Body U by Megan Nino

You wake up in the morning and read the paper or browse your Facebook feed, eat breakfast, head to work and come home to sometimes do more work. Or maybe you come home in time to eat dinner and you only have enough time to watch your favorite show followed by getting ready for bed. It is fair to say that we are all busy and it can be difficult to balance our lives enough to include our loved ones, work and play — let alone trying to maintain good health overall.

As we find ourselves on the go and traveling this summer season, it may seem difficult to maintain daily routines that help us stay healthy. We may find ourselves traveling to the shore, attending more brunch or dinner dates and even exploring our favorite cities. These activities usually cause people to eat more or eat too little, drink too much alcohol and/or become more sedentary. Whichever the case may be for you, consistent exercise and eating regimens are very important — and very do-able.

Within the last few years, “gluten-free” labels have been frequently appearing on various product labels, from breads to meats. The big question that most people are afraid to ask: Is gluten-free for me?

Have you found yourself not progressing in your exercise regimen? This can include not being able to increase your weights properly or not hitting a certain running time. Maybe you stopped losing weight and haven’t changed anything about with your regimen. This is what the fitness industry calls a plateau, which is a state of little or no change and is a very common situation for many people. Luckily, it can be fixed with the right strategy.

Summer is approaching fast! Many of us may feel guilty for having procrastinated on our summer fitness goals. There are about 11 weeks left before summer and that is more than enough time to get the ball rolling and shed a few pounds. You can lose a minimum of 4 pounds of body weight a month, which averages to one pound lost per week. This is a graspable goal!

In light of recent events, it can be agreed that stress levels are high. Whether at work or out for dinner, you may feel the tension radiating from people checking their Facebook feeds or watching the news. According to the American Psychological Association, in 2015, 45 percent of Americans reported being stressed over a five-year period for various reasons, such as finances, politics, relationships and work-life balance. This is almost half of the American population that has increasing stress and very few outlets. It is important that people learn about the causes of stress, the underlying effects of stress and how exercise can be used as a preventative measure to reduce and even eliminate everyday stress.

 

This is the most common question I receive. First, keep in mind that fat loss isn’t specific, which means that just because you are doing hundreds of crunches does not mean you are burning the fat surrounding them. Crunches, planks and more are great for sculpting the muscle and strengthening your core, but not for cutting fat. There is a lot of truth to the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen.” Unfortunately, the idea of dieting really turns people off and can be stressful. Just like anything else, start small and work your way up. 

 

’Tis the season that everyone is winding down from the holidays and thinking about how to get that perfect beach body for this coming summer. Here are some ways to start and stick with your New Year fitness resolutions:

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