We all need to make healthy changes in our lives and we forget this until we are prompted.
Consider Yourself Prompted! For a Healthy Change!
Did you also know that as we get older our metabolism slows down and we have a natural loss of muscle?
Like me, I bet you would love to know how to counteract this so I have put together these 8 tips for making a healthy change.
- Don’t forget to eat!
To rev up our metabolic rate there are two things we can do one is exercise, the other is eating. Believe it or not we burn calories during the digestion process, so eating regularly revs up our metabolism. The key is to graze throughout the day to keep burning calories as eating this way keeps your body working as a lean machine!
Breakfast is a must, however small get your fuel burning machine going in the morning. Have another snack 2-3 hours later, remember choose your snacks wisely as not all snacks are created equal.
Complex carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds and nuts release their energy slowly and help to keep energy levels stable. The high fibre content in complex carbs promotes a healthy digestive system and help to keep cholesterol levels under control.
- Eat more protein
Having more protein in you diet helps you to burn more calories as it requires more energy for digestion. Include low fat protein in your snacks with complex carbohydrates and be on your way to natural weight loss.
- Monitor your stress levels
We often overlook the effect that stress can have on us. Did you know that stress can shorten our life expectancy?
When you’re constantly dealing with stress, your body is at risk of storing more belly fat and you constantly feel more hungry. Exercising, meditation, or doing activities that make you happy such as dancing can help reduce stress levels. Find what works for you to control your stress levels, and do it often. You’ll feel a lot better and your body will be more efficient at burning fat.
- Train smart!
Long gone are the days of spending hours exercising. Recent studies have shown that shorter intense sessions are more beneficial. So plan your workout using the whole body approach, this way you will always incorporate the major muscle groups and keep burning calories. watch this space for short intense examples of how you can revamp your workouts.
Incorporate some weight training into your routine and aim to workout 3 – 4 times per week. The more muscle mass you have will help your body to burn more calories, burning calories by incorporating weight training equals less body fat.
Add eating sensibly and you will be on your way to a fitter and more toned shape with bags of energy.
- Eat your greens!
Our parents always told us, and they had a point.
Eating more dark green vegetables gives you more energy by increasing you iron levels. Iron is essential in getting oxygen to our cells, so by consuming more vegetables we can reap the benefits in a easily digestible way
Foods rich in vitamin C, hot peppers, green tea, and cinnamon have all been shown to speed up the metabolism. Add them to your daily diet and they can work to help your body burn more fat.
- Have a drink . . . of water…
Staying hydrated is essential for optimum health. It is important to stay hydrated to keep mental sharpness and help lubricate joints. Our muscles are 75% water so to keep us moving well and to remain supple try to consume 8 to 10 small glasses a day. Try having a glass after a visit to the loo…