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You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is.” ~Ellen Degeneres

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Ok, we all know what happens right about this time of the year. During the first few weeks leading into summer, we kill ourselves at the gym or starve ourselves with the latest/greatest fad diet, cleanse, or fast all along the way saying, “This is the summer where I get my groove back. I’m going to look and feel 21 again!” Then, reality set in. The Memorial Day holiday has come and gone. We lose our enthusiasm. We proceed to overindulge, get burned out from all the “2 a days” at the gym, and we can’t stand to look at any more of those juice concoctions promising a slimmer trimmer you.

Remember, being healthy is a slow and steady lifestyle, we practice everyday. Being FIT from the inside out is not a 3 week out of the year college cram session.

So, lets get REAL with a few REAL life tips that you can start incorporating into your everyday life. Here’s tip #1…there is NO easy way to looking and feeling great. What there IS are some small easy things you can adjust to your daily lifestyle to start putting your body back into the state it was meant to be….HEALTHY!

Remember…the ultimate goal we are striving for here at LifeSushi is for you to live a healthy, happy life & believe us or not, its all connected.

Healthy body+Healthy Mind = Healthy Life..its all connected!

Here are 10 things you can start doing TODAY!!! No excuses needed…

 1) Sweat at least 20 minutes a day! There are 1,440 minutes in a day, you can spare 20! Walk, Jog, Run, Dance…we don’t care just get movin!

 2) Kick the Can! The soft drink can that is. Ever wonder what happens to your body when you drink a soft drink? Yes, we are speaking about DIET drinks too! Here’s a nice little info graphic to break it down. CLICK HERE! Are you ready to stop the soft drink crazy train?

 3) Eat! Yes, that’s right EAT. Starving yourself is not going to do anything for your waistline. In fact, the temporary effects you might see from those juice fasts or starvation diets, will eventually come back to bite you in the butt. Literally! Your body is like a engine, if you don’t fuel that engine every 2 to 3 hours with healthy “clean” foods, it’s going to slow down on you. Keep that metabolism revving with healthy fuel. Combine your meals and snacks with healthy carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healhty fats. Stay away from processed foods. If you can't pronounce an ingrediant in the food you are about to consume it is most likely processed. 

4) “Oh, Portion Control!” No it’s not the new lyric to that Prince song. You know the one..you are singing it right now in fact. Ok stop, we’re serious here.  Now, it’s important as we stated above to EAT, but its just as important to watch your portion size. Start by challenging yourself to trim off 100 calories a day from your current intake. That will magically add up to about 10lbs off in a year. Wow, look at you, just by ditching that daily soda you can shed 10lbs! Well done! Not sure about your portions? Check out the portion plate. It is a plate that has the size of the portions already laid out on the plate, and you just fill it in with the healthy foods. Use it a few times and then you’ll be doing it blind! CLICK HERE!

5) Most importantly, EAT BREAKFAST! Eating a healthy balanced breakfast consisting of lean proteins, like Omega3 rich eggs and low glycemic carbohydrates, like a single serving of Steel Cut Oatmeal w antioxidant rich blueberries can really send you off soaring! Eating breakfast improves brain function and increases metabolism. Studies show that those who eat breakfast vs. non breakfast eaters tend to be leaner and have lower body fat %.

 6) Drink your H20! Want healthy glowing skin? Drink water! Want to feel more energized throughout the day? Drink Water! Want to rid your body of excess fat? Drink Water! You get the picture…drink your H2O people. Before you even ask, no, iced tea does not count as water.

 7) LAUGH! It burns calories, releases the “happy hormone” serotonin, reduces stress, and its just good for the mind! Laughing Yoga anyone? Yes its for real. If that doesn’t do it for you, check out our DAILY LOL section. We scour the web for all things funny so you don’t have to.

 8) Sleep! Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night!  Sleep is imperative for just about every healthy function of the body. Sleep improves memory, reduces stress, also helps us to maintain a healthy weight balance. I know, you might be saying “well, that’s fabulous but I can’t sleep” Here are few things you might try. Cut out caffeine for a week. Cut out Sugary drinks.(refer to #2, no soft drinks or artificial sweeteners).

 9) Vitamin D. Get it! Since most of us live most of our time in an indoor sunless environment, we are seriously lacking an important Vitamin the sun helps us produce. Vitamin D! Vitamin D aids in fighting cancer and heart disease. You only need about 10 minutes outdoors a day, so if you can spare a 10 minute break to get outside in the rays, then by all means do it. If you can't then you might look into supplementing with a Vitamin D supplement. 1,000 IU is recommended daily by most nutritionist, but always consult your physician for a recommendation before supplementing.

 10) Let’s Get It On. (note: if you are in a healthy, committed, adult relationship, keep reading..) …S-E-X is what we’re talking about! The benefits: Sex relieves stress by lowering your blood pressure, boosts immunity (releases a antibody called  IgA), sex burns calories (30 minutes burns about 85 calories!), and for those of you who are struggling with sleep problems…drum roll please...sex helps you sleep better by releasing oxytocin during orgasm. Remember, this is all in good health! "Safety first ladies!” Be educated, be safe, and be empowered when it comes to your sexual health!

So, there ya go! A few tips that you can REALLY use. Remember, there are no shortcuts to looking and feeling fabulous, but there are some easy small changes you can make in your lifestyle TODAY that will translate in a better you TOMORROW!


GET IT RIGHT. GET IT TIGHT.

P.S. Do you have some tips for looking and feeling fabulous? We want to hear from you! Comment below and let us know what your favorite feel good tip is that the LifeSushi community can start using today!