If getting healthier this year is one of your resolutions, you may be searching for a few easy tips and tricks that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine. While extreme dieting and fitness may help you reach your goal weight, both are almost impossible to maintain, which only leads to frustration. Turn to these easy tips below to lose weight the right way, and remember that slow and steady wins the race.
Walk, Stand, And Stretch
If you spend 5 or more hours a day sitting at a desk job, try to invest more time walking, standing, and stretching throughout the day. It might not sound like much, but aim to stand for at least 60 seconds—30 times a day, and you will burn more calories. Not only that, but you will also see an improvement in muscle tone.
Limit Your Sugar Intake
Sugar and carbs are required for a well-balanced diet, but with the amount of processed and prepackaged foods most of us eat, we consume far more than our body requires. Aim to consume only 25 grams of refined (added/processed) sugars per day, and 25 grams of carbs per day.
Exercise Your Way
Hitting the gym, or hiring a personal trainer might deliver rapid results, but they simply aren’t for everyone. Instead, work out your way. Find a physical activity you actually enjoy and look forward to doing. From yoga, to dance, walking, hiking, cycling, or an at home DVD or workout subscriptions service. ClassicStretch.com is an easily accessible stretch and tone program, perfect for quick and easy at-home workouts.
Ditch The Stress
Stress is a major contributing factor to weight gain. It is often accompanied by stress eating and rushed dietary decisions, but when stressed to the max—your body will hold on to excess fat for comfort, and simply because your body is out of balance. Reduce your stress and you can rapidly lose weight—10 or more pounds. Some stress busters to consider include:
- Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night
- Deep breathing exercises
- Relax with massage, yoga, or meditation
- Cut out the non-essentials in your schedule
Diet and exercise are just two components of weight loss, but the tips above will help you to take a well-rounded approach to health.