5. Strength train

Training to get stronger means you’ll be lifting weights, doing simple movements like squats, presses and deadlifts. These exercises train the whole body in movements that are natural, use both sides of the body, and elicit a major hormonal response that benefits health, strength and weight loss.

Do three strength training workouts per week, and increase the amount of weight you lift each time you train. You’ll be stronger and more able in no time.

The best part about weight training? You’ll build more muscle. The more muscle you have, the more fat you’ll burn. So you’ll be strong, fit AND toned!

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6. Have a ‘time out’ daily

However you do it, taking some time to be quiet and alone with your thoughts has been shown to reduce stress and pain while improving your overall mood.

Take a walk, meditate or have a bath. Whatever the activity, the important thing is to be quiet, and think only about things that are helpful and good. Leave the other stuff alone for a while, and be peaceful.

Stress has a huge impact on weight loss. It triggers hormones that affect your ability to lose weight (adrenaline and cortisol). On a very basic level, adrenaline triggers the fight or flight response, while cortisol (the stress hormone) could cause you to crave unhealthy carb-heavy, fatty and sweetened foods.

Find a healthy coping mechanism to ‘de-stress’ at the end of the day.

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