You might be all too familiar with the routine — standing in front of the mirror, poking and prodding your “problem areas,” setting goals to lose more weight.
Too often we focus on the outward effects of weight loss and overlook the impact on the inside, but it is just as important, if not more.
The extra weight you carry around can influence more than just your physical appearance — it can deeply affect your health as well. Those additional pounds can create more work for your heart, raise your blood pressure, slow you down, and drain you of energy. But some healthy adjustments can help reverse the negative effects.
It’s never too late to factor in new lifestyle changes and set attainable weight-loss goals. You’ll be surprised what a difference a few simple habits can make. Healthier living can help you feel more relaxed and energized — not to mention it could also help you shed a few pounds.
Here are a couple healthy habits that could boost your energy levels and help you stay heart smart:
- Wet your whistle — Drinking plenty of water helps you avoid dehydration and overeating, plus you’ll feel more energized.
- Eat healthy meals and snacks — be sure to eat smaller meals more frequently and always pack healthy snacks, such as a bag of your favorite nuts, fruits, or vegetables. And don’t forget to pick up a Transform Pack, available for a limited time in the shopping cart!
- Take it easy — Stress can cause unnecessary pressure on your heart. Relax, simplify your schedule, and learn how to fight stress in a healthy way, such as exercising or meditating.
- Get moving — Physical activity can improve your mood, increase your energy, alleviate stress, and help you drop those extra pounds. Find a form of exercise you enjoy, such as biking, swimming, or running, and make a workout schedule you can stick to.
- Get your Zzzz’s — Sleep plays a key role in weight loss, and it can also help your heart, decrease stress levels, and increase your energy.
Start developing heart-healthy habits today and feel the difference inside and out!
Editor’s Note: A version of this story originally appeared on USANAToday.com.
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