Small Changes to make a Big Difference

Fitness, in my opinion, isn’t just about exercising. It also involves being healthy.

For those of you wanting to lose weight, exercising alone isn’t enough.
For those of you wanting to gain weight, exercising alone isn’t enough.

Everyone has an ideal body type they want to achieve. For some, it’s being super fit. For others, it’s bulking up. Then there’s everyone in between and that’s OK. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.

In either case, your health is what is important. Here are some small changes you can make that can improve your health.**

  1. Drinking your tea/coffee black. I drink 2-3 cups of tea a day. A teaspoon of sugar and splash of milk is approximately 25 calories/cup. For me, that’s 50-75 empty calories a day. I started reducing my intake by drinking my first cup of the day with milk and sugar and each subsequent cup black. Eventually, the sugar and milk was too sweet in the morning and I cut it out entirely.
  2. Don’t drink your calories. Soft drinks and juices are full of sugar and are empty calories. Try grabbing a glass of water or putting fruit/veggies in your water for a splash of flavour. If going cold turkey is too much, cut back on these types of drinks instead. It’s all about balance!
  3. Substitutions. Instead of refined white sugar in your coffee/tea, try honey or maple syrup (hello, Canada). Here is a handy website for healthy baking substitutions. Research “healthier” options of meals such as pancakes or spaghetti (takes the thought out of making the substitutions yourself).
  4. Take the stairs. Instead of taking the elevator or escalator, take the stairs! Whether this is at your place of work, your apartment or while you’re out shopping, it’s a small change that will eventually become a habit and your body will thank you.
  5. Go for a walk. I’ve recently been walking more than running or cycling and I love it. I normally go for a quick walk on my lunch break (even in the rain) and it helps curb those afternoon cravings.

 

** Disclosure: I am not a nutritionist not health care professional and these are just small changes that, in my opinion and experience, can improve your health.

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