10 HEALTHY HABITS THAT WILL HELP YOU SAVE TIME AND MONEY (PART II)

You might think that the harder a fitness plan is, the better your results will be. Sounds Breakfastlogical, but you would be mistaken. People who sustain a healthy weight do everything they can to make the process as painless as possible. They keep things convenient by choosing a fitness plan that meets their budget, schedule, and living arrangement. If you’d like to get fit on your terms, practice these healthy habits that save time and money.

Note: If you missed part one of this series, which contained habits 1-5, you should probably read that first. Continue reading

10 HEALTHY HABITS THAT WILL HELP YOU SAVE TIME AND MONEY (PART I)

Happy Woman with ChildGetting fit and healthy doesn’t have to be an inconvenient process that costs a lot of money. I know this might be hard to believe, but your bank account could benefit from the pursuit of health and fitness. To lose weight and feel great on any budget, implement one of these ten healthy habits to save time and money.

 1. Keep a water bottle at your office desk.

If you work a job that requires you to sit at a desk most of the time, then it’s probably not Continue reading

7 WAYS TO OVERCOME CRAVINGS AND BE A MINDFUL EATER

Whether you are looking to lose weight or simply stay healthy, I strongly suggest that you go beyond having a “diet” and think about your relationship with food.  This may not sound like fun but the great thing about this week’s topic is that this one is all about improving the quality of your experience when eating.  Simply put, mindful eating is another way of enjoying real food more.

Healthy SaladTo get started, ask yourself a few questions.  Are you aware of the thoughts and feelings behind your eating decisions? Can you tell the difference between hunger and a craving? Do you treat eating as an opportunity to nourish your body, or do you see it as a mere distraction that interrupts your day? If those questions piqued your curiosity, then you should apply these seven ways to be a mindful eater.

1. Slow down at the dinner table.

Mindful eaters don’t shovel food down their throat without thought-process. According to the British Nutrition Foundation, your body doesn’t feel satisfied until 15-20 minutes after consuming a meal. If you’ve ever cleaned your plate at a Continue reading

5 REASONS WHY DIETS DON’T WORK

Healthy SaladAlbert Einstein defined insanity as the act of “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” While it is tempting to believe there is a “magic bullet” meal plan that will make your fat melt away, it’s just not that simple. Don’t even think about putting yourself through another restrictive eating regime before you consider these five reasons why diets don’t work.

1. Diets don’t address your relationship with food.
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8 CREATIVE WAYS TO SNEAK IN A WORKOUT

Dancing At Home

Getting fit and healthy doesn’t have to be inconvenient or time-consuming. Here are eight ways to sneak in a workout, no matter how busy you might be.

1. Stand up as much as possible.

Sitting all day could be almost as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. Dramatic? Yes. But according to a study by the American Cancer Society, sitting is deadly in excess. Men who sit for six hours or more have a 17% greater risk of death from major diseases, while Continue reading

7 COMPELLING QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER BEFORE BEGINNING A FITNESS PLAN

Coming up with some good ideasThere is no “best” fitness plan because we all have our own unique needs and abilities. If you would like a gentle shove in the right direction, ask yourself these seven questions before beginning a fitness plan.

1. Why is fitness important to me?

Before you create your amazing training routine, you need to figure out why fitness matters to you. Please don’t feel like you need to lose weight to impress your friends. It’s more motivating to focus on the benefits of exercise that connect with you on an emotional level.  For example: Continue reading

6 SURPRISING BENEFITS OF EXERCISE THAT MIGHT MOTIVATE YOU TO WORK OUT

Portrait Of Couple On Cycle Ride Through ParkWho doesn’t want to feel attractive and confident in their body?  Working out can certainly help, but losing weight or improving your appearance is only half of the story. When the going gets tough and you need inspiration, these six surprising benefits of exercise can help keep your program on track.

1. Exercise relieves stress and anxiety.

Working out is just as effective as a prescription antidepressant according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Continue reading

These Exercises Can Help Prevent ACL Tears & Other Knee Injury

balance exercise, ACL, knee injury preventionACL tears have become one of the most common injuries for athletes and weekend warriors alike.  According to renowned orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, although some ACL tears are the result of an acute traumatic event, more and more ACL tears are the result of repetitive stresses and “weak links” in our body. These “weak links” stem from muscle weakness or imbalances, poor biomechanics, compromised proprioception (the body’s internal balance and coordination mechanisms), and even gender (female athletes are 4-5 times more likely to tear ACLs than males). Continue reading

Go Nuts For Your Health

nuts, health benefits of nuts, nutrition, healthy snacksNuts and seeds pack a powerful punch of protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, which provide numerous positive effects on your heart, brain, joints and waistline. Just a handful a day (1 oz.) of almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, peanuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds deliver hunger satisfying fiber and protein along with immune boosting, anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals. Continue reading

Chair Squats to Combat Effects of Prolonged Sitting and Tone Your Legs

chair squat, squat, excercise, in office workoutIt only takes a minute to improve your circulation, combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting, and tone your lower body. You don’t need any special equipment or fitness expertise. Just stand up in front of your chair wherever you are and get started!

Chair squats strengthen and tone the quads, hamstrings, and glutes, while also improving balance and stability and increasing circulation. Continue reading