Spring is finally here! I’m so excited about spring and summer coming. I have started getting out some sun dresses and my favorite gladiator sandals in anticipation of the warmer weather. We’ve all been hearing A Lot lately how lack of exercise can contribute to dementia and too much sugar also. Whether you are trying to lose pounds or just trying to step up your game for summer, these little tips can help you stay on the right path.
Take The Stairs: We’ve all heard this a million times, but it really does make a difference. Any extra movement you create throughout your day can help boost your metabolism and burn some calories. Where I work, employees have to park in a designated parking lot and then walk to the building. After you get inside, there is an option to take the elevator to the second floor or the stairs. I always take the stairs. Part because I don’t want to look lazy taking the elevator and part because it does actually make my legs burn by the time I get to the top.
Drink Lemon Water and/or Water With Apple Cider Vinegar: Starting your day with a glass of warm lemon water can significantly improve your metabolism. I like to have one in the morning and then I fill my water bottle up with water and a couple teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Besides having other amazing health benefits, apple cider vinegar can boost metabolism, curb appetite and boost energy.
Order Out Less: I love going out to eat. I do find though that I am most likely to overeat when I go out (my wallet doesn’t like it that much either). Meal prepping seems so overwhelming to someone like me who a) is not a cook and b) is not a cook. I’ve found a couple easy ways to meal prep for my work week that doesn’t even involve cooking. I buy a head of lettuce, shredded chicken, and a bunch of vegetables at the beginning of the week. Then I make assorted lunches like chicken and broccoli, salad with chicken and carrots, etc. This has made it very easy for me.
Little Work Outs At Home: I am not a gym person. If I have to set aside enough time in my day to drive to the gym, workout, drive home and shower, that’s already way too much (I’m on a tight schedule!). I found I was much more consistent with working out when I didn’t have to make time to go to the gym. Now, I run/walk a few days a week right around my neighborhood. It’s so simple and I don’t have to make a trip to the gym. I also enjoy quick strength training sessions in my living room like crunches and squats. Remember, it doesn’t have to be that much as long as you’re moving. You could take this workout to the extreme and run 4 miles a day and do a kick-ass strength training at home, or you can walk briskly for a half hour and a light strength training after. The key is to not hate it, because then you will keep it a part of your routine.
Abs Are Made In The Kitchen: If your problem area is your stomach, you’re not alone! I have always battled with getting my stomach in shape. The big thing to know is, no matter how many sit ups you do nothing will change unless you eat better (high protein, veggies, less carbs). When I am strict with my eating I always notice my stomach is flatter, but don’t forget to indulge once in a while.
Sleep: Sounds easy, right? It can be! Depriving yourself of sleep can cause weight gain, mostly in woman. Making sure you are getting a full nights sleep and having a consistent sleep schedule can keep you at a weight you like.
Coffee: Original, no frills coffee can be a great way to start your day and also a great way to start your metabolism. Next time you’re on your way to work skip the high calorie caramel mocha latte and grab a nice medium roast instead. This will help boost your metabolism without all the sugar.
Hope these simple little tips can make getting ready for the warm weather less stressful!
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