Seven: Aim for 10,000 steps per day. Walking helps you burn extra calories and combats the risks that come with a sedentary job or lifestyle. If you don’t have a FitBit or formal pedometer there are a handful of FREE apps on your phone that can help you track your steps.
Eight: Go junk food free for as long as you can. Processed foods are loaded with sugar, salt, chemicals, and trans fats will lead you to a host of healthy issues ranging from obesity to diabetes to cardiovascular issues. Do your best to switch up that bagel for a banana and egg whites.
Nine: Add Meditation. As stated in the Spirituality section of this newsletter, meditation is a great way to relieve stress and reduce the impact of daily hassles and psychological issues up to 44 percent! Try to set aside 5-10 minutes a day.
Ten: Try substituting some of your favorite ingredients for the healthy option. They make sugar free coffee creamer that tastes almost the same. There are
Eleven: Train for a new race. Majority of you reading this participate in the Saturday walks. You are already a step ahead of the game. Take it one step further. If you can’t participate in upcoming Hot Chocolate Run or the Women Run the Cities, try signing up for one that you are able to do and want to do. Having a goal will give you motivation to push yourself past your boundaries.
Twelve: Get more sleep. Poor sleep can lead to weight gain, higher stress levels, and manipulate your metabolism. Besides– who doesn’t love a little more beauty sleep?
These twelve steps may seem overwhelming—but like stairs— it is important to take ONE STEP AT A TIME. You don’t need to overwhelm yourself by trying to tackle all twelve of these tips at once. Pick what one —and start there. Let Healthy be the new YOU.