Friday, July 5, 2013

Tips For Becoming Healthier and Getting in Better Shape

We all have people around us that we enjoy spending time and creating memories with. To make sure we can be with our loved ones and friends for as long as possible it's important to take care of our health.
To make sure the healthy changes stay with us for the long run it's often easier to add a good habit one at a time.

Here are some tips to help you get healthier and more fit:

1. Make sure you get enough sleep on a daily basis. This makes getting in exercise so much easier because you'll have the energy to do it.

2. Keep track of how much water you're drinking. You'll be able to see whether you're getting enough or not.

3. Find some type of exercise that you really enjoy and look forward to.

4. Aim to get in at least 20 minutes of exercise on 5 days of the week.

5. Do a couple of strength/weight training sessions a week. It helps preserve your muscles as you age and/or lose weight.

6. Join a site like . There's a forum area with lots of categories where the members support each other. The site is for people of varying fitness levels.
myfitnesspalcaloriecountfitday, and cronometer are some other places where you can keep accountability for what you eat and how active you are during the day.

7. Join a support group to help keep you motivated. With support it makes it easier to reach your own goals.  If you don't like going to support groups you can read online forum posts in communities that support healthy goals.

8. Add color to your meals by using different colored vegetables. You get more nutrients and the plate looks more attractive to the eye.

9. When you do groceries pick up a fruit or vegetable you haven't tried and add it to one of your meals.

10. Make a list of your favorite foods and find healthier versions on recipe websites.

11. Give yourself non-food rewards when you reach a health goal or a fitness girl (ex. foot massage, take a bubble bath, buy a new piece of clothing, set aside money for something you want ...)

12. Take some time for yourself that's just for you (alone time) where you can relax or do something you enjoy in peace.

13. If you want to lose weight you can use BodyMedia device or Fitbit device. The devices show you how many calories you're actually burning in a day, how many steps you've taken, plus you can log the food you've eaten and track your weight as well.

14. Find an exercise buddy to workout with - it can be a friend, a family member, spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, or even your dog.

15. Move more during the day - this can include parking further away so you walk further, or taking extra trips to bring groceries into the house. Being active throughout the day helps the body stay healthy.

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