Healthy Habit #32: Your Waistline. Your Habits.

When it comes to having a slimmer waistline there are two contributing habits: Exercise and Diet. Excess abdominal fat is commonly caused by unhealthy lifestyle habits. It puts our population at risk of chronic disease, type-2 Diabetes and heart disease. It also contributes to back pain, especially if you have weak core muscles. So, enough of the bad news, what can we do to manage this common problem? By implementing Health Habits of course!

Diet Habits for a slimmer waistline:

Getting enough Magnesium in foods such as dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains and avocados. Drinking enough water. Two litres per day and more if your very active. Snacking. Integrating wholesome, delicious snacks into your day keeps your blood sugar stable and makes you less likely to overeat at mealtimes.

Exercise Habits for a slimmer waistline:

Cardiovascular training. Get your heart pumping and your lungs working. This doesn't have to be running marathons. It could be as simple as a taking a lovely long walk to allow your body enough time for its energy system to convert fat into fuel. Get enough rest. Lack of sleep has been shown to have a direct link to excess abdonimal fat. Lack of sleep is detrimental to your health in many ways, so chill and chill hard. HIIT and strength training. HIIT and strength training blasts the body and increases muscle mass which fires up your metabolism and your body's ability to burn fat. See the link below for my 12 minute BALLET*HIIT Slimmer Waistline workout, published for Plenish Mag.