Live Well: How to Get in Shape in 2015

Getting that pre-holiday body back is something that is on most people’s agendas in the first month of the new year. This is the month that most people tend to make resolutions and promises to themselves and their loved ones that they will once again get in shape, get healthy, eat right and develop healthier habits. Getting in shape is sometimes easy for some, and more difficult for others. Here are a few fool proof ways to kick start yourself into gear in 2015 and lose that unwanted weight and those unwanted inches, guaranteed.

drinking waterDrink More Water

Drinking more water rather than opting for soda or sugary sports drinks can really make a huge difference in your overall health, and will certainly make an impact on weight loss. Reaching for water over other beverages gives your body the chance to rehydrate, eliminate waste and toxins which could be causing bloating and excess weight retention, and also kickstart your metabolism into gear.

Incorporate Cardio Workouts Three Times Per Week

Not many people who are just beginning to work out will look forward to a full blown cardio workout, but it’s exceptionally important to get yourself into ultimate shape. It helps to speed oxygen through the blood, which improves circulation, skin cell rejuvenation, mental health, and even metabolism. Cardio also allows you to lose more weight than any other form of exercise. Doing 30-40 minutes of high impact cardio three times per week will allow you to lose weight quickly – the healthy way. Don’t be surprised if you see inches lost from your waist, as well!

Shopping basket with assortment of unhealthy food on white backgroundDo Away with Refined Sugars and Salts

Refined carbohydrates will undoubtedly turn into sugar, which will also add weight gain and cause you to become tired and lazy. Doing away with all refined sugars, carbs, and excess salt will allow your body the opportunity to get out of a bloated zone, and back into a somewhat normal place, where it can begin actually burning the calories you eat rather than storing them. Do your best to stay away from pasta, bread, pies, cakes, cookies, and all things laden with sugar. On the same note, do your best to stay away from salty chips, snacks, and adding additional salt to your food. We consume plenty of salt with the foods we eat on a daily basis. Adding additional salt will only cause weight gain, bloat and potential health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

Stop Eating Fast Food

Fast food has been known to pack more weight on an individual than any other food in existence. These types of foods are the furthest thing from healthy, and it would be better to go hungry than to indulge yourself in a fatty, salt laden, greasy cheeseburger from your local McDonalds. These foods contain high salt content, high fat content, and are the lowest grade meat products available. Note, we said meat products and not meats due to all of the additives they put in their foods. We won’t go into what else has been found in fast food items, but we will say this: do yourself a favor, and steer clear of the monster that is fast food.

A large variety of whole foods focused on produceEat More Raw & Whole Foods

Eating more healthful foods such as raw vegetables, fruits, and more lean meats will provide your body with the healthy nutrition it needs to function properly and naturally, as was intended for us from the beginning. No man or woman was ever created to tolerate processed foods. By incorporating more of these healthy options into your daily diet, you are increasing your fiber intake, meeting your dietary guidelines for each individual day, and are warding off heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol to the best of your natural ability through diet. That’s powerful! Aside from that, you are also giving yourself a natural energy boost throughout the day with natural, healthy foods.

Get Rid of Junk Food

We have a challenge for you. Go through your pantry, and freezer, and refrigerator, and throw every single thing away that contains processed meat, cheese, excess salt, and sugar. See what you have left. It just might be time to go shopping! By eliminating these foods from your house, you avoid temptation. And when the temptation arises, and you want something sweet, opt for something healthy – like a fruit smoothie, which has all the sweetness you could want, or if you want something salty, have a slice of low fat cheese or vegetables with some low fat or fat free ranch, which has a salty kick to it. There are always ways to meet your palate’s needs – the healthy way.