No More Excuses: 3 Ways to Get Fit in 2015
Posted 2 months ago by Alexandra Jacobs
It’s getting to that time of year again when we all start thinking about New Year’s resolutions and gyms start trying to wheel us in with impressively cheap deals. But wait! Don’t get tied into a contract that suddenly gets expensive come March. Instead, make use of these three great tips for staying healthy on a budget and make 2015 your year.
1. Exercise at Home
It’s not all about the latest fashionable class; you can get a great workout without even leaving the house. There’s a selection of workout DVD’s and games on the market now that make chiseling those abs and torching the fat achievable. Front room exercise programmes have come a long way from the bright leotards and encouraging catch phrases of the eighties so be prepared to sweat!
If you’re the kind that is likely to slack off, enlist a friend or partner to do it with you. You can encourage each other to keep going until the bitter end. Remember, as you get fitter you will start to find the exercises easier.
The main drawback to this method is the boredom. And we all know that boredom is responsible for trashing a good New Year’s resolution. Invest in a couple of DVDs and games and alternate which ones you use to ensure your workouts stay varied. If you don’t have cash to buy a few, swap with friends or scour jumble sales for second-hand DVDs. Make this a priority, you only need to skip one workout for your new found good habits to start slipping.
Running is undoubtedly one of the cheapest forms of exercises out there. It also offers an array of health benefits, including improvements in stamina and heart strength. With a maximum calorie burn of around 700 an hour, this little gem is the perfect choice for the would-be fitness enthusiast.
The main disadvantage with running is the toll it takes on your joints. The shock of your feet repeatedly pounding hard pavements puts a lot of pressure on your knee and hip joints. Whatever your budget, it’s important to invest in footwear that absorbs as much of this shock as possible, learn about the best running shoes here.
3. Cut out the junk
Diet plays a huge part in our overall health and well-being. Cutting out the junk food is one of the easiest ways to look after ourselves and our bank balance. Opt instead for a varied diet full of whole foods and vegetables. Traditionally considered more expensive than ready meals and frozen pizzas, it is very possible to eat well for less. Make good use of cheaper cuts of meat and frozen veggiest by cooking in bulk. Cooking in bulk is far better for you than high calorie sandwiches — plus you’re saving money by having leftovers.
Live near a farmers market? Fresh food markets are a fantastic place to get affordable vegetables. Wait until the end of the day when stallholders are packing up to do your shopping. They will often sell what’s left at vastly reduced rates to save on the hassle of packing it up again for tomorrow.
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Let us know in the comments below!
Sleep: The Only New Year’s Resolution You Need
Posted 1 year ago by Amanda Raye
Every year, most people write down a list of New Year’s resolutions they hope to stick to. The most common are: lose weight, eat healthier, go to the gym more often, drink more water, and hang out with friends and family on a regular basis.
All of those goals are great, and you should try to achieve them. But, instead of making this extremely long to-do list for yourself, narrow it down. You’ll be less stressed.
First, ask yourself why you aren’t already doing whatever’s on your list. Is it because you’re too busy or too tired? Once you answer that question, the culprit of your problems will be revealed. Odds are, the culprit is that you don’t get enough sleep!
Eight hours of sleep each night is the usual recommendation for a happier and healthier you, but do you actually get that each night? According to a study done by the National Sleep Foundation, about 20% of Americans report that they get less than 6 hours of sleep on average.
Do you ever ask yourself “I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day so I could get more done”? There is more time time in the day, it’s called going to bed and waking up early! You’ll be amazed at the amount of extra time you’ll have.
If you’re a night owl do you really get things done after 9pm? You can’t really go to the gym, it’s unsafe to be running at night by yourself and then, of course, there’s late night snacking.
Start by going to bed between 9 and 11pm. It’ll be hard at first if you’re used to staying up until 2 or even 3am, but it’ll get easier. Then, try getting yourself up and moving by 7:30am. Go to the gym, eat a good breakfast…once you realize the amount you accomplished before 9am, you’ll have a chance of sticking with this new lifestyle.
So, rip up that long list of New Year’s resolutions and make a new one that states “be a morning person“!
What were your New Year’s resolutions this year? Think you’ll be able to stick with them?
Start Counting Down: New Year’s Resolutions for Your Apartment!
Posted 2 years ago by Athena Newton
Your body and bank account aren’t the only ones in need of a change. This year, instead of focusing on losing weight or saving money– make a New Year’s resolution you can keep. Your apartment needs some love too; make 2013 about keeping your home comfortable without spending too much (or any) cash.
Do a Deep Clean
Sure you keep the floors swept and dishes done, but what about the less noticeable areas that collect dust? Start the year off by doing your apartment a favor— a serious deep clean. Wipe down all the baseboards and door frames. Using soft soap and water, clean the top of the fridge and the cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom. Dust fans and vents with a cloth and all-purpose cleaner, and wash lighting fixtures (after turning them off). Look around and ask yourself when was the last time you shook the bathroom rugs out or washed the living room draperies. Even if items don’t look dirty, they could be full of dust and ready for a serious deep clean.
No More Postponing
If you’ve been putting something off, saying “I’ll get to that later,” later is now here! Hang at least one picture you’ve been wanting to hang. Put up the bamboo shades you bought to switch out with the old plastic blinds that came with the apartment. Rotate your mattress. Take your pile of items waiting to be donated to Goodwill. Tackle those sewing projects that have been sitting in a pile waiting to be mended. Instead of setting lofty goals this year— just do what you said you’d get around to.
Clutter can cause stress because it inhibits the flow of daily life. Entryways tend to be the most congested area of an apartment or home, mostly because that’s where we take off our shoes and dump our belongings at the end of the day. Even if it’s stuff you regularly need and use, find a way to organize it. Start by mounting hooks to the wall to hang coats, purses or school bags. Place a multifunctional ottoman near the entry table so you can have somewhere to sit and take off your shoes, then store them in it until later. Set up a system that works for you so you’re more likely to stick with it for the entire year.
Showering is one of the main ways we use water, and it accounts for nearly 17 percent of American residential indoor water use, according to Epa.gov. This year, tackle water waste (and save money, too) by going green. Install low-flow shower heads and water faucets in your bathroom and kitchen to save water and heater energy— which in turn will lower your utility bills. Low-flow shower heads can be purchased at home repair stores and start at about $10. The EPA suggests using products that bear the WaterSense label— proof that the product uses no more than 2.0 gallons of water per minute. Standard shower heads use 2.5 GPM.
What’s your New Year’s resolution this year? Let us know in the comments below!
Spa Week Giveaway *Last Chance*
Posted 3 years ago by Amanda Raye
It’s almost February! This month has gone by so fast, and spring is only about 50 days away!
Are you still on-track with your New Year’s Resolution? Or have you fallen off the wagon? If so…just get back on it, no worries!
My “get healthy” resolution is going great. I’m making better food choices, and getting more exercise…avoiding elevators and escalators at all costs! I even went to Wendy’s today and decided not to cheat. I ordered a small chili and a baked potato instead of the usual cheese burger, french fries and soda!
In the morning I’ve been enjoying a glass of Trop50 instead of the usual sugar packed O.J., and walking to work instead of taking the subway. Speaking of Trop50, have you participated in the giveaway yet?
*I received the product mentioned above free of charge for editorial consideration, and I’m also eligible for additional incentives. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
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