It's easy to observe music videos and television and envy the the appearance of someone. We are constantly bombarded with images that show us to look a certain way. It's easy to get caught up in trying to look like or even be like someone else. But the truth is, that's not happening. Instead of aspiring to be like someone else, focus on being the best you.
1. Pinpoint your goals
Do you want to be toned? Gain muscle? Lose weight? Whatever your goal is, make sure you identify it so you can plan how to better achieve it. Make lists. Talk to a trainor. Consider taking group fitness classes that align with your goals. And don't forget your cardio. It's good for everyone.
2. Remind yourself of your good qualities You are a unique individual and there are things about your personality that no one else has. As cheesy as it sounds, make a list of all your positive attributes and read it every morning. These reminders will give you a boost before you start your day. Additionally, remember to always set some time aside every day for yourself. You deserve it.
3. Get your diet right
Don't focus on completely changing your diet, but take a look at your current diet and make note of where some adjustments can be made. Substitute sugary drinks with water. Eat more protein. Plan out your meals and find fun ways to incorporate healthy foods into them. Once you get used to a healthier diet, you will see results and it will get easier.
You can't be the best version of you if you're stressed out. Try a yoga class. Light some candles and take a bath. Watch your favorite movie and tune out for a couple hours. Whatever it is that eases your mind, do it. Stress has a surprisingly large impact on overall health.
Go ahead and admire that super-fit supermodel, but remember-aspire to be YOUR best.
After a long day at work or school, sometimes that couch sounds a lot more appealing than hitting the gym. But it doesn't have to be a chore--it can be fun. Additionally, when it comes to your diet, there a number of little things you can tweak to get the results you desire becoming healthier at the same time! Check out a few tips below.
Drink tea in place of something sweet
Whether it's after a meal or before bed, the sugar craving is real. But next time, instead of giving in to that sweet tooth with candy, try a cup of tea. There are many teas that exist that are flavored like your favorite dessert. This way you can taste a little sweetness without all the unwanted calories.
Try: Chocolate Macaroon, Birthday Cake, or Red Velvet Cake--all from David's Tea (www.davidstea.com)
Substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream
Greek yogurt will add that creamy texture and taste to your meal, but it's much higher in protein and lower in fat. I've tried this in my own kitchen and I honestly cannot taste the difference.
Try: Dill chicken--Combine one cup of Greek yogurt with onion soup mix, fresh dill, and cream of mushroom soup and pour it over chicken breast in a pan. Bake for an hour and ten minutes at 325 degrees.
Forget you're actually working out
Without music or T.V. to distract you from the fact you're burning calories, working out can be harder than it has to. Put together a playlist of songs and make a deal with yourself that you'll keep it up until the playlist is over. Another thing I like to do it watch T.V. shows on YouTube on my phone. I get engrossed in whatever I'm watching, and before I know it, 45 minutes has gone by and my workout is over.
Take a group fitness class
Some people are shy about working out in front of other people, but in a group it's easier to keep going since there's that accountability factor.
Try: Zumba Xpress with Cecelia, Monday nights at 7:30-8pm (Edgewater)
What little tips and tricks do you have to get fit? Share them below!
By: Megan Millard
Welcome to 2015! With the new year comes a slew of new year's resolutions. Eat better, be more patient, and to get organized are a few common ones. However, if there's one common resolution that is worth sticking to, it's to work out. (OK, you probably saw that coming).
Whether you want to gain a little muscle, lose weight, or just improve your overall health, it's not too late to make going to the gym a New Year's resolution. Here are 5 of many reasons to make it happen:
1. Physical health
While this may seem obvious, by working out you are doing wonders for your body. Besides controlling your weight, it reduces your risk of a number of diseases including cardiovascular disease and some cancers, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. All of this, plus you're greatly increasing your chances of a longer life. No matter your age or weight, you can only benefit by incorporating some physical activity in your life.
2. Mental Health/Stress Reduction
Everyone knows that working out is beneficial for the body, but many people overlook its' incredible influence over the mind. The stress of a hard day at work or a bad day in general will melt away with some aerobic exercise. It reduces anxiety, improving one's mood. Additionally, as you age, you can keep your judgement and learning skills sharp with muscle-strengthening and aerobic activities 3-5 times a week.
3. You're getting the most out of your money and your time
Think about the cost of a cup of coffee. For even less than half of that cost per month, you can afford a gym membership that allows you to achieve your fitness goals. Instead of 30 minutes spent watching T.V. from the comfort of a couch, spend the same 30 minutes on a treadmill while you watch videos on your phone. If you find it difficult to complete a workout, this could be a good way to distract yourself. Before you know it, you've burned serious calories.
4. You're getting much-needed "me" time
When you think about your daily life, filled with work, meetings, appointments, housework, and social activities, how much of your time is really your own? By joining a gym, you can make a deal with yourself to designate whatever amount of time you choose to working out--because when you take time for exercise you're taking time for yourself. For half an hour, you can tune out the rest of the world and give yourself that time to improve (as mentioned above) your physical and mental health. What better gift?
5. You're part of a community
Whatever your shape, size, or workout goals, going to the gym offers you a sense of community. You'll be surrounded by people who share the same or similar resolution as you. Whether you want to engage by taking a group fitness class or you simply want to get in and get out, you'll have the opportunity to do your thing and reap the benefits. You'll know you're not alone in your journey.
There you have it--5 reasons get up and go to the gym and make this new year's resolution count. Please feel free to share your own reasons or workout goals below!
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