• 9 Small Changes that Make a Huge Impact on Your Health and Fitness

    9 Small Changes that Make a Huge Impact on Your Health and Fitness

    With tons of yummy indulgences lurking around and lots of new restaurants popping up on every corner, it is easy to overload on food. And then there is the issue of a hectic schedule, which leaves you barely any time to go to the gym, let alone exercise in the confines of your office cubicle. To make it worse, toxins and pollution are making you sicker by the minute.

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    Staying healthy, especially nowadays, certainly calls for serious effort. The good news is, making small changes to the way you do things can really add up to your health and fitness in a massive way–more so if you keep at it.

    To make sure you are living a healthier, fitter lifestyle, here are some simple changes you can start doing today and build on over time.

     

    Eat a Big Breakfast

    If you’re the type who skips breakfast, you’re doing it wrong. You should never, ever tackle the day without eating first thing in the morning. And no, that energy bar does not count.

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    A good and big breakfast kick starts your calorie-burning ability and maximises your metabolic efficiency throughout the day. Plus, it prevents you from overeating later on. Skip it or eat less and your body goes into a gorging mode.

     

    Sleep

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    We know: you’ve got loads of things to do. But whether it’s work-related or not, you have to get enough sleep (about 7-9 hours a day) if you genuinely want to be healthier.

    Resisting the urge to sleep, not only wreaks havoc on your brain but also impacts your body’s hormonal balance. If you don’t get the ample rest your body needs, it releases certain hormones that stimulate hunger. The result? You binge-eat on unhealthy snacks.

     

    Have Water on Hand Wherever You Go

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    Water does every bit of wonder in your body. Among many things, water makes your skin glow, keeps you hydrated, flushes out toxins, carries nutrients to different parts of the body, and aids your digestion.

    Also, drinking a glass or two of water upon waking up helps boost your metabolism and increase your body’s calorie-burning ability throughout the day.

     

    Stand up and Stretch

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    In today’s technology-driven society, most people spend most, if not all, of their time in a day sitting. If you’re one of those individuals, now might be the best time to re-think such slouchy lifestyle. Sitting for hours on end can heighten your risk of disease even if you do workout daily, according to a study.

    Take a break from your tasks and try to stand, stretch, or walk to encourage more calorie-burning and minimise your risk of diseases and sickness.

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    Include Exercise in Your Schedule

    lady exerciseIt’s easy to brush off working out, especially if it isn’t part of your daily schedule. Often, we lie and tell ourselves that we’re too tired to exercise and that we’ll simply make up for it the next day. But to be honest, how many times have you followed through? We bet, rarely.

    Here’s the thing, though: regular exercise, as cliche as it may sound, offers a multitude of benefits. It boosts your mood, improves your energy levels, helps you manage stress, and builds your endurance. So if you want to look good and feel great, ensure that exercise is part of your daily or weekly schedule, not just something that you squeeze into your day when you feel like doing it.

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    Enroll in a Fitness Class

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    Nothing screams accountability louder than a fitness class. Whether it’s a group or private exercise class, having an instructor push you to your limits is a good way to help you stay committed to your fitness goals.

    You can also ask a friend to workout with you if taking fitness classes are not your thing. Beyond being able to motivate each other, having someone to exercise with can boost your discipline and enhance your mood. Plus, you are less likely to bail out on your workout because you know someone’s waiting for you.

     

    Snack on Fresh Fruits and Veggies

    Don’t simply take the unhealthy foods and beverages away; Focus on replacing them with healthy ones. Instead of stashing chips, sweets, and boxed snacks in your pantry, keep more fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and whole-grain food in your home and even at work.

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    You don’t have to take a drastic step to eat healthier. Start gradually; one small step at a time and simply build on those changes. As long as you keep at it over time, these simple changes in your eating habits will turn into habits, lead you to a better health, and help you reach your fitness goals.

     

    Don’t Skip the Eggs

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    Contrary to common misconception, eggs are actually highly nutritious, therefore, are good for your health. They are an excellent source of quality protein. At 70 calories, each egg packs an approximate 6.3 grams of protein. Plus, it’s one of the few that naturally contains vitamin D.

    A good post-workout munch, eggs can be eaten fried, boiled, scrambled, or mixed into a protein shake.

    Be Active

    We do not just mean running at the crack of dawn or hitting the gym after work, but being active all throughout the day.

    Instead of using the lift, take the stairs up your office. If you drive a car, make it a habit to park in the farthest available spot in the lot, then simply walk to your destination. It may be physically painful at first, especially if you’re not the type who religiously workout, but trust us: you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

     

    What little steps are you taking that are making a huge impact on your health?

     

     

     

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