Most of us, if not all, indulged over the holidays. Who can resist the temptation of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, bread, cheese, and cookies. Let’s face it… we all do it. But now it’s time to get your health back on track. Here are some pointers to help you spring back into shape and stay healthy.
Most people don’t drink enough water during the day. In fact, most mistake thirst as being a sensation of hunger. Rather than reaching for water, they choose to eat instead. Many also believe they are drinking enough water during the day since there ís water in their coffee and/or tea. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, drinking coffee or tea can dehydrate you, which means you need to consume even more water to maintain a healthy balance. The general rule of thumb when considering water intake, is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. Therefore, a person who weighs 160 lbs should drink approximately 80 ounces of water, which is the equivalent of 5 water bottles (500 mL water bottle). By staying hydrated, you will no longer mistake thirst for hunger and ultimately improve the body’s physiological functions.
Keep a variety of fruits and veggies close by
Having fruits and vegetables on hand will decrease the chances of you reaching for that high carb snack and help you get the recommended daily servings. Fruits and veggies are the most readily available snacks you can eat without feeling guilty. Healthy snacking will also help you stay energized during the day and will prevent you from overeating during mealtimes.
Choose fun activities
Most people choose to lose weight as their New Year’s Resolution. They are very keen for the first few weeks, by going to the gym regularly and eating well. However, they often lose their drive usually due to boredom. Exercising does not necessarily mean doing the same cardio workout on the same machine everyday. For a guaranteed fun workout, try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating or running in the snow. If outdoor activities do not appeal to you during the winter months, why not try some indoor activities such as squash, racquetball, tennis or basketball. This will surely avoid the monotony of cardio machines and keep your mind and body stimulated.
Find reasons to move throughout your workday
Many are stuck sitting at a computer all day long, making it very difficult to get exercise. So instead of sitting in a regular office chair, why not consider sitting on a Swiss ball. This will force you to use your core muscles, assume proper posture and ultimately avoid the aches and pains of being sedentary. Instead of emailing that message to your coworker or boss, why not walk over and deliver the message in person. If you’re above the first floor, consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Lastly, park far away to get a few extra steps into your day and get closer to the recommended 10,000 steps per day.
Don’t be so hard on yourself!
Don’t let one unhealthy decision ruin the rest of your day. Just because you ate that piece of chocolate, doesn’t mean your whole day is shot and you may as well be bad the rest of the day. Allow yourself those little indulgences. Depriving yourself of the foods you love, will only make it harder to stick to your nutritional plan. Moderation is the key. Make sure to savour your treat and know when to stop.