Psychological Hacks For Better Health

1381200470885There are a lot of habits that you can add into your day to day life that can change your health for the better. Some of the things that you can start doing don’t even have to be very major – and in fact once you get into the habit you might not even notice it at all! We like to focus on the principles of adding small changes to lifestyle in baby steps, that way one is not overwhelmed with too much change at once. Too much change can lead to discouragement, whereas small steps done successfully leads to overall better self-confidence and an overall increased sense of wellbeing.

There are small “psychological hacks” that you can incorporate into your daily routine that will help you to not only stay on track, but get better results in the long run.

Track Your Caloric Intake For Better Diet Results

If you’re trying to lose weight, then one of the key things that you will have to do is to track how many calories that you are eating. This is very important – moreso than just adding exercising. Many people are very unaware of just how many calories they are eating on a daily basis, as well as how many calories are in their favorite foods. Once you start doing this you will be able to quickly discern what foods to eat on a regular basis on instinct alone. However, tracking calories is an excellent start, and can be easily done with special software programs and products. I have found that there are several great websites that allow you to track your calories for free, and include the caloric content of many, many popular foods as well as restaurants.

For this all you will need is a home PC. If you’re concerned about the way that your computer runs and that it might not run the websites, don’t run out and buy a new computer – simply tune up the one you have by getting a safe software program and removing excess files and getting rid of spyware and viruses.

There are also mobile apps that can make your life easier if you have a smartphone – this way you can track your calories on the go while you’re out and about.

Fit In Small Amounts Of Exercise Everywhere And Trick Yourself Into Exercising More

Exercise is cumulative! You can add small workouts of just 5 minutes each to total a half hour of walking, and you can do this just by doing small things like taking the stairs, or parking further away in the parking lot. You’ll be surprised at how much this all adds up. If you can afford to get a pedometer, it will automatically track how much you walk each day. You can then track your results on a computer. By just adding small amounts throughout the day you will see a marked increase in your overall exercise! Don’t think that you have to lump an hour of walking into one hour! You can do a small half hour walk in the morning, and do things like take the stairs and go the long way at work for the rest of that 30 minutes. We can say that most people who have implemented this strategy have been shocked at how much extra walking they can add to their daily routines just by taking the stairs!

Using Technology to Track Fitness Goals

onlinehealthFor most people, achieving fitness goals is not easy. Whether the goal is to lose weight or get ready for the next marathon, tracking progress is a key element in making sure the goal is achieved. While some people track progress with a chart hung on the wall, others prefer to use technology. Using a home computer to track progress toward a fitness goal makes sense, as many elements can be charted, and the computer program analyzes all the data.

The idea of using fitness technology has been around for quite a while, but newer software and devices allow far more types of tracking than most people could even dream of just a few years ago. With the increasing use of smartphones and tablet devices, even more opportunities to track fitness efforts are popping up. In addition to resident apps, websites dedicated to helping individuals seeking improved fitness are proving to be very helpful.

Most of the sites, like RunKeeper, SparkPeople and DailyBurn, track multiple types of activities. In addition to recording exercise activity, the sites help users to track dietary habits. Because fitness is more than diet or exercise alone, keeping a record of both is far better than simply keeping a record of the number of miles run or the total number of calories consumed. Fitness trainers always stress a total fitness plan, including diet and exercise.

Many of the current crop of websites dedicated to fitness also incorporate a web community. The idea is that people often find it easier to stick to a fitness regimen if they have encouragement from others with similar goals. In many cases, that works. Other people, however, may feel intimidated by others who have a more stringent fitness plan in place and are making better progress toward their goals. For those who do not care to share data every day, using resident programs on their home computers or other personal devices may be a better option.

If you’re hesitant to use a fitness program on your home computer because you’re just not sure if your computer can handle it, then we strongly urge you to do a bit of spring cleaning on your PC and clean it out. There are a number of great software tools and programs that can help breathe new life into lagging and slow computers so that you can add new software. One great website Your PC Helpers has a great article on a spyware removal software suite that can help remove annoying adware and other junk that might be running in the background. Another sweep with CCleaner and you’ll be all set.

Whatever the fitness goal, using technology can help achieve it. Because there are so many variables, computer programs and apps for smartphones or tablets can help users tailor their fitness programs to meet their specific needs. The first step is to set goals. Then, look for the programs or apps that will actually help track progress toward reaching the goal. If an app isn’t working as advertised, find a better one. However, never give up on the goal.