Now that the holidays are coming to an end, it's time to kick it into gear and start thinking about some resolutions you want to make. January 1st is just a few days away, and with it a clean slate.
Many of you may be thinking about health goals you want to make or diets you want to give a try to shed off a few holiday pounds.
Well get ready, Health Movement has a solution for you come January 1st. In these next few days be thinking of some things you want to change, find your reason to get healthy this new year.
Whether you want to have more energy to run around with your kids, or to feel confident in a swimsuit, find that reason and then align your goals accordingly to instill a deeper motivation that will keep you going well beyond the month of January.
Get ready, 2015 is the year to get healthy!
Tis The Season
Speaking of being home, there is food galore here! Cookies, candies, chips, soda, pizza, all the junk that can be imagined! I'll be honest, keeping up with my holiday goals has been more challenging than I thought, definitely when it comes to eating.
Guys, I hate this. I hate eating just to eat but every time the holidays hit, this is what I do! Why?? I always feel sick and it’s not worth it.
So for today's topic I want to talk about food since it's everywhere around me right now! And I'm sure it's around you too.
A couple weeks ago I talked about making holiday goals and one of those goals was to get all of my servings in of fruits and vegetables before I start pigging out on the junk. Up until a few days ago I was doing really good! I really liked doing it because it helped me get full on the healthy and made less room for the unhealthy. I still ate my sweets but I didn't over consume to the point where I felt sick.
It may sound cliche but eating healthy does help. If you eat the healthy first, I promise your body will love you for it and you’ll feel more in control over what you eat.
So my goal that I'm re-challenging myself and for all of you to do this week is to eat your 5 servings of fruits and veggies before munching down on the goodies.
Let me clarify, no one is to completely cut out the goodies, just for this week I want us all to eat our 5 servings of healthy before pigging out on the junk.
Let's see if it helps you the way it helps me! Find your healthy balance!
Hello! My name is Nick Hatch, I am a recent graduate from the University of Utah where I earned my degree in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis as a Health and Wellness Specialist. Before I begin, I want to say that I am no professional blogger, and don’t have a social media presence. However, I am very grateful for this opportunity to introduce myself, and to share my passion and excitement for Health Movement.
Growing up I had the opportunity to play all sports but baseball, basketball and football were my main three. I loved it. I loved being active. I loved to exercise and I wasn’t half bad either. Of all the sports I played, football was my #1. I love the atmosphere, the game and all the hard work that goes into being successful. I know this is where I developed a competitive drive to be and do my very best, and like most kids, I aspired to play in the NFL.
As a walk-on at the University of Utah I had the opportunity to train, practice and play at the collegiate level. It was an opportunity of a lifetime!
Unfortunately, I sustained an injury that potentially could impact my life later down the road.
It was a hard decision for me, but after meeting with my coaches I decided to hang up my cleats. But as you can imagine, I had some D-line playing weight to lose. I wanted to maintain good health so I could enjoy the highest quality of life possible.
I, like many of you, was bombarded with information on how to best lose weight, from fad diets, pills, and weight loss plans a plenty. “Don’t eat carbs!!” “Go on a cleanse!” “Starve and have one cheat day!”
However, I knew I wanted to lose weight and keep it off, and I knew that wasn’t going to come from any of these methods, it was going to come from healthy living.
80% of the chronic diseases that our country suffers from can be prevented through living a healthy lifestyle.
I have made significant progress with my weight and health. In fact I’m down 40 pounds. I’ve done it by making simple changes to the way I live, not by following a “fad diet.” My goal is to enjoy life to the fullest, and I know I need my health to do that.
We each have our own reasons to be healthy. Discover yours! Check out Healthmovement.com, JOIN THE MOVEMENT, challenge your friends and enjoy the highest quality of life your health has to offer.
Let's Talk About Fitness
Alright guys lets talk about fitness. I feel like exercising is like the diet thing, everyone wants it to be easy and painless, but I’ll be honest with you, it’s not. A lot of people hate it, and I completely understand why because I used to be one of them.
I hated having to find the time in my day to get myself to the gym. It was such an ordeal to change, stretch, exercise, stretch, change, etc. I hated feeling like I had to look cute at the gym (girls will understand this one!) I hated feeling dumb trying to figure out how to use weight machines. The list goes on. I really didn’t like it.
Yet, I would force myself to go because I knew it was good for me. I would get into a cycle where I’d either be really good at going everyday, or I’d be really really bad.
Sometimes I’d branch out, trying exercise classes like cycling and water aerobics, all were much more fun than the gym. But I was still hung up on the time commitment.
When I’m gone all day for school and work I just want to go home at the end of the day. It doesn't help that the sun goes down at 5pm. I want to go home and get in my pjs!
So that has been my life.
I was telling my husband how I’ve been really bad about making it to the gym this semester with my busy schedule. I just couldn’t find the time, or the desire to make time. He was in the exact same situation.
We brainstormed to figure out a better solution to our problem. And after doing our homework we decided we needed a home gym.
And holy cow, it has been the best decision ever.
I actually look forward to coming home and getting on my little exercise bike. I throw on my sweats, turn on my netflix and bike my heart out. I bike while my husband lifts, then we switch. All while enjoying an episode of our favorite show.
It seriously has made such a huge difference. It’s a win-win for us, we spend time together, watch an episode on netflix and challenge each other to see who can bike the furthest distance.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you to go and build a home gym. The point I’m trying to get across is that it’s important to find a way to exercise that works best for you.
I hated going to the gym, so the solution for me was to bring it home. But not only did I bring it home, I had to find something that I enjoyed to do at home. I love to bike so getting a cheap fold up exercise bike for our tiny apartment was my fix.
But like I said before, it took some time to figure out what worked for me and what got me excited to exercise.
Maybe it’s a pilates or Zumba class with your girlfriends, or running with your spouse. Whatever it is, find a way to incorporate it into your routine. Find a way to get excited about it. I promise it will be worth it!
And if you are wanting some guidance, like how much exercise you need each week or where to begin, we’ve got lots of information HERE on our website for you.
That’s the end of my exercise spiel for today. Let me know what unique way you find to fit your exercise in!
Balancing The Holidays
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and their Black Friday shopping, I know I did! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s officially that time of year. The holidays are here and with that, all of the delicious food that comes with it.
Everyone, and I mean everyone has a hard time being healthy during this time of year, there’s no way around that. We are surrounded by good food everywhere!
I’m not going to lecture you on how to say no to every cookie you come in contact with, that would be cruel. I don’t want you to cut out sweets or any other food that tempts you this season. I say yes to the food! But unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world where we can eat everything and anything in sight without experiencing some sort of consequence. Ergo, a plan of action is in order.
I was talking to my mom earlier this week and she was telling me how the holidays are the worst time for her health, she works all year to lose weight and then come December she gains it all back. This can be really frustrating, especially since it comes only once a year so you don’t want to miss out on any goodies. However I, like my mom, hate feeling guilty and groggy all season long. Most of the time that 5th cookie isn't worth it and when I’m not exercising, my body is tired and sluggish.
This got me thinking that this year I want to be better.
No diets, nothing that will ruin the joys of the holiday season, but I want to create goals for myself so that I don’t have the “I ate too much” stomach ache all December long. I’m going to make 3 simple goals to keep me on track during this busy time of year. I challenge you to do the same! Whether it’s finding time to exercise for 30 minutes each day before chowing down, limiting yourself to trying just 1 of every cookie rather than 5, or simply maintaining your current weight through the holidays.
You decide what’s best for you!
I’m going to create my goals on the Health Movement website so I can see my progress throughout the month. You all can do this too by creating a free account by clicking HERE. I will be sharing my progress throughout the month and let you all know how it’s going. Let’s all be better this holiday season!
Here are my holiday goals:
No judging: we’re all on the same journey, just at different stages so let’s not tear each other down.