Whether you’re looking to get bikini-body-ready for the summer or simply want to love who you see in the mirror, there are many ways for you to look and feel as confident as you are healthy. But, while there is plenty of advice, everyone is unique, so some approaches might not work for you, despite working for others.
However, this doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Although everyone needs to find a solution that works, there are several fundamentals you must remember if you want to improve your self-esteem and overall health. With summer upon you, there’s no better time to start than right now.
Perfect Your Workout Routine
The easiest way to begin your transformation is to improve your workout by looking at what works and what doesn’t. You may have been doing the same thing week in and week out for years without seeing the results you want.
Although changing your routine can seem intimidating, especially as it feels like you’re starting from scratch, it could be the difference you want. Consider areas where you want to improve and stop making excuses for sitting on the sofa rather than going to the gym. Eventually, you’ll see the improvements you always hoped to see.
Don’t Forget Aftercare
It isn’t just what you do at the gym that makes a difference. Intense workouts build muscle and conditioning by pushing muscle fibres to the limit, but if you don’t focus on the correct aftercare, you won’t see any improvements.
Protein and other foods high in amino acids are a fantastic way to treat your body right following a workout. You can also use supplements like SARMs to encourage further muscle growth and improve your toning.
If you always ache after a workout, an ice bath or Epsom salts will do wonders for easing DOMS, meaning you don’t need to take a few days off to recover.
Get Enough Sleep
You cannot underestimate the power of sleep and how it impacts your self-esteem throughout your lifetime. It feels like no one gets enough sleep, whether because they work too much or struggle to switch off at night.
If you want to see changes in your health and confidence, adjust your sleep schedule. This helps you wake up feeling well-rested and full of energy. You can also avoid common sleep deprivation issues like anxiety and depression.
Cut Out Fatty Foods
Everyone enjoys fast food at some point during the week or the month. A cheat day won’t cause too much damage to your fitness and progress, but you should still try to limit fatty foods, especially those packed with empty calories.
If you struggle to resist the temptation to snack during the day, look at other foods that still make you feel full but don’t contribute to weight gain. Instead of chocolate bars or sweets, try nuts or fruit. These are packed with protein and fibre (you know, the good stuff) and will still make you feel full.
Find a Style That Works
Besides exercise and a better diet, the right style can significantly impact your self-esteem and overall health. Everyone wants to find their style, but most are afraid to try something new because they don’t think it suits them.
A good way to overcome this is to find clothes that fit well. In most cases, this is all it takes to own an outfit as it means the style suits you much more because it seems right. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles, both your clothes and your hair, until you find something that satisfies you.
Focus On the Positives For Motivation
The road towards better confidence and health is long and frustrating. It can feel like you’re doing so much for minor, almost non-existent results. However, rather than focus on the negatives, look at the positives.
You can do this by tracking your workouts to see how much you’ve improved since developing your new routine. Social media posts can also benefit you, especially if you’ve seen a follower and engagement increase since making these changes. By looking at the positives, you can find the motivation you need to keep going, as they give you the push you need.
Looking Good, Feeling Great
Everyone deserves to look and feel good no matter who they are or what they do. The beauty of this advice is that it is something anyone can try. Even if you don’t succeed with every approach, you can find enough that transforms your image and boosts your well-being inside and out.