Make your proper exercise and food habits work in complete harmony with these simple steps. They will make your life easier and help you feel better all around. You should walk more, establish safe exercise and food goals, and focus on eating a healthy salad before every meal.
Ditch the Vehicle
Whether you have a long commute or you drive a few blocks to the supermarket, if you choose to drive your car rather than to walk, bike or run to and from your destinations, you will gain weight. One easy step is that if you have a long commute or you are driving to the supermarket or shopping center, park as far away as possible and walk to the entrance.
Another great step to take is that if a store is less than a mile away, walk instead of drive. Walking at least an hour a day can help you to maintain and lose weight. Also, it only takes roughly 20 minutes to walk a mile. The more briskly you walk the faster you will reach your destination and the more calories you will burn.
To top it all off, you will save money by walking rather than driving your car. You will save money by not having to fill up your tank more frequently. You will also save money on the wear and tear of your vehicle. Additionally, you will also likely save money on groceries. This is because most people become less hungry when they exercise regularly.
Establish Goals and Safety First
Once you begin to integrate your diet with exercise, be sure to establish goals. Short-term goals will allow you to feel a sense of accomplishment that will keep you motivated to continue until you reach your long-term goals. Start with a simply short-term goal such as to exercise for at least 20 minutes a few days per week. A long-term goal could be to lose 10 pounds and eat a salad everyday for 2 months.
Speak with your physician before starting a new exercise routine. If you plan to pursue any new activity, you should work with a professional in the beginning so that you are performing exercises properly for your own safety. It is also important to note that you do not have to purchase an expensive gym membership to experience a good workout. You can use resistance workouts such as yoga and planking from the comfort of your home. Or, you can explore the great outdoors.
Small Food Changes
Poor food choices makes it increasingly difficult to exercise. When you choose greasy pizza, fried food or other heavy meals with low nutritional value your body feels weighed down, you become unmotivated and you have little to no energy. This is the perfect recipe for sitting on the sofa and procrastinating rather than to get up and move. It may be tempting to reach for the candy bar and skip exercise, however a few small food changes can make it far more easy to integrate your diet and your exercise routine.
Always start with a small salad. When you start with a small salad for lunch and dinner, you are guaranteed to consume your recommended veggies for the day and it will help you feel full more quickly so that you eat less. This will also help to minimize your daily caloric intake to help you maintain or lose weight. Be sure to add other veggies to your salad such as tomato, cucumber, carrot, radish or any other vegetable you enjoy.
Keep your dressing in check and skip the cheese on your salad. Both cheese and dressing can add hundreds of calories to your salad without you even realizing. And, if you are a reducing your meat consumption for a healthier diet, it is essential to use vegan sources of B12 such as nutritional yeast, tuna, clams, fortified cereal, salmon, fortified non-dairy milk and eggs.
Implementing Proper Exercise and Food Habits
These changes are easy to do if you implement them slowly and one at a time. Before you know it, you will have lost weight, established a healthy and manageable routine. Your next doctor checkup will also be improved greatly.