Research Post #3

June 11, 2009 Amber

Many people become frustrated when they don’t see immediate results after they have been hitting the gym for almost 3 months. Some people are unable to lose that weight because of their metabolism rates and maybe even genetic. But, did you know if you stopped watching TV you might lose a couple of pounds?

I found this online article, by Lynne Butler. It’s the, “10 fitness habits for guaranteed success.

  1. You should always buy fresh foods like nuts, fruits, and vegetables. “Skip packaged foods as much as possible, but a rule of thumb when buying processed foods, the less ingredients, the better.” 
  2. When it comes to your health, pick quality over quantity. 
  3. Never buy foods that say, “Non-fat” or “Diet”. These words make you think that you will lose weight, when actually you wont. When you read the ingredients, you’ll see that the food was replaced with chemicals.
  4. Cook at home more. This speaks for itself. Fast foods are not healthy for your body.
  5. Don’t eat after 8p.m. The food you eat wont have time to digest properly and it prevents a good night’s sleep.
  6. Getting plenty of rest will help you manage your schedule better and give you time to eat a decent meal.
  7. If you can, take small breaks at work. Walking or stretching for a few minutes will help avoid tight muscles.
  8. Add a one new fitness activity every week. When you have variety in your workout, the whole body will be fit.
  9. Avoiding less TV may be more helpful then you think. Those junk food commercials make you want to eat more.
  10. Give Yoga a try. There are so many different styles of Yoga today. They all help reduce stress while keeping your body physically fit.

Also try CrossFit, which involves crossing your exercises to maximize your workout. Many Olympic athletes use this workout.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michelle  |  June 15, 2009 at 6:14 am

    I found the article on “10 fitness habits for guaranteed success” to not be a true fit for everyone. I work out every day and try to eat pretty well, but I use diet foods and a lot of non-fat foods to control the amount of calories I eat in a day. So for this article to say “never” eat diet or non-fat foods is really not good advice. First off, it is probably better to drink a diet soda as opposed to a sugary regular soda and if someone is diabetic, they really can’t be drinking all the sugar in a regular soda.

    Next is the “don’t eat after 8 p.m.” It is actually better to eat more small meals throughout the day no matter what time it is. If you have not eaten since lunchtime and it is now 8 p.m., it is better to give your body some nourishment then to have your body think that it is now going into a starvation mode. Plus, everyone’s metabolism and work schedules are different. This would not be good advice for someone working second or third shift (or even college students) or someone with a very high metabolism.

    I do think if you can buy quality, fresh foods it is better for you. However, quality foods and fresh foods can be pricey and right now people need to buy what they can afford.

    The things I personally do agree with in the article are getting enough rest, cooking at home more, taking small breaks at work to stretch, adding one new fitness activity a week (which good luck keeping up with this one), watching less TV and trying Yoga.

  • 2. Marci  |  June 15, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I found this article very interesting. I am sure I have heard one of the tips one time or another but it helps to see them in black & white (or pink) to make it set in and really hit home.

    I mentioned in last weeks post that Wii active is really taking off as a new workout tool. One of my friends purchased it and loves it. This has made me want to buy it even more. I will let you know ifor when I purchase and how it works.

    I also have many back issues of SHAPE if you are interesed.

    Keep up the great tips. They are motivating me!

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