Snacks: Not Just for Eating
The start of a new year often brings our health and wellness goals into sharper focus. But maintaining our dedication to a new exercise or nutrition commitment can become tough as the weeks and months roll on, especially on the busiest days.
Move a little
Adopting the idea of "exercise snacks" can help. These brief, intense bursts of physical activity, lasting less than a minute, can be seamlessly integrated into your schedule to elevate your heart rate and enhance your overall well-being.
Here are ideas for some quick and invigorating exercise snacks:
- Running up the stairs
- Chair squat-to-toe raises, as fast as you can
- Jumping jacks
- “Mountain climbers” (lifting one knee to the chest at a time from a plank position)
- Marching in place
Be sure to tailor these exercises to accommodate any physical limitations you may have.
For those with sedentary jobs, incorporating exercise snacks throughout the day becomes a potent strategy to counteract the negative effects of prolonged sitting.
Don’t get derailed by hunger
When looking to make healthier food choices, preemptive planning can be the key to success. Designing a balanced snack that includes a protein source, a serving of vegetables or fruit, and possibly a complex carbohydrate can keep you from getting the afternoon munchies.
These quick, nutrition snack ideas can help:
- Cottage cheese or plain yogurt paired with fresh fruits or vegetables
- Corn tortilla with a bean spread, accompanied by salsa or avocado
- Hummus served with veggies and multigrain crackers
On the weekend, when you have more time, try preparing Fire Flax Crackers, Cannellini Olive Dip or other healthy recipes, to set you up with a healthy snack option for the week.
By incorporating a few strategic approaches to both exercise and nutrition, a healthier lifestyle is well within reach. Just don’t forget the snacks!