Rewarding Yourself after HIIT Workouts
Sometimes after a HIIT workout, you get cravings for sugary, fatty, high-calorie foods to help satisfy your appetite. But, what should you do about those cravings? You don’t want to temporarily negate your hard work by eating unhealthy foods. Instead, you should find creative ways to reward yourself following your HIIT workouts. After all, when you have been working hard to create a toned, trimmed, and shapely body, you don’t want to ruin that. So what are some things you can do to reward yourself?
Keep Healthy and Tasty Foods Handy
- Healthy energy bars – Not all energy bars are healthy. Many of them are loaded with sugar, unnecessary fats, and other unhealthy ingredients that just make it more difficult to keep the weight off. Instead, do your research to find energy bars that include healthy ingredients which promote healthy lifestyles.
- Trail mix – Nuts, and dried fruit are not only excellent sources of energy, but they can also quickly satisfy your appetite. Just make sure that the trail mix doesn’t contain added sugar or unnecessary, unhealthy ingredients.
- Smoothies – Protein packed smoothies are a wonderful source of quick energy. For those who love their sweets, smoothies can be made to taste like soft ice cream and sorbets. Just use your favorite protein flavored smoothie mix and add fresh fruit, and healthy nuts for a quick “pick-me-up”.
- Go out with friends and family – Let’s face it, it is nearly impossible to eat completely healthy all of the time. Try scheduling a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly meetup with family or friends and enjoy yourself. Just don’t go crazy and eat too much, and make sure that you don’t eat the wrong things. Maintain your healthy habits no matter where you go, and it will become second nature.
- Prepare foods before working out – One of the hardest things about working out is coming home to a kitchen with food that isn’t prepared. You know all-too-well that after a HIIT workout you are generally really tired and hungry, and you probably won’t feel like making anything to eat. We have all had that feeling and we can all empathize. Instead, prepare something ahead of time, something that can easily be made once you get home. Make sure that it is something that will not only make you feel full but also satisfy your cravings.
Sometimes, food rewards just don’t “make-the-grade” and you feel like rewarding yourself in other ways. Those are the times when you need to break free and give yourself that little something extra.
Non Food Rewards
- See a movie with a workout buddy – Not only can this be so much fun, but it also serves as a way for both of you to reinforce why you are working out and eating healthy. You work out together, you reinforce the benefits of being healthy and fit, and you keep each other on track.
- Sauna, massage or hot tub – Those sore, achy muscles deserve to be pampered. Treat yourself and your sore muscles to a day of luxurious relaxation.
- Toss mad-money in a jar – After every workout, toss some mad-money in a jar as a reminder of your accomplishments. Then, once a month, go spend it wildly on something you always wanted. Or, save it for one or two big days of spending.
- Buy new workout clothes– Working out can be exhausting, so you want to be as comfortable as possible. Buy new workout clothes so your workouts can be as pleasant as possible. If you prefer an expensive pair of workout sneakers, workout pants or shirt, save up for it and reward yourself after you have reached your short-term goals.
- Weekend getaway – It doesn’t have to be an expensive getaway, but it has to be fun. While you are at it, get some exercise at the same time. Drive to the mountains or desert, hike and see nature. Visit a historical site or national park. Getting exercise and having fun at the same time, how much better can it get?
- Be creative – You are the boss when it comes to rewarding yourself. Have fun, be imaginative, and do whatever makes you happy. As long as it motivates you to eat healthily and do your HIIT workouts frequently.
Losing weight and maintaining healthy workout habits can be a challenge. Sometimes, looking and feeling good just isn’t enough to keep us going to the gym and working out. Let’s face it, exercise is strenuous and tiring. That’s why linking rewards to exercise help motivate us to stay in shape. Maintaining a good attitude about exercise and healthy eating is the first step in staying physically fit.