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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Summer is finally here, and you want to get your weight down and be in the best shape ever. This summer, make it your mission to reach your weight-loss goals – the same ones you probably set for yourself at the beginning of the year.


Getting in shape does not happen overnight. It takes time and dedication. Simple tweaks to your diet and exercise regimen can have a large impact over time. Weight loss is not just nutrition or just exercise. It is the combination of nutrition and exercise that will help you obtain your ultimate fitness goals and have a better, healthier quality of life.


Fortunately, it’s never too late to start down the path to health and wellness. Follow the guidelines below so you can put yourself on a fast track. Turn these tips into lifelong habits to ensure lasting success.


FITNESS TIPS FOR LOSING WEIGHT

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week to stay healthy and prevent weight gain. The ACSM also recommends adults who want to lose weight do more than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity for modest weight loss each week and more than 250 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity for significant weight loss each week.


It is important to incorporate a combination of cardio and strength training exercises. Cardio exercises will help you burn more calories. The strength training will burn fewer calories, but it will help you stay toned. Be sure to pace yourself. Start your exercise regimen slowly and progress from there to prevent injuries and burnout. One of the best ways to increase your intensity is to do intervals. Intervals consist of brief bursts of high intensity, followed by a more moderate pace. You can try doing intervals throughout your workout to help build endurance and take you to the next level.