What comes to mind when you hear "self care"? Maybe you thought of a glass of wine, comfort food, or something else that's only used if you've had a tough day and need a little boost. Self care doesn't have to be a one-time activity, or something you feel you have to rationalize as "I've had a tough day, I deserve this". Sometimes that's needed, but what self care really should be is activities built into your daily routine that fuel your body and keep you in a healthy state of mind. Here's some healthy self care habits you can use daily!
While calorie tracking apps are a very useful invention that can help you lose weight and keep track of your nutritional intake, they can also make mistakes that will end up setting you back.
Weight loss/gain, when boiled down to its most basic form, is the equation of calories in vs. calories out. There's 3,500 calories in a pound, so if your goals is to lose 1lb a week you need to burn 3,500 more calories in that timeframe than you consume through food. This is called a caloric defecit.
Many of these trackers have a "net calorie" function. What this does is take your total daily caloric allowance, and add any calories burned due to exercise onto that number. This function allows you to "eat back" your calories burned, theoretically keeping you below your alloted number needed to lose weight.
For example if you're allowed 2,000 calories in a day, but lift weights for 30min and input that into your app, it may say that since you burned 200 calories in that 30min you can...
While hydration is always essential to maintaining health and wellness, it's never more important than during hot summer months.
Give this challenge a try, you'll find yourself sticking to better hydration habits and feeling better overall along the way!
People stay in comfort zones because it's safe, with no risk of failure. However, no risk also means no progress. Try going out of your comfort zone more often! Say "yes" to a new challenge, change your daily routine, try a new healthier food. Uncomfortability: Growth!