Yesterday’s post seemed to go over quite well with you, my lovely readers, and because of this, and also because I said I would continue the topic for today’s post, I’ve got plenty more small lifestyle changes that produce big wins to share with all of you, courtesy of lifehack.org. Check out the rest.
21. “Invest in healthier snack foods such as nuts, fruit, snap peas, baby carrots, etc.
22. Set a goal and don’t stop until it’s achieved.
23. Set baby goals with corresponding rewards to encourage you along the way.
24. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether that be talking to a fit friend or hiring a fitness professional.
25. Understand your body. Figure out the number of calories you can consume daily to maintain, gain, or lose weight.
26. Avoid drinking to get drunk except on special occasions (it really shouldn’t be an end-of-the-week habit).
27. That said, restrict yourself to 1-2 alcoholic beverages when you do drink casually.
28. Increase your protein intake. It will keep you full and promote recovery from exercise.
29. Take a multivitamin. Most of us do not get the essential micronutrients we need day to day.
30. Take a fish oil supplement. Omega-3’s are essential for a strong heart.
31. Go on walks after eating large meals.
32. Wake up an hour earlier (given you slept enough hours) and get moving. You’ll be more productive if you start the day off with a little exercise.
33. Avoid movie theatre popcorn if you can. That stuff is dangerous. A large bucket can contain over 1000 calories easily.
34. Find and start a fitness program.
35. If you smoke, stop.
36. Pick up a sport you want to try.
37. Re-pick up a sport you stopped participating in.
38. Join health initiatives and challenges at the workplace.
39. If you’ve been sitting for over an hour, get up and walk around — like right now if it applies.
Take your dog on a walk! If you have one of course. The exercise isn’t just for your pup.
41. Vacuum the house. It’ll get you moving and can burn up to 300 calories per hour!
42. Avoid artificial sweeteners. If you need one, try Stevia.
43. Drink skim milk instead of whole milk.
44. Incorporate a resistance training routine instead of only performing cardio. It promotes strong bones and faster metabolism.
45. Drain the bacon grease before frying your eggs!
46. If you are eat a salad, avoid dousing it in dressing. A single serving of ranch dressing can be up to 150 calories.
47. Trouble sleeping through the night? Decrease caffeine intake. Especially within 5 hours of bedtime.
48. Read a book. Stimulating your mind promotes physical health more than you know.
49. Choose baked chips or veggie chips instead of regular ones.
50. Avoid deep fried foods. Baked or grilled versions are better choices.
51. Buy fresh veggies over canned or frozen ones if possible.
52. Do not drink Fireball. Stuff has antifreeze in it.
53. When eating out, pick a healthier option. It’ll taste better than you expect.
54. Write your thoughts out every once in awhile. Keep a diary. Write an article. It helps relieve stress.
55. Talking to people also relieves stress. Get out there and be social. Don’t hold things in.
56. Choose leaner meats for your sandwiches and meals.
57. Don’t skip meals too often. Your body needs food for energy.
58. Start a running or workout group amongst your friends and/or colleagues.
59. Listen to music you enjoy. It soothes.
60. Buy whole grain breads and pastas over instead of white,” the web page recommends.
I encourage you to check out this web page from lifehack.org, linked above, as there are a total of 100 tips to read up on, and they’re worth taking a look at.
Being better doesn’t have to require tremendous sacrifice, and I hope these past couple of posts made that apparent.