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How I Fell In Love With Exercising Again

September 26th, 2016 - By Tanay Hudson
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When I first started working out in college it was exciting. I weighed 246 pounds when I began my journey to healthy living, and during my weekly weigh-in what I saw on the scale never disappointed me. Every week I lost anywhere from three to six pounds. My clothes were becoming looser and when I looked at pictures of myself I saw a new, slimmer me. But after losing 50 pounds, I got bored. My mix of gym and at-home beginner workouts became blase, so I started working out strictly at home and let Shaun T and Jillian Michaels supply me with heart-pumping sweat sessions. But after a few months, that got dull too. Then my weight loss slowed down, which really made me loathe exercising at one point. Why work out if I wasn’t losing pounds? Plus, I became sick of eating the same veggie-based meals. I had slowly lost my desire to sweat it out and I hit a plateau, but by stepping out of my comfort zone I was able to overcome it and find the fun in being fit again.

I was always scared to run on the treadmill or outside. (I tried to run once on the treadmill and got a painful cramp so I didn’t try anymore.) I’m also clumsy so when I thought about hitting the pavement I’d envision myself stumbling to the ground. A few years later, I tried for the second time. By shocking my body and changing up my workout I knew I would start to shed pounds again, so I gave it a try. I paced myself and ran and walked in intervals and before I knew it I was running at least 4 times a week. After my run, I  noticed a boost in my mood thanks to what’s known as a “runner’s high.” Research has shown that running, and exercise in general, leads to your brain producing endorphins, a chemical that reduces pain perception and promotes a more positive mood. With some guidance from a trainer and a running app, I then ran my first 5K race. The feeling of accomplishing something I thought I would never do was invigorating.

Another thing that helped me get out of my rut was changing my diet. I became weary of the same ole chicken, seafood and veggies combo. When the grocery store in my neighborhood closed shop, grocery shopping became difficult, especially when I wanted to try new things. So I decided to give HerbaLife a try and it turned out to be a great fit. I have long work days as a therapist, so eating three meals a day isn’t easy. With my HerbaLife program, I have a shake for breakfast and dinner and I eat a meal for lunch. I have my shake before I leave for work and while I am sitting in my last session of the day I sip on my shake for dinner and then head off to the gym.  Plus, the shakes come in flavors like Dulce de Leche, Cookies and Cream and Dutch Chocolate, which have all left my taste buds satisfied.

Meeting with a trainer also helped put me back on the right track. I used the same machines repeatedly, so to help me use the gym more effectively, I consulted with a trainer for guidance. She educated me on the right moves to target my problem areas and showed me exercises that help me capitalize on my workouts and burn more fat. I was familiar with certain moves thanks to Insanity and Jillian Michaels DVDs, but there was so much more to learn. Having a trainer advise me and show me new things made me motivated to lace up my Pumas and train harder.

I’m usually solo dolo during my daily fit fest, but having a workout buddy is pretty helpful. Not only does the workout go faster, but I pick up on some of my partner’s different workouts and give them a try. When I am with him I am more likely to pick up the weights and do some strength training, which I neglect at times due to my love for everything cardio.

Being in a funk when you’re trying to be fit can be a major setback. Finding ways to revamp your workout and spice up your diet can be just what you need to get back to going hard in the gridiron.


Ways Dieting During The Summer Is Easier

May 3rd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When the days get longer, and the sun gets brighter, many of us start to think, “Maybe it’s time that I hit the gym.” And it’s not entirely a coincidence. Summer is full of motivation to get fit. Whether it’s the slinky summer outfit you’ve had your eye on, a new summer fling or a beach vacation that’s calling for a new and improved bikini, there is a lot of extra incentive to stick to a diet during summer. And the motivation of having a fabulous bikini body, getting to know someone new or going on a trip are not the only reasons to get excited to start your diet now that the weather has warmed up.

All of that extra sunlight actually makes dieting easier. From filling you full of feel-good hormones to making you eat less, warm weather months make it a lot easier to lose weight. Take advantage of these summer diet and exercise tips and you’ll be reaching your body goals for the season of fun and sun in no time.

Adults With Diabetes Skyrockets To 422 Million Globally, And It’s Being Blamed On Poor Diets

April 6th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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According to a new study published in the Lancet journal by the World Health Organization, between the years of 1980 and 2014, the number of adults who have diabetes has quadrupled to a whopping 422 million. It is not only becoming more and more prevalent in the States, but is also turning into a major issue in poor countries as well. The rapid increase in Type 2 diabetes is being blamed on our diets and limited active lifestyles. With World Health Day tomorrow, it was important for WHO to get the word out.

Data from around 4.4 million adults of all different ages from all different regions was studied. The study found that while diabetes numbers have risen for both men and women of diverse backgrounds, it’s becoming more common for men, and numbers are growing rapidly in countries that are low and middle income. That includes China, Mexico and India.

The smallest growth in adults with diabetes came from northwestern Europe, while the largest jump happened in Pacific Island nations. Most alarming was the fact that half of all of the adults found to have diabetes in 2014 actually came from just five places: China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, and yes, the United States. For some reason, rates more than doubled in both India and China from 1980 to 2014.

The World Health Organization’s director-general, Margaret Chan, found the results alarming. With one out of 12 people in the world having the long-term condition now, she said we need to have serious conversations around the world about our diets and our lifestyle in general.

In a statement she said, “If we are to make any headway in halting the rise in diabetes, we need to rethink our daily lives: to eat healthily, be physically active, and avoid excessive weight gain.”

She continued, “Even in the poorest settings, governments must ensure that people are able to make these healthy choices and that health systems are able to diagnose and treat people with diabetes.”

“I Can’t Even Move!” Ten Tips to Avoid Overeating and Burn More Calories During the Holidays

November 24th, 2012 - By Brooke Dean
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When it comes to this time of year – you know, the “official” start to the holiday season – fancy feasts and festive holiday parties mean good times…and GOOD FOOD. It’s all too easy to over-indulge, making way for yet another New Year’s resolution to work off all the pounds you put on in just a few short weeks. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you plan and take a proactive approach to managing all of the temptation of holiday treats around you, you can still have a merry ole time that doesn’t involve gorging yourself.  We know it isn’t easy, but try these 10 things to help you maintain your weight and keep from stuffing yourself and still remain in the holiday spirit.

A Healthy 2012 for You and the Kids

February 14th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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Healthy Alternatives

Who doesn’t love a cheeseburger every now and then? While most of us can’t commit to never eating unhealthy foods again, we can vow to substitute fattening or sugary foods with better alternatives. Instead of a beef burger, try turkey or even soy if you’re really trying to go all out. Instead of white sugars and grains, opt for brown. It’s about baby steps.

Exercise Together

Whether you find a mother-daughter/mother-son exercise class that you both enroll in or you do something a little less formal, like dancing around the house, make sure that exercise is a part of both of your daily routines. Not only is it a great way for the whole family to relieve stress, it’s a great way for you all to bond in the process. See that? Two birds with one stone.

Let Your Children See You Practicing What You Preach

Have you ever taken advice from someone who was clearly a hypocrite? Probably not. Asking or telling your children to do something, they’ve never seen you do is unfair and unrealistic. If you want your children to make healthy choices when it comes to food and lifestyle, make sure they can look to you as a role model.