Losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard. Regular people just like you and me have shared with Health.com how making these small tweaks in their lifestyles have made a big difference in their waistlines:
- Switch up Your Happy Hour: Instead of blowing off steam at a local pub, try grabbing your buddies for a quick jog to unwind and de-stress. Making even just one swap like this – choosing the healthier option – can help you to lose about one pound a week. Plus, finding a workout buddy can keep you motivated and make healthy living more fun.
- Pump up the Volume: Listening to your favorite, move-inducing tunes can help you look forward to your workout and perhaps even forget to sweat it. Put together a 45 to 90-minute workout mix that makes you want to move for an exercise routine that is longer and more enjoyable.
- Pile on the Veggies: Top your favorite mouth-watering foods like pizza, pasta, eggs or sandwiches with loads of veggies like green peppers, broccoli or spinach. The greener the better and the more the merrier. You’ll feel full and satisfied so you won’t have the urge to snack on unhealthy foods later and you’ll still get all the necessary nutrients to keep you energized and lean.
- Get Fit in Five: Don’t think you have the time or energy for an hour workout every day? Then look for 5-minute windows throughout the day, like during TV commercials or your lunch break, when you can do quick exercises like crunches or jumping jacks. Every minute counts and they really do add up. And before you know it, you’ll also feel more motivated to workout longer when you do have the time.
- Downward Dog It: Hot or cold, meditation or power, a yoga practice does more than just tone your muscles and improve your flexibility – although those benefits may be enough to convince you to give it a go. Yoga also encourages a mind-body connection that allows you to be in better touch with the signals your body is sending you. This will help you to stop eating when you’re full and also understand your cravings.
Healthy living doesn’t have to mean a huge, intimidating change. All it takes is one or two small swaps to get you looking and feeling worlds better.
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