Five Simple Ways to Get in Shape This Spring
It's seriously been the winter that never ends, hasn't it? Winter is my favorite season, but I'm ready for this ridiculous cold to go away permanently and warmer temperatures to roll in. Spring arrives today and the Weather Channel is forecasting temperatures in the 40s and 50s over the next ten days, which is a big increase from the temps we've had in the 20s lately. You know what that means, right? Time to get your rear 20off the couch!
If you've packed on some extra pounds this winter because you spent all of your time hibernating, BuzzFeed has some great ideas of how to get into shape and the best part about their advice is that it comes from former couch potatoes, so it's totally attainable!
When you set your eyes on something, or make a target, it's easier to hold yourself accountable. So, pick something like a pant size that you want to be and set your sights on it. Take daily measurements, and be sure to jot down your weight each day. Sometimes it might not feel like you've lost anything when you actually have. Keeping track will keep you motivated.
One of the best pieces of advice that I ever got about food was that if you're going to eat something with carbs, you need to balance it out with protein. If you're exercising, but not eating right- you're pretty much-undoing everything.
When you feel yourself wishing for a snack, reach for water instead. Not only is water an awesome (and free) belly filler, but it'll keep you hydrated.
One of the biggest reasons that diets fail is because people punish themselves and purge all treats from their life and then have intense cravings and throw their dieting to the wind in favor of delicious snacks. Don't cut the junk food completely from your diet- treat yourself to a sweet or chips every once in a while.
It's so much easier to be held accountable when you have a friend along for the ride. Pick someone you know will hold you accountable, but encourage you at the same time and that person will make you want to work harder to achieve your goal because you won't want to let your friend down.