Hi, Byrdie readers! It's Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up. This year, we're continuing our Tone It Up Challenge, which includes good, nutrient-dense recipes and workouts that are actually enjoyable. The secret to any successful fitness plan lies in making healthy living a lifestyle; it can't be a fleeting thing. That's why today, we're sharing seven tips to help you stay on track. Keep reading for wellness habits that will make you feel good (and change your body in the process).
Work Out in the Morning
We love getting our sweat session in early in the morning. It boosts your metabolism first thing and puts your body in fat-burning mode. Plus, getting your workout done early means you don't have to worry about it for the rest of the day. If you really want to make planning your workout easy, you can use our Daily Workout page to guide you on exactly what to do for your morning fitness plan and jump-start your day.
Eat Lean, Clean, and Green
This is one of the main principles of our Tone It Up Nutrition Plan. When it comes to your diet, stick to whole, natural fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. These foods are high in fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, and so much more, and help keep your body lean. Try out our current obsession, raw fettuccine alfredo.
Hit the Bars Wisely
Part of life is enjoying yourself—we love meeting up with friends for a few drinks. In order to stay on track and still have fun, we alternate every alcoholic drink with water. After one glass of wine, we have an entire glass of water. This will not only help cut down the amount of alcohol you drink, but it'll also reduce your chance of getting a hangover (and missing your morning workout). Limit yourself to one to two glasses of wine on a night out.
Switch Up Workouts
Keep your body guessing by mixing up your exercise. This is one of the best ways to build lean muscle and boost your metabolism. We have tons of workouts (as well as new ones posted every Tuesday) on Tone It Up. Try something new each day.
Find Inspiration on Instagram
Get connected with people all across the world to support you in your fitness journey. Having an accountability partner, whether it be someone you know personally or an entire crew (like the #tiuteam) helps when you need a little support. On days when you're just not feeling like working out, a quick scroll through your fitness account feed could be just the inspo you need. Follow us at @ToneItUp for more motivation.
Plan Workouts, and Prep Meals
Life can get hectic, but it's so important to make time for yourself. Set your workout to be at a certain time every day that works for you. Make it a reoccurring appointment in your phone's calendar, and think of it as an important meeting you can't miss. Same goes for picking up healthy groceries and meal prepping. The more you plan ahead, the better your results will be.
Recruit Pals to Join In
Working out is so much more fun when you have a buddy with you. Invite a friend to join in on your fitness adventures! Hit up a class or go on a run together. You get to spend time with each other and get your toning sesh in! Win-win!
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