Spring is in the air and if you’re like most women, you’re looking in the mirror and wondering what happened to your body during these last few months of hibernation. Or maybe not. Maybe you’ve been rocking your Winter workouts and you’re ready for that Spring Break bikini. Either way, the changing seasons are great time to refocus and clean up a few of those old (notsohealthy) habits.
Here are FIVE quick fixes that you can start making TODAY that will help you see results come May!
5 Ways To “Spring Clean” Your Body!
1) Guzzle WATER!
Aim for around 96 ounces of water per day (120 ounces for your husband!). With this goal, you’ll find that you won’t have a lot of room for other liquids – make H20 your top priority. If plain water is too boring for your palate, try adding sliced lemon or lime to liven things up! Not only will your skin elasticity and digestion improve, but you’ll rid your body of toxins and increase your metabolism.
2) Steer clear of processed sugar!
According to Men’s Health, the average American eats about 92 grams of sugar a day, when the human body needs only about eight grams for energy, an amount that should always be satisfied through natural sugars from fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains. Avoiding processed sugars can aid the body in combatting colds, improving digestion and the turnover of new cells. I know that for me – simply paying more attention to my shopping cart and putting back those junk food items that creep in helps a ton!
3) Find 30 minutes a day to MOVE!
You just KNEW I’d have a MOVE MORE tip, didn’t you? We all know that exercise is fundamental to feeling great. But did you also know that just 30 minutes of moderately challenging movement each day can help rid the body of toxins and waste?! Through perspiration, we can give our bodies a mini “detox” every single day!
4) Trim down your portion sizes.
This is probably the easiest habit to change. Simply eat a little less (and I’m NOT talking about starving yourself or even counting calories!!!). According to the CDC, over the last 50 years right here in America, “the size of a hamburger has tripled, a basket of fries more than doubled, and the average soda has grown from a modest 7 ounces to a jumbo 42 ounces.” And some wonder why “The average American is 26 pounds heavier than in 1950. [And] about one-third of us are overweight or obese and that number is projected to hit nearly 50% by 2030.”
Some tips on controlling portion sizes:
- Use smaller salad plates for your meals instead of the larger dinner plates.
- Split a meal with your husband or friend while dining out.
- Refrain from going back for seconds.
5) Know the difference between CRAVINGS and HUNGER.
Before you reach your hand into the potato chip bag (or for me – the cereal box), ask yourself one question: “Am I really hungry or is this a CRAVING?” Listening to your body will help you eat intuitively and you’ll be more inclined to reach for healthier foods that will nourish instead of harm. If you’re not sure whether you’re actually hungry, try drinking 8 ounces of water and waiting a few minutes. True hunger is a rare thing in most people, as we tend to graze all day.
Lastly, listen to your body! <-I feel like that phrase is way overused – but still, listen to what your body is saying. Move a little more, eat a little less junk. It’s not rocket science. I think we overcomplicate these things and put way too much stock into a complete overhaul. Small changes over time produce the best results.
QUESTION: Any other (gentle) tips for spring cleaning your body?? Leave them below!