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 Staying Fit and Healthy at Home

Tips for Staying Fit and Healthy at Home
by Lesley Spencer

Many Americans these days are finding themselves out of shape and overweight. Why is that? The bottom line is we are taking in more calories than we are burning. It takes a conscious effort to reduce calories, eat healthier and get regular exercise.

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. Forget
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. You'll feel
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 motivate you
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 pantry. Try
to keep your water bottle full so that you can drink plenty of water throughout
the day.

-- 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 to school.

-- Need to be motivated to exercise? Find one or two workout partners to
motivate one another. If you don't have anyone near by, find a virtual
workout buddy on the 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, Inc. Network
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