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Be True to You When It Comes to Diet and Exercise

By Stephen R. Farris

Are your back and knees feeling more aches and pains these days, or find it difficult to button up those jeans that fit fine a few months ago? Then it could be a sign that you've added a few extra pounds here and there. 

However, you can change that by changing the way you eat and by getting in a little daily exercise.

Studies show that by eating healthier (leaner cuts of meat, raw vegetables, and fresh fruits) can lead to weight loss. Adding a daily exercise routine (at least 10-15 minutes each day for five days per week), can also aid in losing weight.

All it takes is a little time and a change in your lifestyle. Sounds easy, right? Not always, so here's a few tips and suggestions that you can try to help you get started towards your overall wellness goals. Ah yes, remember to set a few goals before you start, and also check in with your local chiropractor or primary physician to ensure you're healthy enough to start a new diet and/or exercise program.

Begin With a Friend

When starting a diet or exercise routine, you might consider asking a friend to join you in the beginning or throughout your campaign. This is good for those times you hit a snag or feel like giving up. A friend can help give you support, or even better, you can support each other. It's always good to have a little company rather than facing those feelings "lone wolf" style.

Skipping and Skimping is Not Always Good

That pizza looks scrumptious, but you decide to skip it. While it may not be the healthiest choice, especially while dieting and eating more healthy, it's OK to have a slice every now and then. Just because you're eating more healthy doesn't mean that you have to give up some of your favorite foods. Moderation is the key. Studies show that when we give up all of the foods we enjoy, it could be a setup for diet failure, rather than diet success. 

Be Real With Yourself

No matter if you're at home, work, or school, you're bound to see advertisements depicting a beautiful or handsome, toned and well-built model advertising a product in a book or magazine. Comparing yourself to the people in the pictures can be depressing and cause more harm than good. Sometimes folks go to great lengths in their attempt to look just like the model in a book or magazine, but this can lead to unrealistic goals. Be real to yourself. Set your goals to fit your needs when it comes to your health and wellness, not theirs.  

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Layton, Utah.

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