Monday 16 July 2018

Easy ways to stay motivated

Rachael Taylor Fawsitt

Staying on track and living well has its challenges from time to time. A dip in motivation is inevitable, but how you handle this makes all the difference.

Maintaining a health-conscious mindset isn’t always easy in today’s fast-paced world. Even when you follow all the ‘rules’ you can find yourself needing an extra boost to stay on track. We’ve been thinking outside the box to help you up your game, stay focused and still enjoy a balanced lifestyle.

Social media

The buzzword on every health buff’s lips these days is ‘clean-living’. This can mean anything from striving to make the best food choices for our bodies, to taking our own cups to the local coffee shop.

Making ourselves and the world around us a little better each day is all part of the clean-living philosophy. With that in mind, as well as the amount of time we spend on social media increasing every year, doing a digital spring clean is an essential part of creating a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

The content we consume daily is extremely important for our mindset, so stay on track by only following people who inspire and motivate you. Choose accounts that will help you keep your workouts fresh and give you new ideas for meal time.

Here are some of our favourite Instagram accounts right now for positive dose of daily inspo:

Workouts – @kaisafit

Motivation  – @befitlondon

Healthy recipes - @nocrumbsleft

Superfoods

It is easier than ever to eat healthily, with supermarkets devoting numerous aisles to fresh food. Keeping your cupboard stocked with some tasty superfoods means you’ll have healthy food within arm’s reach when cravings hit. They are easy to include in your daily meals as well as being extremely nutritious.

Our top three superfoods to enhance the pantry:

Lentils

Lentils are high in fibre, protein, mineralS and vitamins. They are an especially great source of iron. A cup of Lentils with any meal will help you to feel full and satisfied without losing out on any nutrition.

Flaxseeds

Adding a bag of ground flaxseed to the press is a great investment. Not only are they known to help improve hair and skin but they are also extremely high in antioxidants. This means they have hormonal-balancing and cellular-regenerating properties.

For a low cholesterol alternative to using eggs when baking, soak one tablespoon of ground flaxseed in three tablespoons of water for 5-10 minutes.

Quinoa

Perhaps one of the top superfoods out there, quinoa is a complete protein. It contains all nine essential amino acids and is a great source of calcium and magnesium. To top it off it is extremely tasty and the perfect substitute for processed white rice.

Keep life adventurous

Boredom plays a big part in the loss of motivation. Stay on track by pushing yourself outside your comfort zone and give something new a go. There are plenty of activities you can get involved with around Ireland. Here are our top suggestions for activities to add to the bucket list:

River and sea kayak tours

See Ireland from a different perspective and get a great upper body workout at the same time. Kayaking is perfect for tummy toning, the upper back and arms. It is also a beautiful way to see new parts of the country.

Rock Climbing and Abseiling

Whether you visit one of Ireland’s many impressive indoor rock climbing centres or you decide to brave the elements, rock climbing and abseiling will help you build strength as well as being a brilliant form of cardio training.

Paint Balling

This may not have been a sport in your mind before now, however, painting balling not only starts your adrenalin pumping but it also gets you outdoors and running around. It’s a colourful way to enjoy a workout as well as releasing some stress. For those who might prefer something a little less extreme, there are also lots of laser tag centres to try out.

Be guilt free

Lastly, living a healthy life is about balance. It is important to remind yourself that you work hard and you deserve a treat every now and then, too. Don’t beat yourself up for enjoying a snack or breaking out every so often. Just remember; when you can’t be good – be good at it.

Instead of reaching for fatty snacks, choose something that’s going to be a little bit better for you. The new Ancient Grains and Lentil Snacks range from Velvet Crunch are the perfect alternative for the health-conscious snacker.  Not only are they made using quinoa and lentils but they also contain 60% less fat than standard crisps. There are less than 90 calories per pack making these the perfect snack when you need to combat an energy zap without reaching for the crisps. As well as classic combinations like Cheese & Onion and Salt & Vinegar, they have just debuted two delicious new flavours. Chorizo & Red Pepper gives you a real umami hit while the Sweet BBQ is tangy, subtly spiced and full of that smoky barbeque flavour, giving you a healthy snack option that delivers flavour in spades.

Sponsored by: VelvetCrunch

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