- START YOUR DAY OFF WITH BREAKFAST
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It provides the body with fuel (aka food) helping you get off to a great start.
- GET MOVING
Including physical activities into our daily routine is quite easy. Go for a walk/run in the morning before work. Ride your bike to work or the store instead of driving. Use the stairs instead of elevators. Schedule a "walking meeting" instead of a phone conference.
- SNACK SMART
Small snack between meals are a great way to refuel the body. Choose snacks that are healthy like, fruits, nuts, protein bars, yogurt, whole grain crackers, raw vegetables.
- WORK UP A SWEAT
Start each workout with a warm up easing into high intensity cardio or strength training. When you're breathing hard and sweating it helps your heart pump better, giving you more energy and helping you look and feel best.
- BALANCE YOUR FOOD CHOICES
You do not need to deprive yourself of the foods you love. Its about a balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to sustain a healthy body. Make smart choices when it comes to your meals and snacks. If you want pizza for dinner, eat a healthy breakfast and lunch. Balance is KEY.
- GET FIT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Fitness should be fun. Grab your friends for a bike ride, hike or even start a softball team. Set aside time each week for a fun physical activity the whole family can enjoy. Set realistic goals health goals with your friends and reward yourself at each mile stone.
- EAT MORE GRAINS, FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Include a variety of whole grains in your diet; such as, whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, and barley. Experiment with different grains to find your favorites. Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet. They are low in calories and are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Try to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day with every meal. Colorful, deeply colored fruits and vegetables contain higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Aim for a minimum of five portions each day.
- MAKE HEALTHY FOOD AND EXERCISE FUN
Be adventurous, put a healthy spin to tradition family favorites. From healthy lasagna to brownies, there is a way to make traditional favorites healthier. The same applies to exercise. If you are not a fan of the gym but enjoy swimming or mountain biking, make that your form of exercise. The key is to enjoy the food you put in your body and take part in physical activities that you find fun.
We all look at celebrities, magazine models, talk show hosts and think "I wish I looked like that". The reality is you can! Being fit and healthy takes dedication and essentially requires making it part of your life style. I have always been a "Health Nut" and "Gym Rat", it is a way of life for me. I spend up to 6 hours a week working out, countless time preparing meals from scratch,making daily decisions like skipping that yummy cupcakes someone brought into the office and the list goes on. One of my favorite motivational quotes is "Nothing is Impossible, the word itself says I'm Possible". I truly believe you can be who/whatever you want to in life and physically look anyway you desire all you need to do is BELIEVE! A healthy diet and life style begins with learning how to “eat smart”; it’s not just what you eat, but how you eat. Learning the habits of healthy eating and physical exercise can boost your energy, sharpen your memory and stabilize your mood. Here is a list of tips for living a healthy and fit life style.
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