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Posts found under "Lifestyle & Motivation" within Fit Life

Everything You Need to Know about Rest

By Dominique Wakefield on Thursday, February 12, 2015

You realize the importance of getting enough sleep each night, but did you know there are other components of rest that are key to your health and wellbeing? Learn the four key components of rest and why each one plays an important role and can significantly impact your health, wellness and fitness.

5 Reasons Couples Should Work toward Their Goals Together

By Allison Hagendorf on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Are you struggling to stick with your New Year’s resolutions? If so, it might be time to recruit the help of your significant other. After all, the key to behavior change is making your goals as attainable as possible, so having the support of your partner is an important factor in successfully reaching those goals. Here are five reasons you and your significant other should go for your goals together.

Heart Disease: What You Need To Know

By Gina Crome on Friday, February 6, 2015

February is American Heart Month and represents a great opportunity to understand the risk factors of cardiovascular disease and learn how to incorporate heart-healthy habits for a lifetime.

5 Tips for Achieving Your Self-improvement Goals

By Kelley Vargo on Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Regardless of what your self-improvement goals might be, they will require effort, energy and engagement to be realized. But where do you begin? Here are five steps to help simplify the process and set you on the path to a more fulfilled and happier life.

Why Mindset Matters When Trying to Reach Your Goals

By Kelley Vargo on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

When it comes to achieving your goals and being successful, the mind is, by far, the body’s most powerful muscle. And just like the rest of the body, the mind needs to be trained to perform at its best. If you feel plagued by self-doubt, self-criticism or fear, you can learn how to reframe those thoughts and feelings to help reach your goals.

5 Keys to Making New Year’s Resolutions That Stick

By Billie Frances on Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Still working on your New Year’s resolutions? While most successful change involves “resolve,” simply stating a few New Year’s resolutions may not be enough to ensure success. Here are the five keys to making New Year’s resolutions that you can actually stick with throughout the year and beyond.

Winter Weight Gain: Why It Happens and How to Prevent It

By Jonathan Ross on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Does the thought of exercising outdoors in winter leave you feeling cold? Is the lack of sunshine taking a toll on your mood—and your waistline? With a little understanding of the subtle shifts that can add up to winter weight gain, you can stop blaming yourself and instead start working against the factors that promote it. ACE pro Jonathan Ross explains how to survive the winter, get fitter, make progress and start spring with a physical and mental head start.

Sleep: The Foundation for Fueling Your Brain and Body

By Kelley Vargo on Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sleep is critical to maintaining health and wellness, with most experts recommending at least seven to eight hours per night for adults. What can you to do optimize your sleep? Modify your current behaviors to create the optimal sleep environment. Here are five actions you can take today to improve your quality of sleep.

10 Tips for Surviving Holiday Parties

By Andrea Metcalf on Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wondering how you can survive the holidays without packing on extra pounds? Check out these 10 survival tips, which will help keep you from overindulging while you’re at a party so you can stay on track with your health and fitness goals.

Mindset: Why Your Thoughts are the Key to your Health

By Kelley Vargo on Monday, August 18, 2014

Despite the wide availability of health and fitness information, people continue to struggle with their weight and health-related behaviors. The truth is, you can’t have a healthy body without a healthy mind. Here are three tools that can help channel a healthy mindset to fuel health, happiness and wellbeing.

5 Fitness Apps to Keep You Moving All Summer Long

By Ted Vickey on Monday, August 4, 2014

Having trouble sticking to you workout routine during the dog days of summer? Rather than finding new excuses for not exercising, download a few of these apps recommended by tech expert Ted Vickey and see if they motivate you to keep working toward your health and fitness goals. What do you have to lose?

How to Be More Mindful When You Eat

By Elizabeth Kovar on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Do you find yourself rushing through your day, anxious to check everything off your to-do list? For many, mealtime becomes one more obligation that needs to be done quickly. Unfortunately, this habit can make losing weight an even greater challenge. Elizabeth Kovar explains how negative thoughts and what she calls “speed disease” could be keeping your from achieving your health and wellness goals.

5 Ways to Manage Stress

By Michael Mantell on Monday, April 28, 2014

What’s the secret to controlling our out-of-control stress levels? Dr. Michael Mantell offers his five top tips for managing stress, creating happier, healthier thoughts and finding joy in the little things.

When It's Okay to Be Selfish

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Do you feel selfish when you take time to work out and take care of yourself. Stop it, says Dr. Michael Mantell. Taking care of yourself is the best kind of selfishness—it makes it possible for you to care for others and to enjoy all that life has to offer. Here’s how you can stop feeling selfish about making your health a priority.

How to Prevent Pain with Diet and Exercise

By Andrea Metcalf on Friday, March 14, 2014

Are you dealing with chronic pain in your back or joints? If you are, here’s some good news: While many people believe that a pill can offer the answer to health, exercise and diet is most often the best medicine. Learn how you can alleviate or prevent pain by attaining and maintaining proper alignment, maintaining a healthy body weight and eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods.

Love Yourself on Valentine’s Day

By Chris Freytag on Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine’s Day is a day to show the important people in our lives how much we love them, but do you include yourself on that list? Loving yourself is an important part of creating a positive, happy life. Fitness pro Chris Freytag has nine great suggestions for showing yourself some love on Valentine’s Day and every day and creating a more fulfilling and happier year. Make this the Valentine’s Day when you start loving yourself and loving your life even more!

The FitBit Phenomenon

By Shana Verstegen on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wondering what all the fuss is over the FitBit? This powerhouse activity tracker is hugely popular with both fitness professionals and enthusiasts—and for good reason. It offers great tracking features and makes it possible to virtually compete with your friends and family via social media. Fitness pro Shana Verstegen outlines the features and benefits of this highly addictive device.

Big Ideas for Your Health in 2014

By Michael Mantell on Monday, January 20, 2014

It’s the beginning of a New Year—are you still on track with your resolutions? If you’re starting to waver, it may be a good time to create some big-picture thinking. Dr. Michael Mantell explains why only the fully accurate, big picture will give you the tools to properly check-in on your goals, assure that what you are doing supports your plan for the coming year for your fitness, and help you feel good about the time and energy you are expending.

Sabotaging Thoughts Can Wreak Havoc on Your Waistline

By Michael Mantell on Thursday, December 5, 2013

For many people there’s no more challenging time of the year than the holidays to test your commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Equipped with the best ways to think about eating and exercising, however, you’ll enter January feeling better than you could ever imagine—guilt-free, healthy, fit and happy.

7 Users to Follow on Twitter for Top Notch Health and Fitness Information

By Ted Vickey on Friday, September 20, 2013

Did you know that Twitter can be a fantastic source of health and fitness information? Technology expert Ted Vickey shares his “must-follow” list for the best health and fitness news, tips and motivation, so you can cut through some of the Twitter noise and find exactly the type of Tweets that will benefit you the most.

Mental Tricks to Up Your Workout Motivation

By Michael Mantell on Thursday, September 19, 2013

Despite countless books and articles devoted to staying motivated, many of us still have a hard time sticking to our exercise routines. Dr. Michael Mantell presents a simple exercise that will help you fill your thinking with positive expectations, know clearly what you expect from yourself and what you value when it comes to your health and wellbeing—all of which will help you overcome “motivation stagnation.” Try it, says Dr. Michael, and it will change your life.

Step Up Your Walking Routine

By Andrea Metcalf on Friday, September 13, 2013

When it comes to convenience and effectiveness, it’s tough to beat walking for exercise. Great for newbies and seasoned exercisers alike, walking offers numerous health benefits and can be done almost anywhere. Fitness pro Andrea Metcalf offers her top 10 tips for adding variety and challenge to your usual walking routine, whether you take it indoors or out.

Down 100 Pounds and Helping Others Do the Same

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The first time Ryan Vivar changed his life, he lost nearly 100 pounds. It wasn’t long before he changed his life again by becoming an ACE-certified Personal Trainer, and began helping clients overcome their own weight struggles and, in the process, regaining their lives like he once did.

Your Mind on Motivational Quotes

By Michael Mantell on Friday, August 2, 2013

Spend a few minutes on Facebook or Pinterest, where motivational quotes are hot commodities, and you might find yourself feeling pumped and determined. Dr. Michael Mantell explains why motivational quotes have the power to inspire and move us to action—and offers a few of his favorites for motivating clients.

3 Simple Steps to Creating Healthier Habits

By Michael Mantell on Friday, July 26, 2013

Let’s face it: Good habits can be as hard to develop, as bad habits are to shake. But it isn’t impossible. Dr. Michael Mantell shares a proven, step-wise process for creating positive habits that will not only make living healthier a breeze, but a whole lot more rewarding as well.

Is Sweating the Small Stuff Making You Fat?

By Andrea Metcalf on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chronic stress can wreck havoc on both your emotional and physical well-being. After all, when life feels unmanageable or hard, the body releases the same types of stress hormones it needs to respond to dangerous situations. These tips from ACE Health Coach Andrea Metcalf can help you manage that stress and help you better respond to the challenges of modern daily life.

She Worked with a Trainer to Lose Weight and Then Became One

By Jessica Matthews on Friday, July 5, 2013

Having once weighed 200 pounds, ACE-certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach Lisa Woods knows exactly what her weight-loss clients are going through. Here, Lisa shares her story of losing nearly 80 pounds—and gaining a whole new purpose—and encourages others to seek the help of a qualified fitness professional to make the healthy lifestyle changes that will transform their lives for good.

He Turned His Own Struggle Into a Career Helping Others Lose Weight

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, June 20, 2013

They say you’ll never really understand another person’s struggles until you walk a mile in his or her shoes. When it comes to helping clients lose weight, ACE-certified Personal Trainer Scott Gordon has walked in their shoes and knows exactly what it takes to successfully lose weight and keep it off for good. Here, Gordon shares his personal weight-loss story and how he’s inspiring others to drop the weight and start living life to the fullest.

Say Goodbye to Stress

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Like millions of Americans, you may be struggling to manage your stress levels. But instead of trying to manage it, Dr. Michael Mantell suggests we can eliminate stress before it even starts by changing the way we look at our circumstances. The link, he says, is what you think.

Secrets to Controlling Your Appetite

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

When it comes to losing weight, why you eat can be just as important as what you eat. Here are some great tips from registered dietitians and psychologists on how you can set yourself up for weight-loss success by keeping your emotions and hunger in check and changing the way you look at food.

312-pound Turnaround to Life as a Trainer

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

There’s a reason all those weight-loss reality shows are so popular—it is inspiring to watch people lose large amounts of weight and, in the process, transform their lives. ACE-certified Personal Trainer and registered dietitian Gina Crome is equally inspiring, having shed 171 pounds and kept it off for a decade. Today, Gina helps others who want to lose weight and live healthier lives. Here are her strategies and tips for making lifestyle changes that are sure to last.

He Lost 281 Pounds and Gained a Career as a Health Coach

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, June 5, 2013

ACE-certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach Lee Jordan shares his inspiring weight-loss story of dropping 281 pounds and gaining a career as a fitness professional. Plus, he shares his top three tips for losing weight—regardless of how much you need to lose—and keeping it off for good.

Turn Up the Volume on Your Workout Motivation

By Julz Arney on Monday, June 3, 2013

There’s nothing quite like music to get your feet moving and your body rocking, especially during a workout, and there’s a ton of research to prove it. But do you know how to use music to your best advantage? Here are some great tips for creating music mixes that are sure fire up your workouts.

Do You Know Your Fitness Personality?

By Michael Mantell on Thursday, May 30, 2013

Trying to do a workout routine that isn’t tailored to your personality is a lot like wearing someone else’s clothes—it just doesn’t fit right. But how can you be sure what types of activities are right for you? Dr. Michael Mantell explains how you can use ACE’s online personality quiz to learn if you’re a social butterfly, go-getter, planner or adventurer, and discover which workouts will keep you coming back for more.

Track to Attack Your Fitness Goals

By Julz Arney on Monday, May 20, 2013

Are you struggling to make progress on your fitness or weight-loss goals? The secret to success could be in tracking your food intake and activity levels. Sure, tracking sounds like a lot of work, but several new products make it much easier—and even fun—to track your progress and help you identify factors that might be holding you back.