While many people focus on the negatives around them that hold them back from making the progress they desire, it’s a good idea to look to people you’d want to emulate. And what better person to emulate than a former professional tennis player who has made health and wellness an integral part of her entire life. Take a look at Neha Uberoi’s 12 things that healthy women do to stay in tip top shape.
The efforts we make to achieve our wellness goals can severely be hampered by the subconscious choices we make every day. The smallest of bad habits and unknowingly negative thoughts can unintentionally prepare us for failure even when we are working hard to succeed. Below is a list of habits and attitudes that I’ve observed that elite female athletes and healthy women possess.
- They eat breakfast. Fit women know that enjoying the most important meal of the day not only revs up their metabolism but gives them fuel to reach their daily goals. Skipping out on this is just not an option. (“Breakfast skippers replace calories during the day with mindless nibbling and binging at lunch & dinner. They set themselves up for failure.”- Milton Stoke, Chief Dietitian for St. Barnabas Hospital NYC)
- They eat snacks packed with protein and healthy fats. Healthy women aren’t scared to eat and eat well. They can and will eat up to 6 meals a day: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. It’s proven, fueling up on healthy fats like avocados and unsalted nuts “helps the body burn fat” – Keri Glassman RD. (http://www.livestrong.com/article/557726-eat-fat-to-burn-fat/)
- They make sleep a priority. Healthy women know they tend to make bad food and lifestyle choices when they are sleep deprived and cranky, like grabbing for that sugary donut for a quick sugar surge. Therefore, they make sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep, which is enough time to rejuvenate, relieve the body of stress, rest sore muscles and recharge.
- They don’t drink their calories. The poison of choice for fit women is H20. They limit their caffeine and juice intake and opt instead for water with lemon, coconut water, green tea, and freshly squeezed green juices to hydrate.
- They have a very positive relationship with food. Healthy women understand food is meant for fuel and make choices based on this mentality. They have made the effort to work through changing any emotional attachments to eating. Healthy and fit women take pride in nourishing their bodies in the best way.
- They allow themselves to eat treats without the guilt. No mind games just pure non-judgmental chocolatey bliss. Research shows that people who associate guilt with eating chocolate cake are more likely to have less control over their eating and less like to maintain their weight. (University of Canterbury http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/05/guilt-weight-loss_n_4380080.html)
- They figure out creative ways to be active: taking the stairs, going for a brisk walk and talk at lunch or doing bicep curls with heavy grocery bags. Healthy women turn everyday tasks into calorie burning and muscle strengthening opportunities.
- They laugh loud and often. It relieves stress, which leads to weight gain and unhealthy habits. When you’re stressed your body triggers the release of glucose. Modern day stress doesn’t require all that extra glucose, which then triggers the release of insulin. Insulin converts the glucose to stored fat.
- They don’t weigh themselves or take other measurements often. Fit women know when they look and feel healthy. They don’t need a scale or dress size to validate the feeling.
- They know every body is different. Women with the exact same BMI can have completely different measurements. And for that reason, they don’t compare themselves to others. All they care about is the vitality pumping through their veins. (chart for reference http://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/a43295/bmi-body-comparison-chart/)
- They know working out doesn’t always have to involve the gym. An active adventure with friends, swimming, a brisk walk in the mall (stopping for shopping of course), gardening, sports, swimming and yoga are all great ways to increase the heart rate and stay fit.
- They believe in balance. Fit women know that extreme diets, extreme working out and a rigid schedule are not sustainable. They opt for a sensible lifestyle by building in habitual wellness practices to for a healthy life.
This article has been republished with the permission of NehaUberoi.com.
Neha Uberoi is a former top professional tennis player, Indian-American role model and respected wellness authority. She has traveled the world playing in the most elite women’s tennis tournaments in the world such as the US Open. After leaving pro tennis, Neha graduated from Princeton University. She covers personal development, fitness, style and tennis with deeply personal insight and honesty.