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Fitting Healthy Habits Into Your Hectic Life

13 Tips to Get More Nutrition and Fitness into Your Day


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  • Jump on the treadmill/exercise bike while you catch up on some reading??? I DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ!!!

    Same thing with the exercise tapes - i I'm home y kids are bugging me, I've tried exercising at home - I'm interrupted Every.Single.Time
  • working on #13. it's so hard to tell myself to go to sleep when i'm hopelessly behind on work (all the time). but i do notice that my mood is better the next day if i get a full night's sleep.
  • LEISIE931
    I walk everywhere at college, which is why I actually lost weight there. It's harder for me at home because I'm not constantly moving.
  • SUPPORT2010
    #2, replace sugary drinks with 100% fruit juice? Fruit juice is pure sugar.
    If you want to have fun exercising, try land zumba or if you have bad knees aqua zumba. I'm 64 years young and have never loved exercise more. It's a party every day. Most zumba teachers offer the first class for free...thus, you can give it a try.
  • Oh, and every time I start exercising - I hurt myself. I'm nursing a sore knee right now that started with hurting it somehow while riding my exercise bike a couple of months ago and I keep re-hurting it.
  • Yes, it is the same old, same old, although like SPAZTICREXE said, there are always newbies who haven't heard it.

    That said, a big problem I've started having since joining SparkPeople last summer is that I'm just getting so fed up with being nagged about it all. It IS always the same advice over and over and over.

    The Diabetic Diet! = eat fruits and veggies and whole grains
    The Depression Diet! = eat fruits and veggies and whole grains
    The ________ Diet! = eat . . . what do you think?

    So yeah, we're all supposed to be nearly vegetarian and, of course exercise. 30, no now they're saying 45, oops, no now it's 60 minutes a day. (yes, I've read all three) And you always have to keep adding minutes as you get used to it, and more weight as you get used to it or it doesn't do any good any more (yes, I've read what amounts to saying that). So, when does it stop? I guess we all end up doing nothing but exercising all day and lifting weight like those super heavy-weight lifters.

    I know it's all supposed to be good for us, but I just have gotten to the point where I get snide about it and don't want to do any of it because I'm so sick of hearing it over and over and over.

    Especially when my mother in law who grew up eating poorly, wasn't careful about what she ate as an adult, has been what would be considered fat most of her adult life, and never did exercising other than housework and just being one of those people who can't sit still is turning 90 this year and still doing very well. Her older sister does have a pacemaker and is diabetic, but she still gets around on her own power and will be 93 this year.

    My Mom who smoked, was always slender, ended up weighing 80 pounds and dying from Alzheimer's at 82.

    I don't know. I just am tired of having to have something that used to be a fun, enjoyable part of life turn into just another worry. Another of life's stressors.

    Oh, and then stress makes you gain weight too . . .


    I just wish I could feel as happy, cheery, excited and positive about healthy eating and exercising as so many people here at SparkPeople have somehow managed to be.
  • I agree with IVY_13--this article is same old, same old. I heard most of these things for the last 30 years over and over and over again.....
    @ Ivy - if you notice, there are comments on this article dating all the way back to 2007. They are re-using articles that have great advice instead of adding to the '100+ that say the same thing.' I think its a great idea to bring articles like this one back to the forefront from time to time - you never know when someone is new to the site and *hasn't* heard it all before!
  • Drinking water is the best tip ever, people don't realize that our bodies are 70 % made of water. it helps with constipation, healthy nails etc but also I would suggest stop eating salad dressings! they are poison filled with chemicals and sugars. Try to use lemon, balsamic vinegar, olive oil. salt, pepper and Dijon mustard instead of the disgusting thing coming out of a bottle. There I said it I know it is part of this awesome country to have choices: Ranch, blue cheese, even balsamic vinaigrette they are bad for you. Is just a very bad habit and it will help to loose a few pounds immediately; that I know for sure
    I have to laugh every time someone says "caffeine is bad, so replace coffee with green tea". Green tea has caffiene in it, folks. Sometimes a lot, sometimes a little. If you use a tea bag per cup, you're getting as much caffiene as a light-roast coffee. Nothing wrong with it... unless you think you're cutting back. Try tisanes or decaffienated tea/coffee if you are actually trying to cut out caffiene!
  • IVY_13
    One day I'd like to see an article that says, "Tips For Ultimate Wellness & Happy: Remember everything that we've already told you a hundred that. The End."

    If it's not different, it's really not worth my time to read it and there's really no need to write a new article about it either. Just reference one of the other 100 articles that say the same thing. I'm just saying...
    I like the idea of putting in cucumber in the water, but I also added a slice of lemon and orange. I've been drinking much more water. I haven't gotten into the planning a week's menu, I only play 2-3 days at a time because I don't know what time either my hubby or I'll be home for longer than than that.
  • I have an additional tip for those who don't like the taste of plain water. Slice a cucumber into a pitcher of water and chill. MEGA-refreshing! I learned this tip from a local restaurant, where they offer diners a choice of plain or cucumber water after they are seated. It's also a nice break from lemon water! Refill the pitcher as needed, the cukes will flavor the water for about a week...when the slices turn transparent it's time for a fresh pitcher and a fresh cucumber.
  • These are great ideas! I know them by now, but it's good to be reminded.

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