Warm weather is upon us and all I can think about is losing weight and getting into better shape. After having surgery and beating cancer a few years ago (wow… was it actually that long ago?) my body changed and I gained a lot of extra weight that I haven’t been able to shed. I know a few friends of mine have seen success using a Houston weight loss program and now it’s my turn to take action and lose a few extra lbs! I consume way more calories than I need in a day and despite running around from dance practices to hockey games every night with my kids, my days are spent pretty sedentary. I am writing this post to inspire myself and others who want to become more active, eat cleaner and feel great! If you’re looking to buy products to support your active lifestyle, you can get health and fitness discounts from Thrivo. Here are five must-haves if you are thinking of a more active lifestyle:
1. Drink Up
Drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily is so important! Water flushes out toxins, boosts your immune system, prevents dehydration and helps promote weight loss. I recently discovered the brand FLOW on Twitter – it’s a naturally alkaline spring water with a high pH, functional minerals and electrolytes. And…how cute is the eco-friendly tetra-pak that it comes in?
2. You Are What You Eat
I love to cook but my lifestyle doesn’t always allow for it. As a family, we are always on the go and often times, we need to make a pit-stop for dinner. We try to avoid the standard fast food chains by choosing healthier choices like Pizza, Chicken Teriyaki or Subway. It’s not a healthy homemade meal but it does the job on those crazy weeknights. Subway Restaurants is committed to helping Canadians live a healthy and active lifestyle by providing easy access to vegetables, a detailed nutrition dietary and healthy lifestyle information. Subway also offers low-calorie and low-fat sandwiches and salads that contain 6 grams of fat or less. Just make sure you do your research first and avoid anything that’s high in sodium or fat.
3. Move Your A#!
There is nothing “active” about taking the elevator, parking close to the mall entrance or choosing not to work out. Every active lifestyle starts with moving your butt. I’m starting slow with short walks around my neighbourhood. If you are anything like me, you still want to look cute while breaking a sweat? Bench has adorable hoodies, spandex leggings and jackets this season. Check out one of my favs below – the Retro Cag II B Jacket – regular $119.99 on sale now for $79. It’s water-repellent, has a relaxed fit and has the cutest black and grey paint splatter motif.