6 Life Hacks To Live A Healthier Life
As a certified fitness trainer I have many conversations with both clients and non-clients about health and fitness. Most individuals tell about their desire to get in better shape and become healthier.
While it can be argued that healthy eating and exercise can be difficult and inconvenient the benefits from doing them far outweigh any possible negatives.
The real challenge for each individual is the inability to develop good consistent actions which would result in a healthy lifestyle. Here are six life hacks you can develop to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
1. Focus on doing a physical activity you enjoy.
Take away the complexity of figuring out what to do. You don’t want to do anything out of obligation or your level of motivation will be low. If you enjoy brisk 15 to 30 minute walks then grab a buddy and start walking together.
If you would rather workout at a gym or with a group then choose those for your activity. Doing what you enjoy therefore. becomes an opportunity to take control of your health.
2. Practice portion control when you eat your meals.
The larger your portion size is the larger your waist line will be. Portion control tips the scale in your favour by reducing the number of calories you consume. This means that you will reduce the amount of calories your body stores as fat.
Eat moderate portion servings until you are satisfied not stuffed. Place your food on plate smaller than the size you would normally use. Also drink a glass of water or eat a salad before your meals. Don’t panic if your serving size seems small. You will be able to eat multiple servings from the same plate just not all at once.
3. Eat a fruit that is in season and a serving of 2-3 cups of vegetables daily.
Fruits and vegetables are low in calories but high in fibre. They also provide us with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which help protect us from diseases: powerful combination to maintain a healthy weight.
Go to an outdoor market or supermarket where fresh vegetables and fruits are sold almost daily. Research shows that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables also lowers the risk of chronic disease.
4. Schedule your workouts as an important appointment.
Treat your workouts like a meeting you can’t afford to miss. Sometimes you might have to prioritize exercise over other activities. If you must miss your workout, re-schedule it to an available time period.
When you are willing to skip workouts you are one step closer to missing workouts altogether. Be more willing to have a flexible calendar that can accommodate your exercise plans.
5. Try to eat some form of protein with every meal.
Protein maintains, builds and replaces muscle in our body. By spreading your protein intake throughout the day your muscle will receive what it needs to be built up and repaired.
Protein boosts satiety (fullness). Your body also uses more energy or calories to digest protein. Some great sources of protein are meat, turkey, fish, cheese, nuts, peas and beans. Muscle is metabolically active meaning that it burns fat as energy to maintain itself.
6. Drink more water.
This is something everyone can do. You can drink two glasses of water upon waking up in the morning and one glass before every meal so you don’t overeat. There are also apps you can use like Water Your Body for iPhone and Android and Waterlogged for iPhone.
If you don’t know much about apps set alerts on your phone to remind you that you need to hydrate. If you want to “spice” up your water try adding some lemon, cucumber, orange slices, watermelon pieces, mint or some Crystal Light powder.
Living a healthier lifestyle is very possible. You can do it by implementing these 6 life hacks into your life on a regular basis. They are simple and easy to follow. Once you build these habits you will also find ways to improve on them. The results you desire are sure to follow.