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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do so for a short period of time. They learn some valuable lessons and incorporate them into their lifestyle down the road. Benefits come over time.


“We see people get stronger and lose weight, and a lot of our elderly population are able to walk up a flight of stairs without even holding on to the handrail,” said Miller.


Dedication is the key moving forward. To be successful, you need to stay committed to training. It is normal to want results quickly, but instant gratification does not happen.


“You are going to have to give yourself three to six months for a physique transformation if you do everything the right way,” Goodrich said. Also, you need to remember that making a change requires more than just exercise. “Diet is 80 percent of changing your body,” Goodrich said.


The hardest part is getting started, so encounter- ing some roadblocks is to be expected. “You have to give yourself at least two to three weeks to acclimate to your new lifestyle,” Goodrich said. “Your body is going to be shocked, sore and uncomfortable, but if you stick with it, you will be fine.”

If you’re looking for a safe, effective program that will help you get toned, become more flexible or lose weight, personal training could be for you.


A personal trainer will teach you proper form and technique to keep you safe and injury free. But first, he or she needs to know what your goals are – whether you want to lose weight, get healthy and tone up or train for bodybuilding, fitness competitions or powerlifting. Perhaps you’re an older person who wants to work on balance and stability.


 “First and foremost, I sit down and speak to potential clients for about 30 to 40 minutes in a consultation to get an idea of what their goals and lifestyle are, to get to know the person a little bit and explain about the program,” said Jason Goodrich, owner and fitness professional at Physiques ‘N’ Weeks (www.physiquesnweeks.com). “You have to map out a schedule and decide how many times a week you will train, go over food and diet, which is the most important thing, and explain that if they want to make a change in the way they feel, their physique and their health, they will have to put the effort in.”


“The trainer should find out what you want to do and make a plan that is practical,” said Melissa Miller of Transformation Personal Training.


Some people work with a trainer on and off for years while others

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JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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