5 Sure Ways to Help you Exercise and Eat RightDiet, EMF/RF Saturday, January 5th, 2013
By Brenda Panin
For quite a long time, the term couch potato was associated with people who slumped on the couch all day long while struggling with the thought of how well to shade off some extra pounds. However, now that more people are working out from home, this definition has slightly changed. As opposed to what many people believed, you do not need to sit at home all day long working on your computer or watching television to face the same physical consequences that traditional couch potato victims face.
You can enjoy your favorite TV program or work on your laptop and still end up being physically fit. Below are five tips to help you eat right and exercise:
Eat three full meals a day.
The importance of eating breakfast, lunch and supper is something that we all learnt in school. However, most of us still need to be reminded about how important this is. Due to lifestyle changes, many people can’t resistant the temptation of eating snacks, something that leads to unwanted weight because of unbalanced meal. But what is the solution? Well, before you sit down on your computer early in the morning or lay out in the evening, treat yourself to well balanced meals with plenty of proteins, fruits or vegetables and whole grains.
Do snacks, but the smart way.
There is nothing wrong at all with eating snacks. The problem is that most people choose the wrong kinds of foods as snacks. Instead of eating cookies and candy bars, you will find more value in eating carrot sticks, yogurt, granola and dried fruits. If, on the other hand you have a soft spot for soda, then mineral water has the same quenching effect without any added sugar or calorie. If you are fighting couch potato effect, then staying away from unhealthy snacks is the trick.
Take exercise breaks.
If you yearn to exercise, then you may need to begin step by step. If you are working from home, then take breaks in between just the same way you would if you were working from the office. On the other hand, if you watch television for 30 minutes, you may take ten minutes to hit the gym. You may decide to walk on your treadmill, take a stroll or even do some jumping. It will make a big difference.
Sign up for a class.
There is a little secret about signing up for an exercise class that most people do not know. Getting the motivation to exercise when you are alone can be an uphill task. However, it can become something that you want to do every day when others surround you. So, next time you are sitting on that couch holding your laptop and wondering what to do, do some research on yoga, aerobics, swimming or any other class that you may find interest in joining. You will actually be amazed at how effective it can be.
Reward your efforts.
The couch potato state will not be permanent once you step out of your comfort zone and start exercising. The results will start showing in no time. As you lose weight and your muscles start to show, you need to reward yourself. This could be as simple as getting a message or watching your favorite movie after finishing your workout at the local gym. The main objective is to engage in something that will keep you off your couch. This way, you will not remain a couch potato!
Brenda Panin is a passionate blogger and a regular contributor to several health blogs.