This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Special K Snack Bars.
The new year is upon us and people all around are making resolutions to lose weight, get in shape, be healthier, insert weight/health-related goal here. (I’ve been there, done that, have the same resolution year after year.) I worked a long time to lose most of the baby weight and get back into running form following the birth of my son. Now I work hard at losing weight and getting back to my late-20s weight. Things have definitely changed for me. Gone are the days I can skip breakfast and lose 3 pounds in a day. I have to pay attention to the food I’m eating and the exercise I’m doing, if I want to remain fit.
I have five fitness tips for 2015. And I’m hoping I can stick to all of them (or at least remember them throughout the year.)
1. Eat 3 balanced meals a day. I don’t skip meals. I try not to eat a huge dinner. I make sure that I have fruits and vegetables with lunch and hopefully as a snack at work. Vegetables are a must with dinner.
2. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. I love to run, but running isn’t for everybody. If you prefer to walk, do yoga or pilates, take a class at your local gym – do one of them. They are all forms of exercise. Schedule at least 30 minutes out of your day to get something in. Even if I can’t run, I can fit in a walk at the end of the day (or on my lunch hour most days.)
3. Get enough rest. Your metabolism works better when your body has enough sleep. I’m so terrible about not getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night. And I notice that in my waistline. (When I had a newborn, I wondered why I wasn’t dropping the pounds so quickly…and it was mostly the rest I was lacking.) If you know you have to be up at 5:30 or 6 a.m., make sure you are going to bed early enough to get a complete night’s rest. I have a goal to be in bed before 10 p.m. if I have to be awake by 6. If I’m in bed by 9:30, I have 30 minutes to read and let my brain wind down before I fall asleep.
4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – with water. When I drink plenty of water (at least 64 ounces in a day for me), I shed pounds. My clothes feel better. My rings fit fine. I just feel better. I also have more energy. More energy means I don’t feel like a slug at work or when I’m exercising. I’m winning all around!
5. Switch out your favorite candy bar with a snack bar. Special K Chewy Snack Bars are hitting the store shelves next month and are tasty, wholesome snacks that pack a yummy punch into 100 calories per bar. They come in four flavors: Berry Medley, Blueberry Bliss, Salted Caramel Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Chocolate. Salted Caramel Chocolate is a combination of sweet and salty – two of my favorite things.
I have a weakness for chocolate. I can’t help it. Around 10 a.m., I want chocolate. If I’m having a rough afternoon, I want chocolate. If it’s Tuesday, I want chocolate. The Special K Chewy Snack Bars are great for getting me through the chocolate craving. The bars contain chunks of chocolate (obviously, my favorite parts), real fruit pieces, salted pretzels and chewy rolled oats. They are also a great size to keep in my purse or my gym bag – so I’m not tempted to grab a candy bar at the store. (Of course, that hasn’t happened….this week.)
What is one of your favorite on-the-go snacks? Are you a sweet or salty kind of snack person?
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