Fun ways to keep the weight off

5 Fun Ways to Keep the Weight Off

Who doesn’t like to have fun? Making healthy living fun is an easy way to make sure it becomes a lifestyle and not a chore! From creative diet changes to social fitness activities, try to focus on participating in things you love to do, rather than avoiding the things you “shouldn’t” do. Here are some of our favorite fun fitness activities and diet tweaks. They’re so much fun, you won’t be able to imagine your life without them!

Schedule workout dates instead of dinner dates. Need some alone time with your hubby, or a girls-night with your friends? Rather than doing the same old dinner and drinks, plan a workout date instead. Some great ideas include rock climbing, walking around a park or lake, hiking, or playing a sport like basketball or ultimate Frisbee. Making fitness social is a win-win situation. By committing to working out with a friend, you are more likely to stick to your plans, ensuring you get your exercise in for the day. On top of that, you’re not consuming the abundance of calories usually found in restaurant meals and drinks!

Add flair to healthy food. Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. Rather than eating baked chicken with steamed veggies, get creative with herbs and spices. Ground spices like cumin and coriander give foods a Mexican flare, while dried herbs like oregano, rosemary, and thyme impart an Italian taste. Minced fresh herbs add flavor and brightness to many dishes, like pesto, salad dressing, potato salad, and stir-fries. Spice it up!

Have more sex. Yes, is does take some effort to set the mood when you have a ton of things on your to-do list, but being intimate with your partner and letting off steam together can burn calories and strengthen your bond. It’s a win-win!

Chill with fruit desserts. If you enjoy dessert, try swapping out sugary treats for more natural delights. If you love ice pops, try frozen grapes or frozen melon kabobs instead. If peanut butter cups are your all time favorite, try rolling banana in peanut butter and cocoa nibs. If ice cream is your thing, you can make a healthier version by freezing regular yogurt or pureeing frozen fruit like bananas or strawberries. Even a bowl of berries with a splash of cream is a great natural dessert alternative!

Plan nurturing “you- time”. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of associating relaxation with less than stellar behaviors, like drinking wine or watching TV. If this sounds familiar, start by swapping out these habits for healthier ones just one day a week, and see how it makes you feel. Rather than automatically sitting down for a snack or a drink when you feel stressed or overwhelmed, try a new relaxation technique like deep breathing, yoga, stretching, or meditating. Even activities like a warm bath or cup of hot tea can be deeply nourishing. If you tend to tune out in front of TV, pause, and reflect on what you really need in that moment. Perhaps spending time cultivating a passion or hobby will make you feel better in the long run. Try starting a craft, reading a book, or working on that puzzle you’ve been meaning to start. Little changes can reap big benefits in the long run!

By making fitness and healthy eating a fun routine part of life, you’ll never feel deprived or overwhelmed about healthy living again! Share your favorite fun healthy living activities in the comments section below.

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