We do not believe in crash diets or quick solutions, we believe your everyday choices impact your health and happiness. Therefore, we are constantly on the lookout for good articles on health and fitness. Based on our trial and research we have compiled a list of 10 things you can easily incorporate in your daily lives to become healthier & fitter individuals. These should be easy to incorporate provided you are motivated enough to take a step towards becoming healthier.
- A good place to start is to get on a food/diet tracking app– fix your daily calorie intake and keep feeding in what you eat throughout the day. It’s a good way to monitor your intake and keep yourself in check.
Tip: I’ve found the ‘MyFitnessPal’ app and the ‘lose it’ app to be extremely effective.
- Workout 4-6 times a week– If possible pick up a sport or go for a run/ a brisk walk to a nearby park every morning, your body needs to excrete the toxins and you need to sweat it out. This will not only help you looking and feeling strong, healthy but also keep you mentally alert.
Tip: Download the Sportido app and get a workout buddy or sport partner to help you stay motivated in playing your favourite sport.
- Have a good wholesome breakfast – include protein, carbs, fruit and nuts in your breakfast every single day. An example of an ideal breakfast would be a bowl of sprouts/egg whites with a slice of bread, a glass of fresh juice and 5 soaked almonds. This will give you the nutrition and energy to power through the day. Lunch can be a medium sized home cooked meal followed by a very light dinner – a soup and salad should suffice.
- Never go to bed immediately after eating your dinner. Always walk for at least 10mins after dinner and before you retire for the day. This will aid digestion, burn the excess carbs and help you sleep better.
- Snack Healthy: Snacking is something that we all know we mustn’t do but that evil time in the evening between 5-6 pm when you are at work and you crave for junk, stop yourself and opt for something healthy like cut vegetables with dip, a light lettuce, tomato and cucumber sandwich, vegetable bhel or fruit chaat.
- Replace your regular masala chai for a healthier alternative of a herbal infusion in warm water. Sip on this a couple of times a day. This will increase your metabolic rate and aid digestion. There are so many options readily available, choose from orange and cinnamon, lemon and ginger, vanilla tea or you could opt for the Chinese flower bud tea, which is not only great to taste and look at but extremely healthy for you.
- Avoid carbs after 7pm. Most experts believe that your metabolic rate slows down when you go to sleep and carbs have a greater chance of being stored as fat in our body as compared to being consumed earlier in the day when they have a greater probability of being burned.
- If you have a sweet tooth like I do have two pieces of dark chocolate instead of the rich sweets and puddings to satiate your craving on a regular basis. Not only is it great to taste, but dark chocolate is knowns to have tonnes of benefits from being a cardiovascular ally, normalizing blood pressure, improving brain function, being rich in antioxidants to even protecting against cancer.
- Socializing, traveling and eating out is one of the reasons we all work so hard. And if you enjoy food then its hard to stick to a diet plan. But there is a trick that can be followed, try going out in groups, apart from the additional fun you can try different things on the menu and share. Basically having small bites of different things is a better choice than having a heavy dish all by yourself. Follow this only when you don’t want to have the usual grilled fish/ chicken or salad and soup for dinner.
- If you have to have alcohol choose the better evil, opt for red wine instead of your high sugar fruity cocktail or beer. But if you decide to have a drink of your choice, then nurse on one drink and enjoy it for a longer time. This not only keeps your calories in check but is friendly on your pocket too. Just remember to keep yourself hydrated by sipping water throughout the night.