Are you sick of getting the same old repetitive ‘exercise’ and ‘eat healthy’ advice that is far too obvious but nowhere near simple? Does the thought of hitting the gym exhaust you and the sight of salads kill your appetite? Then read on the following tips that are easy to follow and easy to adapt to your daily life with no effort.
1. HEALTHY SNACKING
We all love to munch on a bag of chips while we spend hours on Netflix or give into our late night cravings of cookies or even drown our sorrows with a tub of ice-cream after a bad breakup. But those insanely high-calorie snacks not only makes you gain unwanted pounds, but also mess up your metabolism, making you prone to illnesses feeling lethargic. Instead of making unrealistic resolutions of giving up snacking, switch those unhealthy junk food options with healthier options having much less calories like, roasted nuts and dry fruits, non-buttered popcorn, kale chips, sprouts and fruits of your choice. 2. DON’T DRINK YOUR CALORIES
We all are guilty of adding a carbonated beverage without much thought to our meals or indulging in those fancy ice-cream smoothies and shakes to beat the heat. But these sugary drinks are packed with massive calories and are very unhealthy for you.
A typical Starbucks Frappuccino can be loaded with as much as 600 calories. You can eat a wholesome meal in those 600 calories that will leave you much more full and satisfied than a drink. Apart from increased risk of obesity, drinking high-caloric beverages have a lot of other side-effects like tooth decay, reduced bone strength and even increased risk of diabetes that just makes the momentary pleasure of drinking the sugary beverages not so worth it.
3. EXERCISE YOUR WAY
You’d be lying if you deny having made a New Year’s resolution to exercise daily at least once in your life. But, the harsh reality remains that not all of us can find the dedication within ourselves to hit the gym regularly.
But doing intense cardio and using terrifying machines at the gym is not the only way to stay in shape. You can keep yourself fit by doing activities that you love and enjoy, be it cycling, running marathons, walking your dog every evening or even martial arts. So, put on your dancing shoes or go buy a cute swimming costume because this summer will be just perfect to enroll yourself in a dance class or swimming lessons.4. DRINK ENOUGH WATER
Even though we all have it heard it before multiple times, the importance of drinking enough water cannot be ignored. 6-8 glasses of water should be consumed everyday in order to be able to combat the intense summer that is upon us. Drinking plenty of water not only flushes out toxins from your body but also facilitates weight loss and boosts immune system. It helps keep fatigue at bay and can also make your skin look extra glowing and energized.5. HEALTHY DRINKS
A healthy lifestyle change is switching your drinks to healthier options like black coffee with no sugar and green tea. Both are rich with antioxidants that will not only energize you but will also boost your metabolism. Lemon water is also a great morning drink which aids digestion and cleans the system.If you are looking to lose some extra pounds, a great tip is to drink one part of Apple Cider Vinegar with two parts water. ACV controls blood sugar levels to help suppress appetite and prevents fat accumulation by improving digestion and detoxifying the body.
6. A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Adequate sleep of at least 6-7 hours is essential for the well being of an adult’s mind and body. A well rested body and mind curbs inflammation, sharpens attention, spurs creativity, relieves stress and avoids the risk of depression. For weight loss too, sleep is a key aspect. A sleep deprived person is likely to feel hungry because when you are sleepy, certain hormones go in your brain and drive your appetite. Also, you burn more fat while sleeping.
7. TAKE PROBIOTICS FOR A HEALTHY GUT
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast which are very beneficial for our health. It helps in managing your stomach health and helps treats conditions like Irritable bowel syndrome, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites) and Antibiotic-related diarrhea. They are helpful in curing Skin problems, like eczema, Urinary and vaginal health, Preventing allergies and colds and Oral health. Some probiotic rich foods include yogurt, apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut, raw cheese, pickles and dark chocolate.