STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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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.