by Kyle Tuttle
With all the work that's put into fitness and health, it's a wonder how some people manage to have lives outside of work and exercise.
A healthy lifestyle can be a pretty hard thing to achieve. There seems to be so much micromanaging involved, from scheduling your workouts to tracking your diet for calories, carbs, proteins, and fats.
That's what lifehacks are for. Lifehacks act as your own personal shortcuts to a healthier lifestyle. These simple, out-of-the-box methods for improving the quality of your life are everywhere; you just have to know where to look. Here are 50 such lifehacks designed to keep you in tip-top shape, as well as improve your emotional and mental health:
Diet and Nutrition
Fifteen Negative Calorie Foods 窶" You'd be surprised to know that some foods actually burn more calories than they contain. If you're watching your weight and need to manage your calories, you'll be glad to know that you can do so while snacking. These negative calorie foods, such as celery, apples, and watermelons, can be found in just about every grocery, making dieting easy and delicious.
Get the Most out of Carrots by Cooking Them Whole 窶" Research has proven that carrots are rich in nutrients like vitamin A. Research also shows that cooking carrots whole, rather than chopped or diced, preserves more of the nutrients locked within. Cooking them whole also allows them to keep more of their flavour, making them good for both your health and your taste buds.
Eating Slowly can Help You Lose Weight, among Other Things 窶" It can take a bit of a while for your brain to register the sensation of being full, so eating at a slow and steady pace helps make sure that your brain and stomach are on the same page, reducing the chances of overeating. And that's just one of the many benefits taking your time while eating can bring you.
Enjoy the Benefits of Wine without the Alcohol 窶" Red wine has long been touted as a healthy beverage when drunk in moderation. However, we all know it's pretty tough to drink a good bottle of wine in moderation. Thankfully, good old red grape juice can provide most of the health benefits of red wine, such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while keeping alcohol out of your system.
Tea is Healthier than Water 窶" Speaking of drinks, research has shown that tea can actually be healthier than water. While water is great at replenishing your body's fluids, tea does the same job while adding in some antioxidants to boot. While some people might argue that the caffeine in tea gives it dehydrating properties, experts agree that the net gain of fluids is more than substantial enough despite the caffeine.
Five Essential Weight Loss Foods 窶" The easiest way to lose weight is to cut down on how much you eat. However, starvation diets are for the most part incredibly unhealthy. The proper way to lose weight is through a proper, balanced diet and exercise. These five foods provide ample nutrition even as you trim your portions.
The 33 Healthiest Foods on Earth 窶" You know the old adage 窶" "you are what you eat". If you're looking to be really healthy, then, it's a good idea to load up on some really healthy food. Included in the list of the 33 healthiest foods on the planet are asparagus, butternut squash, and papaya. Incorporating these foods into your diet will not only make you feel better, but you'll probably live longer, too.
The 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating 窶" A lot of nutritionists seem to recommend the same foods, and with good reason 窶" these recommendations are based on years of scientific research for their nutritional value. However, a few gems, like beets and sardines, are often overlooked despite their numerous health benefits. Get the low-down on these foods that are low in popularity, but high in health.
12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day 窶" Doctors recommend drinking at least 8 cups of water a day to maintain optimum health. However, this is often easier said than done. Some people lose track of how much they drink, others don't really drink that much in a single day, while others still just don't like water. Here are 12 tips to help you get your daily dose of H2O with ease.
Making Healthier Choices with Fast Food 窶" Some people would say that fast food is unavoidable; few individuals can resist the call of all those delicious, empty carbs. While you can't make fast food healthy per se, you can at least make healthier choices with the fast food you eat. A few tips on how to pick more healthful items on fast food menus will help reduce the guilt while giving you that same satisfying feeling.
Fitness and Exercise
Recording Yourself Helps Increase Your Reps 窶" Exercise is half mental 窶" you've got to stay focused and dedicated to your workout if you want any results. For most people, the hardest part of working out is the motivation; people get lazy doing reps. You can trick yourself into doing a few extra reps by filming yours