Lose Weight Quick By Staying Motivated Along Your Fitness Journey

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It’s funny how so many of us seem to get revved up and try to lose weight quick right around the new year, or maybe a couple week’s before our best friend’s wedding…or maybe the dreaded-er-I mean, exciting-high school reunion. These are great motivating factors, don’t get me wrong.

But, there is one big problem-these are temporary “fixes” that prompt us to lose weight quick-and many times, put it right back on a short while later. Many times a lot of people also resort to unhealthy methods of dieting to try to lose weight quick which can negatively affect a person both physically and psychologically. This is often the case of the “yo-yo” dieter.

So how can we still take advantage of the “high” and motivational force we feel knowing an exciting event is just around the corner without resorting to unhealthy weight loss tactics? Well, there are a few things you can do.

1. One of the best tips I can offer is first of all, AT LEAST a couple of months bfore the big event, get a health assessment from your doctor and a certified trainer if possible. He or she can give you an idea of where you stand on your fitness journey as far as body fat percentage and what you need to do to reach your goals.

2. Once you have your “fitness figures” in check and have an idea of what is a healthy weight loss goal for a given time period, break up your big goal into “mini weekly goals”-for example, maybe a 1-2 pound of fat loss per week which would be anywhere between 8-16 pounds in two months!) These “mini goals” will keep you motivated until along the way until the big day and will keep you from procrastinating.

3. Choose a sport or activity you love and just enjoy being part of something bigger. Even if it’s an individual sport like swimming, just being in the pool with other swimmers will give you a sense of community. Use this as an escape from everyday stress.

It’s a funny thing, but we seem to shed pounds quicker when we are not actually thinking about it. It’s true. This is analogous to those long workdays. Ever notice when you are really busy time flies? Why? Because it keeps your mind of the clock. When we are enjoying ourselves while doing exercise, time passes by quicker and so do the pounds!

4. Make a countdown calendar and add a “special reward day” at the end of each week of successful exercising. I’ve always loved Saturday’s myself-but you can pick any day of the week that works with your schedule. Pick a day that you take a few hours just for yourself to relax.

Maybe hang out with friends, get to the greens for a game of golf, or maybe just a day at the beach with the family is your “cup of tea”. On this day, make sure to continue eating healthy but take a little break from the exercise to unwind and reflect on your progress.

5. Keep your eyes on the prize. This is probably the most important thing to remember. You have a goal, a motivational force helping you keep moving forward. Keep reminders of the big day around to keep going when the “going gets tough”. Enjoy the ride, but keep your eyes on the prize.

Now how can we avoid the “downer” we feel after the big event? Well, the whole point of the five tips above was to help you avoid this “downer” altogether.

You see by the end of the two months, you should be feeling a whole lot better inside and out. Hopefully by having found a sport you love-and maybe even making some great new friends while doing so-will give you something to look forward to after that single “big event” is over. Also, realize that everyday is a new opportunity for you to be better-faster-fitter-than you were the day before.

Healthy Diet And Fitness Tips For Women

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Women have a major influence on the overall health of all the members in a family. This is true whether the woman works inside or outside the home. In most households, women are the key decision makers when it comes to planning meals. They are usually the ones preparing food at home and planning grocery shopping lists. In general, women also tend to be more health conscious and care for other family members. Mothers can help get their children off to a healthy start by teaching healthy food and fitness habits at a very young age. Providing health and fitness tips to women helps the entire family.

A preventive strategy can help delay or reduce long term medical expenses associated with chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Most homes have a television, computer, or video game system which promotes a sedentary lifestyle. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and weight management are crucial for heart disease prevention. Getting regular exercise has become an organized activity even for children. A busy lifestyle also means that we need to plan and schedule time for daily exercise whether it is walking, yoga, jogging, or weight training at the gym. Yes, weight training does not always mean big muscles; this is a common concern among women. Weight training helps tone the body, strengthens bones and boosts metabolism. Free fitness tips and instructional videos on weight training and yoga are available online to help educate the public. Online fitness trackers can calculate the calories you burn with different physical activities, a helpful tool if you are on a weight loss program.

Women can set an example for the entire family by eating healthy and exercising regularly. Fad diets that focus on single foods or nutrients are not healthy and result in short term weight loss. Most people regain the weight when they eventually revert to old eating habits. A healthy diet for women is well-balanced and rich in nutrients. It not only supports weight management but also includes nutrients for unique needs like pregnancy, breast feeding, bone health, and anemia (related to menstrual issues). Nutrition and diet are among the most popularly searched for topics on the internet. Use common sense and good judgment, check your online sources of information. Follow diet tips for weight loss offered by qualified professionals like registered dietitians and doctors. Beware of miraculous weight loss potions, pills and powders; remember that it takes time to gain weight and even more to lose it.