(CARLSBAD, CA) – Ring in the New Year! It’s time to set resolutions, determine goals, and make small changes. Yes, that’s right – small changes! As you scribe your heartfelt list of all the ways you plan to save the world this year, remember to set some goals for a few small changes in your daily life.
In fact, if you’ve decided that weight management is one of your goals this year, then it’s best to start with small changes. After all, how many of us have embarked upon grandiose resolutions every year on January 1, only to have our plans come to a screeching halt within two weeks?
This year, make a plan that will really work. Set your resolution to enact small, practical lifestyle changes to whittle away those numbers on the scale. To aid your efforts, Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett shares her top five tips for slim down success. These tips may seem like small potatoes in the world of weight management. But, don’t be surprised when these small changes garner big results.
1. Plan Ahead – Before meeting friends for Happy Hour, do a little online research. Most restaurants post their menus and calorie counts online. Decide on your entrée of choice before arriving at the restaurant. This way, you’ll order wisely rather than ravenously diving into loaded potato skins and cheese fries.
2. Start Chewing – The handfuls of potato chips from you stash and the little bites of cookie dough you nibble on while whipping up dinner really do add up. Avoid nibbling throughout the day by chewing gum. A Louisiana State University study shows that people who chew gum throughout the day are less likely to engage in mindless snacking. And hey, you may even get minty fresh breath to boot!
3. Hit the Sack – Skimping on sleep can do serious damage when it comes to weight control. If you’re getting less than seven hours of sleep nightly, then your leptin levels are low. Leptin is a hormone that controls the “full feeling” as you eat. Additionally, if you’re sleep-deprived, your ghrelin levels are high. Ghrelin is the hormone that prompts your appetite. Depriving yourself of sufficient nightly ZZZzzzs means you’re fighting an uphill weight management battle.
4. Turn-off the Tube – Excess TV watching equates with excess calorie intake. Research from the University of Massachusetts indicates that you’ll eat 288 more calories when consuming your meal in front of the TV. More than that, the University of Zaragoza in Spain recently reported that people who watch more than three hours of TV daily are nine times more likely to have low bone mineral density. TV not only increases your risk for weight gain, but it also weakens your bones. So, minimize your screen time and take up a more active hobby.
5. Let’s Dish – Trade in your large plates for smaller ones and you’ll eat up to 25 percent less. It’s all about portion control. It takes less food to fill-up a smaller plate, and research shows that once you consume the food on that plate, you’ll feel full and there’s no need to go back for more.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. Judi and Jazzercise Executive Vice President Shanna Missett Nelson have advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,500 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and cardio box movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.