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Sunday, August 2, 2015

8 Good Habits for your Fitness and Health Journey

  1. Shop in the healthy section of the grocery store.
    When grocery shopping try to stick to the outside edge. Most grocery storesfollow the same pattern, veggies, bakery, meats and dairy are on the outside edges of the store while the more processed unhealthy foods are in the interior isles.
  2. Staying up late is a no.
    Staying up late can cause hormone imbalances in your body. You should trygetting no less than 7 hours of sleep every day.
  3. Slow down while eating.
    Sit down and chew your food. Don’t stuff your face and run. The body takes time to realise it’s full and needs time to digest. The faster you eat the more food you will consume and the less digestible that food will be.
  4. Don’t skip meals.
    Skipping meals causes extreme highs and lows in your blood sugar as well as your metabolism. When you skip meals the body starts storing the food you do eat because it is unsure as to when you are going to fuel it next. A starving body will break down protein (aka muscle) before it will break down fat.
  5. Drink More Water.
    On average females should consume 2-2.5 Litres of water a day and males should consume 2.5-3 Litres a day. Over half of our bodies are water and we need to keep them hydrated so they can function properly.
  6. Keep processed foods to a minimum.
    This goes along the same lines as avoiding the interior isles of the grocery stores. Processed foods are usually loaded with fats, sugars, salts and other chemicals to enhance flavour and shelf life. While its okay to have these from time to time they should not be a daily staple in your nutrition.
  7. Cut back on caffeine.
    Excessive caffeine can cause your body to go through energy highs and lows. This can cause your body to create cortisol (a stress hormone) which can cause you to retain weight. Limit your intake to 1-2 cups of caffeine a day, and that’s cups as in one measured cup, not one extra large cup of Tim Hortons.
  8. Reduce your stress.
    Anxiety and stress can influence your body digestions and fat stores. Stress can also cause us to crave higher sugar or fat foods because they make us happy so to speak. Try meditating, reading a book at the end of the day to unwind or distress with a workout.

-Candace & Cortney


Authored by
Candace Sayler

As the owner of GetFit, she carries a vast array of interests from sports and athletics, Olympic lifting, to kickboxing. Each year she attends seminars, conferences and takes courses to keep up-to-date with current research and techniques in the field of health and fitness and this year she is planning on doing her first sprint triathlon. Being healthy and staying active is a lifestyle choice. “Health and fitness is an investment in oneself. It is my goal to help clients become fit in a healthy, fun, natural way.”

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