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Monday Motivation: Feel Comfortable

Self Confidence!! Out of the many benefits of working out on a regular basic, this is one of them. It’s a great feeling to step on the scale and see results after all your hard work. Who doesn’t love their clothes to find a little better? Weightloss can certainly improve body image Exercise can improve your mood. It has also for thought to decrease anxiety, stress, and depression! So exercise on!!   

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Love Yourself

Fall in love with taking care of yourself. That is what following a healthy lifestyle is all about. Take care of yourself. Find an activity that you enjoy doing that keeps you moving. Weather it be yoga, running, HIIT, kick-boxing, weight lifting, cardio, hiking, or roller blading, keep yourself active. Try new things until you find the one that is right for you!! Find healthy foods you love.

Boost Your Workout

Caffeine! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ Drinking caffeine in any form has been shown and proven to increase the efficiency of your workout. It also gives you that extra little “boost” to lessen fatigue during your exercise.

Green Tea is my favorite pre-workout source of caffeine. It tastes good and is quick and easy to make. Research has show that Green Tea contains an antioxidant in it called EGCG that has been linked to weight loss! In simple terms it helps your body burn more fat by increasing your metabolism. Yay, fat burning!! 🍡🍡 Get your drink on!

 

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Prevention

Prevention is often the best medicine! While working as a nurse I see the results first hand of multiple health problems. If you decide to be a smoker, likely you like be on a regime of inhalers and eventually need oxygen to support your breathing function. If you decide to eat unhealthy foods full of salt and saturated fats it’s likely that you like develop heart disease and be at a higher risk for stroke and heart attack. If you are overweight, inactive, and consume an excess of sweets, diabetes will find you.

Modern medicines are great but it’s best to try not to have to take them. I doctor I know states she wishes not to take any prescription medications. She takes a multivitamin and maybe an occasion “Tylenol for head cold”. One medication may cause side effects that may require yet another medication to fix. You really need to look at the pros and cons of any medication that you decide to take. In my line of work, I work mainly with the elderly population. I have seen people with a dozen prescription medications to treat and help manage long term diseases. They have pill counting as daily chore. Prevention is key. Lifestyle choices of being active and eating healthy foods should be an absolute priority in your life. Treats and sweets should be in moderation. If you smoke, please quit. Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Stay active, eat healthy. Β Take steps to prevent health problems that will end you up in the hospital.

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