Staying healthy and feeling fantastic does not have to be hard. But with all the advice, weight loss and fitness gurus out there, it's hard to know just where to begin on your path to a fit and healthy body. Here's now to feel full of energy, healthy and keep your weight and fat percentage down with minimum fuss.
GET INTO HEALTHY HABITS: THE LITTLE CHANGES CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
Having a healthy body is all about keeping to the basics and incorporating healthy actions and habits into your daily life.
DON'T DRINK CALORIES
As Tim Ferriss says in his new book The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman, don't drink calories. Lattes, Frappuccinos, thick soups and above all, alcohol can have you piling on the weight. Stick to water where you can. If you really fancy a drink: have a gin and tonic but make the tonic a slimline one.
NEVER TAKE THE ESCALATOR
Whenever you see an escalator or a travellator - skip it - take the stairs instead. An average person can lose 10 calories a minute when going upstairs and 7 calories a minute when walking downstairs.
WALK TO THE SHOPS
Even fitting in a short walk every day can help you lose weight. One hour of walking can burn off 200-400 calories, but don't worry if you can't make an hour. Walk to the shops, or park your car at the furthest point of the car park. Carrying heavy shopping bags will help you burn off even more calories and strengthen your arm and shoulder muscles as you do it. Just a 20 minute walk at lunchtime will not only burn off some calories but it will put you in a happier and healthier frame of mind.
MAKE YOUR HOUSEWORK A WORKOUT
Housework can be just as good for you as a gym workout if you clean with intensity and vigor. You can burn up to 100 calories an hour vacuuming and some energetic gardening can burn a whopping 300 calories an hour.
DON'T EAT IN FRONT OF THE TV OR YOUR COMPUTER
When you eat 'without concentrating' i.e. you are busy doing something else like watching TV or surfing the internet, you tend to subconsciously put more food in your mouth. Switch off all distractions and sit at the dinner table to eat ~ concentrate on each spoonful that goes into your mouth and you are more likely to eat less and stop eating once you are full.
In his book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, the author Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University Food and Brand lab conducts famous and thought-provoking studies to show how much more we eat when we are eating 'mindlessly'. For example, people will eat 53 percent more popcorn if it is simply served in bigger buckets.
Getting your spouse, partner or best friend involved in your new health lifestyle can make all the difference to your chances of success.
BUY NICE WORKOUT GEAR
This might sound ridiculous but studies show that if you invest in nice-looking, top quality workout gear, you will feel better about heading off to the gym.