Your Healthy Eating & Exercise Tips
Being healthy means more than just eating the right foods or exercising occasionally. Here are 10 health tips focused on healthy eating to use throughout the weeks and months ahead.
- When eating healthy, flexibility often works best. Don’t restrict yourself to a certain way of eating if that type of eating doesn’t work for you.
- Make eating more vegetables fun. Vegetable provide vitamins and minerals while not adding a lot of calories.
- Cook food fast by cooking fresh or frozen vegetables in the microwave for a quick side dish at any meal.
- Always have fresh vegetables cut up ahead of time in your refrigerator for quick snacks or to add to a dish. Bell peppers, cauliflower or broccoli are good choices.
- Opt for vegetables in a variety of vibrant colors. Red, orange and dark green vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals.
- Frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh veggies. Be sure to choose ones without added sauces, butter, cream or gravy.
- If you must have takeout, choose healthier dishes that have veggies in the main dish, such as vegetable stir-fries.
- Steamed foods are better than fried. For example, steamed dumplings and rice is lower in saturated fat than its fried cousin.
- At restaurants, ask for your food to be cooked in less oil or with half the sauce or gravy.
- Be mindful of how much sauce and other condiments you use. Teriyaki sauce has a lot of added sugar while soy sauce is high in sodium.
- Every week aim for two and a half hours of moderate activity, like brisk walking or dancing.
- Try short bursts of activity throughout the day if you can’t fit in 30 minutes at a time.
- Target for 10,000 steps a day. Park your car far away from your destination, for example.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
- Get active with your friends. Go for a walk around the mall or a hike.
- Find ways to move more at work. Stand during phone calls or stretch every hour.
- Kick-start your motivation by learning something new. Sign up for a hot yoga class, learn to salsa dance or join a sport.
- Hit the local swimming pool for a cool and fun way to exercise.
- Stay on track by using something like SuperTracker.usda.gov to keep track of your movement. You can sync your FITBIT or join a challenge.
- If your new to exercising or it’s been a while, start slowly and build up over time.
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