If you thought this past winter was NEVER going to end, you weren’t alone. Many places in the United States got an extra-large dose of snow, cold, and dark skies that extended long past the official first day of spring. For some, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) made the winter doubly difficult, but now that spring is really here there a few things that will you feel better fast….
We’ve saved one of the best “healthy hacks” for last –
Stress can be a pesky adversary when it comes to weight loss. Busy schedules, sleepless nights, and a never-ending to-do list can cause overeating and less time for exercise and relaxation. This can result in weight gain which can have long term effects to your health. The stress, or fight or flight reaction causes your body to release adrenaline, which raises your heart rate and can disturb your sleep patterns, and increases cortisol levels in the blood (which can make you crave fat and sugar) and tells your body to store more fat – all of which can have profound long-term effects.
Stress related eating can compound the effects of stress on the body. Awareness is really the first step in stopping stress-related eating, and knowing your triggers, difficult times of day, and comfort foods can be a great way to put the brakes on unhealthy eating. Here are a few quick tips to help you consciously control stress eating.
The cold coupled with shorter days drives us indoors for longer spans of time in the winter. This trend can cause us to become gradually less active, which cuts both into our mood and metabolism.
In other words, it’s natural to feel bogged down by the cold winter season, but you don’t have to succumb to the “winter blues.” Take extra steps to counter act these changes in weather to stay true your healthy living goals.
Make sure you’re already on track come spring time with these tips to overcome the excuses that we often use to wait till the weather becomes warmer.
Fight The Cold
It can often be tempting to retreat back inside, under the covers or even curled up next to a space heater. If the cold is what has you doubting your resolve to work out here are a few things you can do.
Make your fitness resolution stick by involving the whole family! A commitment to fitness helps build a stronger, healthier family unit — with benefits for every aspect of life: not just for your physical health, but also for your emotional, social, and mental well-being, too. Being fit can lead to:
- A healthier body … with better resistance to common sniffles and “bugs” and with less risk for life-changing health issues, such as heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and osteoporosis.
- More physical energy, physical strength and endurance … to do what’s important to you and your family, to protect yourselves in emergencies and to learn and be more productive at school and at work.
- Looking and feeling your personal best … which builds self-esteem and self-confidence (something valued for adults and kids).
- A sense of well-being … which encourages a positive outlook and stamina to handle the daily stresses, challenges and ups and downs of your busy lives.
- Positive interactions with family and friends … which adds fun and a better quality of life.
Move it or lose it! Or, better yet, move it and lose it with these eight “healthy hacks” you may not have thought of before. Make a plan to incorporate these ideas all at once or one by one and you will see results. Small steps add up to a healthier you!
Park your car in the at the back of the lot.
Besides making it less likely that your car will get dinged you’ll also be guaranteed at least two long walks every day you work. You’ll also save yourself plenty of time and frustration trying to find the perfect spot.
Return your supermarket cart.
Similar to parking your car at the back of the lot, this is a very minor habit that will guarantee you another mini workout each time you shop.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2015) focus on food variety, flexibility and simple ways to shift to better nutrition. They also inspired these #HealthyHacks to help you stick with your resolutions this new year.
1. Get out of a breakfast rut. Instead of cooked oatmeal, switch to pasta as your “cooked cereal.” Blend low-fat regular or Greek yogurt with chopped fruit, cinnamon, and perhaps honey and mint. Toss with cooked and chilled pasta; top with toasted nuts. Dreamfields’ Fruit & Yogurt Elbow Salad provides 10 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving to your morning meal.
The new year is time to rethink our food choices and figure ways to make everyday meals healthier, even within our hectic lifestyles. A few healthy mealtime “hacks” can transform everyday foods into appealing, nutritious pasta meals – perhaps without mealtime hassle! What’s a hack? It’s simply a quick, creative solution for daily dilemmas.
Having a plan is one way you can make your weight loss goals that much more concrete and less intimidating. Today we’re talking about how it’s really all about the small things.
We’ve come up with a list of simple things you can do on a regular basis that will help you reach your goal. Many of them may seem minor, but the more of these positive, mindful eating habits you take on, the more likely you are to keep to a healthy lifestyle long term.
Have you set your New Year’s resolutions yet? Marketing research notes that health and fitness are the most popular New Year’s Resolutions … with weight loss ranking highest, followed by healthier food choices, then getting fit.
Set Realistic Goals, Take Small Steps
Now with hectic holidays over, holiday treats all gone, and a resolve for a new year (and perhaps a “new you”), now’s a great time to take sensible steps to ensure your health and fitness. To improve your chances of year-long success, establish an action plan that’s realistic, pleasurable, and matched to your own needs and lifestyle: