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African American news - Motivation to exercise and eat healthy foodsWhat motivates you to exercise and eat healthy food? Once we get started, we begin to feel much better, the momentum feeds on itself, and we continue making changes that increase our enjoyment of life, while immensely improving our health. But how do we initiate a new diet and weight-loss program?

Let's look at the health benefits to working out and improving your diet: A stronger heart; Reduced stress and anxiety; Improved posture; Higher energy levels; Improved blood circulation; Better balance and joint flexibility; Lowered blood pressure; Release of endorphins that improve overall mood; Higher bone density; and Reduced breast cancer risk.

We all agree, on an intellectual level, that exercise is good for us, yet we seem to sabotage our own best efforts. What is the number one reason why people give up on themselves? Impatience! We want results instantaneously, even though we may not have worked out for a long time and have spent years diligently gaining a few pounds a year. Now we are suddenly fed up and want to be thin and fit – yesterday!

Impatience doesn't serve us when it comes to exercise – if we push too hard right off the bat, we often end up injured and literally out of the game for months at a time. If we restrict the diet too much, the boomerang swings back at us – our bodies become very efficient at making do on very few calories, and the next time we eat a big meal, guess what? The excess calories are more apt to be stored as fat, as our bodies are waiting for the famine!

With so much good stuff for the taking, here are some tips to get you off the couch and motivated to get back in the gym or even outdoors, despite the summer heat:

  • Plan and prep meals ahead, preferably on the weekend when you have more down time at your disposal.
  • Schedule your workouts each week and make sure they are entered into your smart phone as appointments, so you can keep this promise to yourself!
  • Try new classes, engage a personal trainer, or run a new route, to change up your routine.
  • Get a workout partner, and hold each other accountable for your workouts!

Have any other ideas? I'd love to hear from you! I know that change is never easy, but well worth the effort. Go for it, and let me know how it all turns out.

[Lee Ann Edwards, graduate of Yale University, is a multi-lingual, native Pasadenan. As a NASM-certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Counselor, she is the owner of Rose City Wellness, which offers Cardio Fit classes, private training and nutrition counseling in your home. Lee Ann is available for workshops on yoga, weight loss and nutrition. Contact her at (626) 807-8220 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and visit her website: www.rosecitywellness.com]


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