With our busy lives, it's always tough to stick to a fitness routine. While we might have our Fitbit going, track our diets on My Fitness Pal, and follow the #IFFYM hashtag on Instagram, the truth is that it's quite tough to get a clear understanding of what it really takes to be healthy. As we spend a lot our time poring over fitness blogger Insta accounts and reading their posts on how they've discovered new recipes and workout routines, we've managed to compile a guide on their top tips and their best healthy habits. From how to prepare interesting dishes in the kitchen to knowing what foods give you a flatter stomach, as well as looking after your mind as well as your body, we've got the best habits from some of the world's fittest women.
Keep scrolling for seven tips on how to be healthy by some of the fittest women in the world right now.
#1: They listen to their bodies.
Blogger Shona Vertue, who has amassed a staggering 50,000 followers on Instagram, is great at offering advice on how to really listen to your body. While she's incredible at doing some of the most mind-boggling yoga positions, she recently revealed how contorting your body isn't what it's all about; rather, it's about relaxing and understanding what your body can do. As she says, "For most of us living in a big city, working hard and fast we need to deload the sympathetic nervous system, we need to chill it the f*** out." We couldn't agree more.
Is Yoga making you stressed AF? || To me, advanced yogis are not determined by their ability to contort, but by their ability to breathe during that contortion. Working with @lukewtraining at @thirdspacelondon to manage my thoracic extension avoiding compression of the Thoracolumbar junction. Aside from the muscle, spinal and nerve damage that too much extension can cause, it also limits the body's ability to breathe putting excessive stress on the nervous system. As Luke says, If you drop into a yoga posture that you can't breathe in, you're doing gymnastics, not yoga (and that's ok), but it's not relaxing on your nervous system - it's taxing. For most of us living in a big city, working hard and fast we need to deload the sympathetic nervous system, we need to chill it the f????????k out. Make sure that your backbends are safe, not being able to breathe is a good indication that it's not safe. Also, make sure you dedicate time to the truly relaxing aspect of yoga - STOP SKIPPING SAVASANA ????????✌????️❤️ (yes I'm yelling). #vertueliving #vertuemethod #backbends #yoga #yogini
#2: They eat foods that work.
When trying to get a flatter stomach, there are certain types of foods that work for each individual. Hannah Bronfman, for example, knows that asparagus and melon (cantaloupe) are the ones that work for her. Work out which ones do it for you by reading our guide on seven expert-approved foods that will give you a flatter stomach.
#3: But they're creative in the kitchen.
Just because you want to stick to a decent diet doesn't mean you have to be boring. Take fitness expert Kayla Itsines's advice on mixing it up in the kitchen by adding interesting ingredients or spices to create a tasty new dish.
How good does my sisters breakfast look ???????? The BEST thing to put with smashed avocado is dukkah ???? it's SO easy to make! Just roast some nuts and sesame seeds in the oven, add some cumin and coriander seeds and blend in a food processor until it's a coarse consistency! AMAZING???? You can mix up the flavours, BE CREATIVE in the kitchen ???????? www.kaylaitsines.com/app
#4: They don't press snooze.
We know it's tough in the mornings, but really try not to press snooze. Madeleine Shaw recommends putting your alarm clock out of reach and pressing snooze only once if you have to.
#5: They don't underestimate stretching.
When you've had an incredible workout, you don't want to underestimate the power of stretching out your body afterwards. Why is it so important? Well, it makes sure your body doesn't seize up after exercising and ensures you stay flexible. Blogger Cassey Ho has a great tip for stretching: Do it in front of Netflix.
Stretching is so important. I view it just as important as my workouts because flexibility is a skill I'm working on. I stretch intensely at least 3x a week for over an hour. How? I do it while watching Netflix! Just started season 1 of Once Upon a Time ????????and I'm in love with it!!! (Anyone else a fan?) I'm so invested in the stories that I end up holding my stretches for even longer because I'm distracted from the pain! Do you guys stretch after your workouts? What part of your body is tightest for you? #blogilates
#6: They look after their minds too.
While all these fit women take care of their physical bodies, they also know that looking after their minds is just as important. "My definition of pursing health has evolved beyond stretchy pants and superfoods; it's transformed into a state of mind," says Kathryn Budig.
"But health and wellness means different things to different people, and even different things to the same person, depending on what they need from a place. In a transitional year full of the highest of highs and lowest of lows, my definition of pursing health has evolved beyond stretchy pants and superfoods; it’s transformed into a state of mind." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Read my essay on how I celebrate health and wellness in Charleston (and pictured: on the road) via @postandcourier ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ LINK IN BIO. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #aimtrue #staytrue #wellness #nostretchypants
#7: They burn more calories than they consume.
It's classic advice, but burning more calories than you eat is simply the key to losing weight. There is no "magic pill," as Dasha Gaivoronski reminds us.
Ready to dig in???? Summer is just around the corner so less bliss balls, more clean chicken and greens ???? There is no magic pill and secret knowledge unfortunately. Exercise, eat healthy, burn more calories than you consume, be patient and tadaaaa ???? @youfoodz | Готова упасть лицом в эту чудную куриную грудку с овощами???? В Австралии скоро наступает лето и, вообще.. Поэтому меньше шариков, больше салатных листочков)) #всёвремяхочетсяесть #youfoodz