How much further could you take yourself, if nothing was stopping you? There is no better time than the present to start reaching for your goals, and summertime offers the perfect excuse to take your health quest outdoors. You have what it takes to lead a healthier lifestyle, and these tips will give your journey to better health a boost.
Drink Green Tea
Green tea can have a significantly positive impact on your health. It has antioxidants, which are useful for treating diseases. The caffeine in green tea, helps provide a little extra energy in your day, and since it is low in calories, it makes a great beverage to replace sodas or flavored coffee drinks, which are high in sugar. Aside from these great health benefits, green tea can also increase your ability to focus, and has been proven to help burn fat.
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Exercising
How much do you exercise per week? The weekly average should be about 150 minutes. That might sound like a lot of time, but think of all of the time we waste doing minor activities that could be more physical throughout the day. For example, can you stand or stretch at your desk at work, instead of sitting? Maybe while you are running your errands, you can park in the very back of every parking lot in order to get in several extra steps.
With the warm weather that summer brings, try to incorporate activities that take you outdoors and into the fresh air. Perhaps, you could spend a few of your weekend hours working as a dog walker or tasker. Taking a jog during your lunch break at work, attending a fitness class at your local park, or modifying common exercises for the outdoors, are also great ways to incorporate those much needed fitness minutes into your lifestyle and soak up some Vitamin D. With all this added physical activity, don’t forget to take care of your body by drinking plenty of water and getting enough natural sleep to keep you focused and energized to tackle whatever the day may bring, including your exercise routine.
Food for Thought
Downsizing your meal portions is one of the easiest things you can change about your diet. If you are just starting to change your lifestyle to become more health-conscious, and you don’t quite have all of the healthy groceries in your pantry yet, you can start your new eating plan by eating less per meal. It helps to pre-cook and pre-package your meals into small, individual containers in order to limit what you are taking in. If you have the entire bag of your favorite snack in front of you, it won’t be long until you look down and realize that you’ve finished it off in just one or two sittings. Consider switching up where you eat. For example, pack a picnic lunch and head out to a nearby scenic area. Not only will you enjoy the warm seasonal weather, but you can’t overeat if you pack the appropriate portions. Plus, you don’t have the ease of being near the kitchen to be tempted to go back for seconds.
Keep in mind that by eating less, you may become hungry more often. That is when you should restock your pantry with healthy snacks. Items like hard boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, almonds, frozen fruit (in limited quantities due to the amount of natural sugar), and vegetables are a great replacement for potato chips or candy bars.
No matter where you are on your fitness journey, you deserve to be applauded for your efforts. When it gets hard, work even harder to meet your fitness goals. Use the mood boost accompanied by the arrival of summer to jumpstart your health and fitness lifestyle. Exceed your own expectations on your journey to better health.