Follow this expert advice to ensure you stay healthy and fit as the weather cools down.
We all know that being healthy is important – it gives us more energy and keeps us looking good – but with winter fast approaching it’s easy to curl up on the couch, ditch the fitness regime and abandon nutritious meals in favour of higher fat and calories. Inevitably, these changes can lead to weight gain, making it hard to shift come Summer.
The good news is, achieving a healthier you is simpler than you might think. Follow the simple steps below and you will be back on track in no time!
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ALWAYS quench your thirst with water first (this may include non-caffeinated herbal teas). To ensure optimal hydration each day, drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water. Always drink a large glass of water before meals, and before and after exercise. The purpose of the thirst quencher is so you don’t mistake thirst for hunger.
2. Focus on Whole Foods.
There are a few times where supplement drinks, powders and shakes are useful. But most of the time, you’ll do best with whole, unprocessed foods. Remember, the shorter the ingredient list, the healthier the food. As always, eat food as mother nature intended.
3. Find 30
Sure, it’s darker and colder outside, but that doesn’t have to put the brakes on your exercise routine! Regular exercise will stave off the winter blues and help keep your weight stable. Aim for 30-minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most days of the week. If your goal is to lose weight, you need a minimum of 60- minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. Schedule a time that works best for you and stick to it!
4. Chew each mouthful of food 10-12 times before swallowing.
Eating slowly brings mindfulness to mealtimes, improves digestion, and allows you to feel a sense of fullness without a need to overeat. Always stop eating when you’re satisfied, not when you’re full!
5. Snack with Purpose.
There’s a big difference between mindless munching and strategic snacking. Snacking with purpose means keeping blood sugar and energy levels steady, and filling the nutritional gaps between meals – rather than an opportunity to comfort yourself with more food.
Just like following a healthy diet and exercising each day, sleep is vital for good health and maintaining a healthy weight. Make sure to get 8 hours of sleep each night. Quality sleep will help with resetting your metabolism and is essential for optimising appetite-controlling hormones.
Kathleen Alleaume is an accredited exercise physiologist and nutritionist from The Right Balance, and author of the 10 Days to a Healthier You lifestyle plan. To download a free 3-day sample plan, click here.