Some do’s and don’ts to be more fit and increase energy while juggling hectic schedules:
- Take stairs instead of elevators
- Take slow, deep breaths
- Stand tall with stomach and gluteus muscles engaged.
- Keep even weight on feet with hips and shoulders level, tighten all muscles as much as you can and then release and repeat while standing still ,waiting on a lines, etc.,
- Walk home from the office/grocery/shopping and lift and lower bags to tone your arms and back,
- Squats while washing/conditioning your hair and cleaning the shower with a squeegee,
- Sit on a ball at your desk instead of a chair,
- Stretch before you get out of bed every morning and before you go to bed at night
- Park farther from building entrances and walk briskly to your destination,
- Carry a refillable glass bottle of water with fruit or herbs inside (add a spring of rosemary, mint leaves, cinnamon stick, lemon or orange slices, etc.),
- Join a sports team for fun (even if you never played the sport before, most organized athletic leagues offer beginner options),
- Carry at least one healthy snack in your bag (nuts, apple)
- Choose exercises that are easy on your joints and strengthen without causing bulk; yoga is a great option.
- Eat if you are not hungry,
- Sit if you can stand,
- Impulsively grab empty calorie and/or sugary snacks,
- Deny yourself of your favorite fattening foods (but do limit portions and/or only eat them once a week).
Dale expresses the importance of drinking plenty of water, eating greens, eating less pasta, bread, sugar, red meat and dairy as simple lifestyle changes that improve your metabolism, increase energy and positive emotions as well as tone muscles.
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