA lazy, sleep in your workout clothes. Seriously! Many of us wear loose fitting clothes at the gym because we want to feel comfortable. Sometimes, the most annoying part about working out is the part about getting ready. But what about when you’re already set to run the moment you open your eyes?
This simple and easy hack will save you tons of time and will motivate you to get up! After all, it’s not always about the exercise we drag the most. So, skip the preparation once and for all.
Did someone in the family cook up a delicious meal? You can still indulge in food as long as you keep your portions to a minimal. To do this, opt for small plates and bowls to trick your perception. Filling up your small plate will make you think you took a huge portion, but you really didn’t.
So there you have it! Implementing these simple hacks to your daily routine will trick your mind and body to make healthy choices. Who says you need to be super disciplined to shed a few pounds anyway? Using the hacks we’ve mentioned will transform the Lazy Warrior into a champion!