Why Some People Don't Take Investing in Their Health Seriously

Written by Emily Clark

What if a trusted friend were to tell you about an investment where you could not possibly go wrong...what would be your reaction? And what if there was a virtual mountain of credible information that supportedrepparttar investment claims...wouldn't you be inclined to take advantage ofrepparttar 144657 opportunity and not miss out onrepparttar 144658 rewards? Althoughrepparttar 144659 answer to these questions seems apparent, when it comes to investing in our health and quality of life we often choose to ignore what obviously works. Take for example, exercise...

Physical fitness may berepparttar 144660 ultimate investment opportunity. Think of it this way. If you are willing to makerepparttar 144661 commitment (investment), you will feel and look healthier, have an abundance of energy, be more self-confident, more productive and discover a more joyous and fulfilling life. These are rewards that money cannot buy andrepparttar 144662 substance of high quality living. And,repparttar 144663 investment of exercise becomes even more attractive when you consider that there is absolutely no down-side risk. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. How much better can it get? How many times can you remember ever having a better offer? The honest answer is probably never, and yet many of us fail to act on this extraordinary opportunity. We simply choose to procrastinate or ignorerepparttar 144664 proven benefits of exercise!

Here are a few reasons that sometimes inhibit our willingness to "step out" and make a change or take a chance:

- Sometimes our vision gets clouded. We lose tract of what is really important. When this happens, it's time to forgetrepparttar 144665 trees and look atrepparttar 144666 forest. Try to focus on exactly what you are trying to accomplish. Sometimes we get so caught up inrepparttar 144667 detail that I forget where I'm going.

- If we look atrepparttar 144668 "big" picture, it can seem overwhelming. Andrepparttar 144669 biggerrepparttar 144670 task,repparttar 144671 more overwhelming it can seem. Breakrepparttar 144672 task apart into smaller pieces. Want to lose 50 pounds? Go for 10 pounds, five at a time! Need to start an exercise program? Begin with short, simple exercises and slowly expand your routine. The absolute worse approach to exercise is to overdo it when first startingrepparttar 144673 program. We seem to have this all or none mindset where we end up killing ourselvesrepparttar 144674 first few times out. We end up stiff, tired, disillusioned, and then quit. Moderation isrepparttar 144675 key.

- Have you ever not wanted to start something for fear of failure? Takerepparttar 144676 first step and acknowledgerepparttar 144677 fear, thenrepparttar 144678 next step will come easier. Fear ofrepparttar 144679 unknown scares us so much we don't want to even begin. Once fears are acknowledged, they usually quiet down. Takingrepparttar 144680 first step allows us to go pastrepparttar 144681 fear and on torepparttar 144682 next step.

- Sometimes we start to think that a task is unpleasant or boring. Just like any other activity, this can also be true for exercise. There are days when we just plain lackrepparttar 144683 enthusiasm and motivation to continue. It's part of human nature. On days like these focus on 'why' you are doing it. Think about allrepparttar 144684 people you care about and who may need and rely on you. What would happen if you became ill or disabled and was unable to work for a period of time, or worse, if you were out ofrepparttar 144685 picture completely. How would things change? If something happened tomorrow, how would your family or business manage without you? What do you want your life to be like inrepparttar 144686 future? There are many tasks or chores we do, that we may not like, but are necessary to live a happen and productive life. Focus onrepparttar 144687 bigger picture.

5 Tips for Dining Out and Eating Healthily

Written by Emily Clark

Here's food for thought! Did you knowrepparttar average restaurant meal has over 1,000 calories? That's enough to blow any healthy eating plan. Fortunately, by following a few simple guidelines, you can dine out without having to sacrifice good taste and nutrition.

1. Avoid ordering an appetizer. It's a little known fact that some appetizers have more calories and fat thanrepparttar 144656 main course. Plus, many appetizers are fried and served with heavy sauces which will add to your intake of saturated fat as well as trans fats and calories. It's not a healthy way to start your meal.

2. Say "yes" to salad. Salad is a healthy eater's best friend. Not only will it fill you up so you'll consume fewer calories overall, but it will also give you a hefty dose of antioxidants which are heart healthy. Be sure to ask your waitress to holdrepparttar 144657 croutons and cheese which will further reduce your caloric load. Also, choose your dressing wisely. Avoid cream based dressings and go forrepparttar 144658 vinegar based ones. You also haverepparttar 144659 option of using vinegar and olive oil which is heart healthy.

3. Makerepparttar 144660 right entree selection. Go for broiled and grilled rather than fried. Not only will you save calories and fat grams, you'll also avoid trans fats which are so prevalent in fried foods. Instead, consider asking for a doubles order of vegetables with your entree. Very few Americans are gettingrepparttar 144661 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables recommended for optimal health. Plus, by avoidingrepparttar 144662 starch, you'll be reducing your caloric and carbohydrate load. Also, stick to tomato based sauces rather than cream based and you'll enjoy a considerable calorie savings. Lastly, ask forrepparttar 144663 sauce to be served in a separate dish onrepparttar 144664 side so you can controlrepparttar 144665 amount you eat.

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