DESIGNING A HEALTHY DIET FOR THE NEW YEAR

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The majority of these resolutions focus on diet in attempts to lose weight and be healthier. A new year is the perfect time to jumpstart a healthy diet to make the changes you want to see for yourself throughout the year. However, research shows 80 percent of resolutions fail by February. Many people strive for unrealistic goals, which ultimately set them up for failure.

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EXERCISE HAS BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

While exercise has long been known for its positive effects on physical health and its ability to heighten energy and help manage chronic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, exercise is now being lauded for its beneficial effects on the brain.   These benefits touch almost every aspect of life. Exercise helps sharpen short-term memory and improve long-term memory. This happens because exercise can reduce insulin resistance and inflammation and stimulate….

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GETTING STARTED AND STICKING WITH IT

As we kick off 2018, you may be thinking about resolutions pertaining to your health and fitness. It’s easy to determine some ways to improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being. However, it’s not always as simple to stay motivated and make the new commitments part of your lifestyle. Now is the perfect time to set goals, whether it be for the number of days you intend to work out each week, how many steps you want to take each day or healthy meals you want to prepare for your family.

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insights in mind, try some of the following ideas to find the fitness routine you love:


Try a variety of fitness classes. Spin, yoga, tai chi, pilates, zumba – the list of group fitness classes is endless. Try as many as you can and stick with the ones you like. Mixing up your class schedule is a great way to keep your workout routine fresh and exciting.


Let go of external pressure. Just because half- marathons, triathlons and CrossFit are trendy doesn’t mean they’re for you. You don’t need to prove anything to anyone by mastering a certain exercise. You are the one who reaps the rewards, so it has to be something that works for you.


Think outside the box. If you dread long-distance running or weightlifting, there are plenty of other ways to get in your cardio and resistance training. Try rollerblading, trampolining, kickboxing, swimming, ballroom dance – there are no limits.


Make it convenient. It’s easier to stick to a fitness routine if you are realistic about what you can fit in your schedule. You don’t need to invest hours of your day to reap the benefits of physical activity. Find a time frame that makes sense for you, even if it’s only 10 minutes a day.


These tips will help you find a physical activity that takes the work out of working out for you. By implementing exercises that bring you joy, fitness will become a fun part of your life that you couldn’t imagine living without.

Do you struggle to stick to an exercise plan? Maybe you start out with ambitious fitness goals, such as completing a half marathon or conquering CrossFit, but the fun stops once you’ve got your new running shoes and have stocked up on workout gear.


Starting a workout program is motivating and exciting, until all of a sudden ... it isn’t. When you see a workout as hard work, it’s easy to lose momentum and eventually throw in the towel on fitness altogether.


What’s the key to making a fitness routine stick for good? It’s simple: If you want to make exercise a habit, you need to find the type of workout you enjoy. Here’s how to find the fitness routine you’ll jump out of bed for.


Find Your Fitness Personality

Working out shouldn’t be a chore. If cardio and resistance training sound like a drag, you likely haven’t found the right fitness routine for you. Exercise isn’t one-size-fits-all; it’s different for everyone. Ask yourself the following questions to figure out what types of exercise you might enjoy:


What makes you feel alive? Whether it’s exercise- related or not, what lights you up every day? Think about that scene – are you inside or outdoors? Adjust your fitness routine to mirror the characteristics of your happy place.

FINDING A FITNESS ROUTINE YOU LOVE

MICHELLE CHALKEY

Michelle Chalkey is a Des Moines-based freelance writer specializing in health and lifestyle topics. She enjoys helping businesses communicate their messages through blogging and effective storytelling. Connect with Michelle on Facebook or check out her blog for helpful tips on the writing process and productivity.

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What sport do you enjoy playing the most? Is there something you were good at in high school or even grade school? Adults can easily lose sight of their youthful athleticism, but playing sports is a good way to stay active and social. Check around your city for recreational sports leagues.


What kind of music inspires you? If you like upbeat, poppy tunes, you might do well with a spin or aerobics class where the blaring music generates the group’s energy. On the flip side, softer music makes a great background for a yoga class, nature hike or long walk.


Do you like exercising alone or with others? Think about your favorite workouts in the past. Were they in a group fitness class? Was it a solo run or a power walk with your best friend? Exercise can act dually as a social hour or give you the alone time you need, whichever you prefer.


Tips for Finding Your Ideal Workout

Now that you have established some preferences when approaching exercise, you can understand what motivates you and holds your interest best. With those