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Why Happiness is Important to Your Health

When we think of ways to improve our health, we think of eating healthier foods, moving our bodies and exercising more, getting enough more sleep, drinking enough water, etc. Often times, the thing that is most often overlooked when it comes to our overall health is our mindset and happiness. A healthy, happy, positive mindset is just as important to our well-being as a healthy body.  The level of happiness and the way we feel mentally and emotionally has a huge impact on our physical health. 

Daily healthy eating and stress relieving workouts can certainly make a person feel happier and less. But it’s important we recognize that a daily practice of positive mindset habits are just as critical to our overall health and well-being.

It’s easy to say we need to focus on the positive and overcome negative thoughts when they appear.  For some of us that can be challenging.

Having good days and bad days is normal and natural. However, for those people who feel unhappy more often than not, or for those people who tend to have more of a negative mindset, here are a few powerful tips to get and stay happy.

1. Smile!

Have you ever heard the expression: “Let your smile be your umbrella?” Make a point of smiling more – at people you love, coworkers, and strangers as they pass you by. Even if you aren’t feeling happy, studies show that just intentionally smiling can put you in a better mood.

2. Notice the Good

It’s a natural human tendency to look for what’s wrong. Our primitive brains were wired for survival. If we detect what’s wrong early (dust cloud in the sky, a snake hiding in the grass) we increased our chances of surviving. We need to make a deliberate effort to work opposite of our primal programming, and really notice the good. Breeze blowing, birds singing, a smile from your kid or spouse, the fact that you can wake up and make choices!  When you really start noticing the good in your life most likely far outweighs the challenges!

3. Gratitude

What are you most grateful for? Gratitude raises our energetic vibration and puts us in a better frame of mind. Whenever you feel down, practice thankfulness. If you’re going through a difficult time, a regular prayer of appreciating for lessons learned and wisdom gained is tremendously healing and empowering. Focus on appreciation and you will begin to feel your mindset shift and feel tremendously uplifted.

4. Service

There is a saying that goes, “When you get nervous, focus on service.” There is a powerful shift that happens when we focus our energy on how we can serve. Whether it’s serving those less fortunate or engaging in an important cause, like helping teachers get funding, helping in a cause bigger than ourselves is emotionally and psychologically healing. When we help others and lift them up, it often brings more joy and contentment to our hearts than being consumed with ourselves and our own problems. The next time you are feeling down, do something nice for someone; even a stranger – this is a great way to feel happier. Giving is truly the greatest gift!

So get out into the world, smile more, make a difference in someone else’s life and remember everything you’re grateful for!  You deserve happiness!


Trying to Lose Weight Before Summer? Try These Science-Backed Weight Loss Tips

Losing weight can be one of the most difficult challenges you encounter in your life because it’s both mentally and physically challenging.

Science shows that when your body begins to lose a large amount of weight, that your body actually fights to keep the weight on. Don’t let that discourage you though. It is possible to lose weight and keep it off long term or permanently . . . you just need to know how!

Here are 6 tips to help you keep that stubborn weight off:

  • Stop focusing on calories-focus on quality. A 120 calorie donut will cause insulin to spike to handle to rush of too much sugar in the body at once. Insulin is a hormone that causes your body to store fat. 120 calorie chicken breast has almost no glycemic impact meaning no sugar/insulin spike. It’s made of high quality highly absorbable amino acids which will absorb slowly and steadily into your body, keeping you satiated and building more lean muscle. Lean muscle in turn keeps you more fit. You burn more calories per pound of muscle than you do per pound of fat.

  • Avoid soda and sugary drinks completely. You don’t need them for hydration. They’re simply empty calories leading to more tummy fat. Flavored sparkling water with stevia drops is a great substitute.

  • Have fun discovering wholesome, delicious, healthy foods and recipes. Nutrient dense foods will satisfy your hunger and truly feed your cells. Fresh vegetables and plant based foods can be prepared hundreds of delicious healthy ways. Clean lean meats and fish can be broiled, poached, and simmered with healthy salsas or oils to truly satisfy your hunger and feed your cells.  Mix fresh crunchy veggies with a handful of nuts for a long lasting low sugar snack that stays with you for hours. When you allow yourself to get too hungry, it erodes your willpower and you will find yourself eating foods that aren’t good for you, that aid in weight gain, sabotaging the best version of you!

  • Commit to making lifelong changes! See yourself becoming a different person for the long term. Imaging each day that you’re not trying to lose weight—but that you’ve become a person who lives a consciously fit, slim, healthy life. Mindset change is the first step to successfully making permanent changes in your health and fitness!

  • Analyze your goal weight: Were you a size 2 in high school and 20 years later you’re trying to get back to that size? Be reasonable and honest with yourself. Make it your goal to achieve better health and a healthy weight – not an unrealistic ideal weight that you may never reach, leaving yourself feeling frustrated and defeated.

  • Keep your weight loss simple: Make small, easy to manage changes and if you don’t want to go to the gym for 3 hours a day . . . don’t! Do things that will fit into your everyday routine. Increase your walking steps by taking the stairs, take brisk walks during your lunch breaks, and find ways to move your body throughout the day that increase your metabolism and fat burning all day long.

Try some of these simple, easy, tips to lose weight. Do you have some fun tips you would like to share? Head on over to Facebook and share your weight loss secrets and tips with us!

Have a great Skinny Life day!


Waking Up and Making Your Day Positive!

Mornings are the most important part of the day because what you do in the a.m. will set the tone for the rest of your day.  It’s the foundation on which the day is built and every morning is a new opportunity for a new you!

If you’re not a morning person, create some morning rituals that gives your day purpose. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Wake up with a sense of gratitude:

Start the day appreciating your life, your health, your family, and with love in your heart and mind. When you practice acts of gratitude in the morning by expressing thankfulness directly to the people you care about, that positivity carries you throughout your day. This will leave you feeling happier!

Read something positive:

Many people end their day reading inspiring books – mix it up and start your day this way! Either way, you will have a ritual to start your day with positive thoughts and self-improvement to grow your insight into the world around you! It will start your day on a positive note with positive ideas to carry you through your day’s journey.

Create an effective morning routine:

Happy, healthy people know morning routines are important.  A routine will help you focus and build momentum for your day! You will feel more relaxed and feel like your day is off to a balanced start. A morning routine doesn’t have to be difficult, in fact, the more simple, the better.

Start your day with a healthy, balanced breakfast:

If you feed yourself garbage right when you wake up, how can you expect to have a happy, healthy day?  You are what you eat.  So do not eat processed food, fast food, or anything that leaves you feeling bloated and full. Choose wholesome, fresh, healthy foods. When you fuel your body properly first thing in the morning, it will result in health and wellness.

I hope you found these tips helpful in creating your morning routine! I would love to hear what you do for a positive morning ritual!


Shift Your Mindset for Permanent Weight Loss!

I discovered through my experience coaching people for weight loss, that the weight loss journey for people is universally similar.  Most approached their latest weight loss program feeling like this would be the magic bullet to lose weight and keep it off. Many lost the weight and kept it off for 3, 6, 12 month, or longer, but then found the weight slowly creeping back on. The first and most important part of the Skinny Life philosophy is that there is no magic bullet to achieve permanent weight loss.

For long-term weight loss to really work, you are going to have to change your mindset.

Most people trying to lose weight do so by focusing on their trouble areas, the weight on the scale, and quick results . . . without taking the time to get to the heart of the issue; what’s going on in the mind. Are you happy?  Do you take time for your self care?  Do you prioritize your health and fitness?  You can’t permanently change your weight on the outside without realizing the correct inner resolve and intention. You need to change the patterns of behavior in your mindset so that you don’t have to fight against yourself when trying to lose weight.

Clean healthy eating and exercise, can make weight loss a challenging process for many.  It takes tremendous self- awareness and self-moderation. Most people find that just setting a goal to lose weight and exercise is not enough.  They fall short of their goals so they end up discouraged and disappointed, often becoming more out of control with themselves than when they started.  This is where you must go back to changing your mindset to achieve long-term success.

Personal change also is required if you want to lose weight long-term. Personal changes means changing your habits that led you to weight gain in the first place. It means changing all of your well established thought and behavioral patterns that prevent us from creating new patterns, eating healthy, and sticking to a new program. The Skinny Life Total Living program offers the daily support through daily emailed tips, videos, and most importantly self-hypnosis audios that help you change mind-set patterns at a very deep level to achieve permanent results.

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The Skinny Life audios in the Total Living Program, are listened to in a closed eye state using guided visualization which reinforces personal changes every time you listen as you continue to use them. The new mind-set pathways become more entrenched the more you listen. Successfully losing weight requires commitment and that commitment must be reinforced with repetition.

Adherence to these personal changes are essential for changing your mindset and they both begin with positive thoughts and self-talk. It’s one of the simplest techniques you can use that can begin right now!  Ever hear that little voice in the back of your mind saying “You can’t do it”, “I’ll fail”, “I’m too fat”, “I hate the way I look” . . . overcoming these negative thoughts is an essential ingredient in weight loss and diet motivation. So change your negative thinking with positive thinking tips:

  • Be gentle, loving, and kind to yourself.
  • Talk to yourself the same way you would talk to a loved one.
  • Remind yourself that you deserve to be happy, look good, and feel the results of a healthy body.
  • Start your day with positive affirmations such as “I will love and respect my body today” and “I deserve a healthy mind and body.”
  • Overcome an aversion to exercise. Some people don’t even like the word so our favorite Skinny Life term is Movement. Find activities that you enjoy doing so you look forward to moving your body! Love to dance? Sign up for dance classes. Enjoy being outdoors? Start walking or running so you can enjoy nature. When you are doing things you like doing, your mind won’t find you on performing the activity.

Talking positively to yourself will help your actions flow more naturally and align your mind with the changes you are making to your body.

Remember, losing weight isn’t something you just go and do.

Learning to live as a slim, fit, healthy, active person is someone you become.

Change your mindset first and that will change your weight.

To Your Greatest Health and Fitness!


6 Foods That May Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Goals—And What to Eat Instead

If you’ve ever tried to shed excess pounds, you know that losing weight can be a complicated (and frustrating) process. Not all foods—or calories, for that matter—are created equal, and just as some foods can expedite your weight loss journey, others can derail it quickly.

Here, three health experts explain which types of foods fall into the latter category—and what you should eat instead.

Foods with emulsifiers

Why they are harmful: Many processed foods, like ice cream, mayonnaise, margarine, chocolate, bakery products, and sausages, contain emulsifiers, which are chemicals that help blend together ingredients that would not naturally mix well together (e.g. oil and water), explains NYC-based registered nurse Rebecca Lee. Emulsifiers also make food look appealing, keep it fresh, and prevent molding. That may all sound harmless, but a study on mice found that consumption of these chemicals may do a number on your body by altering gut bacteria, triggering inflammation and increasing the risk of obesity and heart disease.

Check labels carefully to see if the food you’re consuming contains emulsifiers. Common emulsifiers include: lecithins, mono- and di-glycerides, polyglycerol ester, sorbitan ester, PG ester, and sugar ester.

What to eat instead: Where possible, opt for unprocessed foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, farm fresh eggs, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Foods with MSG

Why they are harmful: Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a highly addictive flavor-enhancer commonly used in fast food (like Chick-fil-A and Kentucky Fried Chicken), Chinese takeout, ramen noodles, canned foods, processed meats, and numerous other prepackaged foods, explains Lee.

Regular consumption of MSG-laden foods is linked to weight gain, as well as many other health issues. A study of 750 Chinese men and women found that those who used the most MSG in their cooking were nearly three times more likely to be overweight than those who didn’t use any, she explains. Even scarier, the increase in obesity risk was independent of physical activity and total calories consumed.

Other MSG-linked conditions include fibromyalgia, fatty liver and liver toxicityhigh blood sugarsasthma, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, neurological brain disorders, digestive disorders, and metabolic syndrome, says Lee.

MSG can be disguised by more than 40 different names, explains Lee. Key terms that may denote its presence: glutamate, anything “hydrolyzed”, yeast extract, gelatin, soy protein, soy or whey protein, soy sauce, anything “…protein”, and calcium or sodium caseinate. MSG is hard to avoid because the FDA requires it to be listed on the label only if it’s used as a main ingredient, and not if it’s used only as a processing agent, which is a very common practice, explains Lee.

What to eat instead: Seek out foods that are minimally processed and seasoned with simple spices. Even better, flavor your meals with chile peppers for an extra metabolic boost. (Numerous studies suggest that capsaicin, the compound in chile peppers that gives them their heat, also raises metabolism).

Artificial sweeteners

Why they are harmful: Many people use zero-calorie sugar substitutes as a weight-loss tool, but these sweeteners may actually have the opposite effect, says Lee. In a mice study, those who were fed artificial sweeteners saccharin, sucralose or aspartame developed glucose intolerance, a metabolic condition associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes. “The artificial sweeteners altered the animals’ gut microbiomes towards a balance of bacteria associated with metabolic diseases,” says Lee. What’s more, in a follow-up study on 7 human volunteers, 4 became glucose intolerant after consuming the maximum recommended dose of saccharin for just one week.

What to eat instead: Consuming too much regular added sugar isn’t good for you either, so satisfy your sweet cravings the natural way with whole fruits, cinnamon, nut butters, or sweet potatoes.

Refined carbs

Why they are harmful: Eating a diet high in refined carbs (think: pasta, bread, sweets) will cause a surge in blood sugar, which will trigger your pancreas to produce insulin to help clear the sugar from your blood, explains New Jersey-based registered dietitian Jeanette Kimszal. That translates into your body digesting and absorbing food more rapidly, which can cause energy crashes later on and damage your metabolism in the long term.

What to eat instead: Reach for complex carbohydrates consisting of whole grains and vegetables, like quinoa or spaghetti squash. “They contain fiber, which will slow digestion and keep your metabolism in check,” explains Kimszal. “Look for whole grain products that have at least 3 grams of fiber per serving and do not contain the words ‘enriched’ on the package.”

Low-fat products

Why they are harmful: Most of us tend to assume that foods labeled ‘low-fat’ are good for weight loss, which in theory makes sense, given the fact that gram for gram, fat has twice as many calories as proteins and carbs. But in a study published in the journal Appetite, researchers analyzed nutrition information for nearly 6,000 foods in Canada and found that, overall, products with low-fat claims were not significantly lower in calories than their full-fat equivalents. What’s more, “low-fat foods may even lead people to consume extra calories,” says Lee. A separate studyinvestigating the effects of different fats on satiety found that participants were less hungry two hours after eating regular muffins compared to fat-free muffins.

What to eat instead: Instead of avoiding fat, rev up your metabolism by consuming good-for-you fats, like the omega-3’s found in salmon, tuna, mackerel and other cold water fish.


Why it is harmful: “Because it contains high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), soda can cause metabolic syndrome, which is a group of conditions (increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around waist) that occur together, increasing your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot, NYC-based registered dietitian, author of The F-Factor Diet and creator of F-Factor. Fructose, when consumed in the same quantities as other sugar, has more damaging effects on the metabolism, she adds. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that HFCS may lead to obesity because of its negative effects on the metabolism.

What to drink instead: Get your fizzy fill with Kombucha, a carbonated, fermented tea that’s loaded with probiotics, recommends Zuckerbot. Probiotics have been shown to help regulate digestion, weight and metabolism.

Hope these nutrition tips help you live your ultimate healthy life!


Article originally posted on Cooking Light

It’s National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign which encourages everyone to take time to appreciate what eating healthy foods can do to add to our lives. For some people thinking about healthy eating feels burdensome because the concept is confusing or new to them. Making healthy eating a habit is easier than you may think. And believe it or not, small changes can make a big difference. As we move into March, I challenge you to incorporate at least half of the items below into your diet. It simplifies things when we focus more on what we get to eat rather than the myriad of things we must avoid. Who knows, as you focus on integrating these yummy essentials into your meals and snacks each day, they may become life-long, easy habits!

  1. Eat a healthy variety of lean protein foods: Seafood, lean meat, poultry, eggs, nuts, and seeds are excellent choices. If you are eating ground beef, turkey breast, or chicken breast, choose leaner cuts.
  2. Make at least half of your plate fruits and vegetables: Choose red, orange, and dark-green vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower, along with other vegetables for your meals. The more colorful you make your plate, the more likely you are to get the vitamins, minerals, and fiber your body needs for health.
  3. If you are eating dairy products, try to focus more on adding cultured dairy products like low-fat yogurts, kefir,  sour cream into your day.  Cultured dairy digests better by adding important probiotics into the gut. A healthy gut that has a rich pro-biotic and pre-biotic environment is critical to ideal digestion and healthy weight.  Putting a couple of dollops of low-fat sour cream into your black bean soup is the perfect way to make it delicious AND get those valuable cultures.  Dannon’s Oikos Triple Zero greek yogurt is a fabulous option to get high protein, gut-nourishing probiotics, and great taste which comes from the Stevia sweetening they use.  All this healthiness and NO added sugar!   

  4. We’ve talked about whole grains but let’s get more creative in our whole-grain eating. Check labels for a higher protein, higher fiber content in your grains. For breads–think whole wheat, brown rice, bulgur,  buckwheat, oatmeal, and rolled oats.  For rice dishes think quinoa or wild rice. Love pasta?  You can find edamame pasta online that has a whopping 25 grams of protein per serving and tastes amazing!  There are also higher protein pastas that are made with Lentil flour or split pea flour. All super healthy choices that beat refined-grain foods with low fiber and protein content.Your pallet will love these new tastes and textures and you’ll thank yourself as you see the health benefits now and in your future!
  5. Salt. Is it good or bad?  It can be both. We need salt to keep healthy electrolyte balance but too much can be dangerous for those prone to high blood pressure. Conversely, those with low blood pressure are often told by their doctors to increase salt intake. Keep a close relationship with your doc so you know your typical vital signs and how to stay balanced. When you do use salt use a natural sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt, complete with other minerals your body needs.
  6. Water up. Challenge yourself to drink water as your main beverages. Use water in different forms with a different twist to keep it interesting. Add a slice of lemon, lime, cucumber, or watermelon, for a refreshing still water drink. For sparking versions add your liquid flavored stevia for a fun satisfying thirst quencher. My favorite flavor is root beer.  All the fun with no negative health impact!

Remember that how, when, why, and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Develop a healthy eating pattern that includes nutritious, healthy, foods and your body will thank you for years to come.

If you would like to get your community involved in March National Nutrition Month, here are some great ideas: 36 Ideas to Get Involved.

Have a great Skinny Life day!

Stretching: Focus on Flexibility

Stretching can help improve flexibility, and increase the range of motion in your joints. Better flexibility will improve your performance of physical activities and decrease your risk of injuries by helping your joints move through their full range of motion and enabling your muscles to work more effectively.

Use these tips to keep stretching safe:

Don’t consider stretching a warm-up. You may hurt yourself if you stretch cold muscles. So before stretching, warm up with light walking, jogging, or biking at low intensity for 5-10 minutes. Or better yet, stretch after you exercise when your muscles are warmed up.

Strive for symmetry. Everyone’s genetics for flexibility are a bit different, so rather than striving for that gymnast or ballet dancer degree of motion, focus on having equal flexibility side to side (especially if you have a history of a previous injury). Don’t bounce. Stretch in a smooth movement, without bouncing. Bouncing as you stretch can cause injury to your muscle.

Hold your stretch. Hold each stretch for about 30 seconds; in problem areas, you may need to hold for around 60 seconds. Breathe normally as you stretch.

Don’t aim for pain. Expect to feel tension while you’re stretching, not pain. If it hurts, you’ve pushed too far.

Bring movement into your stretching. Gentle movement can help you be more flexible in specific movements. The gentle movements of tai chi or yoga, for instance, are a great way to stretch.

Keep up with it. Stretching can be time-consuming. But you can achieve the most benefits by stretching regularly, at least two to three times a week. Finally, don’t think that because you stretch you can’t get injured. Stretching, for instance, won’t prevent an overuse injury. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about the most appropriate way to stretch if you have any health concerns.

(Article courtesy of the Mayo Clinic)


Stop Procrastinating for a Healthier You

Every day we have choices we make, whether conscious or unconscious.

Sometimes the most impactful choices we make, for better or worse, are the ones in which we choose to do nothing at all.

Many health problems we deal with in our lives, whether they be from unhealthy diets, lack of exercise, start with simple procrastination,

Most of us put off the hard things or things we don’t want to do until tomorrow, then tomorrow never comes because we grow accustomed to the idea that things should be easier than they are.

Today, any progress is made by yesterday’s efforts – no matter how big or small. The way we make continuous, positive, healthy changes, comes down to creating new habits and practicing self-discipline and taking action in the moment, even when it feels challenging.

We can choose to live a healthy lifestyle or we can choose to live a sedentary one.  When we wait or make excuses to get up and move, we essentially making a choice to embrace sedentary habits that are truly destructive to our health.

Your body and mind both need to be exercised to gain strength, flexibility, and balance. They both need to be worked consistently to grow, become healthier, and stronger over time. But the secret to creating a healthier lifestyle is to stop procrastinating and have a “do now” mindset.

You can accomplish many great things today, that don’t need to wait until tomorrow.  Getting started requires doing the smallest things.  Jump up and do 25 squats. Run up and down the stairs three times.  When you take positive action in these small ways you are plantings those seeds of discipline, exercise, and healthy eating that will continue to take root and blossom. What you plant today will harvest tomorrow.

Changing habits and learning to do things today that you typically put off is going to be challenging When you’re struggling to make progress, try not to overthink things..  That’s why Nike’s “Just do it” slogan is truly brilliant.  Making a deliberate decision to love yourself enough to make your health a priority can empower you in a way that builds strength and conviction you’ve never had before.

It’s not realistic to think you can change your entire lifestyle and eating habits all at once.  But if you take small but significant steps – one at a time, every day suddenly you realize you’ve become a new version of you. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and decide on one thing you need to improve on. Do you have a soda habit? Tell yourself you can have one a week, then over time, cut that to every other week, then monthly, and so on.  You will find that eventually, you don’t even crave it anymore.  Do you need to move your body more? Start with moderate or light exercise. Maybe you will walk around the block this week, then next week you will walk 2 blocks. Every small positive change will add up to significant changes.

I challenge you each day to take action in the moment before you talk yourself out of it. Over time you’ll be looking in the mirror at a whole new you!



The Importance of Cardiorespiratory Fitness for Heart Health

Being mindful throughout the day and consuming the right diet are vital pillars to having a healthy, beautiful body, but ‘movement is life’ and without it, it is impossible to achieve a true state of health. Numerous studies have long shown that regular exercise is vital to keep Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease at bay, but two new studies indicate that cardiorespiratory fitness in particular, is key if we wish to lower our risk of coronary heart disease. Read on to find out more.

What is Cardiorespiratory Fitness?

Cardiorespiratory fitness is the level at which one’s heart, lungs, and muscles work together during exercise for an extended period of time. Rather than being a fixed state, it is one that can be worked upon; indeed, by building this type of fitness, the lungs and heart use oxygen more optimally, which in turn enables one to last longer during workouts.

What do the New Findings Say?

Two new studies, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings in November, 2017, highlight the importance of measuring and boosting aerobic fitness, both in adults and in children.

In the first study, researchers found that moderate-to-high fitness levels counteracted the effects of having a high Triglyceride/HDL cholesterol ratio (a high ratio indicates an increased risk of heart attack and stroke). For the study, researchers followed the progress of over 40,000 men for over 16 years, finding that those who were fit, had a lower protection from death owing to coronary heart disease, even when they had poor Triglyceride/HDL ratios.

The second study measured fitness in six- to ten-year-olds, and later in 8- to 12-year-olds, finding that cardiovascular disease actually has its origins in childhood. The scientists noted that the early detection of risk factors for heart disease in children could contribute to the development of effective prevention programs and changes in public health policy.They also stressed the importance of exercise to improve fitness levels.

Important Lifestyle Changes Include Exercises

Researchers stressed the importance of avoiding harmful habits like smoking, of following a healthy diet comprising plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats, and of exercising regularly. Specifically, they stated that seven to 14 miles per week of moderate exercise such as running or brisk walking, can lower the risk posed by poor cholesterol levels.

The Importance of Injury Prevention

Those who are taking up exercise after a long time, or who have not generally been active before, need to be aware of the importance of stretching as a form of injury prevention. Before running or cycling, for instance, hip flexor exercises should be completed, since these muscles help us do everything from twist to reach, bend forward, stand, walk, etc. Without proper stretching, it is possible to feel stiffness in the hips, a general feeling of unwellness and even aching joints.

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There is no time like today to get active; if research has shown anything, it is that ‘movement is life’; to promote strength, flexibility, happiness and youth, we should ensure that fitness is part and parcel of our daily routine, backing up our workouts with sound nutrition and a positive mindset for success.

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A Positive View Of Life Is Good for Your Health

Your outlook on your life – having a sense of optimism and purpose can make you healthier.

Do you focus on the good things in your life, upcoming events, and things that make you smile? Do you have a sense of purpose? If so, you may already have done a lot of positive things for your health.

Here are some quick tips on having a positive outlook:

Focus on what is important. Life experiences teach us what is important and what we shouldn’t focus on. As we get older, we become better at deciding what issues that demand our attention from those that may just be trivial or unimportant. The next time you worry about something you can’t control, it may help to view the situation through the perspective of your entire life’s experience.

Keep a sense of purpose. View your life and every day that you wake up as an opportunity to live your best you! You can learn a new hobby, start a new exercise routine, learn to cook, or begin volunteering. Do things that cause you to learn and expand your horizons.

Practice mindfulness. Start focusing on the moment and accepting your thoughts and feelings without judging yourself. When you learn to accept that you aren’t perfect (none of us are), and accept that there will be difficult days and easy days, your mind and your body will both benefit from the unnecessary stress.

Love yourself. If there is one person you will be with your entire life, it’s you. You are a continuous work in progress and you need to be easy on yourself. In the same breath, you need to push yourself to learn more, do more, and live more. Everything is about balance.

What are some of the things you do to maintain a healthy outlook on life? Please comment below.