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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.