If you’re like many Americans, getting fit probably tops your list of New Year’s Resolutions. According to a 2018 poll, 37% of Americans vowed to get more exercise last year, tying eating healthier and saving more money for top spot on the list.
Luckily, you don’t have to join a jam-packed gym or buy lots of expensive exercise equipment to make a meaningful impact on your health. There are lots of simple things you can do to contribute to your overall health and fitness, like:
Drinking More Water! Being well hydrated maximizes your physical performance, meaning it makes the most of your workout. Hydration also impacts your energy levels – not enough water and you’ll feel tired, anxious, and moody. Best of all, being properly hydrated helps you feel full, eat less, and consequently lose weight. And it’s easy! Start your day with a glass of water, down two during your morning, another with lunch, two in the afternoon, another with dinner, and one before bed.
Taking a Walk! According to research conducted by Harvard Medical School, walking regularly reduces the impact of more than 30 obesity-related genes in the body. Walking can also help curb stress cravings, decreasing unhealthy snacking. A short walk can also boost immunity and improve mental health. One foot in front of the other! Make a vow to take a half hour walk around the block every night after dinner.
Controlling Your Portions! Eating the appropriate amount to fuel your body is one key to staying fit. Take a peek at your portions each time you fill your plate – you may be eating more than you need. Keep healthy snacks on hand to avoid sugar and salt binges and try ordering from the appetizer menu when eating out – many find that it’s enough food to fill them up.
Getting Enough Sleep! If snuggling into bed sounds like your kind of exercise, you’re in luck! Experts recommend getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night to help maintain a healthy weight.
Scooting Your Errands! Stop driving to run nearby errands and take a scooter ride instead! Scooting burns fat and tones fat-burning muscle in the back, buttocks, legs, thighs, and calves. Plus, it’s fun! Next time you’re tempted to hop in the car to hit a store around the block, hop on your Razor scooter instead.