No Negativity Allowed: 6 Ways to Be a Positive Influence for the People You Love

Father and DaughterHave you ever had a role model who inspired you to become a better version of yourself? If so, you know positive influences can make a huge difference in your life. It’s nice to have somebody to look up to, especially when you’re struggling with a difficult situation. If you’d like to return the favor to your friends and family, check out these six ways to be a positive influence for the people you love. Continue reading

7 Things to Remember When You Don’t Feel Like Exercising

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Sometimes it isn’t easy to convince yourself to exercise. Grueling hours and hectic days can leave you feeling so exhausted that working out is the last thing you want to do. Sound familiar? Please know you’re not alone. According to the CDC, less than half of American adults are getting enough exercise. If you don’t feel like exercising, these seven things might motivate you to get off the couch. Continue reading

If You Want to Achieve Your New Years Resolution, Don’t Make These 5 Common Mistakes

New year 2015Wow. Is it 2015 already? It’s funny how time seems to fly by faster and faster with every passing year. Most people will use this opportunity to pause and reflect about their place in the world. Roughly 45% of them will resolve to improve their life in some way. Only 8% of them will achieve their new years resolution. If you want to be one of the few who succeed, watch out for these five common mistakes.

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Eat that Ham without Regret: A Sane and Simple Way to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

Holiday HamImagine a gorgeous holiday feast is sitting right in front of you. A juicy ham. Your aunt’s world-famous deviled eggs. More tasty pies than you can count. Drooling yet? Even the best of us would have a difficult time controlling ourselves under such conditions. It is okay to enjoy yourself during a Christmas feast, but you need to be mindful of these four mistakes if you want to prevent holiday weight gain. Continue reading

Forget the Scale: a More Empowering Way to Track Your Fitness Progress

Have you ever stepped on a scale and felt traumatized upon seeing the result? It’s Woman Working Outamazing how much emotional weight we attach to our physical weight. While this number can be a useful progress tracking measure, some people get so obsessed that it is better to discard the scale for a more empowering option. Click ahead to learn how focusing on strength can make exercise a more encouraging experience.

Why Obsessing with Your Weight Is Counterproductive

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Leave Nothing Left to Chance: How to Plan Ahead for Healthy Choices

TrackShoesThe more you leave open to chance, the more likely you will give in to temptation and the more bad choices you will make. I keep a water bottle in my car, because I will get dehydrated if I don’t. I prepare a full week of meals every Sunday, because it would be a hassle to have to cook every day. I prepare a training routine for six weeks at a time, because that’s less stressful than making it up as I go. If I didn’t plan ahead, making healthy choices would quickly become inconvenient. My compliance would suffer as a consequence. Click ahead and I’ll teach you how to plan ahead for healthy choices. Continue reading

Vague Goals Are Worthless, or Why You Should Stop Saying “I’ll Work Out Next Monday”

Talk is cheap. Action is priceless. If you say things like, “I will work out next Monday,” but Woman4never seem to follow through, then I’m talking to you. You’re having this problem because, while your goal is a good one, it doesn’t include a specific means to achieve it. Thus, you have set yourself up for failure from the start. If you would like to end this cycle of disappointment, please read ahead to find out why vague goals are worthless (and what you should do instead). Continue reading

Fitness Isn’t a Race: Take Your Time and Enjoy the Journey

MusicAttacking your health challenges as if they are a foreign invader to be vanquished in a day of battle is not a healthy thing to do. As much as some folks in the health and fitness field love to promise easy, overnight fixes, the fact is that long-term success is going to require that you sustain healthier practices for a long time. And why hurry, anyway? Getting fit and losing weight can actually be a rewarding journey; something to savor with each new milestone achieved. Continue reading

No Purpose = No Progress: Why Is Fitness Important to You?

Would you go to work if you didn’t receive a paycheck to compensate you for your time? FitnessCoachFor the vast majority of people, the question is simply silly: what would be the point of putting in the time and effort if there was nothing to be gained?

Exercising without purpose isn’t any different. It’s not easy to find a reason to exercise when you don’t have a clear understanding of what you hope to receive in return for your effort. If you have a hard time convincing yourself to get off the couch, click ahead to continue reading. You just might walk away with a good reason to get moving. Continue reading

How to Transform Your Habits with Cues and Rewards

Habit change isn’t a quick and easy process. To change your habits, you must practice BENDALONG 0018patience and pay attention to detail. There is nothing sexy about this topic and that’s why you probably won’t see it mentioned in a diet book, magazine cover, or reality show anytime soon. Just because something isn’t popular, however, doesn’t mean it isn’t worth doing. As Mark Twain said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

Habit change is so essential that I feel confident when I say you won’t improve your health in any meaningful way until you confront your bad habits. Sure, following an extreme diet and exercise routine like the “Biggest Loser” contestants might help you lose weight in the short-term, but it’s unlikely to result in long-term success since it fails to address the behaviors that caused you to gain weight in the first place. Continue reading