As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, the excitement of summer being around the corner fills all of us with new energy and enthusiasm. One great way of using this energy is to get in shape. I have been trying out a few things which have been working for me greatly and I would like to share them with you.
1). Morning Workouts: Try and start a new workout program and schedule the workouts for early mornings. Other than getting one’s metabolism high and burning more calories through out the day, the biggest benefit of working out in the morning is that once you are done, you have the entire day to plan and do other things. The human psychology tries to postpone those events of the day which are hardest to do, and to ultimately not get around to completing them. So in order to prevent frustration and guilt later, push yourself a little extra and get done with your workout in the morning itself.
To get more ideas on waking up early: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvv2LJdABnk
2). Drinking water before every meal: Drinking a glass of water (approx. 8 ounces) before a meal will help you consume less food. The water will not only hydrate you, but also give you a temporary feeling of having a full stomach. This feeling will tell the brain to only eat as much is required.
3). Adding “Flaxseed” to your diet: On being requested by one of my followers who is also a good friend, Sunita, I researched on flaxseed, and I am glad I did. This miraculous seed contains a wealth of minerals, vitamins and fibre. It is rich in omega-3 and is very helpful in lowering cholesterol and risks of heart disease. Simply add two spoons of flaxseed to your cereals everyday in the morning, and you are good to go. The essential oils found in flax help the stomach to retain food as they slow down the digestive process and creates a feeling of fullness. So it not only curbs appetite but also gives you significant amount of energy for its portion size.
4). Snack On Nuts: It is very easy to reach out to that bag of Lays or Doritos. Just replacing it with a small bag of mixed nuts or even natural almonds will give you more back in return. Even if nuts are known to be high in calories, they are known to be rich source of protein and fiber, and many other important elements. I usually grab a box or two of http://www.amazon.com/Emerald-Natural-Almonds-4-41-Ounce-Packages/dp/B002ZJ4IO8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1363047491&sr=8-2&keywords=100+calorie+almond+packs from Walmart or Target and carry them with me wherever I go. This prevents me from grabbing an unhealthy snack if I get hungry when I am out and about.
5). Take Account – Write Things Down: Carry a personal diary in which you can write whatever you eat. I understand it can be pretty challenging, but you will see its benefits once you get into a strict habit of it. Going back to the past days and going through the list of what you ate will add reality and accountability to your efforts. It will highlight your problem areas if you haven’t been good, or will make you confident and proud if you’ve been disciplined.
If you are up for it, try giving these five habits a shot. If you can incorporate only one or two out of this list, you will be making a huge difference in your daily life. And again these are my five ways. If you have your own, I would love to know about it. Please feel free to leave a comment below.