Hi there. It’s me, potato. I know you’re smirking but I’m being serious. Looking at all the productive and highly motivated joggers on the streets, I feel a hint of “oh god, I want to do that but my physique is so bad and I’d collapse after 3 minutes”. And then I feel like a complete couch potato.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not actually too insecure with my body. I have curves and my arms aren’t as thin and pretty as I’d like them to be and my collarbone doesn’t stick out as I would like it to but I’m okay with my body because I feel healthy. I feel healthy but not fit. And that’s a difference. The thing is I do move enough and I wouldn’t say I’m a complete couch potato because I am active every day.
Even though I can’t do a lot of running with my weak knees (yes, both of them) and because I’m personally not keen on getting muscles because I’m so petite that it would look weird in my opinion, and instead I’d just like to stay lean and healthy, I think I found a routine I can stick to. And I thought I’d throw in some daily habits to stay healthy as well.
Don’t be offended if you do any of the things I personally don’t like to do, this is just my personal preference. You do you, girls and boys! I applaud you for all the heavy workout you do. I’m just a lazy potato okay. I’m trying.
Before work and in the evening to rewind, I do yoga on my mat for 20-30 minutes. Yoga is actually a form of exercise for those who weren’t aware and it helps my body stay lean and it keeps my mind at peace. I swear by yoga because it is so mindful and calming.
I’m not kidding, I literally dance around for half an hour every day. I take a random part of the day to put on a song or a playlist and just dance around and get that heart pumping. Sometimes it’s even slower songs because I like freestyle ballet. Helps me stay flexible and moving. This is so much fun to me and has always been a much more approachable method than going to the gym to run on a treadmill for hours. This puts me in such a good mood, too.
Loads of water
Even though I have to get up a dozen times in an hour to go to the restroom, I drink loads. Especially working in an office, I get those refills constantly. Keeps a headache away! And it’s a great weight loss method as well. If you don’t like to drink water with no taste at all, put in some orange or lemon, there’s loads of things you can do with it.
Walk / Bike more
I can’t really bike as I have no bike here with me but I did start walking to work and home every day instead of taking the bus. It does take about 30 minutes, sometimes more if I lower my pace, but it does save me money and I get to move much more. I sit in an office all day long so that’s the least of exercise I can do at least. And when I’m out in the city on weekends, I try to walk to get around instead of getting on busses in central as well. Try to go on walks during long phone conversations! If you’re like me and walking back and forth whilst on the phone anyway then you can just get out to do the same.
More time outside
Even if you only plan to read a book and wind down, spending time outside and getting that fresh oxygen in parks and that sunshine is essential. I’ve spent numerous times outside in the park just meditating or laying down and reading. Just feels like you’re more “active” when you’re outside instead of staying home in your bed.
Don’t like the gym? Don’t hit it.
I do pilates at home just fine with my yoga mat and lovely Cassie from Blogilates. It’s like having a friend talk to you whilst working out. And you don’t have to worry about a thing or even pay. You can even stay in and stretch or work out during adverts while watching TV. Some exercises can even be done whilst watching your fave Netflix series. You’re not missing out on anything, just moving whilst watching. Pretty simple!
Thinking of Netflix, your snacks could be a tad healthier. Think of your favourite fruits and eat them as snacks. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are mine. Occasionally I throw in some kiwi, pineapple and mango.
Try to add more veggies to your meals. You don’t have to count calories or follow strict diets. Just add some more green, like broccoli, to that bowl of ramen.
Take pictures of your meals before diving in. This is the lazy method instead of writing down what you ate. This moment of a click gives you a moment to be truly aware of what you’re actually eating. I personally use Day One to save the pictures and kind of scroll through them after some time to see what I ate each day/week/month. Capture the healthy, not so healthy stuff, the snacks, anything.
Even if you don’t feel like getting down to work out, you can still take like 2 minutes to stretch, do 10 push-ups or sit-ups every day. Just two minutes. They don’t even have to be consecutive.
Don’t force yourself to do something you hate. If you don’t like running, don’t do it. You don’t have to do it to stay fit. It’s not the only method to get in shape. It’ll just make you hate exercise in general so try doing something you actually enjoy.
This is exactly why this post exists. Because I know I personally couldn’t do much more, so why promote what I myself don’t see myself doing? And honestly, that’s okay. I’m not a workout beast. I’m a lazy potato that once decided to at least try some things to be more healthy.
What are your tips?