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The Struggle Of Staying Healthy

No one embarks on a fitness program with the view that they’ll ever end up back where they started. You take a breath and begin counting calories, eating healthily, or start a gym routine and when you do it you do it with the best intentions. Than watch the pounds fall off and the inches shrink away all due to your hard work and determination. You eat better than ever and you finally make it to goal weight

Once you get to goal weight, you must adjust your currently weight loss lifestyle to suit one of maintenance and that’s where most people slip up and fall. Getting healthy is one thing, staying healthy? That’s a big struggle. It’s not because you don’t want to keep up the lifestyle you’ve achieved, but it’s a transition from losing weight to maintenance and reverting to old habits can seem so easy! Whether you’ve achieved your goal by yourself at home, or you’ve achieved your goal with the help of a weight loss clinic, it isn’t easy to stay at that goal weight and it takes a lot more grit than losing the weight in the first place. With these tips, you can keep the weight off and enjoy life as much as you always have at your goal weight:

Remember the Changes

The key to keeping the weight off and staying at your ideal weight is down to the long-term changes you make. The changes you made with your food need to stay the same or as close as possible. By sticking to lower calories and upping your protein intake, you can feel fuller for longer and be less likely to snack throughout the day.

Planning is Key

Planning your meals and sticking to that plan is going to help you maintain healthier eating habits. This includes eating out and family events that involve food – plan for those meals out so that you can make informed decisions. There’s no reason you can’t enjoy a night out with your friends – if you stick to your plan you can be happy and comfortable.

Keep up the Activity

Your exercise routine may have been vigorous while you’ve been losing the weight so scale back slightly and change up your routine. Instead of working out seven days a week, aim for five instead!

Support will always help. Talk to your doctor, your friends and your family about your weight loss and your maintenance goals. You need to have the right support to maintain how well you’ve done.

Ultimately, your health is going to depend on your level of willpower and your ability to stick with your new, healthy habits instead of thinking that just because you’ve reached your goal, you’ll be able to keep your new health and fitness with pizza! Reverting to old habits will also revert you back to that mental health state you were in before you embarked on your fitness journey. Don’t go back there, stay focused and stay healthy.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Kick-Start Your Fitness Plan The Right Way

Every day, countless people around the world resolve to finally drop all the excuses, and start exercising in a more regimented and efficient way. If you want to build muscle or improve your overall fitness, you need to have a clear idea of what you’re getting into, and avoid overextending yourself or taking things too slow. Here are some of the most important tips for anyone who’s taking their first steps into a more healthy, active life.

Take Things Slow

It’s completely understandable that you’ll be spurred and encouraged to push yourself to your limits, and jump right into a grueling, Rocky-esque exercise regimen, getting vigorous exercise in five or even seven days a week. It’s good to be ambitious, but if you take this approach, you can easily end up biting off more than you can chew, and bringing a disaster down on your head before you’ve even had the chance to see any changes. Begin at the beginning. Start slow and build up your exercise regimen gradually, seeing how your body reacts to each change. 30 minutes a day 2-3 days a week is a great starting point for anyone who’s new to organized fitness. Remember, you’ll be doing more than a lot of other people!

Remember to Eat Well

Eating well outside of the gym is absolutely essential to support the progress you’ll make inside of it. Sure, you may be absolutely smashing it at the gym. However, if you’re not paying attention to what you eat, you’ll be holding yourself back from those overarching goals. The most important things to have before your workout are carbs, and fast-absorbing protein. You may also want to consider supplements and auxiliary products. Look into the best supplements for runners if you’re looking to improve your general fitness, or products such as BCAAS and Beta Alanine for building muscle. Before you order any of these things in bulk, make sure you’re talking to someone who’s a little more experienced in your chosen area than you. Supplements can be incredible for helping you along towards your fitness goals, but they need to be balanced with the right amount and the right kind of exercise.

Mix up Your Routine

It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to bulk up or simply shed some pounds, mixing up your exercise regimen is absolutely essential, especially for people who are just starting out and having to drag themselves out of the house before every session. Even within the categories of strength and aerobic training, you shouldn’t simply stick to the exercises you prefer every day. If you go for a run at the same pace around the same block every day, it will quickly become boring, which will make it harder and harder to find the self-discipline it takes to actually get out there and keep at it. Try getting the same benefits from an elliptical workout, a cycle around the block, or practicing your tennis serve. You’re more likely to stick to something you have fun doing, so don’t bore yourself into giving up!

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Supplement Your Fitness Goals With These Diet Changes

It’s not easy sticking with fitness goals; so if you’ve managed to make it for longer than a few weeks, you should be very proud of yourself. Unfortunately, most people will stop their workout routine at this point for several reasons; they’re too busy, their enthusiasm has died down a bit, or they’re not seeing enough results to keep putting in the effort.

Regular exercise is a big step in the right direction, but sometimes it’s not enough to help your body reach peak physical health. If you’re trying to break a lifetime of bad habits; it can help to supplement your fitness goals with a few diet and lifestyle changes to boost the effectiveness of your workout.

Eat Well and at The Right Time

You’ve all heard about the importance of not skipping breakfast. However, if you prefer to do your workouts in the morning, it may be better to wait and have your healthy omelet after you’re done. If you eat breakfast immediately before exercising, not only do you risk making yourself a bit sick, but your body has to burn off what you’ve just eaten before tapping into the fat reserves that you want to burn.

Add More Protein to Your Diet

If you find that you’re still snacking as much as you used to before you began working out (even if the snacks are of the healthy variety); you might want to look into adding more protein to your diet. Protein will curb your appetite so you’re no longer snacking throughout the day, and it helps you burn fat and build muscle during your workouts. You can get your protein fix from eggs, almonds, chicken breasts, broccoli, or lean beef. You don’t need to resort to whey protein shakes unless you think they could benefit your personal workout. Try increasing your protein intake before you try other hunger suppressing supplements such as the HCGDiet.com.

Get enough sleep

Regular workouts should be helping you to sleep easier anyway, but if you’re not getting your recommended hours per night; you’re actually hurting your weight loss efforts. You could be doing everything right; balancing cardio with weight training, eating the right foods, and drinking plenty of water. But if you’re sleeping less than seven hours a night, you could, in fact, be undoing all your hard work.

Sleep deprivation disrupts your body’s ability to store insulin, which is responsible for removing fatty acids and lipids from your bloodstream and prevent storage. When you become more insulin resistant, fats (lipids) circulate in your blood and pump out more insulin. Eventually, this excess insulin ends up storing fat in all the wrong places, such as tissues like your liver. On a wider scale, lack of sleep reduces your motivation, which is a significant factor of people giving up on their fitness goals. You don’t want to go to the gym or for a quick run when you’re tired. You crave more sugar and caffeine when you’re sleep deprived.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Fighting Fit: How A Healthy Lifestyle Can Help Your Body Battle Illness

Getting ill is something that we would all avoid all the time if possible. Though this may be a farfetched fantasy, there are a few lifestyle changes that you can make to boost your immune system. As well as reducing your chances of falling ill; you will then be more likely to fight off any illnesses that do happen to come your way. Here are some natural ways that you can improve your odds of staying healthy.

Reduce Your Stress

Many people seem to be living highly stressful lives these days. This nonstop pace can easily run you down and increase your risk of falling ill. A surge in hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that have been closely linked to stress cause a rise in blood pressure and the heart to beat faster. A huge amount of health problems can be linked directly to stress, so try to take action wherever you can. A common coping mechanism is meditation, which can really help refocus our minds away from the common stresses of everyday life.

Alter Your Diet

Omega-3 fatty acids which are commonly found in salmon, walnuts, and seeds can help to stabilize your mood. Superfruits such as pomegranates and blueberries have been shown to have all sorts of positive health properties. Another thing that is constantly being linked to having a major positive effect on your health is green tea; so consider switching your morning cup of coffee for some of the green stuff. Not getting enough nutrients in your diet decreases your body’s ability to fight off illnesses should they arise.

Supplements and Oils

There are plenty of natural supplements and oils that you can take which can have various effects on the body. There are a whole host of examples on www.healthwatchlist.com which can give you a clearer idea. Ultimately, it is a good idea to do some research online so you get a fuller picture.

Regular Exercise

As with a huge amount of other health advice; it all comes back to regular exercise to make all the difference. Losing weight, building healthier bones and boosting mood are just three of the ways that regular exercise can improve your overall health.

Get A Good Night’s Sleep

The restorative properties of sleep are fairly universally acknowledged, but new research is being done all the time that uncovers new pieces of the puzzle of sleep. When you do get ill, this is when your body does a huge proportion of its recovery. As well as this, getting enough sleep can make all the difference when it comes to reducing stress, which brings us right back to the first point on the list.

What’re Your Thoughts?

Ultimately, getting ill is not something that we can always avoid, but taking a few steps to naturally improve your health is within everyone’s reach. The above points mark a good starting point so try them out to see what a difference they could make to your overall health and wellbeing.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Six Quick, Easy and Healthy Ways To Start The Day

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. We hear that a lot, right? But the reason that we hear that is because it really is. After around eight hours of not consuming anything, our body is ready for something to fill it and sustain it. The right kind of breakfast can set you up for the day and give you all of the energy that you need to keep you going. If you don’t eat the right things or don’t have anything at all, how are you expecting your body to be able to do its thing and to have an awake and alert mind?

If you feel like you’re always short on time in the morning, then here are some easy and healthy ways to start the day. Would love to know what your favorite breakfast food is too.

Crustless Quiche Lorraine – Ditch the pastry, and you’ve got a much healthier option of the classic. Keep the bacon and the eggs, as well as a sprinkling of cheese, and you’re good to go. You can make a large one ahead of time, and it will keep for the rest of the week in the fridge.

Chia Pudding – So good that it can be a dessert as well as a breakfast food. Chia seeds, along with your favorite milk and yogurt makes a great combination. Even greater is that you can make a batch ahead of time and leave overnight in the fridge. Serve in small mason jars with a lid, and you could even eat it on the go, topped with some berries or seeds.

Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Suess was onto something, right? You could use some large slices of ham as a wrap, and fill them with some scrambled eggs. You could add in some pesto for the green, or wilt some spinach. The perfect low-carb and high protein breakfast if ever I saw one.

Bacon and Egg Cups – Line a muffin tray with rashers of bacon, and then crack an egg into each muffin hole. Sprinkle with some chives, mixed herbs or pepper. Then bake in the oven until the egg is cooked. They are great to just grab and a less messy way to eat bacon and eggs. Another protein filled breakfast.

Tea and Toast – Toast some whole wheat or rye bread and then mash up some avocado onto the toast. You could add some chopped cherry tomatoes too if you’d like. Serve with a matcha or ashitaba tea, and you’ve got a breakfast that is full of good stuff. It is nice and quick to make too.

Smoothie Bowl – If you don’t fancy drinking your smoothie, then it can be made a little thicker and consumed as a smoothie bowl. The good thing about this is that you can top it with nuts and seeds, to get extra goodness for the day ahead. Be sure to include things like spinach in your smoothie too. Don’t make it only out of fruit as it will make the fructose level quite high.

What’s Your Favorite Breakfast Food?

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Be Healthy Head to Toe

Mind and body both need to be kept healthy and happy in order for us to achieve our full potential. It’s true, we do need to exercise and eat nutrient-rich food to keep our bodies healthy, but we shouldn’t overlook our mental health either. These equally important parts of us, mind and body, need to work in perfect harmony and balance. Here’s how to keep yourself in tip top shape and feel positive about yourself, and be healthy head to toe!

Mental Health

Sleep

Sleeping is so important for our mental health. It’s time for us to shut off and relax before the stresses of the coming day. It’s important to be aiming for 6 to 8 hours sleep a night. Things that can affect our sleep include poor diet. If you eat too close to bed you may have trouble digesting your food. This could lead to indigestion or stomach cramps. It’s easier for our bodies to process our food when we’re up and moving rather than lying down. So try not to have a heavy meal before bed. In order to reach our potential, we need to give our bodies and brain a chance to recharge.

Brain Teasers

This may sound like a simple step that can be overlooked, but we should be pushing ourselves every day! The long-term effects of doing brain teasers can be huge. Over a period of time we could find our cognitive functions improving and have a sharper thought process. It’s easy and cheap to access brain teasers. Try online games, or buy yourself some sudoku puzzles, whatever works for you.

Physical Health

Eat a Healthy Diet

It’s such an obvious one, but it is often overlooked, despite the fact that the benefits can be huge. It’s so important to eat healthy because what we eat informs how our bodies function. Eating the right foods helps our bodies to create new cells and clear out toxins. It can also help our mental health by giving us increased energy and alertness. Finally, it can prevent the onset of heart disease and even diabetes.

Dental Health

It’s not just about getting abs, taking care of ourselves head to toe extends to our teeth too! Checkups should be a regular occurrence. Broadway Dentist has information about all the different treatments that are available out there. Just like any other part of our body, we need to keep our mouths and teeth healthy. A great smile will keep us feeling confident and positive.

Exercise

Exercise can’t be an afterthought anymore, it has to be a priority. Take fitness seriously and put your body through its paces. Whether it’s yoga or weight training, keeping our bodies fit and healthy helps us to perform to the best of our ability. If you’re new to fitness, don’t panic, start off small. Even incorporating some long walks into your week is a good way to get moving. Increase your level of exercise the more confident and comfortable you feel.

Hair Health

To be healthy head to toe you have to take notice of your hair too! Regular haircuts will keep split ends at bay whilst a good diet will keep your hair strong. Avoid using hot tongs or straighteners on hair without using a protective spray first. If your hair is looking a little lackluster there are plenty of vitamins that promise to restore shine and health to damaged hair.

What’re Your Thoughts?

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

The Little And Often Approach To Good Health

When we make changes in our lives, the instinct is to seek a complete overhaul. It’s the ‘all or nothing’, ‘go big or go home’ idea. While this may motivate us initially, the problem is that the effect doesn’t last. We burn out before we even get started. But taking a ‘little and often’ approach to good health is more manageable, and easier to maintain.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Three Weird Foods That Everyone Should Include In Their Diet!

Most of us have a pretty good idea of what constitutes as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods. While there can be some overlap, generally you won’t go far wrong by eating foods as close to their natural form as possible (and avoiding processed items or those high in sugar, salt, and saturated fat). People who exercise regularly and eat right are generally slimmer and fitter than those who don’t for obvious reasons. Since our weight can have a big impact on our health, it’s always worth aiming to keep it at the correct level.

It can be argued that technically it’s not essential to eat healthily to lose weight. In fact, if you go here you will see how a professor lost weight while eating nothing but junk food! However, health is more than about just weight loss. If you’re overweight then losing the excess is good, but it’s so much better to strive for a healthy body rather than just a slim one. Fueling your body with the foods it needs will help you avoid preventative diseases, feed your muscles and nourish you which is all crucial.

There are new ‘superfood’ discoveries and popular ingredients that are hailed for their health products coming under the radar of health buffs all the time. Often these are ingredients which have been used across the globe for both food and medicine for centuries. However, with easy access to many weird and wonderful things in supermarkets and health food shops; they can be worth a try if you’re feeling brave! Here are a few weird foods that everyone should try since the health benefits are incredible!

Wheatgrass

Amazingly, wheatgrass is healthier than any other fruit, vegetable or herb on earth. It contains every vitamin and mineral that your body needs for good health. On top of this, it also contains an excellent source of living chlorophyll. This is difficult to find in most other foods, and it’s useful since it’s an important blood builder. All in all, it’s one of the most powerful food healers known to man

Sea Buckthorn

Sea Buckthorn contains high levels of healthy fats and a nutrient called omega 7. Chances are you’ve heard of both omega 3 and 6, but 7 seven is much rarer. Sea buckthorn can be juiced or blended up into smoothies. Alternatively, you can use the leaves to make into a tea- this provides an excellent source of vitamins, minerals antioxidants, amino acids and fatty acids.

Kelp

Kelp provides a huge array of different minerals, including iodine and underwater antioxidants such as iron, folate, and vitamin K. It also contains the highest natural concentration of calcium of any food- even ten times more than milk! It might not be the tastiest thing in the world (brown algae anyone?!); but if you blend it with some sweet flavored fruits or cook it into soups you can reap the rewards without experiencing too much of the taste!

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

A Picture Of Health

With social media being such a major part of everyone’s lives, it can seem like we just can’t get away from photos of ourselves, and that can be hard. There are photos of us out there when we are looking our best and our worst! But if you start to see photos of yourself popping up in your feeds, where you don’t look too good, what can you do? Well, of course, you can look up how to take the perfect selfie on the internet. But that might just be a band-aid over the situation. Use it as inspiration to improve your lifestyle, and get fit and well, so then you’ll look the picture of health in all your photos.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

The One Diet Trick You Wish You’d Known Sooner

There are plenty of people and companies that will try and sell you a crazy ‘lose weight and get fit fast’ diet plan. Normally, they charge you a lot of money or rope you into a subscription plan. If you took all of the expensive diets out there and put them side by side, I bet you’d hardly see a difference, but what if I told you that there is one diet trick you wish you’d known sooner.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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