It’s easy to maintain diet and fitness goals during the sunny, fun days of summer. But once there is a chill in the air and football season looms large, it’s easy to find yourself snacking more and pumping less.
Here are a few tips to help you maintain or possibly reach a healthy weight as the seasons change:
Water, Water Everywhere!
Drink up! Water is calorie free and as an added bonus, it helps curb your appetite. If you are hungry, you may really just be thirsty, as the body has a hard time distinguishing hunger from thirst. Do you find you are eating and snacking all day? Maybe all you need is to drink more water. Start your morning with 8 ounces and follow that by drinking another 6 to 8 glasses. Ditch the soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, alcohol and sugary juices.
Walk, Run, Bike, Dance, Hike, Swim or Get Down, Doggie!
Don’t join that neighborhood jogging group if you hate to run! Don’t get talked into a fitness regime that doesn’t move you. Listen to your body. Do what makes you happy and makes you move. And while you exercise, turn up the tunes, listen to the latest mystery, learn Japanese. Just do it – EVERY DAY!
Change It Up…Here are 15 Ways To Do Just That!
Trying to change everything or many things at once may not work…frustration can set in if you find you aren’t doing all the things you set out to do. You don’t have to change everything, but making smart substitutions in some seemingly little things can help you feel good about yourself and reach your goals.
- Always eat breakfast
- Pack your lunch
- Take the stairs
- Snack on carrots
- Park farther away
- Take a walk at lunch
- Eat more protein
- Get enough sleep
- Limit alcohol to weekends
- Watch portion sizes
- Don’t forget to drink water – add a lemon or lime for flavor
- Just say NO to the office vending machine
- Chew Sugarless Gum
- Curb your intake of soda – even the diet kind
- Save money and calories by skipping your morning mocha latte
Remember: You are in charge of you and every healthy decision you make every day!