Use Human Power to Tend to Outdoor Chores
If you want to burn off extra calories, while checking outdoor chores off the list, pick up the shovel instead of a gas powered snowblower. If you have a lawn, use could use a manual or solar powered push mower. Better yet, you could spend your energy replacing your turf grass with native species that need less watering and trimming.
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Pack Your Lunch
Bringing a pre-packed lunch to work can do wonders to help your weight loss plan. By making a premeditated decision on what you will eat, you can control the portion size and ensure your meal will be full of fresh and low calorie foods. Go green with your packed lunch by transporting it in a reusable bag. You can even make a bag that hooks onto your bike frame by following these DIY instructions here.
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Cook at Home
Improving your culinary skills will lead to better health for several reasons. One reason is that you are aware of exactly what is going into every meal — unlike restaurant food that may be extra yummy by hiding cholesterol-packed sticks of butter in the secret sauce. It will also help with portion control, since you can more easily make the decision to split dishes into servings and save some for leftovers. Also, by purchasing and stocking ingredients, you are saving on wasted packaging that goes into prepared meals.
If you are looking for a great place to search for healthy or special dietary recipes, the Wholefoods website is a great place to start. Don’t know how to cook? Look to your local area health food stores for instructional cooking and nutrition classes.
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Ride a Bike
No time to exercise you say? Well then fit your workout in on the way to and work, school, or when you are meeting up with friends by riding your bike! If you are fearful of riding in chilly months, take some tips from folks here in Chicago that are experts in winter weather cycling. Biking helps the environment for the obvious reasons of saving fuel and emissions from cars.
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Lead photo by Alan Cleaver