I bet the first thing you think of when you want to make a healthier change isn’t your bedroom, but it is important to take a look at everything in your life, not just your eating or exercise habits. That’s why it is time to pay attention to things like your closet, your sleeping habits, and more! Read on for tips to revamp your bedroom.
1. Clean out your closet
Staying on track in your bedroom starts in your closet. Your clothes say a lot about your self esteem. If you’re staring at too many items that are sizes too small you set yourself up to feel bad. On the flip side, if you have only baggy shapeless items on your hangers, then you are saying you aren’t worth nice clothes until you trim down. Neither is true, and outfitting yourself with respect can help you stay on track. Here’s how:
Each night before you go to bed, take a few minutes to pick out the clothes you’ll want to wear for tomorrow, and hang them front and center in your closet, or on the door of your closet. It’s hard to think clearly if you have to get up at the crack of dawn. Also, if you plan on working out first thing, which I highly recommend, then plan on two outfits. Lay out your workout clothes, shoes and socks, and then the outfit you will wear for the rest of the day. You’ll wake up with success already set and ready to go.
Banish big clothes
If you’ve already lost weight and are hanging onto clothes that are too big it’s time to let go. Donate these items to a thrift store, you don’t need them anymore. If you just can’t bear to let something go, put it in a box and store it somewhere out of sight.
Stick to two sizes
My rule of thumb is to not allow more than two sizes in my closet. It’s normal for weight to fluctuate a small amount, and keeping two sizes should cover it. So if you typically wear size 12 and 14, then dump all the 16s or 6s.
2. Create the Ideal Sleep Zone
Sleep deprived people tend to overeat, say Columbia University researchers. To make matters worse, if you’re sleepy during the day, you’ll be more likely to make poor food choices. Remedying your sleep hygiene can help you lose weight faster. The following strategies will keep you on track.
Create a decadent bed
If you’re sleeping on decade old pillows, a worn out mattress, and/or cheap sheets you may be shortchanging your sleep quality. Spend time testing out new mattresses, look for pillows that support your head, neck, and sleep style, and upgrade your sheets.
Remove all screens
The chemicals in your body that make you feel sleepy at night time are triggered by darkness, while those that make you alert are triggered by light. With this in mind, banish screens including computers and televisions from your room. Even a bright digital clock display can disrupt your sleep.
Follow a set routine
Aim to have a set bedtime, and a set wake up time. Research shows that your body will adjust to this and plan on being sleepy during these hours. The ideal amount of sleep time varies from person to person, but should be around 7 to 9 hours per night.
3. Make your workout clothes and equipment the star
If your workout clothes are hidden in a dark closet, and your treadmill is in the basement gathering dust, there’s a good chance you aren’t moving your body enough. Here’s how to keep both in sight, and in mind.
Clarify the situation
Store workout clothes in clear plastic containers where you can see them, and each night before you go to bed lay out your fitness outfit for tomorrow—don’t forget socks and shoes.
Use the door
Hang your workout clothes on your bedroom door, or place your packed gym bag right in front of your door, so you’ll have to trip on it on your way out. It will make it harder to ignore your plan for success.
Keep workout equipment in view
If you have a treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical don’t use it for a clothes hanger, and don’t hide it in the basement. If you have room in your bedroom put it right there so you see it right when you wake up. And I know I suggested getting the TV out of the bedroom, but if you aren’t going to do it, make sure you have a DVD with fitness videos cued up as another workout option.