Fit Tips




One of the best ways to find motivation to exercise is to do something you enjoy! Not everyone likes the gym... so if hiking, playing racquetball, swimming, or dancing is more your thing, then do that instead.

Can't find time to exercise, but some how manage to fit in some T.V. time at the end of the day? Try doing some simple exercises like lunges, crunches, push-ups or wall-sits while you're watching. Or, if that's you're time to relax, go through a simple stretch routine to calm your muscles.

Schedule's so packed with the kids' piano lessons, and soccer games that you can't find time to fit in your own workout? How about running laps around the field while the team warms up? 20 minutes is plenty of time for a decent jog and you'll be setting a great example for the kids as well.

Having trouble finding time for a workout? Try doing just 5 minutes of push-ups, squats, crunches, lunges and other similar type exercises first thing in the morning. My not seem like much, but it won't take long for you to notice results!

Find you're having trouble making yourself workout on a regular basis? Try joining a team or group. Not only will you have the encouragement of others, but it's harder to not exercise if you've committed to it.

Create milestones on your way to your overall goal. Whether your trying to lose 50 pounds or wanting to run a marathon, setting milestones that you can celebrate on the way to your overall goal will keep you motivated; every time you lose another 10 pounds, every time you can run 5 km further, reward yourself.

When you're hungry you tend to grab something to eat quickly, unfortunately these tend to be unhealthy snacks that don't take any preparation (bag of chips come to mind?) For quick, easy, HEALTHY, snacks: As soon as you come home from the grocery store, clean and chop up your vegetables and put them into portion sized containers. You'll have easy to grab, healthy snacks on the go.

Shoveling snow burns about 400 calories an hour for a 150 pound person.

Cayenne pepper has many health benefits; it has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol, has the ability to prevent ulcers, and has many cardiovascular benefits, among other things. It is an excellent source of vitamin A and beta-carotene.

Just because you are eating healthy doesn't mean you can't have dessert. Angel food cake (especially the sugar-free kind) is a great treat when topped with fresh berries. It is low in fat and has far less calories than many desserts.