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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

7 Health & Fitness Hacks

Getting in shape takes a lot of hard work and patience. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Just because you’ll have to break a sweat in the gym consistently for an extended period of time doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t speed up the process a bit. Here are 7 ways you can help make your fitness journey a tad bit easier:


1. Find yourself an easily addictive TV show.spirit-cu800-upright-bike-2

This might sound counterproductive, but here’s the trick: only allow yourself to watch it while working out. Watch it while using an elliptical, stationary bike or treadmill!

The best shows to look for are the ones that leave you with cliffhangers. You’ll be wanting to watch more but you’ll have to work for it!


2. To stop overeating, start using smaller plate, cups and bowls.

Using a big plate and only filling half of eat can give you the impression that you’re depriving yourself of more. When your smaller portions fill up your entire plate, you’ll feel less inclined to fill up your plate once more.

You’re also less likely to feel hungry afterwards. It’s all in your head!


3. Make yourself snacks for each day of the week.

Whether you take them with you to work every day or leave them in the fridge at the office, these snacks will always be there for you.

Like a comforting mother, these snacks will provide you with the sense that you’re safe… from starvation that is.


4. Bring water with you at all times.

It’s important to keep hydrated. Dehydration won’t allow for your body to go through its daily functions as efficiently as it normally would. Also, drinking water can actually keep you Running-with-Bottlefeeling fuller! It’ll prevent you from snacking when you shouldn’t be.

Drink water with your meals as well and you won’t end up eating more than you should!


5. Eat/drink protein 30 minutes before or after you work out.

Working out is essentially breaking down muscle tissue. This sounds like it can’t be good, but believe us, it is! Your muscles begin repairing almost immediately after you’ve finished. Protein has been used to help build muscle for quite some time now.

Not only will you help build muscle, the muscle you build will help speed up your metabolism! Protein also has appetite suppressing effects.


6. Have your gym outfit ready to go before you wake up in the morning.

Waking up is hard as it is. Waking up to go to the gym is even harder. Waking up to find clothes to wear to go to the gym is just pointless. Save yourself the time and have your outfit picked out, folded and ready to go.

It’s just one less thing you won’t have to worry about when you’re already not very thrilled about being up that early in the first place.


7. Make vegetables account for ½ of your meal.

Everyone knows greens are good for you. 1297327Something a lot of people may not know is that vegetables have high fiber content and can make you feel full fairly quickly.

Not only are you eating healthier, you’ll stop yourself from overindulging on the rest of your meal.



If you can think of any tricks to lead a healthier life, comment and let us know!



from Official iLoveKickboxing Blog

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