1. Food is Fuel
Instead of fueling and over filling your tank with, chemically altered fats, extra sodium and artificial flavors eat foods that are closest to their natural state as possible. Aim to get the majority of your daily calories from fresh fruits and vegetables, minimally processed whole grains, low-fat dairy, nuts, seeds, lean meats and fish. A body that is fueled operates better (and longer!) than a body that is just fed.
2. Move More
By now, most of us have heard that sitting is the new smoking, llong bouts of inactivity really is the kiss of death. Adults who sat for 11 hours or more a day had a 40 percent greater risk of dying in the next three years compared with those who sat for fewer than four hours a day. Stand up every half hour at work, lap your house while talking on the phone, add a short nighttime walk—it doesn’t matter how you do it, just move more. I tell my clients everyday that a workout of some sort is a personal triumph over laziness and procrastination!
3. Think Positive
What are you thinking when you work out? Do you encourage yourself with positivity or hold yourself back with negativity? The Mayo Clinic reports a number of health benefits associated with positive thinking, including increased life span, lower rates of depression, greater resistance to the common cold and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, among many other things. Hang your favorite uplifting quotes on your fridge or bathroom mirror. Come up with a positive mantra that you repeat to yourself when you feel negativity swirling in your head. Make it a goal each day to be more positive than the day before. A happier life is a longer one.
“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
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By Major Batton
Major is a health and wellness expert and an accompished blogger, ACE-certified Wellness Consultant, Group Fitness Instructor, Level II Personal Trainer and Corporate Health Coach, Major has been working in the fitness industry for more than 20 years. Follow him at
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