Wait spring, as in summer is just around the corner?
Well if you are still working towards your New Year’s resolution of losing those holiday pounds, then you and I are in the same boat. Don’t let the passing months discourage you from striving to be a healthier, more confident you! For many – work weeks can be exhausting, whether you’re in the office, driving from point a to point b, or at home taking care of a million different things. Let’s face it, every day life can be stressful, and sometimes the last thing on our minds is to hit up the gym. But the truth of the matter is that everyone should take 15-20 minutes per day to MOVE! You don’t need fancy equipment, or a membership to a gym that costs more than your car. It’s simple, and when I say simple I mean there is a workout designed for everyone, everywhere, no matter your age. Follow these pointers to jump start your fitness program!
1) Take it easy: As silly as it sounds, whenever starting a new exercise program you have to ease your body into it, or you will be feeling the workout day after day.
2) Take a cruise: Not in your car, but stroll through your neighborhood, a park, a track, or for those limited by space walk in place.
3) One of the easiest ways to get your heart rate up without using fancy equipment is doing good ole jumping jacks. Sound too easy? Try 50 jumping jacks and then see how tired you are. Increase the intensity by doing intervals of 15 fast, 5 slow, or make the exercise less intense by not swinging your arms and legs in full motion
4) If mid afternoon is a sluggish time for you pop in a 15 minute exercise video. You never know, you may encourage other co workers/friends/family members.
5) Remember, exercise alone doesn’t keep your body in tip top shape. You must incorporate healthy eating. When I hear healthy I assume, another strict diet consisting of soy and tofu. But don’t let those foods discourage you. Here are a few tips to eating better:
- Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. Your daily food selection should include bread/whole-grain products; fruits; vegetables; dairy products; and meat, poultry, fish.
- Eat moderate portions.
- Eat regular meals. Skipping meals can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in overeating.
- Reduce, don’;t eliminate certain foods.
- Make changes gradually. Just as there are no “super foods” or easy answers to a healthy diet, don’;t expect to totally revamp your eating habits overnightâ€¦
Last but not least, remember foods are not good or bad. Select foods based on your eating patterns, not whether any individual food is “good” or “bad.” Don’;t feel guilty if you love foods such as cake, potato chips, candy bars or ice cream. Eat them in moderation, and choose other foods to provide the balance and variety that are vital to good health.
Follow these small steps to become a more fit, happy you!
Remember, the key to long-term weight loss success is being optimistic.
Cheers to positive thinking!