While nothing beats regular exercise, Men’s Health says that adding sporadic microbursts of physical exertion to your daily routine is still better than nothing. It fills the inactive phases of your life when you’re too preoccupied with work or family stuff. But sometimes, it really is hard to drag yourself to the gym or yoga class when you have a 9 to 5 job. Here, small hacks you can do to help keep the extra pounds off.
1. Drink more water.
The old adage, “Drink 8 glasses of water a day,” gives us multiple health benefits, such as more energy, better digestion, and weight loss. According to Health.com, upping your H2O intake is one of the biggest health tips of fitness gurus such as Jillian Michaels. Hydration can curb hunger and boost your metabolism by up to 3 percent. Looking for ways to increase your daily water intake? Click here for tips.
2. Count your calories.
According to Women's Health, you need to decrease you daily caloric intake by 300-500 calories if you want to lose weight. You can opt for diet delivery services that offer 1,200-calorie meals, or go DIY by downloading free calorie-counting apps that calculate your daily caloric intake based on your height, weight, lifestyle, and weight loss goals.
3. Move more.
Glued to your computer screen most of the day? Little things like walking while talking on the phone and taking the stairs instead of the elevator count in the long run. Remember, standing burns 1.5 times more calories than sitting. Getting on your feet for two hours a day while you work could help you drop 6 pounds over the course of a year [source: Health.com]. Find creative ways to add movement to your lifestyle, like walking a few blocks from your building to buying merienda instead of getting something from the office vendo.
4. Be choosy.
…With your food orders. With so many healthy food joints sprouting around the metro, you have healthier choices. The next time your friends or officemates invite you to eat out, suggest the newest salad bar or healthy resto in the neighborhood. When you have no choice but to dine at fast food joints or restaurant chains, check out health blogs for low-cal choices from popular menus. Here, we made this list of fast food picks for you to start with.
5. Micro workouts.
Depending on how many minutes you can honestly allot into your daily schedule (10? 15? 20?), there are quickie workouts available for your taste and lifestyle. From YouTube workouts to fitness apps, you’ll find something online. Get Googling! #BawalTamad