Most people hate to diet, and most people hate to exercise. But we all know these two things are important to live fuller, healthier lives. It is incredibly easy to alter your lifestyle just a bit to get in your exercise and keep your eating in check without counting calories or running a mile. Here are quick tips to get your health under control without changing your diet or having to work in a workout every day.
Every time you eat, leave 3 bites on your plate. If you have a bowl of cereal, leave 3 spoonfuls. Pasta for dinner? Leave 3 bites. Don’t even think about it, just scrape those bites into the garbage. You don’t need them and you’re already full. You are training your belly to not overindulge each and every time you leave a few bites on your plate, and not tossing empty calories in your stomach. It’s a great way to diet without altering your meals, and over time you will actually stop mid-meal and go, “Wow. I’m full”, and toss the leftovers in the fridge.
You can do this with snacks as well. A handful of chips is really all you need, or 1 or 2 cookies. Anything beyond that is just overindulgence and need for the taste or boredom. You’re not really hungry, so don’t just eat all day long just because you can. Drink water more often and you’ll find yourself automatically eating less without even thinking about it.
For exercise, simply park further away in the parking lot when you go somewhere. Going to the store? Park in the far back of the parking lot and walk the length of the parking lot in the store. Scatter your shopping all over the store so you walk more often going back and forth to aisles. Going to work? Park as far away as you are comfortable, walk the length of the parking lot and forgo the elevator and take the stairs. I always park as far away from where I am going as possible, often parking a few blocks away if I’m going downtown and walking a few minutes to get to the Post Office. After a while, it just becomes routine to walk a bit to get where you are going, and a little extra exercise never hurt anybody.
You don’t need to change your whole lifestyle to be healthier. It is so easy just to leave a few bites on your plate that you don’t need and to park a bit further away than the front of the parking lot (and taking your cart back into the store after shopping gives you bonus walking points), and before long you’re just doing these things every day as part of your routine. It takes effort to overeat and be lazy, so just pump it up a bit and put those efforts to healthier use and get a bit more active and a bit more healthy.