There are few bad habits that can be all it takes to steer you off track on your fitness journey. We are used to hearing what we should start doing in order to live healthier life. From weighing yourself nonstop on the scale or cutting down those sugary sodas – here are the top 5 unhealthy habits you have got to kick to get fit!
Bad Health Habit #1: The Scale
The rule number one that we need to remember is to ditch the scale. When you are first starting your fitness journey, you are most likely going to gravitate towards the scale, obsessively checking how your numbers are looking every single day. As tempting as it may be to check if you lost that first pound after that intense Bootcamp class – the scale is a big NO-NO and it will be a distraction when it comes to getting fit. The truth is, there is way more to your health and fitness than how much you weigh. If you are combining weight training in with cardio, chances are you’ll start to put on some muscle. Take your measurements or take progress photos. Measurements are key indicators of how your size is changing in your waist, glutes, arms, etc. Taking progress photos is a great way to visualize the actual difference you’ve made on your fitness journey. The key here is not to get obsessed with your measurements and progress photos. Limit your photos to a max of 1x per week, and your measurements to 1x a month. Make a habit of checking in on your photos and measurements ONLY when that time rolls around.
FUN FACT: Muscle is much denser than fat and takes up less volume, meaning a 3×3 cube of muscle weighs more than a 3x3cm cube of fat. It means, you might gain weight once you start burning fat and putting on muscle.
Bad Health Habit #2: The Negative Mental Game
Mental game is the hardest part of any health journey. You need to build yourself up to stay motivated despite how many times you feel like giving up. Do not fall into a trap of the negative mental game. If you’re non-stop scrolling through Instagram, constantly comparing your body to other people’s bodies, wondering why you can’t look like them, you’re guilty of habit #2. Comparing yourself to someone else is one of the unhealthiest things you can do. You will get demotivated, go on an extreme binge, and either over-work yourself or deprive yourself to the point that it’s not healthy. You should have a positive mindset, being proud and happy about your progress and always note that staying fit is not just for vanity purposes. Being healthy is much more important – your organs, your muscles, and every part of your sole anatomy needs to be nourished!
Bad Health Habit #3: The Weekend Binge
How do you usually rank your Friday night to Sunday night? Your Monday to Thursday and nutrition game may be strong but if you’ve gotten into the bad health habit of the weekend binge, it is now the time to ditch that tendency. All of the hard work that you’re doing throughout the week gets cancelled out with some of your weekend decisions. Try to opt in for 1 or 2 cheat meals maximum on the weekend and continue staying active and working out. Always remember, health shouldn’t just be something you just cross off your checklist, but an actual lifestyle change.
Bad Health Habit #4: Eating Out…all the time!
If you have fell into the habit of ordering in or getting takeout daily, especially when you do not have time to cook, then its time to ditch that unhealthy habit. Even if you are ordering in a healthy food, chances are the food is packed with sodium, processed, and has some sort of preservative in it. One of the easiest ways to avoid this bad health habit is to get into the practice of meal prep. Meal Prep is when you make all your healthy meals on one given day, this meal prep will last you for 3-5 days following.
Bad Health Habit #5: Drinking Your Calories
Most of our favorite drinks such as Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes and daily sodas are packed with sugar and not great for your health. Drinking carbonated water is a great alternative to soda, especially if you crave that fizz. If you do have a sweet tooth and prefer getting that sugar fix, ditch the sugar healthier sweeteners instead.
Always remember that taking care of your health is a journey. There is so much more to being healthy than meeting the ideal beauty standards of what’s trending right now. You have only got one body – take good care of it, appreciate it, fuel it, and thank your body for carrying you through your entire life.