Exercise does not have to be a dreaded word either. The good
news is that exercise gives you more energy, stress relief,
better health, clearer focus, sharper mind, better sleep,
better bone health, better sex life, and it
decreases the risk of cancers, heart attacks and heart problems.
the benefits of just looking good and realize exercise not
only makes you
feel good, it can help you live a longer, healthier life.
Here are some tips to get you on your way to a healthier lifestyle:
-- Put your workout clothes on first thing in the morning.
more "obligated" to exercise once you are dressed
in your workout clothes.
-- Use music to energize and motivate you to exercise. Get
a few great
CDs that energize you. Turn it up and jam out! The music will
and help the time pass by more quickly!
-- Always keep a water bottle and a healthy snack with you.
When you get
hungry, go for the healthy snack instead of heading to the
to keep your water bottle full so that you can drink plenty
of water throughout
-- Follow the two-bite rule. If there's something you absolutely
must have, take two bites and be done! You'll get your fix
and be proud of your will power to put it down!
-- No time for exercise? Make a goal to walk for 30 minutes
at least three times a week. You'll find if you make it a
priority, you can fit it in.
Try going right after breakfast or after taking your kids
-- Need to be motivated to exercise? Find one or two workout
motivate one another. If you don't have anyone near by, find
workout buddy on the http://www.HBWM.com Self-Care message
boards. Share successes, motivate one another and just enjoy
doing something for yourself!
-- Keep a diary of what you eat for a few days. Calculate
your intake and decide where you should cut back. (You can
find nutritional charts on the Mom's Assistant section of
-- If you have cravings for something sweet, try eating something
tart to curb the craving such as a pickle. If you crave crunchy
salty snacks, try having an apple instead.
Take the leap. Commit to exercising a few days a week and
before you know it, the benefits will be their own motivator!
You will feel better, look
better and be better.
About the Author
Lesley Spencer is founder and president of the HBWM.com, Inc.
which includes: http://www.HomeBasedWorkingMoms.com,
http://www.HBWMcanada.com and http://www.HireMyMom.com (coming