Beauty is only skin deep.
Whilst this popular saying is quite true, we live in a society where personal appearance plays a huge role. We want to impress others by making sure that we look good and are physically fit. With this in mind, we work hard to achieve a certain body type.
Being fit and fabulous sometimes get the best of us. It puts a lot of stress and pressure on us and we feel frustrated when we don't achieve our ideal weight.
Is it possible to lose weight while reducing the level of stress that we have?
This routine will show you how to burn calories and live a happy and stress-free life.
6 Useful and Practical Tips to Eliminate Stress and Burn your Body-fat
1. Evolve a healthy sleep routine
We should never underestimate the power of quality sleep over our weight and stress management. Having a lack of sleep has a negative effect on both factors.
How can a good amount of sleep lower your stress and burn calories?
Sleep is one of the best ways of rejuvenating your body. By taking a deep sleep, you give your body an opportunity to rest and heal. Waking up after 8 hours of sleep is a sure way to boost your day. You're energized and ready to face whatever your day will bring you.
Lack of sleep is one of the reasons of weight gain. When you don't have enough sleep, the hormone that commands your brain that you are already full is affected. Your metabolism goes haywire as well. You feel tired and sluggish so you compensate with unnecessary overeating and don't have the energy to exercise.
Establish a healthy sleeping routine every night. Set a specific time to buzz everything off and go to slumberland. Avoid distractions by turning off gadgets and mobile phones a few hours before your bedtime.
2. Take a walk
Walking is one of the easiest and cheapest forms of exercise.
Obviously, we don't need to hire an instructor since we've learned walking either by ourselves or with the help of our parents. You just need a pair of good rubber shoes, your favorite playlist probably, and you're good to go.
Walking hits two birds with one stone. This exercise will not only help you reduce your weight but your stress level as well. It's a good cardio exercise and helps you burn those extra calories. The happy hormones that walking produces and the beautiful scenery and fresh air will surely melt all the stress away.
Make walking a part of your daily routine. Park a few miles away from your destination and walk the rest through. Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
3. Exercise before breakfast
Starting your day with an exercise has more benefits than doing it later in the day.
First, doing your exercise first thing in the morning sets your priority. Since you have put this on the top of your checklist, you won't miss out on exercise anymore.
Exercise before breakfast is also said to burn more calories and improve your metabolism. It also helps you make healthy food choices all throughout the day so you won't get to binge on unnecessary food cravings.
Completing your exercise in the morning will also give you the much-needed energy for the whole day. It also releases a feeling of accomplishment and happiness.
Be faithful with your morning exercise and you'll see how fit and happy it has made you in a short period of time.
4. Eat a healthy breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You may skip lunch or dinner, but not breakfast.
What makes it the most important meal of the day?
Having a full healthy breakfast gives you the energy that you need. It also makes you feel full longer so you avoid unnecessary food cravings.
Below are some of the healthy breakfast ideas that you can use:
- Nut Butter, Banana, and Chia Seed Toast
- Yogurt and Berry Smoothie
- Savory Oatmeal With an Egg
- Quinoa Fruit Salad
- Tomato Toast With Macadamia Ricotta
- Chia and Quinoa Porridge
- Avocado Toast With Egg
Loads of fiber and protein to get you the nutrients and energy that you need.
5. Celebrate the small wins
All work and no play make John a dull boy.
Just like with this popular saying, being goal-oriented and focus-driven all the time has its negative draw back. It can be exhausting if you're always keen on just achieving your goals. If you don't get the figure that you want by the end of the month, you tend to get frustrated and burn out.
To keep your momentum, celebrate every accomplishment, no matter how small they are. Fuel your motivation by giving yourself some rewards for all your hard work. Lost a few pounds after 2 days? Reward yourself by treating yourself with an ice cream.
Celebration and reward don't need to be grand or expensive. A little something to boost your morale and keep your motivation will do.
6. Keep a food diary
Keeping a food diary is an excellent way of managing your weight. Listing down all the food and calories that you consumed is a great idea to have full control of your food intake and have an understanding of how it affects your health.
Here are some tips on how to create a food diary.
- You can either use a notebook or download an application that can be used for your diary.
- Write down everything that you eat and drink for that day. Be as specific as you can. Including the quantity of the food that you consumed is also a great idea.
- Write down the date, place and time that you eat your food. This is important to understand patterns of your eating habit. This can help you identify why you eat this certain food at this particular time.
Take control of your body and mind by applying these habits into your daily life. Being fit and stress-free is not impossible at all.
Jack is a personal trainer with over 20 years in the fitness industry. He has run in dozens of marathons across the country. He is an expert advisor for various fitness related entities and writes regularly for several health/exercise websites, including www.allellipticals.com