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15 Tips to Stay Motivated for Better Health, Better You for 2017


2017 Health Tips
2017 Health Tips

Whether you are trying to stay committed to your New Year resolutions, or just stay on track in your health and fitness routine, anyone will tell you that there are highs and lows. Staying motivated is not always an easy task. No matter what you end goal is—to kick a bad habit, lose some stubborn pounds, or gain muscle mass—some days are going to be easier than others.

Let’s take me as an example. Getting up at 5:30 a.m. on Monday mornings after a busy weekend takes a special push to get my tennis shoes on and me out the door. Even more challenging for me is working out in the evening after a long day at work (hence my morning routine). Maybe your challenge is keeping your fitness routine up throughout the entire week, or perhaps not skipping it for some weekend fun.

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The Weight Loss and Fitness Benefits of Yoga – Get ready for 2017


Silueta Yoga Pose
Silueta Yoga Pose

Gaining weight can be a combination of several factors, such as increased stress, heredity, and even medical issues. Or, it could be simple lifestyle change leading to more calories consumed and fewer burned, resulting in increased fat tissue. Perhaps an increased workload, change in schedule, or an unfortunate injury has made it more difficult to work out regularly. Increased stress is another common factor which can lead to a change in diet, often with the outcome of excessive calorie consumption which usually consists of sugars, fats and carbs, known as “empty calories.”

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Stretch Properly for Improved Workouts and Fewer Injuries


Street Yoga For warm up
Street Yoga For warm up

Squeezing in time for a workout can be challenging, so much so that your warm-up or cool-down may be left out completely. This is not as uncommon as one may think. Unfortunately, many just skip the warm-up or cool-down and never stretch their muscles. Whether running, weight lifting, or your favorite dance aerobics class, giving your muscles the opportunity to stretch before and, especially, after your workout is worth the time.

The benefits to such stretching is that it improves blood flow, increases flexibility, and helps to decrease risk of injury. To gain the benefits of stretching, it is important that your stretching and warm-up be done properly and at the appropriate time. Here are some guidelines to follow.

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