Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Tips and Motivation
Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for your health. It reduces excess pressure on your joints. It is associated with lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and reduced risk for chronic diseases. And it will help you look and feel your best. So what are some realistic ways you can work towards a healthy weight, and once you get there, how can you maintain it?
Know Your Numbers
While there are some things you would rather deny than face head on, numbers like weight, cholesterol level, blood sugar, blood pressure, and heart rate are important to be aware of. In doing so, you will know where you stand, and be able to make a plan to get where you want to be. If you remain in the dark simply because you fear what you might hear from the doctor, you are neglecting your body’s needs and putting off health in favor of chronic issues.
Turn Off the TV
It is no secret that too much TV is unhealthy, but according to a recent study, individuals who watch more than 2 hours per day have an average daily calorie intake that is 7 percent higher than those who watch less than 2 hours per day. That adds up in the long run! Not to mention, sitting on the couch and watching TV after a long day of sitting at your desk makes for a very sedentary lifestyle, so if you have to watch your favorite show, try a gym with built in screens on the cardio machines.
Bring In a Friend
Having someone in your corner is one of the most effective strategies for pursuing and maintaining weight loss efforts. We all need to feel supported, so bringing in someone you can trust gives you the chance to vocalize your goals, talk about struggles, address concerns, and receive encouragement.
Story Credit: 10 Slim-Down Strategies You Can Count On by Rebecca Webber