Boredom is a silent killer...of your workout goals. Stop doing the same routine over and over, and start trying something new. Not only will you eliminate boredom, but you'll also work out different muscle groups and improve your overall results.
Just starting out with exercise? Make a commitment to 30 days of fitness. Experts agree it takes about a month to turn any activity into a habit, and while those first few days might be a real struggle, you'll feel incredibly satisfied if you stick with it and hit the 30-day mark.
It's time to quit smoking. You don't have to do it alone; many employers offer smoking cessation programs, and the American Lung Association offers an online program that offers advice and support. The benefits are undeniable: for starters, within one day, your chance of having a heart attack is reduced.
Have you done your Kegels today? Pelvic floor strengthening exercises, called Kegels, are easy to do and help prevent incontinence during pregnancy and later in life. Take just a couple minutes a day to practice squeezing your pelvic muscles while relaxing the rest of your body, and you'll stay fit.
Are your meals beige? Foods with bright colors typically offer more nutritional value, and the more varied your foods, the more balanced your diet will be. Try adding juicy red tomatoes (loaded with the antioxidant lycopene), bright green collard greens (rich in folate) and plump blackberries (full of vitamin C.)
Eat your meat...just make sure it's lean. When it comes to picking pork, go for ham or tenderloin. Choose boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and if you're making burgers, hunt for ground beef that's labeled 90 percent lean (or more). And watch your portions: a healthy portion of meat is about the size of a deck of cards.
Not getting enough greens in your diet? Shake it up! Blend a breakfast fruit shake with a small banana, frozen mango, fresh strawberries and half a cup of nonfat yogurt. Add a spoonful of honey and...a big handful of fresh baby spinach. The resulting color might not be what you're used to, but it tastes delicious and packs tons of nutrients.
Fiber helps regulate your digestion, lowers your cholesterol and can even help you lose weight. But are you getting enough fiber in your diet? According to the Mayo Clinic, women 50 and under should get 25 grams a day; women over 50 need 21 grams. Boost your intake with beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Don't diet on your own! Knowing someone will check your progress can be a big motivator. Round up a couple friends who also want to lose weight; you don't have to have the same goals or use the same methods, but talking about your progress will help keep you on track.
Want a fast, simple, healthy snack that satisfies your craving for crunch? Toss 1/3 cup popcorn kernels into a paper lunch sack, fold down the end twice, and microwave the bag for about 90 seconds. Sprinkle with your favorite low-salt seasoning and you've got a terrific low-cal snack.