Human bodies naturally differ from one another, but the "perfect body" myth remains. Advertisements and magazine spreads show idealized, digitally altered versions of the human form, diet pills flush the market, and non-fat, low-calorie foods fly off the shelves.
It may be impossible, even detrimental, to make your body look like the model's in an underwear ad. Bodies are different, and they need different things, so the exercise and diet that works for someone else won't necessarily work for you. When making healthy changes, don't limit yourself to what others have done. The following tips are easily adaptable to any body and any lifestyle:
Drink more water
The BlenderBottle SportMixer makes it easy to track your water intake. Keep a full bottle with you and be sure to drink throughout the day, even when you don't feel thirsty. Keeping your body hydrated will limit hunger pangs and improve your performance, whether you're generating spreadsheets or hitting the gym.
Pack snacks the night before
You're more likely to forego preparing healthy foods when you're pressed for time, so have them ready in the fridge the night before in the BlenderBottle GoStak. Nuts, fruits, vegetables, and trail mix are easy to prepare and are nutrient dense.
If you head straight to the couch at the end of the day, don't schedule yourself for an hour aerobics class every night of the week. Instead, incorporate exercise into your routine when you have the time and energy. Bike to work, take a long walk to unwind after dinner, or do jumping jacks during a commercial break. In the end, the lifestyle you choose should help you feel happier, more energetic, and more confident. When you make positive changes because you respect your body and not because you feel pressured by other people's standards of health, you stand a greater chance of maintaining the routine that suits you best