Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Are your Valetine's Day treats calling your name?

When talking about cravings, one tool is the redirect.  Instead of immediately giving into the craving (mouth hunger -- not physical hunger), if one can redirect one's actions many times, the craving goes away.
As a fitness professional, I think a great way to redirect is, instead of walking to the vending machine at 3p,  head outside and take a quick walk around your building.  Not only does that offer the opportunity to change up your scenery, clear your head, and give you a distraction so you can take your mind off the craving, it give you an extra opportunity to add steps into your day to increase your heart health!

But a new study suggests that if a person proactively walks for 15 minutes a day (BEFORE the cravings start), they may find themselves eating many fewer snack calories throughout the day!

Fewer cravings means you won't have to use as much will-power (and we all know that's something that can be in short supply!) to keep your response to cravings under control!

The study author says, "We often feel that these snacks give us an energy boost, or help us deal with the stress of our jobs, including boredom," Taylor said in a statement. "People often find it difficult to cut down on their daily treats but this study shows that by taking a short walk, they are able to regulate their intake by half."

So, perhaps it's time to add another tool to your mindfulness toolbox!

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