December 18, 2009
The US’s growing health epidemic, specifically the growing proportion of children and adults considered overweight or medically obese is no secret. But if you are like me, in that you like to look at the data you might find this report which describes the findings from the 2005-2006 survey of the Health Behavior of School-Age Children (HBSC) project. This was a cross-national study of adolescent health, health behaviors, with the family, school, and social-environmental contexts for these health behaviors. The World Health Organization sponsored the study. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/upload/HBSC-2005_2006-Final.pdf
July 6, 2009
When it comes to weight loss, motivation is what matters most. “Notably, the dieters who attended more counseling sessions lost a little bit more, which may support the notion that behavior is more important than diet alone.” Read more….
However, if you are having a hard time getting motivated here are some quick tips to get you started:
1. Enlist the help of a partner-ask a friend to work out with you. It may be challenging to arrange your schedules to together but in the beginning it may be just want you need to get started.
2. Spend a little bit of money. Sign up for a personal training make over to help get a plan. Then follow that plan on your own. If you invest a little and are confident about the plan, then you are more likely to follow it. We are running a SculptNYC introduction package, where you meet with a Behavior Expert, Nutritionist and Fitness Trainer for a combined wellness plan. Take advantage of that to you get you going!!
3. Go for tune up sessions. You don’t always need a personal trainer, coach or nutritionist to keep you on track but a tune up session to keep your confidence and motivation going during times you feel sluggish or bored be just the prescription to keep you from falling off your health and wellness plan completely.
4. Join a boot camp or gym class that last for 1 to 2 weeks. This will not only shock your system, but your routine!
5. Dress for the part. If you look like someone who exercises then you are more likely to lie on the floor or jump up and down than when you are wearing jeans, a suit or a gown.
6. Go to the gym. If you go for just a half hour then its a start. A half hr is better than nothing and eventually might turn into an hour. Don’t avoid the gym or work out areas because they are foreign, make them familiar and friendly places.
7. Commit to a schedule. Don’t set a goal of going to the gym 3 times a week. MAP OUT when you will go. If you need to reschedule it, treat it like any other important appointment
8. Ask yourself : ” Why do I want to lose weight”, ” Why do I want to be strong?”, ” Why do I want to be healthier?”. If you restate your goals for yourself and not others then your commitment will be stronger. Avoid statements like : “I should be healthier” or “because my doctor said so”.
9. Use positive self talk– remind yourself daily of the person you want to be, who are you and where you are going. If you don’t like one of these components then try statements like ” I am improving my health by xyz..”.
10. See yourself as successful by accepting compliments graciously. Don’t deprive yourself of positive feedback from other and yourself. Even if you don’t see the changes, accept that is the way others see you for now. In time your vision may change too.
THIS IS ABOUT YOU, YOUR HEALTH, YOUR BODY AND YOUR LIFE!!
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