If you are anything like me, you absolutely hate working out. Even just the thought of working out tires you. Well, fear not my fellow lazy bum! Here are 4 easy ways to keep you looking your best without breaking a sweat.

Drink Up

Drinking just one glass of water a day can have a huge impact on your health. Our body is made up of about 60% water, more or less depending on your body size, and we lose some of that water mass everyday through skin evaporation, breathing, urine, etc and these losses must be replaced daily for good health. Not only is drinking water essential in keeping our water intake and outtake balanced, it aids in weight loss. How? Drinking water helps you eat less by making you feel full longer as well as boosting your metabolism. This is because water increases the rate at which the body burns fat, and promotes the breakdown and elimination of fat cells. So, how about you toss that can of soda and start drinking more water!

Go Lean

Proteins are best at keeping your body lean as they are known for their fat-reducing benefits. Since it is filling, the more you eat, the quicker you get satisfied which reduces your calorie intake. Eating protein also decreases the rate at which your body breaks down proteins and increases your body’s protein synthesis which leaves you with more lean tissue vs. fat tissue. Enough with this science talk! In a nutshell (get it?), your body loves this stuff and it helps you look nice and lean.

5 Is The Limit

I try not to eat dinner past 5 every night. Why? Well according to research, people who eat late at night tend to eat more. Now, I eat a lot either way so I don’t know how true this is but I do know that this routine has helped me keep my waist thin through my endless scarfing down of food. According to science, you are able to keep your waist thin when you eat dinner earlier because there is a long lapse of time between meals so your body is able to efficiently process the food you have eaten. Ergo, faster metabolism. It is hard to stay away from snacking at night, I know! However, if you must, just grab some nuts, they are protein packed so it will keep you from eating too much food late at night.

Shake it off

This is without a doubt me dancing.

I did say that these steps would be sweat free, however, in the words of the wise Fergie, “A little party never killed nobody”. Just crank up your music and dance till you drop. It is much better than sitting around watching Netflix 24/7. The next time you stand by your microwave warming up your pizza, shimmy a little. Have a little dance break whenever there is a commercial break while watching TV (btw, does anyone still watch TV?). Just move a little, being a complete couch potato is not going to help you much with your health.

These are my four steps to living a sort of healthy lifestyle. Now you may go back to eating your tub of Nutella. Just a little disclaimer, these steps are for people who want to maintain their current weight not for those who want to lose it.

Do you live a healthy lifestyle, if so what do you do? Let me know in the comments.

The Older You Get, The Wiser You Become

Do you really become wiser as you age? I have heard this saying more times than I can count and I have grown up believing in those words. However, I have now come to doubt this saying as I have not seen it necessarily play out in my life. I have instead seen people become more stubborn and uncompromising as they grow. I mean honestly. As we move from middle to high school, we become more thirsty for independence and as our thirst grows we begin to break rules we think should not pertain to us. Most often, our decisions are reckless and stupid because we feel that we are old enough to decide on what happens in our life. We brush aside advice and become defensive when our faults are pointed out. We yearn for the day we are able to move out and not have parents nagging and watching our every move. In our push for independence and rush to grow, we fail to just take our time and bask in our youth and so we make decisions that are stupider and stupider as the days go with no consideration of the consequences.

What I have witnessed in adults is almost similar and sometimes worse than the mistake we teens make in our lives. They believe that their years make them more knowledgeable than we the youth, and that belief is toxic. I don’t think I’m the only teen to be shut down when talking about a subject in the midst of adults because they believe that what I have to say is irrelevant. Yes, we may be young but we are not stupid. The younger generation is always looked down upon because the older generation do not see the sense in all that we do. This mindset makes it impossible for them to see the contribution that we can make and are making to society. This mindset also makes many adults reluctant to also admit that they are wrong especially to a younger person. Pride always comes into play and it inhibits growth as a person. The feelings of we the younger generation are never considered because adults feel they know best and sometimes their decisions leave lasting and sometimes damaging effects on our psyche.

So do we really become wiser as we age? Or do we become dumber, hard-headed, and stubborn?

I say the latter.

Yes, we do go through a lot more as we grow. We face more obstacles and have experiences that shape us. However, those experiences become pointless if we do not truly reflect and understand that it cannot be used as a shield and weapon to defend your actions. We should rather keep those experiences in mind and accept the input of others in our life. Its OK to admit being wrong and its OK to accept advice. It just goes to show true growth and maturity in a person.  So I say…

The More Understanding You Are, The Wiser You Become.