Five Things You Can Do Today to Kick Start a Healthier You
According to the American Dietetic Association’s Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, the average adult loses about two and a half quarts or about 10 cups of water daily. This needs to be replaced to maintain your body’s fluid balance. Another interesting statistic, 37 percent of the population has such a weakened thirst response that symptoms of dehydration are routinely mistaken for hunger.
Experts recommend that women drink between 8 and 9 8oz glasses of water a day. It’s a whole lot easier to make sure you’re getting your recommend amount if you’re carrying a water bottle with you at all times. Plus, if you keep it at your desk at work, it gives you an excuse to get up once in awhile and move around.
2. Stock up on HEALTHY Snacks.
Are you a nibbler? Are you ever tempted by that vending machine at work? Or the cookies at the deli up the street? There’s no harm in snacking, as long as you go healthy and do it in moderation. So the next time you’re at the grocery store pick up some portable snacks such as baby carrots, nuts, fresh fruit and veggies. You’ll satisfy your hunger needs, and stay healthy doing it.
3. Take a Walk.
Even you get your work out in at Healthy Fit a couple of times a week, the time you spend sitting during the day can still be detrimental to your health. As a recent New York Times article pointed out:
“Exercise only slightly lessened the health risks of sitting. People in the study who exercised for seven hours or more a week but spent at least seven hours a day in front of the television were more likely to die prematurely than the small group who worked out seven hours a week and watched less than an hour of TV a day.”
Try setting a timer that goes off every 30 minutes to remind yourself to get up and walk around for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Need more reasons to get up and walk, check out this video.
4. Find a Way to De-stress.
One study found that overweight women who performed daily relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, or even writing in a diary for 20 minutes, lost an average of 10 pounds after 18 months — without consciously dieting.
5. Get to Bed Early Tonight.
Some studies show that people who sleep less are more likely to be overweight Check out our tips for getting better sleep here.