Body U by Megan Nino

Maintaining focus during the holiday season can be very challenging for all of us. Not only do we need to get through our day-to-day routines, but we also need to partake in the holiday festivities that many of us enjoy. This can cause a mess in our daily lives.

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, meaning very soon many people will be attending dinners, staying inside snuggling under a favorite blanket, binging on baked goods and hot cocoa and the list goes on. It’s also the time of year when people are more concerned about packing on the pounds because of the amount of food consumed and minimal or reduced amount of physical activity.

Bulking, a popular activity in the fitness industry, has become a household concept for those wanting to lean out and build muscle. 

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!

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