Now that spring’s in full swing, we’re realizing just how close bikini season is (eek!). With that in mind, we’re focusing on developing the healthiest habits possible now—to sustain through summer and beyond. If you’re in a similar headspace and looking to spring-clean your lifestyle, we’ve rounded up seven habits that some of the fittest women swear by. Keep scrolling to get motivated!
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“There’s a big misconception about health out there that a super fit life is one that operates on extremes: working out for hours on end, not eating anything, and spending limited time socializing as to not be tempted by vices. This couldn’t be more opposite of how I view health and how I live my life. I see food and fitness as a way to treat my body. I’ll get moving an hour a day, I eat three meals with two snacks of whole foods, I see my boyfriend and friends for at least part of the day, and I drink a ton of water. It doesn’t have to be crazy or complicated!
Plan workouts and track results
Keep a fitness log that and take it into the gym. Write out your programs a night before (so you get excited about it) and put a smiley face next to the things that really make you sore!
Keep snacks handy
Schlep everything with you! Bag your snacks, pre-pack almonds, celery, yogurt—all of it. Because you don’t ever want to be in a situation where you’re hungry, but don’t have anything healthy to eat.
Make everyday moments into a workout opportunity
“I’ll literally just randomly do squats here and there throughout the day, or do a couple of sit-ups while I’m sitting around, and rotate it throughout the day. So for my butt, while I’m doing my makeup or hair, I will just do leg lifts, and I’ll do squats while I’m brushing my teeth, and when I’m walking around I’ll put ankle weights or wrist weights on. When I talk to people on the phone I do lunges outside.”–Julianne Hough, dancer, singer, and actress
Use music to motivate you
The interplay of exercise and music have been long-discussed, crossing the disciplines of biomechanics, neurology, physiology and sport psychology. Listening to music while exercising has been found in multiple studies to create an increased sense of motivation, distracting the mind while increasing heart rate.
Always choose the active option
Never take the elevator when you can climb the stairs. Walk or cycle to the shops.
Get your greens!
“I swear by the green smoothie. I make one for myself every single morning. The base of my smoothie is always kale and spinach. It’s 75 percent greens. I sometimes stuff my Vitamix with simply kale and spinach, or I’ll add cucumber, celery, and other different vegetables, but mostly green. And then to sweeten it just a tad, I’ll add pineapple one day, banana another, or some strawberries and blueberries. Then I’ll add some ice, and a little bit of almond milk. And that is the start of every single day for me. It’s my power drink. It’s my power meal. It’s my green smoothie—and I swear by it.” –Angela Davis, Nike trainer and Soul Cycle instructor.
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