5 Exercises And One Affordable Drink That’ll Help You Blast Belly Fat Fast

They say summer bodies are made in winter.

But someone needs to tell that to the baked mac n cheese I just ate last night, because neither it nor I got the memo. As swimsuit season fast approaches, a lot of us start feeling a little less than confident in what all those Christmas cookies and rich, potato-filled stews did to our bods in the winter months.

I feel you. And while I personally am a proponent of eating stuff you love and working out with the first motivation being health over anything, I can’t blame anyone for wanting to beat the belly bulge a little before sun dress weather hits. Luckily, there are 5 moves and one affordable shake you can incorporate into your routine to get back in tip top shape!

Because all food is good food, let’s start with that drink, shall we?

Okay, here’s what you’ll need to round up:

– One small cucumber/half of a larger one
– One lemon
– 10 mint leaves
– Ice
– One teaspoon of ginger

Here’s why they work well together.

Cucumbers are 90% water, and half the battle in losing weight is staying hydrating and staying full. The water content in cucumbers will help you kill two birds with one stone. Lemon is great because it promotes bowel movements and flushes that system right on out. Ginger has a thermogenic effect, which helps burn calories when the body digests food. Mint has been shown to aid in digestion as well. Pop those babies in a blender, pour, and add ice if you so desire.

Now for the not-at-all-fun part: Working out. These five moves will help you    kiss belly fat goodbye.

Cardio: I know, I know. It’s not fun, but calorie burn is your best friend when you’re trying to rock some abs. You can do crunches ’til the cows come home but if you have a layer of fat over your abs (which most of us do) then all that work will be for naught. Something as simple as walking on an incline for 30 minutes to an hour a few times a week is a great way to burn fat.

Rowing: While this is known for its great effect on the back an arms, rowing is also amazing for the core. Start with 20 seconds of rowing followed by 10 seconds of rest and repeat for 8 minutes. Try to beat your previous distance rowed with each new set.

BOSU Ball Planking: Plank work is amazing for the abs, and adding the element of balance will work your core even harder. Place your elbows on the BOSU ball instead of on the ground and do a plank. You’ll feel this in your abs as you try to stay balanced. You can also do this with your elbows on the ground and your feet on the ball.

Burpees: These are so brutal but there’s a reason why every athlete under the sun does them: They work. To do a burpee, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Then lower your body until your palms rest on the floor, shoulder-width apart. After that, kick your legs back so you’re in a pushup position. Do a pushup and then quickly jump to a standing position.

Kettle Bell Swing: Grab a kettle bell and start with your body slightly hinged at the hips. Hold the kettle bell at arms length out in front of you and then push it back between your legs, following that motion immediately with a swing up to shoulder height. Repeat for as long as you can.

What’s great is that aside from rowing, unless you have a machine at home, you can totally do all of these workouts from the comfort of home! I don’t know about you, but I see cucumber drinks and kettle bell swings in my future.

Want to Eat Less Salt? Try Adding Pepper

Most Americans consume well over the daily recommended intake of sodium (hello, packaged and restaurant foods), but turning up the heat on your meals may help you get by with less, according to the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

Among 606 adults, those who preferred spicy foods tended to consume less salt in their diets and had lower blood pressure numbers than those with an aversion to chili-laced foods. The researchers found that areas of the brain stimulated by salt and capsaicin—the chemical that gives chili peppers their fiery kick—overlap, and that eating foods punched up with chilies increases brain activity in areas also activated by salt.

This extra oomph likely tricks your brain into perceiving that a dish is more salty, so keep that bottle of sriracha or Tabasco handy if you want to enjoy less-salty food and discourage your blood pressure from boiling over.

Time Is Money: How to Avoid Common Work Productivity Problems

Productivity is a critical area of running your business. It can directly affect the business’s ability to serve customers effectively and make a consistent profit. When productivity falls, it leads to a variety of other issues that can cascade into untimely slowdowns and stoppages. Business owners can help to avoid these problems if they manage the issues that are known to affect employee productivity.

Health Problems

Key employees can fall ill or undergo lengthy medical treatment, leaving gaps in your workforce that are not always easy to fill. Flu or viruses can spread through a facility like wildfire, causing numerous absences that can slow operations. Encourage your workers to get flu shots, okay absences for sick employees and make use of temporary workers when illness causes gaps in your workforce.

Poor Supervision

Skillful supervision can help to eliminate a variety of problems that arise during the workday that can undermine productivity. When supervisors understand the factors that cause distractions, they can intervene to ensure that work schedules stay on track.

An allied problem is a lack of delegation, when employees are not properly authorized to make decisions in their area, which can lead to delays. Experienced supervisors know when to provide workers with the authority to facilitate a steady workflow.

The Technology Distraction

Phones calls, emails and texts can quickly become a distraction that adds up into hours of non-productive work time. Staff members should be encouraged to limit their checking of emails to specific times during the day, returning phone calls at certain periods and following up on texts only when necessary.

Bad Communication from Management

Not providing sufficient information on projects can lead to confusion, excessive questions and delays in delivery of important jobs. Management should ensure that their workforce has the big picture on projects with deadlines or additional operations.

Moving to a New Facility

Many companies experience rapid growth that triggers a need to move to a larger facility. These moves inevitably lead to downtime that affects productivity and may cause gaps in receipt of goods or unhappy customers. If you utilize a reliable moving company like Kloke Group Moving & Storage, you will be able to coordinate your business operations more precisely and will prevent unnecessary delays in shipping and customer service. Your workforce is one of your greatest assets. Savvy business owners know that this asset must be carefully tended in order to maximize its benefits. If your company is not seeing productivity gains from an experienced workforce, it’s time to take a close look at what you can do to improve the working environment and corporate culture. These tips will help you to create the right strategy for gearing up their productivity.