Healthy living tips from a variety of fitness professionalsGreat healthy living tips from a variety of authors in the fitness industry.

Exercise Excuses that are Unacceptable

Excuses to avoid exercise will only hurt your progress in the long run. Although some excuses are valid, most are just a reason to not exercise. Here are some common excuses people make that are complete B.S.

Excuses not to Exercise

 

Excuse: I don't have the time to exercise

If you plan your schedule, you can find 30-40 minutes a day to exercise. If you don't have time to go to the gym, exercise at home. In general, people find time to do things they really want to do.

Excuse: I don't have the money

Last time I checked, jogging outside is free. So are many other exercises that you can do without spending money. Some gym memberships are as low as 10 bucks a month to join. If you can afford an I Phone you can afford a gym membership.

Excuse: I am too old

You are too old to continue to make excuses. You are never too old to exercise. Moderate activity can decrease and prevent age-associated conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and bone loss.

Excuse: I don't exercise because I am out of shape

Yes that is right!  So gradually exercise and eventually you will be in shape. Start by walking one block, then 5 blocks, if you stick with it your will start to be in shape.

Excuse: I am too tired to exercise

If you exercise more, you will have more energy. A walk, game of basketball or a bike ride can relieve stress and energize your body.

How to Maintain Good Health

Here are 5 steps that will help you maintain good health. Following these rules will help you look better, feel good, and live a better life overall.

5 Steps to Maintain Good Health

 

1. Exercise and remain moderately active

2. Eat a Proper Diet

3. Avoid smoking and drug abuse

4. Practice stress management

5. Practice self-care

By practicing these 5 simple steps, you will maintain the quality of life you deserve.

How to Workout and Diet when you Work Nights

If you work a graveyard shift, finding time to eat and workout can be a challenge. Fortunately, you can maintain good eating habits even if you work an unconventional schedule. The key is to create a detailed schedule and maintain good basic eating habits. 

Regardless of when you eat, consuming healthy calories and enough calories is vital.  Try planning your meals and packing healthy snacks.  You should eat your meals as usual on your assigned lunch time and your snacks during your breaks. Regardless, always avoid eating at fast food restaurants unless the items you buy are on the low-fat menu.

Deciding when to workout can also be a challenge. Listen to your body and it will indicate when it's the best time to exercise.  Your routines are more effective if you are rested. A good time to workout might be when you wake up or after work. Join a 24-hour gym or put together a small home gym to save you additional time. 

Working an odd shift can present problems, but with proper planning you can still have a fantastic body.  Avoid letting your work schedule become an excuse to not workout and eat right.  It doesn't matter when but how you eat and exercise.

Drinking alcohol and losing weight

Many individuals trying to lose weight wonder if they can drink alcoholic beverages. Although it's best not to drink alcohol, moderation is the key. Drinking daily or more than a few times a week will definitely hinder your efforts, but an occasional drink with friends on the weekend is not going make a huge difference in your results.

Drinking excess alcohol harms weight loss efforts in several ways. When you drink, you are consuming additional calories. There are seven calories in every gram of alcohol. A single glass of white wine or an ounce and a half of hard liquor contains about 90 calories; a regular beer contains 150 (a light beer contains about 110). If you drink hard liquor with a mixer, such as fruit juice or tonic water, the calorie count doubles. A martini contains 210 calories while a Piña Colada can have over  300 calories.

When you're trying to lose weight, excessive alcohol works against you. The additional calories don't provide any nutritional benefits. Alcohol also slows the process by which your body burns fat. The alcohol calories you consume aren't stored. Instead, they're converted to acetate, a type of fuel that the body burns quickly. As a result, you burn off your alcohol calories before you burn fat.

If you plan on having an occasional drink with friends, you should be fine. If you make drinking a habit, you will have trouble losing weight and maintaining a healthy body, along with other health problems. The key is to have fun but do it in moderation.

Start your New Years resolution by finishing your fitness goals

 

The key to reaching any fitness goal is sticking with your plan. Many individuals start the New Year with intentions of losing weight. Unfortunately, many people never complete the task. Sculpting your body requires setting a goal, planning, and executing. Don’t let another year pass without reaching your goals.

Read more: Start your New Years resolution by finishing your fitness goals