Slim down tips to for your summer body

With sunny season approaching, we all know it’s time to start dropping our winter weight and prepare for our beach bodies.  Below are some helpful tips to add to your already rocking routine to get you to your bikini outfit or surfer wear.

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Eating more Fiber in your meals – Experts believe that women eating 13g of fiber or less a day were more likely to be overweight.  Eating more fiber can lower your caloric intake without making you feel deprived since it requires you to chew your food more which speeds the passage of food through you digestive tract and boost satiety hormones.  The suggested amount for any person would be 25g in forms of fruit such as apples and oranges.

Add 5000 more steps to your day – Researches say that an average person takes about 5000 steps between going to work, errands and chores at home.  By adding more steps, you increase your health by increasing your HDL cholesterol, lowering your blood pressure, and improving your glucose control.  A study in South Carolina Univ. shows that of the 109 individuals, those who took more than 9000 steps were healthier and thinner than those who took less than 5000.  Using a pedometer to log your extra steps or just aiming for about 50 minutes (2 ½ miles extra per day) will help in slim your down.

Drinking more H2O – If you are not already doing it, drinking up to 8 glasses of water will help speed your metabolism.  The best benefit of drinking water is that you do not gain extra calories.  By drinking a glass before any meals or snacks is a great way to lose a few pounds without feeling dehydrated.

Work only 8hrs a day – Researchers from the University of Helsinky did a study on 7000 adults.  They found that those who packed on extra weight was due to having logged an excessive amount of overtime hours.  Stress along with an unhealthy lifestyle had a direct effect in changes to their hormones.  By setting limits to your workday, you give yourself time to do other more productive things such as taking a walk in the park, cooking a healthier meal and reducing your stress levels.

Eat more fresh produce – Try to trim excessive sugar and refined carbs that will cause your blood sugar to sky rocket.  Eating things like baked sweet potato, grapes and pasta are a great substitute for russet potatoes, dates and pizza.  By eating less glycemic index you can shave additional weight while lowering your sugar levels.

To learn about more tips on how to get slim for the summer, click the link below!

Source:

http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/weight-loss-numbers-really-matter?cm_mmc=Fit_Life-_-Original-_-8%20Ways%20To%20Speed%20Your%20Weight%20Loss-_-10%20Slim%20Down%20Strategies%20You%20Can%20Count%20On

Fitness motivation through the use of technology

For most of us, technology plays a big part on our day to day activities.  You would think that in the year 2013, we would have it all by now based on movies and sitcoms we watched like “Back to the Future & Star Trek”.  Don’t get me wrong, technology is definitely faster than how it was a decade ago.  Yet as fast as it’s moving, we are no where near the age where we have a “Magic Button” that will give us the body we want in instantaneously.

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The good news is we are definitely using it more to track our progress, get the encouragement and feedback from others, and provide music depending on our workout routine to help us stay motivated.

I read an article (it’s a bit old) from this really great website called prevention.com that talks about women using technology to inform their friends on the status of their weight loss.

I am a believer that with the right mix of mental toughness, consistency and support, anyone can transform their body.  Below is a list of items on how technology can help you stay motivated:

1-      Post your goals in social media– Regardless if you’re using Facebook, Twitter, Google+, My Space, etc, you can gain supporters just by taking the first step to post what you’re trying to accomplish.  From a 5k to a Marathon, to losing pounds or building muscle, keeping everyone updated on your status is a sure way to stick to a goal.

2-      Keep an online diary (blog) – Having a timeline on what workouts you did on a specific date will allow people to see your progression.  This is key; it’s like reading a book or watching a daily/weekly show where those following you are anticipating your updated results.

3-      Join a virtual group – Being part of a group that does activities similar to yours is a great way to stay motivated to exercise.  You comment on how good they are doing or their recent pictures and you can do the same.  This allows you to maintain what I call a “link or connection” with others who have the same mindset as you.

4-      Turn your phone to a coach – if you are one of the millions of people who have converted to a smart phone, you’re in luck! Most phones have access through millions of applications you can download for coaching tips on exercise routines.  This is great if you are at the gym and need a digital trainer to tell you how many more reps or sets you need to do, or how much time you have left before that workout is finished.

5-       Posting pictures of the food you eat – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this, but it does work.  By posting your pre and post workout meals, shakes, etc.  You show your others how you take care of your body.  We all know that fitness is 2 parts (Exercise and Nutrition), if you only do one, you’re not giving yourself the best chance to reach your goal at an optimum peak.

6-      Plan your workout – Gone are the days when a person brings a folder or binder with them to the gym to check off the workouts they just finished.  Just Kidding, I still see plenty of people doing this.  But why haul a binder around when you can just upload it to your notes or tasks in your smart phones.  Make your life easy; don’t carry so many things that you may just forget it accidentally in the gym or outdoors.

Regardless if we are a fitness monster or just starting out, we all can use a little motivation.  By using technology to spread the word of our progress to fitness success, we inspire each other to get out and get active.

Source:

http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/7-ways-technology-helps-you-lose-weight?page=2