Living lean can be simple if you break down your long-term goals into small daily tasks. Whether you are trying to completely change your lifestyle habits or you just need a little tweaking to reach your fullest health potential, these steps to live lean can help! This list of 21 steps will introduce a new way to live lean each day for 3 weeks. Do as many as you can each day and it will truly add up to a happier, healthier you!
Your body is more than 70% water, so staying hydrated is extremely important! Try to have a glass of water right when you wake up, before each meal, and more throughout the day. Read these 4 Reasons Why You Should Drink More Water, too.
Your heart needs exercise to stay strong – it powers your entire body, after all! You should try to sweat, yes sweat, at least five days per week. Whether that means walking, swimming, jogging, or bicycling is up to you. Just do it!
3. Train Your Whole Body
The one way to truly change the shape of your body is to strength-train. You’ll increase your calorie burn all day long by doing just one 20 minute strength routine per day. Focus on moves that work big muscle groups to burn the most calories possible. Try the WeightLESS Workout Challenge, the Metabolism Workout, or the Killer Circuit Bootcamp Workout to work your entire body!
4. Vary Your Workouts
Your body adapts to the workouts you expose it to – over time you can do the same workout more efficiently, burning fewer calories doing the same moves. So aside from workout boredom, you won’t be getting the same awesome results if you do the same routine day in and day out. Mix up your workouts- include cardio exercise, strength training, and yoga to look and feel your best!
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5. Stress Less
Stress can cause weight gain, overeating, and many more undesirable results. While some amount of life stress is unavoidable, you can change how you handle it. After a long day, read these Get Happy benefits of working out and try one of these 6 Ways to Detox Your Body.
6. Quiet Time
The hustle of bustle of your busy life can be a lot to handle, and it certainly can interrupt your ultimate get-lean goal. Take some time for yourself each day to be with your thoughts. Sit in a quiet room for even just 5 minutes. Focus on slowing down your breath and letting yourself be present in the moment. Your body, skin, and mind will thank you!
7. Try Something New
Just as doing the same workout can lead to a slump, eating the same foods each day can lead to boredom and leave you lacking essential nutrients. Vary your foods as much as possible, making your plate as colorful as you can. SkinnyMs. has all of the tips you need for skinny eating!
8. Say No to the Yo-yo
As you know, diets wreak havoc on your body and mind with all of their restrictions. Say NO to yo-yo dieting for good and focus on clean eating each day for the ultimate lean life.
9. Set Goals
Another step to living lean is to create your own steps and goals! Setting goals motivates you to strive for something better for yourself. Set weekly goals that are achievable yet challenging. Try one of the SkinnyMs. Fitness Challenges!
10. Surround Yourself with People Who Have Common Goals
Social support is key to reaching your goals and living a happy, lean life. Enlist a few friends or your significant other to reach your goals with you or participate in a fitness challenge together. Cheer each other on!
11. Log Your Progress
The best part about setting goals is reaching them! Visualize your progress by logging it in a journal. Track your food if you are trying to eat better or log your workouts if you are participating in a fitness challenge. Then, congratulate yourself as you reach those goals!!
12. Listen Up
Music can brighten your mood and power you through a tough workout. Check out these workout playlists from SkinnyMs.!
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13. Learn Portion Sizes
One of the most important steps to living lean is to learn what a portion size looks like. Even if you are eating something healthy, it still has calories, and they still add up! Learn what a portion size is and check out these ways to reduce your portion sizes.
14. Get Outside
Fresh air will brighten your mood and the outdoors provides a wide open space to workout! Burn calories and have fun outside with the Outdoor 4 Minute Fat Blaster and the Fun in the Sun Outdoor Workout!
15. Plan Ahead
Planning your meals on Sunday, before your busy week starts, will help prevent any slip-ups during the week. Read up on the benefits of meal planning and start today!
16. Add Oils
Adding some essential oils to your food can bring out extra benefits including glowing skin and weight loss. Check out our list of 5 Healthy Oils to Add to Your Diet!
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17. Go Pro
Probiotics, found in foods like yogurt, aid in the digestion of your food. They can help reduce bloating and make you look and feel lean!
18. A Superfood a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Superfoods are absolutely packed with nutrients. Try adding one a day into your diet!
19. Stretch Your Body
Yoga clears the mind and stretches and tones the body. Dedicate at least one workout a week to a yoga workout.
When you are sleeping your body is repairing and rebuilding. 7-8 hours is more than just a recommendation, it’s a necessity! If your current sleeping habits have you far off from the recommended amount of time, try going to bed just 15 minutes earlier every few days.
You CAN live lean and still have dessert! It’s good for the soul! Just don’t have dessert every night. Check out some delicious recipes here!