ICYMI, Global fitness superstar, Kayla Itsines is in Singapore this weekend for the highly anticipated FitnessFest to be held at Marina Bay Sands on Saturday, May 19th. While we are busy preparing for the burpees sure to be in her BBG boot camp session and hitting peak #fangirl stalking her via insta-stories, we rounded up all the best advice the OG fitness influencer has dished up.
As the queen of motivating us to get out of bed at the crack of dawn to sweat through 28 minutes of hard-core HIIT, it’s safe to say that Itsines is an expert when it comes to cultivating healthy habits. So much so, that her last book release The Bikini Body Motivation & Habits Guide dropped juicy tips on exactly that – how to create healthier habits to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Just why is cultivating healthy habits so important? Well, it’s those automatic responses that will assist you on the days when motivation seems to be lacking. As the leading #BikiniBody transformation expert, Itsines knows that to see the changes you desire in your fitness and everyday life, you need to first set long-term goals, then commit to implementing daily habits that fall under the three pillars of rest, nutrition, and fitness.
And here we got her top healthy habit tips from each category to get you started!
Kayla’s Top Three Healthy Habit Tips
1. REST: Make sure you get enough sleep
Crucial to overall wellbeing, getting adequate sleep helps to control your stress levels and ensures you have the physical energy to be able to work out – or simply get through a long day at work! Try to follow a regular routine of getting 8 hours of sleep every night – Kayla uses alarms to keep a consistent bed and waking time – and you can even implement some evening rituals, such as reducing screen time, to help wind down before hitting the hay!
2. NUTRITION: Prep your meals – and never miss breakfast!
Proper nutrition is important to ensure you fuel your body for what comes ahead! Kayla relies heavily on meal-prepping to help build healthy eating habits. Through a meal-prepping life, it will undoubtedly help you in becoming more committed to nourishing yourself with healthy, balanced meals while skipping temptations, preventing you from reaching out to the cookie jar in your kitchen when you feel hungry mid-day.
She also recommends to never skip breakfast! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it is necessary to help kick-start your metabolism, boost mental concentration and give your body the energy it requires to get going in the AM. If breakfast for you is usually just an espresso, start by trying to prep delicious overnight oats the night before, or setting your alarm 20 minutes earlier to ensure you have time to whip up a nutritious breakfast before you dash out the front door.
3. FITNESS: Plan your workouts, making sure you have enough time for both active training and recovery.
Only once you are properly rested and fuelled, you are then ready to get into the fitness action! Itsines recommends creating a workout schedule (her #BBG and Stronger Plans lay them out nicely) and booking in the time into your diary each week to keep up accountability. If you always find yourself struggling to fit in the time to train, remember that “no time” generally actually translates to “didn’t make time” – so creating a regime to follow can help you properly allocate training sessions into your schedule.
Itsines also advocates that as much as you’re jotting down your week of workouts, be sure to include proper rest days. Overtraining is a fast track to injury and as counteractive, as it may seem, it can actually slow down and hinder your progress. So make sure you get those recovery days scheduled in and allow the body to have enough time to repair itself between workouts!
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