Studies show that if you drink an extra 8 ounces of water a day above the daily allowance of 64 ounces, you’ll increase your metabolism by 30 percent. Consider this Water Intake tool to best calculate your daily allowance needs. Note, water consumption doesn’t need to only be from the ‘clear’ stuff, consider fruits and veggies to switch things up. Consider this Water Content of Fruits and Vegetable chart to help you make good food choices.
Uncommon Walking Opportunities
When shopping this holiday season, consider walking to your destination. If you’re not able to walk, take the bus and exit 1 stop before your desired location. Should you need to drive, park you vehicle at the opposite end of your location, giving you more steps per day. The recommended step count is 10,000. Use the 300 minute rule for calculating your steps. Adding an extra 8-10 minute walk each day, quickly adds up. You’ll likely add an extra 20 minutes of walking, to your week, by applying these minor adjustments.
Keep a food journal
The thought of adding another task to your already busy day seems a bit much, but if you do it for the heavy eating months, November and December, you’ll be happy you did. Buy yourself a small note pad, or use a nifty app on your phone. By documenting your food, and also noting food choices for later in the day (e.g. attending cocktail party), you’ll stay in-the-know on what you’re consuming. Research shows if you are ‘aware’ of your food consumption, you’re more equipped to make better food, and drinking, choices.
Grab and Go food options
As the days grow busier and busier, make sure you have healthy food options on hand. Grab-and-go style are ideal. Stocking your fridge and pantry with healthy snacks keeps the feeling of starvation at bay. Here’s a list of 8 easy snack options, which require little preparation:
Pantry: Pre-portioned – pretzels, almonds, raisins, and/or granola clusters
Refrigerated: Pre-portioned – carrot sticks, celery stalks, cheese sticks and/or grapes
Even though schedules get busy, you should still incorporate a 30 minute workout, 3 days a week. At Portico Kirby, the community includes a well-equipped fitness center for all fitness levels.
Featuring 3 flat-screen TV’s and complimentary Wi-fi, the fitness center makes it easy to watch your favorite show or streaming your favorite playlist.
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