Still remember that new year's resolution where we promised that 2017 is the year to whip ourselves back into shape? How's that holding up? With how fast the days are rolling by, we're with you when we say that we are taken by surprise at how we're almost hitting the mid-year mark. But don't worry, we're not here to pressure you into signing up for a gym membership or starting a crazy diet.
Ahead, we share simple fitness habits you can get on with ASAP, without having to deal with major lifestyle changes.
Dedicate at least 10 minutes daily to 'moving'
Move. Just move. Take a break from sitting by your work desk for 10 minutes and stand, say hi to your office friend who's 3 cubicles away, get some water from the dispenser across the room, cross the street and get some coffee — just stretch your muscles every once in a while to avoid excess fat to accumulate. Never use the excuse that you're too busy to squeeze in some movement.
Break your big meals into snacks
If you're like us who simply love food, one of the possible struggles into getting fit is your diet. But you don't necessarily have to give up your favourite munchies to go the healthy route. Breaking your food intake into moderation can be a big leap to fitness. Instead of eating 3 big meals a day, start conditioning yourself to divide it into 5 or 6 (e.g. breakfast, brunch, lunch, snacks, dinner) to help your metabolism take its time in digesting your food, rather than ramming it all in huge batches. Take a look at these easy edits to make your diet healthier.
Find some time to unwind
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There are a lot of fitness videos where people consult with health experts, and it always comes as a shock that stress is a major component when it comes to being fit. Contrary to popular belief that stress can help someone lose weight, it actually changes a lot of patterns within our system that disrupts burning calories and affects the way our metabolism work.
So make sure you sneak in some time to chill out. No matter what it is, find time for something you enjoy doing to break free from stress.
Chug water, stat
For quite some time now, people have been debunking the '8 glasses a day' idea by saying that it has no scientific basis. But who's to say it's okay to dehydrate yourself?
Water plays a major role in almost all of our body's functions, especially when it comes to sweating. Perspiration in itself helps to not only expel dirt from inside our bodies and get rid of 'water weight' to give us an accurate figure for our body mass but also assists in generating natural oils that helps nourish our skin.
Take out 'cheat day' from your vocabulary and just eat — in moderation
Okay, so you've got your fitness plan ready to go, you're finally moving your body and breaking some sweat, but your friends ask you to hang out at this amazing dessert shop you've been dying to go to for ages — what now?
A lot of people have already claimed that 'cheat days' usually lead to a fitness plan's downfall. It all goes back to restricting yourself too much, making you want to eat off all the weight you lost in a single sitting. So instead of falling into the habit of "cheating," keep in mind that it's okay to indulge in some sweets, munch on some meat, or bring in some carbs to your diet, as long as everything's in moderation. Remember that sugar and protein are things that your body can easily burn as long as you're allocating your energy to other physical activities.
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