2014 can FINALLY be the year that you make the change you swear you will every year. You know what I’m talking about: being healthier. It’s no secret that the road to being fit isn’t a smooth one, but fear not! Here are 14 easy tips and tricks you can use to make the process much, much easier.
- Don’t overdo it! For most of us…let’s face it, it’s been a while. However, the worst thing you can do is try to overcompensate for lost time. Do NOT strain yourselves or you will come to hate working out altogether. First, try following this beginner’s workout routine to create a plan you can actually stick with.
- Too busy to go to a gym? No worries! Here’s a 30 minute routine that sheds calories, right in your very own home. No more excuse making!
- Only have time in the morning? For a lot of us, finding the motivation to get out of bed early and working out is not an easy task. Make this easier by sleeping in your workout clothes. If you’re already dressed, you've eliminated half of the work and you have no reason to sleep this one in.
- Don’t let cardio discourage you. Running is undoubtedly one of the most physically strenuous tasks you can do, but also the most beneficial (of course). Don’t let that scare you! If you pace yourself, I promise you it will become easy. Just follow these 15 steps to becoming a runner.
- Too much homework? Don’t let that stop you! Download and listen to an audio book while you run instead of music. Don’t stop until you finish your chapter. You’ll finish your English homework and keep your mind off of the strain.
- Exercise while you watch television. TV is pretty much the ultimate source of distraction and procrastination. If you love it as much as me, you won’t want to cut it out of your life entirely. Enjoy your favorite programs while jogging in place, or do sit ups and pushups during commercial breaks. Every little bit helps!
- Invest in some proper workout clothes. Believe it or not, they matter. Tighter fitting clothes give you a sense of confidence and will make you feel so much more streamlined. The more athletic you feel, the better you will perform. You’ll actually look forward to wearing them and will feel so much better about yourself.
- Cut back on eating out. Anything you make yourself is more than likely to be healthier than anything you buy. Try limiting your outings to once a week.
- Roasted/grilled, not fried. This applies to everything: chicken fingers, French fries, fish, etc. Frying something is probably the WORST thing you could ever do to it, so don’t. Don’t panic; roasting or grilling will still give your food that flavorful crispiness.
- Go vegetarian once a week. Meat is by no means bad, but going veggie at least once a week will help you incorporate more vegetables into your diet.
- Veggies first! Try to eat all of the vegetables on your plate before you eat anything else. Fill up on the healthy stuff before you move on to the not-so-healthy foods. If you’re going to be full, it might as well be of veggies.
- Use smaller plates. Studies show that large plates make you think you have smaller amounts of food, while small plates will create the impression of bigger servings. The more you think you’re eating, the fuller you will be.
- Drink a glass of water before AND after every meal. It will fill you up, cutting down on your portion size, and increase your water intake, something we all need to do.
- STAY AWAY from processed snacks. Avoid all of that gross stuff that they’re packed with: fat, sugar, salt, artificial dyes, preservatives, etc. Even if what you make yourself has more calories, it’s guaranteed have a higher nutritional value. Plus, there's no wasteful packaging!