After a long day at work or school, sometimes that couch sounds a lot more appealing than hitting the gym. But it doesn't have to be a chore--it can be fun. Additionally, when it comes to your diet, there a number of little things you can tweak to get the results you desire becoming healthier at the same time! Check out a few tips below.
Drink tea in place of something sweet
Whether it's after a meal or before bed, the sugar craving is real. But next time, instead of giving in to that sweet tooth with candy, try a cup of tea. There are many teas that exist that are flavored like your favorite dessert. This way you can taste a little sweetness without all the unwanted calories.
Try: Chocolate Macaroon, Birthday Cake, or Red Velvet Cake--all from David's Tea (www.davidstea.com)
Substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream
Greek yogurt will add that creamy texture and taste to your meal, but it's much higher in protein and lower in fat. I've tried this in my own kitchen and I honestly cannot taste the difference.
Try: Dill chicken--Combine one cup of Greek yogurt with onion soup mix, fresh dill, and cream of mushroom soup and pour it over chicken breast in a pan. Bake for an hour and ten minutes at 325 degrees.
Forget you're actually working out
Without music or T.V. to distract you from the fact you're burning calories, working out can be harder than it has to. Put together a playlist of songs and make a deal with yourself that you'll keep it up until the playlist is over. Another thing I like to do it watch T.V. shows on YouTube on my phone. I get engrossed in whatever I'm watching, and before I know it, 45 minutes has gone by and my workout is over.
Take a group fitness class
Some people are shy about working out in front of other people, but in a group it's easier to keep going since there's that accountability factor.
Try: Zumba Xpress with Cecelia, Monday nights at 7:30-8pm (Edgewater)
What little tips and tricks do you have to get fit? Share them below!
By: Megan Millard
EFC staff. We want to share our fitness knowledge with you!