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The Shawnee News-Star
  • What motivates you to eat healthy and exercise?

  • Unfortunately many people have a hard time finding the energy and or time to improve their health through exercise and proper nutrition. The truth of the matter is, it doesn’t have to be that way. I honestly believe the answer to this common problem starts with finding your motivation. It may take trying a few things be...
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  • Unfortunately many people have a hard time finding the energy and or time to improve their health through exercise and proper nutrition. The truth of the matter is, it doesn’t have to be that way. I honestly believe the answer to this common problem starts with finding your motivation. It may take trying a few things before you find it, but there is something out there that will motivate you to eat right, take your vitamins, and exercise!
    Some people are motivated by participating on a team. If this is you, a great idea might be to sign up for the next available volleyball league, team sport, walking club, or even 2k walk/run event. Many exceed here because they just don’t want to let their teammates down on game nights, or race day, by not showing up, even when that little voice says let’s stay home and rest, eat a filling sugar or fat meal, and watch television. So please remember, the reason we exercise doesn’t matter, as long as it motivates us to achieve our physical activity requirements one or two nights per week consistently while participating on a team, with a partner, or as a group.
    Folks there are so many reasons we should be eating proper nutrition and exercising. First and foremost, It is wonderful for staying healthy! Keeping your independence, and losing unwanted fat! It can help lower blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. I’ve seen it happen over and over again in my clients after participating in my exercise program for any extended periods of time. Exercise even strengthens your bones, helps lower the risks for poor health, improves your metabolism, makes you feel better, and even helps your body deal with stress. And believe it or not, everyone needs a little stress relief! So fitness friends… more consistent exercise during the “dog days” of Summer is the answer, not less, and or sporadic activity.
    We all understand how good proper nutrition and exercise is for us. But why do so many people not do it? Well…some people may have had a bad experience with physical activity in the past, or maybe the fear of injury is a concern. Others may even be intimidated because of their physical appearance, or the fact they me be out of shape. These are all understandable, but they are not good enough reasons to keep you from enjoying the active quality of life and improved health you’ll receive and deserve from practicing healthy eating habits, and regular exercise. Here again, I truly believe the answer to the question above lies in our ability to find something that motivates us to participate.
    For many years now, gym memberships continue to increase and fitness centers are popping up on every corner, in every city. Why? I think because health is one of the most important issues in the world today! Right now folks…2014 is the time to take responsibility for the health of ourselves, loved ones, and friends! It all starts with drinking plenty of fluids, eating right, taking our vitamins, and exercising! You can absolutely do this!
    Page 2 of 2 - If you’re that person who needs to get started on an exercise program, develop a passion for your reason to exercise, and simply set realistic goals. Tell yourself you are going to start exercising 20-30 minutes every other day, instead of thinking you are going to do an hour and a half six days a week. Setting unrealistic goals will just make you feel overwhelmed, and encourage you to soon discontinue your program.
    Also you need to go in with the idea you do not have to be perfect. Go ahead and accept upfront there will be fitness setbacks, and or days you will have to miss workouts. By doing this you will be mentally prepared to deal with them, and continue your program when it happens. Everyone will get sick, or have conflicts, so when you miss, don’t let that be an excuse for giving up. If you don’t like big gyms, use a personal trainer, or do some walking around your neighborhood, or go to your local shopping mall. And finally reward yourself for sticking with your exercise program. Please understand that rewards are not to be unhealthy treats, but instead should be something like a new outfit several sizes smaller than your last purchase, maybe a mini vacation, or tickets to your favorite concert or event. As you are enjoying these rewards it is a great idea to remind yourself that you are enjoying this treat because of the great things you have been doing for yourself!
    Until next week, pleases make it a healthy and nutritious day! To get started on healthy weight loss and nutrition products call Reggies Personal Training and Nutrition, 104 E. Main, Downtown Shawnee, (405) 613-0237, or email to reggiesnutrition@hotmail.com, or check out products at www.yourhealthmatters.truewealthathome.com Ask about the 24 day challenge bundle that will jumpstart your healthy weight loss and give you more energy!

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