We all know that grocery shopping can be a daunting task when in the midst of a diet.
So, how do you tackle the dreaded grocery run without sabotaging the hard work you’ve put into your thin waist line and smaller pant size? You come prepared!
We’ve taken the hassle off your hands by creating a go-to grocery guide that is guaranteed to get you through the grocery aisles with ease. Print this list out before you hit the store. Once you get the hang of grocery shopping, you will see that the intimidation only happens when you’re not prepared.
You’ll soon be a grocery store champ,ready for battle!
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Did you know exercise has benefits beyond building bigger muscles, losing weight, and training for races? Working out also alleviates stress, boosts brainpower and builds confidence. Whether you’re going for a run, walk, or hitting the gym, learn more about all the wonderful mental health benefits.
Start Feeling Less Stressed
We’ve all experienced difficult days. When you’re feeling an increased level of stress, there are things you can do such as taking a walk or hitting the gym to alleviate it. Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria.
Endorphins also boost our body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension, anxiety and depression. You don’t need to be a gym rat to have exercise instantly boost your mood. A short walk or quick workout at the gym can help our mental health so when you’re stressed or feeling stuck at work, take a mental break. When you come back to the task, you’ll feel more energized and ready to be productive. Working out for 30 minutes a few times a week can instantly boost your mood!
Boost Brainpower and Get More Done
Endorphins also boost our brainpower and sharpen our memory. If you’re feeling anxious, a moderate to high intensity workout can calm those nerves. Have you been at the office and feeling stuck as you try finishing a project? When we exercise, it increases our level of brain-derived protein, which is believed to help with decision making, memory, learning and a higher level of thinking.
When we workout and start seeing results, we not only feel better, but it can help improve our self-esteem and self-image. Seeing results such as getting stronger, losing weight or being able to run further, can also lead to benefits in other facets of our life because we’re gaining confidence.
Enjoy a Better Night of Sleep
If you have trouble falling asleep, working out can improve the quality of your sleep and help you fall asleep faster. A good night of rest can improve your mental outlook the next day, which can lead to a better mood. If you plan to workout at night, make sure to do so as early as possible. Working out a few hours before bedtime may leave you too energized to sleep.
Whether you need a mental break from the office, looking to gain self-confidence or boost your brainpower, enjoy these mental health benefits in addition to the physical benefits we get from exercise.
Did you know that becoming healthier doesn’t mean you need to overhaul your entire lifestyle? In fact, simple changes are not only manageable, you’re setting yourself up for long-term success and they can have a big and positive impact on your mind and body.
Incorporate these healthy habits and before you know it, they’ll become part of your daily routine.
A Lifetime of Changes in 30 Minutes
Working out 30 minutes a day is one of the greatest things we can do for our overall health. Exercise not only helps with weight loss, but it also boosts our brainpower. Whether it’s walking or hitting the gym, find routines you enjoy. When we like our workouts, it helps keep us motivated, going each day and results in becoming a habit.
During those 30 minutes, you’ll burn some calories, reduce your stress level and feel refreshed when you are in the office. Additionally, when we take our workouts outside, it helps reduce stress, boosts our mood, and natural daylight helps us achieve a good night of sleep.
Stay Hydrated with Water
Even if we’re just a little dehydrated, it can alter our mood, lead to headaches, trouble concentrating and make us feel fatigued. Aim for about two liters of water a day and create habits such as drinking a water before each meal, making it the first thing you drink each morning and carrying around a water bottle all day. The more we get used to consuming water throughout the day, the better we’ll feel and avoid the downfalls of dehydration.
Get a Good Night of Sleep
Getting a good night of sleep is just as important as your daily exercise. When we’re sleeping, growth hormones are produced and muscles recover. Also, sleep improves our overall daily function. Everyone’s body requires a different amount of sleep so the key is to listen to your body and giving it the sleep it’s asking for.
Colorful and Healthy Diet
Having a healthy diet is our fuel. It makes us strong, gives us energy, and keeps us feeling good. There are a few key components to our healthy diets. We should always aim for five to seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day. When we eat leafy greens, it helps our cognitive skills. Also, including moderate portions of lean protein and healthy fats gives us a balanced diet, which helps curb cravings. Chicken is a great lean protein and the serving should fit into the palm of your hand. Almonds are a great healthy fat and one ounce (about 23 nuts) is a healthy portion.
Start with these simply steps, and once they incorporated into your daily life, enjoy the positive impact that it makes to your mind and body!