in Health / Weight Loss (submitted 2012-07-01)
When it boils down to it we all need to adopt healthy habits. Obesity is a serious problem. Especially in the Westernized world. More and more people are being declared obese by their doctors. Of course this opens the door for the big pharmaceutical companies to come up with new pills, powders and shakes that will supposedly help you shed a million pounds overnight. None of these magic pills and potions work.
It’s time we all start taking responsibility for ourselves and take our health more seriously. Far too many people are dying due to obesity related diseases. It has to stop. Here are 4 very simple health and fitness tips we should all start living by.
Health Fitness Tip #1 – Start Drinking More Water
Water is extremely important to your overall health. Not only does it keep you hydrated and ensure your vital organs continue to function and operate, but it also help you lose weight by ridding your body of toxins and excess fat. Too many of us are borderline dehydrated. That means our bodies are basically working overtime trying to flush out all the toxins and junk. So drink more water. It does a body good.
Health Fitness Tip #2 – Eat More Often Throughout The Day
When it comes to losing weight and getting in shape you want to eat more and not less. I know this sounds counter intuitive but hear me out. Most of use grew up on the whole eat 3 square meals a day bit. And while that isn’t bad advice, it also isn’t the best advice when it comes to losing weight and getting in shape.
If you truly want to lose weight you will need to up the number of times you eat during the day. Notice I didn’t say up the amount of food you eat. Instead of eating 3 large meals a day you should eat 5 or 6 small meals. By doing this you will rev up your metabolism and cause your body to burn more calories all throughout the day. So start the day off with a nice healthy breakfast. This will help set the tone and get your body ready to burn the fat.
Health Fitness Tip #3 – Get Out And Get Some Exercise
Something as simple as a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood will have a profound affect on your health. By getting regular exercise you will keep your heart and your joints strong. You will also prevent certain diseases from occurring. If you are currently out of shape just start off with something simple. Next time you have the option to take the elevator or the stairs, choose the stairs.
Next time you go to the grocery store park as far back as you can. Don’t ride around looking for a close spot. Park far in the back so you can get a little exercise in. You don’t need to join a gym and pay a monthly fee to get exercise on a daily basis. Just be creative and most importantly have fun. Run around with the kids or play a game on the kinect with them. Anything that gets you moving is a good idea.
Health Fitness Tip #4 – Find A Way To Stay Motivated
Losing weight and getting in shape is not easy. Especially if you have a lot of weight to lose. That’s why it is very important that you find ways to keep yourself motivated and on track. The first thing you should do to stay motivated is determine your “why”. Why do you want to lose the weight and get in shape? Do you want to make sure you around to see your grandkids grow up?
What is your “why”? Make sure it is big enough to keep you going during the rough patches. You should also consider getting a workout buddy. Having someone there to hold you accountable is a great motivator.