Small Changes for a Healthier You in 2012
You know the old phrase, no pain, no gain? We'd beg to differ. We're all about minimal effort for maximal result, especially when it comes to trying to squeeze our holiday bloated-self back into our skinny jeans. Spending an hour a day on the elliptical? Girl, please—we don't have time for that! We're all about the shortcuts and timesavers, so without further ado here are the little things you can do to make a big difference in your health in 2012.
• If you love to multi-task like us, the idea of eating food that is proven to boost your beauty is pretty appealing. Indulge your growling stomach while simultaneously getting your glow on by eating foods packed with vitamin A. Yogurt, spinach and carrots are chock full of the beauty-boosting vitamin. Foods with antioxidants also help prevent signs of aging. Blueberries are the poster children of antioxidant abundance, but blackberries, beans and artichokes have ‘em too. It just so happens these foods not only pack a pretty punch, but are quite good for you and your waistline too.
• It seems like a no-brainer, but what you pack for lunch at work is what you end up eating all day. If you pack a healthy meal in the morning, that's what you'll have to eat come break time. You have to trick yourself, but just a little will-power in the kitchen will translate to into fortitude all day at the office. No idea what to pack? Our own Giuliana Rancic is full of ideas.
• Giuliana also has tips for an easy way to shed the pounds. The Fitbit Activity Tracker is her fave way to stay on top of calories burned, steps taken and distance covered throughout the day. Believe it or not, the techie toy is actually kind of fun. When there's a little device that's keeping track of every move, all of a sudden you want to take the stairs to rack up a more impressive daily total. A friendly competition with yourself to get in shape? We like!
• If you'd sooner stick your head in a bag of eels than exercise, there's a solution for your lazy-buns too. Toning clothes add a little extra calorie-burning magic to every move you make, even if you're just getting up for another snack. Extra bonus: you'll look like you're perpetually hitting the gym in the sporty clothes, without actually setting foot there!
• Even though we seem to focus on outer-beauty, we know inner-heath is important too! Your mind is going a mile a minute all day long, and once you get home you're understandably wound up. Relax by lying down on a Yantra Mat, which has more than 8,800 acupressure points to relieve your body's problems, including insomnia, fatigue, headaches, muscle tension or just general stress. Light a few aromatherapy candles, put on your meditation mix and exhale.