Healthy Choices! Fun Challenge – Daily Journal for those aspiring to enhance and improve their lifestyle.
We all need a little structure in our life. Why not take a look at how you can actively begin shaping your new life.
Start the day – Wake up with a nice big glass of water, get the metabolism moving and prevent bloating. Having a small snack ready will ensure you get some quick carbs and protein into your system. Banana and Almond are great to jump start the metabolism.
Now go and work-out! it is a known fact that people who participate in morning exercises tend to work out longer and more intensely than those who sweat it out during other times of the day. It will keep your metabolism burning more calories during the day.
Make sure you stretch after exercise. Why not do this whilst you are In the shower?
Enjoy a filling breakfast including protein and carbs, you’ll have plenty of time to burn them off.
After breakfast, prepare lunch for later.
Ensure you fill your reusable water bottle when you arrive at work. You will then be able to sip water throughout the morning. Staying hydrated will prevent hunger and the temptation to snack.
Make sure you have a mid-morning snack of some fibre, try to keep it around 150 calories.
Whilst you have a spare moment create a Daily Health Journal and take some time to fill it in. Write down what you’ve eaten and how much you have exercised it will keep you focused, giving you an idea of calorie intake and keep you motivated to achieving your goals.
Mid-day, Get yourself moving – go for a walk, bike ride do some strength training exercises.
After your walk or activity, eat the healthy lunch you packed from home – low fat protein fibre fresh veggies whole grain and fruit for desert. Enjoy with some water.
After lunch has settled, keep walking, either on the phone or in a meeting, walking can help you think more clearly while burning calories.
Md-afternoon have a snack ready to keep energy levels going till dinner. Opt for something sweet or indulging to prevent over eating later.
Sip green tea – caffeine will give you a little pep and green tea has been shown to suppress the appetite and increase metabolism.
Walk or bike from work to help release work stress, which can trigger overeating.
For dinner choose low calorie veggies, low fat proteins and grains. Put away left overs to prevent overeating and going back for more!
After dinner brush your teeth while doing this, do some squats to tone your legs, the minty breath will prevent mindless late night snacking.
In the evening, RELAX in front of TV – doing strength exercises during commercials.
Prepare and make sure you have your workout gear ready for tomorrow, think about your breathing, get comfy in your favourite chair, this will encourage sleepiness.
At the end of the day snuggle into bed and prepare to dream – sweet dreams! Getting enough sleep is proven to help maintain emotional stability and a healthy lifestyle.