Summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean you should continue an unhealthy lifestyle. Exercise can actually reduce stress, increase dopamine in the brain, and boost your energy. Do you want to start the Fall semester happy and healthy?
1. Portion Control
There are hundreds of diets that claim to help you lose weight. However, it is okay to eat whatever you want! You shouldn’t restrict yourself, it will also lower your desire to exercise. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t be eating pounds of junk food either. Eat an appropriate portion size to ensure you aren’t over indulging.
Get on a Routine
Try to find a few extra hours each week to dedicate to exercise. Whether it is a quick jog before work Monday morning or weight training every Thursday after class, this will help you stay motivated. Being on a routine will help you stay on track.
Take a Fitness Class
Although it might seem daunting, taking a fitness class can help you learn new and fun workouts according to your goals. Having other classmates around you is encouraging when you are ready to give up. Plus you will have an instructor ensuring you have proper technique while motivating you throughout the class.
Have a Gym Buddy
Once you are on a fitness routine and have gone to a few classes – you might want someone to workout with! Having a gym buddy doesn’t only hold you accountable but can open you up to new workouts and exercises. This can help you work different muscle groups, push yourself harder, and have fun while doing it!
This is the health tip we always seem to ignore. Water carries oxygen to our muscles. Without water we can become dehydrated and fatigued - especially while exercising. Water can also help with weight loss because it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and alcohol. Maybe order water next time you are out to eat!