Have you kept your new years resolutions so far? For many girls, the new year means resolving to get healthier, fitter and more in touch with your own body. Whether you’ve always dreamt of entering a triathlon or joining a local gym or dance class, 2012 could be your year.
We know it isn’t easy. There is no secret potion or magic trick but along with hard work, a few tips could help you along the way. Lucky for you, we’ve got some fitness tips and tricks to help you stick to those resolutions you set at the beginning of the year and see a healthier, fitter new you by the end of this 2012.
Make Attainable Goals for Yourself: Whether it’s running a 5k, a half marathon or simply going to the gym five days a week, setting a goal for yourself will push you to focus on your health. And think of how great it will feel to cross that finish line.
When You Reach a Goal, Acknowledge It: Sometimes we have our eyes so focused on the prize that we don’t see all the small things that get us there. If your goal is to lose ten pounds or run more or work harder on your yoga practice, celebrate little achievements along the way. When you run an extra mile or perfect warrior 3 pose, put a post note on the fridge, post it on your fitness blog or mark it in a journal to commemorate it. It will make you proud and more eager to get to the main goal.
Invest In Your New Goal: For the new you, purchase new gear. Buying new workout clothes, and iPod or shoes will help encourage you to workout more. Once you have the new iPod, update your workout songs every once in awhile. This will help get you moving and will curb boredom.
Everything in Moderation: We all know crash diets and fads don’t work. Cutting out certain foods may make you shed pounds but its only temporary, so don’t deprive yourself. Yes, you should eat healthier foods (greens, whole grains, lean meat) more than donuts but don’t deny yourself birthday cake or a scoop of ice cream if you are really craving it. Everything in moderation, even moderation.
Use the Buddy System: Asking a friend or family member to work out with you is one of the best motivators. Not only will it give you someone to pass the sometimes grueling workout hours with but it will also provide a bit more accountability. It will much harder to make up excuses to skip the gym if you have a time set in stone to workout with your buddy.
Don’t Focus on the Scale: Weight can be very deceiving because muscles weighs more than fat. If you begin exercising more but are frantic over the numbers on the scale, don’t be. Focus on how your clothes are fitting. It’s common to lose inches rather than weight, if you are gaining muscle. So if your pants are loose and you have room in your tees, put on your sneakers and walk away from the scale.
Take the Stairs to Class: If you have the choice between the elevator and the stairs, choose the stairs. The extra steps will keep your heart rate going, help burn calories and may even get you upstairs faster than the elevator. Meaning the good seat, next to the cute guy, is all yours.
Find Healthy Alternatives: No one goes without a craving and everyone is weak for their favorite food. As we mentioned, it’s okay to indulge every once in awhile—we are human. But finding healthier alternatives to indulgences is an even safer better. Sweet tooth? Opt for a piece of dark chocolate or a frozen fruit pop. Even better, take to the internet and research healthy snack recipes. You will be amazes at what is out there.
Above all else, focus on how you feel. Take your fitness resolutions seriously but not too seriously. Have fun with it; mix it up. Try dance class one day and yoga the next. Challenge yourself to run a 5k or invest in a bike. Pick something that interests you and that you will want to get better at.
And above all, don’t lose sight of you*. We happen to think you are pretty fabulous!
*We have a feeling once you reach your goals, you will be locking eyes on your new body as much as possible.
- Nicole Gordon
With February here and people still in the throes of their New Year’s resolutions, losing weight still may be the front runner for most. While losing weight for health reasons is a good thing, there are many more benefits to exercising that sometimes get lost among the advertisements for diet pills or fasting, both which are not healthy means to lose those few extra pounds.
Too many TV commercials or magazine pages display stick skinny models, don’t they know girls come in all shapes and sizes? It is not about the number on the scale but the feeling in your mind. If you feel fit and fabulous, then size really does not matter as so many others would have us believe.
This year, make a promise to yourself – if you feel the need to lose weight, do it in a healthy manner, which includes eating the right foods and working out moderately. Working out is good for you as pointed out in the following benefits below:
Rest reassured this article is not meant to make yourself think you need to lose weight or start comparing yourself to your friends. This is meant as a resource for the additional benefits of exercise other than shedding pounds. If you work out, have more energy and are more alert, there is nothing that can get in your way of reaching your goals!
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Getting to a healthy weight – and then staying there – is something that crosses the minds of many young women. The fact is that if you gain too much weight as a teenager, you are more likely to be overweight or obese as an adult which leads to health problems we can avoid by knowing what to do. These days, too many girls are eating foods that are fast and convenient. The problem is these foods have too many calories, too much sugar, too much fat, and too much salt.
So, what’s the answer? Eat smart and to move more.
How do you do that? Eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water, and get regular exercise. When you have the right balance of healthy foods, drink plenty of water throughout the day (not juice, sodas, or sweet tea), and enjoy physical activity (swimming, running, gardening, or skipping, it doesn’t matter what you do, just as long as you do something every day), then you have the ingredients for a healthy body AND a healthy brain.
Below is a list of ten foods that are SUPERFOODS because they keep your brain AND your body healthy, wealthy, and wise. Some of these foods are called antioxidants because they protect you on the inside. More and more evidence shows that diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes (which is showing up in teenage girls now because they have been eating too many foods high in fat and sugar), and heart disease are caused by inflammation. What causes inflammation? Besides everyday stress, inflammation inside our bodies is caused by eating too much of the bad foods, like sodas, fried foods like Chicken McNuggets, and sugars, especially the highly processed sugar called high fructose corn syrup. So cut back on the sodas (regular OR diet), cut back on how often you eat fried foods, start reading food labels and stop buying foods that contain high fructose corn syrup.
Here is a list of ten foods that are SUPERFOODS:
Extra virgin olive oil
Wild salmon (not farm-raised salmon)
By adding this superfoods into your daily diet you will soon be healtheir and happier. Eat more superfoods and eat less of the bad foods (anything containing high fructose corn syrup) and you will find it easier to stay healthy! If you combine superfoods with regular excercise you will have a super brain and body before you know it!
By Nancy Henrich