Are you looking to get serious about your fitness goals? Are you looking to get results and keeping them?
When it comes to getting (and staying) healthy, it’s actually not just about how much you workout and the kinds of workouts you do. It’s also about what you’re putting into you body.
In addition to that, it’s about forming healthy habits.
We talked to Emilia Bechrakis Serhant from Million Dollar Listing New York, about how she stays on her health grind.
The Most Important Meal
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s probably been ingrained into our brains since childhood.
A healthy breakfast is super key when it comes to our health and weight management.
- Starting your morning with breakfast not only boosts your metabolism but also helps keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.
- Opting for a healthy and nutritious breakfast will reduce the risk for starving, cravings and overeating later in the day.
- And opting to have breakfast helps you feel fuller for longer and allows you to consume fewer calories throughout the day.
So what should you have for breakfast?
Serhant also starts her day with a vegan smoothie with fresh fruit.
Snacking is a great and effective way to fit extra nutrients into your diet and prevent overeating at mealtimes.
When snacking try to keep it at about 100 calories and a mix of:
- and healthy fats
Emilia is big on snacking and opts for:
- lots of veggies with hummus
- nuts and dried fruit
- and fresh fruit
A healthy and early dinner can help promote better metabolic functions, which in turn promotes greater success in any potential weight loss efforts.
Emilia tries to have dinner before 7pm and her meal usually consists of fish and veggies.
She also night caps with a dandelion and burdock tea.
Indulge A Little
Allow yourself to indulge in your favorite snacks without going overboard. Doing so will prevent you from binge eating.
So instead of ordering a large order of fries to yourself, split a smaller portion with a friend.
Serhant loves fro yo and french fries but admits that neither actually agree with her.
We all know that getting exercise is good for you, but do you know how good?
Exercise can help:
- prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss
- combat health conditions and disease
- improves mood
- and boosts energy
Emilia prefers to workout in the morning as it gives her so much energy.
“When I work out at night I can’t sleep, unless it’s a yoga or pilates class.”
She also hits the gym with celebrity trainer, Kira Stokes, about 4-5x a week.
During her lazy months, you can expect her in the gym about 3x a week.
While she’s vacationing, she tries her best to find a gym or a class.
And if she can’t, she says:
“In the mornings, I’ll do a mini 15-minute workout, walk or hike or swim.”
She also always keeps resistance bands in her bag and truly recommends them if you’re in need of a quick workout and can’t find a gym.
Getting A Trainer
This is especially key if you’re new to the entire gym experience.
If you’re worried about the potential price tag, many gyms offer a free session at sign-up to help you get familiar with the machines, and more in-depth sessions can help perfect your form.
Emilia decided to work with Kira Stokes because she loved her energy and:
“She has 20 plus years of experience and corrects my posture. I’m over the novice trainer who wasn’t really a trainer or doesn’t have the right education and experience.”
She also says that she’s noticed a major difference in her back pain, posture and core strength since starting her partnership with Kira.
It’s one thing to initially get motivated and accomplish their health and fitness goals.
But many find it hard to stay motivated once completing the goal.
The maintenance phase is the hardest phase.
Here are some ways to stay motivated:
- start small, and don’t overwhelm yourself
- as soon as you reach one milestone, aim for another
- reward yourself
- avoid becoming overly discouraged even if you have an off day and miss your usual workout or indulge in an unhealthy meal or two
Form Healthy Habit
So how long does it take to form a habit? About 21 days.
So if you’re really looking to see real results and actually keeping them, pushing yourself for the first 21 days is crucial.
Note: You can expect to see a Kira Stokes/Emilia Bechrakis Serhant collaboration soon! Emilia wants to offer up the Kira Stokes experience and expertise to those who are not in the New York area.