Maybe you’ve just started that new job or are in the process of starting a family; either way you don’t have the time to make it to the gym as much as you used to. But you’re finding yourself getting a little doughy around the edges as well as feeling a little self-conscious of how tight your clothes seem lately. Staying fit shouldn’t be a chore so here are a few simple tricks that, when combine, show great results.
1. Make time
If you catch the bus, consider getting off a few stops earlier. Or if you usually drive a couple of blocks to get basic groceries, perhaps walk the distance (and maybe even use the bags as weights).
The most trivial changes make a world of difference and one of these is substituting any sugary drinks for something healthy, like water. It doesn’t have to be drinks you substitute, also try celery and carrots with dip instead of chips.
3. Take up an active hobby
Swap out choosing a new TV show on Netflix for a picturesque river run or an hour of rock climbing. There’s always ways to make time for exercise if you get rid of the things that keep you lazy.
4. Insert active movements into everyday tasks
Turn dusting the shelf into a stepper routine.
5. Make use of your surroundings
If you have a 2 storey house or a long home, put items you frequently use in random places so you have to climb the stairs or go to the spare room to fetch them. It’s all about moving. So long as you’re working it off you can eat virtually whatever you want.
6. Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of water to keep feeling great. Adding a sachet of REIZE to the mix will do wonders for your energy levels. Feel free to mix it with whatever beverage you like, just remember your limits and consume responsibly.
7. Start small
Sometimes even the smallest additions and subtractions are the most beneficial. Whether it’s not eating that lolly or adding 5 burpees to your routine, don’t be afraid to say no to old habits or yes to new ones. Habits are hard to break, so it’s important to form good habits.
Written by Christie Coughlan