“It’s a new year! I want to eat better, exercise more, lose weight, improve my stress levels, and I’m going to be more positive this year!”
Well, it’s now February and those “new year’s resolutions” have likely come to a screeching halt. Maybe you were good for a few weeks, a few days, a few hours… but sometimes we bite off more than what we can chew!
Instead of thinking of a resolution, start thinking in terms of baby steps or mini goals. Small steps are much easier to achieve, plus we all like meeting and exceeding our goals!
If we want to think about weight loss as our ultimate goal, we should probably break that down into small bite size goals.
Try drinking more water and staying hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water is 0 calories, helps you burn more calories, and can suppress your appetite when consumed before meals. The amount of water we should intake is determined by our body weight; you should be drinking about half your bodyweight in ounces. Example: If you weigh 150lbs, you should be drinking 75oz of clear liquids in a normal day, and should be drinking MORE if you’re exercising and sweating!!
Get more sleep! A recent study from the University of Chicago states that we burn more calories and fat throughout the day when we get 8.5 hours of sleep vs only 6 hours of sleep.
Exercise!!!! Get moving! It’s been proven that small bouts of exercise can be extremely beneficial for our health and well being. Just get going!
Even if it’s only a 5 minute workout in your kitchen, at least you’re moving!