More than 60% of your body is made up of water. It’s needed to carry out body functions, remove waste and carry nutrients and oxygen around your body. So, drink up!
Etiquette dictates that you finish your plate or keep eating if everyone else at the table is eating too. But, these are external cues to throw out the window if you’re wanting to control your weight. Listen to your gut and learn when it’s time to stop.
Pick physical activities that you enjoy and you’ll naturally want to do it. And, don’t forget to mix up your activities. Go walking in a different area, go kayaking at the lakes, play disc golf at the park, or go for a swim at a friend’s pool.
We know with kids and heavy work schedules sleep can be the first thing to go. But, when you don’t rest well, you compensate by eating more (usually junk food). Don’t snack to stay awake. Get the sleep you need and decrease your need for snacks throughout the day.
Too many of us circle the parking lot looking for that perfect spot. But, if your goal is to get in a few extra steps, you’ll find plenty of spots available in the back! Or, do you have stairs in your apartment or at work? Skip the elevator. Small changes make big impacts if you keep moving forward.
Within an average day, you could cut 1,370 calories by switching to water. Do you have orange juice (110 calories) or coffee (400 calories) for breakfast? Do you like to have a soda (280) in the afternoon? Or, a beer (150 calories) when you get home? They add up quickly. Plus, did you know that calories from liquids don’t mean the same to your body as calories from solid foods? So, you actually end up eating more total calories when you drink a soda than when you eat something.
Most of us are only using about ⅓ of our lung capacity. So, start taking deeper breaths where you completely fill your lungs, your abdomen expands and there is minimal movement in your shoulders.