Health is Happiness – Week Four

Day 22 – Only Eat When You’re Hungry
Many Canadians use food as something other than fuel.  The next time you’re bored or depressed, don’t reach for comfort foods that are high in fat and low in nutrition – find something else to do, such as going for a walk or calling a friend. (Note: Don’t call me.  I probably won’t answer.)

Day 23 – Take a Walking Break at Work
Canada’s physical activity guidelines suggest that adults accumulate at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week – but that doesn’t mean you have to do it all at once.  In fact, introducing 10-minute bursts of activity into your daily work routine is a proven way to boost both productivity and job satisfaction.

Day 24 – Cut Down on the Caffeine
Caffeine, found in coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks, acts as a stimulant, giving your body what may feel like a boost of energy.  But that boost takes its toll on your nervous system, increasing anxiety and stress, while it diuretic properties can leave you dehydrated.  Try drinking water with a slice of citrus fruit before you reach for another cup of coffee.

Day 25 – Start a Health Journal
Keeping a written record can help hold you accountable for your overall health and serve as a powerful motivational tool.  Commit to tracking your calorie intake and how often you exercise.  Evaluate your results often and make plans for improvement.

Day 26 – Fill Up on Water
Waters helps regulate the body temperature, plays a role in your metabolism and helps your organs absorb nutrients.  is it any wonder you need at least eight cups a day to meet your body’s needs?

Day 27 – Pick Up a Jump Rope
Not only is skipping cheap and simple to do, but it offers a full body workout and can burn up to 1000 calories an hour.  jump your way to a great cardio workout while improving your condition, agility and endurance.

Day 28 – Work Out With a Friend
The YMCA has found that social support is positively associated with increased physical activity.  Use the buddy system to motivate, challenge and encourage each other – and have fun doing it.

Day 29 – Park Far Away From the Entrance
If you drive to work, see if you can squeeze in some exercise by switching your usual parking spot for one that’s farther away.  Even a 10-minute walk can help get your blood pumping.

Day 30 – Replace Juice With Fruit
Real fruit not only offers all the flavor and nutrition of juice (with added processed sugar), but it also offers more fibre and vitamins.

Source: Canadian Living

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s