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Feb 9, 2015
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We don't need to tell you how difficult it is to find the motivation to stay fit and eat healthy. But nobody said it was easy, and we all have to earn it the hard way.

Well, it doesn't have to be that hard. There are a couple of fitness-related life hacks that could probably make things easier for us. Below are some of them!


If you have a big game tomorrow, steer clear of your phone before you go to bed. According to research, staring at your mobile's screen at bedtime causes people to take longer to reach the deeper stages of sleep and spend less time in them. Deep sleep is essential for your body to rejuvenate cells and repair any damages suffered during the day.

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Instead of enrolling in a gym, why not find a money jar and pay yourself instead every time you sweat it out? For added pleasure, go buy yourself something nice every six months.

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Always keep a gym bag in your car or at work, even if you aren't planning on working out. A good gym bag includes a workout outfit, headphones, an MP3 player, a bottle of water, deodorant, towel, and of course, a good pair of shoes.

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Don't be afraid to look narcissistic when you're working out. Lifting in front of a mirror can help you make sure that your posture is correct and that your muscles are being fully extended. Correct form means maximized results.

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Did you know that trainers, serious athletes, and bodybuilders do weights before cardio? "This way, your heart rate goes up and when you lift, your body is in more of a fat burning mode," health website dumblittleman.com points out. "Doing the opposite means that your muscles are already tired by the time you get to weight training."

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Never enter a grocery store when you're starving. Why? Because you're more likely to get unnecessary food items when you go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, since everything looks good.

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Sleeping in a cold room is one of many ways to boost your metabolism. According to a 2014 study conducted by the National Institute of Health, a colder temperature may increase the percentage of brown fata type of fat that helps burn other fats and increases your metabolic rate. Just try not to die from hypothermia.   

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If you consider running as a religion, you may want to slow it down a bit. According to a Danish study, vigorous exercises such as fast running might be harmful to your health over time. In fact, people who jog strenuously are just as likely to die as people who don't jog at all. Researchers conclude that light jogging is the way to go.

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Before you do any exercise in the morning, drink a glass of lukewarm water with lemon and cayenne pepper. Fresh lemon juice and cayenne pepper both have major anti-fungal, immune boosting, and detoxification properties. Lemon also happens to be good for your digestion and overall system.  

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Is your body sore from all the heavy lifting you did last night? Swear as loud as you can! Letting expletives fly is an effective way to cope and reduce pain. According to research, people who swear and curse have a higher pain tolerance, less perceived pain, and lower heart rate.

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