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Sunday
Oct092016

5 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Social Support

It may not often feel like this, but the reality of life is that you have control over most things in your life, including the people in it. You may not be able to change family or the people that you work with, but you CAN impact how you interact with them and how much you gain and/or benefit from those relationships. When you start taking stock of your every day reality, you just might find that your social support these days could use a tad bit of love in order to give yourself the support you deserve. Check out these five signs your social support may need an upgrade and some tips on ‘how-to’!

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Saturday
Jan042014

7 Reasons Support Matters for Weight Loss Motivation

“Don’t go it alone” is tried and true wisdom for weight loss. With the new year upon us, millions of Americans are attempting to lose weight. Unfortunately, most of them will fail simply because they’ll try to do it all on their own. Research consistently shows that people tend to lose more weight and are more likely to keep it off when they have the right support during their weight loss process. In keeping with this insight, consider who can offer you both encouragement and expertise in your journey. For many people, weight-loss inspired support groups can be an imperative tool, while others might also look to coaches or other professionals. Whether you choose group support, an individual coach or a trusted confidant, you’ll benefit from the very beginning. In fact, don’t start without someone in your corner! Below are seven reasons why support is crucial for weight loss! 

 

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Monday
Dec302013

5 Ways Social Wellness Influences Health

The holiday season is prime time for gatherings, but our will to socialize is more than mere tradition. Positive social relationships and activities, studies have shown time and again, offer a potent health benefit. Experts categorize this area of health as social wellness, a lifestyle dimension that incorporates our full spectrum of relationships and social activities: what connections do we have, what do we do to cultivate them, and what level of support do we receive from them? Whether it’s a family holiday dinner, a party with neighbors or quality time with a best friend, we’re filling our physiological and emotional wells. Good health, research has found, is about much more than the cornerstones of nutritious diet and regular exercise (as essential as those are). It’s about the entire picture of our wellbeing and the overall enrichment of our lives. In our health journeys, it’s worth asking how much we invest in our social wellness. How do we prioritize positive social experiences in our daily lives, and what opportunities do we forgo? As humans, we’re naturally wired for social connection. When we heed the innate psychological instinct, our bodies benefit, too - in often surprising ways....

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Monday
Dec172012

10,000 steps a day…let the Fitbit be your guide!

Every day we have the opportunity to move our bodies purposefully, with the intent to exercise. Often it is thought that the ideal is to exercise at least 5 days each week for no less than 30 minutes, but this doesn’t always happen as planned. Our lives are hectic and crazy, with unplanned ups and downs that pull us out of our planned routine and away from our workouts on what seems like a regular basis. With this in mind, it’s important to always have a backup plan to keep yourself as active as possible. I often find myself encouraging the people I meet to simply look for ways to move more. For years I have been encouraging people to wear a pedometer and track their steps each and every day. Fortunately I’m not the only one who feels that moving more each day is beneficial.

The idea of using a pedometer is not a new one. The “10,000 steps per day” slogan has been around for decades and continues to be tossed around as a measure to improve physical activity among adults. The theory of 10,000 steps per day began as a goal for Japanese citizens in the 1960’s and has morphed into an ideal goal for movement each day around the world.1

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Wednesday
Nov282012

The Power of Positivity

The human body is simply an amazing thing, allowing us to run marathons, lift weights, and compete in events people are still dreaming up each year, but without the right frame of mind, the power of the body is all for naught. Our mind is responsible for our attitude, and our attitude often determines how our days will progress. Attitude is often defined as “an expression of favor or disfavor toward a person, place, thing, or event.” This week I would challenge you to put a high priority on your attitude and spend time learning just how impactful it can be!

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Saturday
Nov032012

5 Sources of Support For Your Success

“A true friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself.”
- Anonymous

We’ve written previously on this site, notably here and here, how one of the key components to achieving lasting results in your health improvement and weight loss goals is a strong support system. Strong social support—from a spouse, friend, family member, fitness pro, grocer, or even an online community—can positively impact you reaching your goals.

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Thursday
Nov102011

Q&A: How can I stay motivated?

Hi Tom I have kind of a unique question and hope this makes sense. I know I’m not in as great shape as I could be, but I have a hard time staying motivated because I still feel like I have better health than the people around me. Do you have any suggestions for staying motivated?

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