Easy Tips to "Spring" back into Shape

In preparation for the first day of spring, which is, March 19 this year, we wanted to share with you some tips to "spring" back into shape. Springtime is the season where you begin to shed the layers and sport the newest fashions, and many individuals use the annual vernal equinox as their incentive to get back into shape.  Here are some suggestions:

1. Start Slow

After a long, cold winter of decreased or no activity, you may wish to get outdoors and start getting active the minute the weather improves. While this is fine, you don't want to "pick up where you left off" last season and try to perform the same level of exercise you did then. This could lead to early-season injuries. If you slowed down during the winter months, you'll need to start getting back into shape slowly and work your way up.

2. Find Activities to Keep You Active Each Day

If you find activities you enjoy, it will be easier to be active each day. This can be anything from taking a walk around your neighborhood to playing some ball with your child. Whatever you can do to get you active and your body moving will place you in a better mental and physical state than you were when you were inactive. 

3. Turn the Television Off

Get out from under the TV. If you can reduce your television exposure, you'll also be eliminating those convenience foods you typically eat while watching the screen. Becoming involved in a household task or getting outdoors will help you diminish your temptations to snack and indulge in overeating, which is what you know you'd end up doing if you were sitting there in front of the TV.

4. Don't Workout in Pain

As you spring back into shape this spring, you'll likely experience some minor soreness and muscle aches. This is normal and is really your body telling you that you haven't been active for a while. You can even workout through this minor pain the next day. But, if you're experiencing sharp or unusual soreness or pain that won't go away, immediately stop exercising. It could be an injury. If it doesn't go away in a couple of days, see your doctor just to be sure.

5. Consume More Frequent, Smaller Meals

Instead of eating three meals loaded with calories (plus snacks) each day, try to consume six smaller meals with fewer calories (no more than 400 calories) each day instead. This will have you eating every few hours and it keeps you balanced and never famished or feeling stuffed — ideal if you're looking to lose fat and get into shape.

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3 Reasons To Reach For Healthy Snacks When It’s Snack-time!

 

You know that moment where you’re in the mood for a snack to keep you going, but it’s not quite lunch or dinner time yet? You’re in-between meals and aren’t in a place to or just don’t have the energy to find some quick food. The temptation to reach for an unhealthy snack packed with sugar, preservatives, and genetically-modified ingredients can be strong. However, let’s take a look at 3 reasons to reach for healthy snacks instead.

 1. You’ll Satisfy Your Cravings

When you reach for unhealthy snacks, they normally don’t have the vitamins or minerals that will tell your brain that you’re satisfied. Instead of your brain telling you that you’re done snacking, it has to rely on your stomach being so physically full that you can’t possibly snack even more. If you look at a snack such as Tiger Nuts, for example, it has the right combination of vitamins and minerals to keep you from overindulging and taking in more calories than you need to that day.

 2. Unhealthy Snacks Are Packed With Too Much Sugar

Consuming too much sugar is linked to a long list of health issues from heart diseases to type 2 diabetes. It’s only suggested to take in about 24 to 37 grams of sugar daily. Consuming a single row of Oreo cookies alone is double the amount of your daily sugar intake. Reaching for a healthy snack such as Tiger Nuts contains only 7 grams of natural sugar per serving size of 32 grams.  

 3. Unhealthy Snacks Could Be Bad For Your Heart

You need to reach for snacks with a high amount of monosaturated fats. That’s because they could help lower the levels of bad cholesterol in your body. Many unhealthy snacks are bad for your cholesterol, but healthy snacks, such as Tiger Nuts, contain the healthy fats needed to lower your risk of heart diseases such as heart attack or stroke.

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5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Walk

 

You know walking is good for you and you want to do it, but you can't seem to find the motivation to get on that treadmill or take a stroll around your neighborhood. And, if you're typically a couch potato, it can be even more challenging. But, there are things you can do to motivate yourself. Here are five tips you can follow to incite yourself to walk.

  1. Set Realistic Goals

When first starting out, if you set a huge goal that has you dreading even the thought of walking, you're going to overwhelm yourself and will likely face inevitable plateaus. This can be discouraging and keep you from even trying. Instead, start off with several small, realistic goals you know you can accomplish and then progress as you go. 

But, you don't want to start off too small. So, set goals that’ll challenge you enough to motivate you to walk, but won't be too challenging where you become overwhelmed. For instance, start off with a goal, let's say, to walk three days a week, 30 minutes each day and then you can gradually work your way up to five days a week.

  1. Give Yourself a Reward for Reaching Milestones

After you've set some goals, providing yourself with an incentive for hitting each milestone can be that extra push you need to get out there and start walking. Your reward can be anything from a healthy treat, like Tiger Nuts, to a massage and a new pair of walking shoes.

  1. Get Yourself a Walking Buddy

Have a friend come along with you on your walks or even someone you can check in with each day to hold you accountable. They can give you that gentle nudge if you don't send them a daily message letting them know you walked that day. Remember, even Fido can be a great walking buddy.

  1. Use an App or Gadget

Different gadgets and apps on your phone can help you track your steps. Many fitness watches, pedometers, and apps will let you know the length of time (and distance) you've walked and how many calories you've burned. You can use the data from this technology to improve your steps or minutes walked with each walking session. 

  1. Join a Walking Group

It can be hard to stay motivated to walk by yourself. Many individuals prefer walking groups for the social aspect of it. It’s a great way to take your mind off of walking and make the time fly by. You can meet others who are trying to stay fit and be more active. You can be accountable for each other and motivate each other. It’s a way to socialize that also benefits your health, making it a win-win activity.

There are many ways to motivate yourself to walk. Find one or more ways and just get out there and get going. Sometimes, motivation shows up once you've started. So, simply forcing yourself out the door and getting going may be all you need to inspire motivation.

This article is brought to you by Tiger Nuts USA and if you have any comments or questions about Tiger Nuts, please email us at nuts@tigernutsusa.com 

 

Jack Sims - CEO Tiger Nuts USA