It’s February and your New Year’s resolution is still going strong, you’re eating healthier and working out more but you may be making some common fitness mistakes. We’ve all made these mistakes at one point or another, so don’t worry!
Correcting these mistakes and learning the right ways to take care of yourself is the best way to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are 6 common fitness mistakes you might be making:
Spending too much time at the gym
You wouldn’t stop to think that spending too much time at the gym may be a problem, but it’s not about how long you spend on a workout its about your determination and hard work during the workout. Instead of spending two plus hours working out, switch up your routine to 30 minutes of a high-intensity workout. A high-intensity workout can help you burn more calories in a shorter time.
Wearing the wrong shoe
Sneakers aren’t just sneakers, especially not when it comes to fitness. Different sneakers are designed for different reasons and specific areas of athletics, from basketball sneakers to cross-trainers and running sneakers. Not wearing the right one can result in injury.
Walking in the gym without a plan
Always plan for success. Walking into the gym without a plan will leave you with no structure and will take up too much time just figuring out what you want to do. Planning is the only way to make progress. Once you have a plan you can also set your goals.
Magazines and books
When some people workout they see it as having some down time and try to sneak in some reading while on the treadmill. However, that may not be the best idea. Thumbing through that book or magazine will take your focus off of you pushing through the workout, so put down that book and turn up the intensity.
The perfect routine
The perfect routine is only perfect for a short amount of time. Once your body adapts to a workout routine it becomes less effective and doesn’t produce as many results. Your routine doesn’t need to be changed completely but you should always try adding in something extra and more intense to keep the workouts working.
Living a healthy lifestyle is key. Diets and fads don’t produce the same results that changing your lifestyle can. Creating a habit of working out and eating properly consistently can change your life.
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Eating Vegan doesn’t always mean healthy.
Here’s a lifestyle tip for those living the lifestyle or flirting with the idea of veganism.
Just because you start eating vegan, doesn’t automatically mean you’re eating healthy. There are plenty of artificial, refined, deep fried foods that are completely animal friendly, so its important to be proactive with your health. Set some goals. Opt for plenty of color in your diet because it’s crucial for us vegans to get plenty of necessary nutrients!
Make veganism a lifestyle for yourself and go green! Whether you’re cooking instead of eating out, making protein shakes or getting green juices, or even having raw kale chips instead of potato chips, it makes a huge difference! You’ll feel more energetic, stronger in mind and body, and ready to conquer the world! I can’t say the same about eating junk food….
This week, make a change. Commit to one home cooked meal, one less soda, or anything that will propel you in the right direction and enjoy life!
You may be wondering how an herbal expectorant works and the answer is simple. Expectorants work by thinning the mucus and coating the throat so it’s easier to eliminate mucus caused by the sniffles.
Naturade Herbal Expec® with Guaifenesin, relieves mucus buildup and makes nonproductive coughs more productive and less frequent – allowing you to focus on what is important – GETTING BETTER!
Our Herbal Expec®, has been breaking-up congestion, clearing out excess mucus, and controlling coughs for generations.
Here are three things you may try to make you feel more comfortable when you have a cough:
Steam & Essential Oils
Steam can do the job of loosening buildup and mixed with essential oils like tea tree oil and eucalyptus you can help alleviate and open up your passageways. Here’s what you’ll need:
- small towel
- bowl of water
- 2 drops of eucalyptus oil
- 2 drops of tea tree oil
Pour boiled water halfway into a heatproof bowl, allowing it to cool off for about a minute. Then, add your essential oils while stirring the water to release its vapor. cautiously use the towel over your head and lean over the bowl and breathe in to reap the benefits of the essential oils and steam.
Warm liquids can help before bedtime to clear your airways, reap the benefits of herbal tea and honey to coat and soothe your cough.
Keeping your bed ultra tidy and fresh will help eliminate dust and keep you healthier.
The Pre-Golden Globes place to be was at the Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar featuring the VeganSmart Beauty Bar at the Chateau Marmont’s Selma House Friday and Saturday before the big Golden Globes day.
The Beauty Bar was packed with stars and media outlets having VeganSmart Shakes, getting manicures, massages, hair and makeup and getting the true VIP treatment.
Ah, sniffle season. As if colder weather isn’t enough, being afflicted with the sniffles can take a lot out of you and interrupt your daily flow of life. Especially when it comes to working out and staying fit. Skipping the treadmill for a day or two might make it hard to get started again but the question is, in situations like these, is it okay to exercise?
Moderation is the key. Mild to moderate physical activity is usually OK if your symptoms are not serious. Exercise may even help you feel better by opening your nasal passages temporarily to help you breath better.If you are feeling bad, you may want to consider a walk instead of a run. Take the intensity down or do a regenerative activity like yoga or Pilates because if you don’t feel great, it may not be the best day to do your sprints.
When it comes to working out when you are under the weather, here are some rules of thumb to follow:
- Exercise is usually OK if your signs and symptoms are all “above the neck” such as the sniffles.
- Don’t exercise if your signs and symptoms are “below the neck” such as an upset stomach.
Nevertheless, let your body be your guide. If you feel up to it then a workout just might help. The best way to avoid the problem is not to get the sniffles in the first place. Exercise in general can help boost your body’s natural defenses.Thirty minutes of regular exercise three to four times a week has been shown to raise immunity, which can help stave of catching the sniffle this season.
The most important tool you possess during your transition to a vegan lifestyle is the power of your mind. This is something that can help or hinder you, so it’s important to maintain a healthy and positive mindset. Something that helps me tremendously, even to this day, is the power I hold in how I look at food. Of course we’ve all been tempted by scrumptious looking non-vegan goodies, but what you tell yourself will determine if you follow through with your choice to be vegan or if it results in guilt from indulging unintentionally. “Can’t.”
This word will set you back every time. Instead, when you are confronted with the urge to eat foods that involve animal cruelty, don’t think of it as you “can’t” have it, but rather as you DON’T WANT it. When you have that strength to say you don’t want something, you are no longer tempted or controlled by that desire to have what you are “not allowed.” I promise once you change your mind, the possibilities are endless.
Some people say that health is about diet much more than exercise. While I completely agree, I also believe that fitness and exercise is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, so I prioritize fitness into my schedule every day. People who are fitter are healthier and live better lives. Inactivity and lack of exercise can lead to loss of muscle, reduced functional ability and a lack of energy.
Pregnant, vegan and adorably funny, activist Kristen Bell took over The Chalkboard Mag for a month to talk about her favorites, to give us an insight into her personal life and tell us about her decisions to become involved with projects and support companies that make ethical choices.
One of the hardest things to keep up with is nutrition. Lets be honest we have all went through times, or are currently going through them, when we did not keep up with the proper intake of fruits and veggies. Sometimes people go weeks without having any fresh fruits or veggies at all. With many of us eating fast food as our standard diet we have to find a way to get these fresh items into our diet. It’s not only a necessity but it’s medically needed in the long run. Humans need these micro and macro nutrients to keep us properly fed from nature, not the overly processed items we are constantly taking in.