Lithe Instructor & Cardiac Nurse, Paula Graff shares her tips on staying healthy and strong:
Start your day off right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I have found that the best way to fuel my body (and get more nutrients than most people get in an ENTIRE DAY) is by consuming a Green Smoothie every morning. Raw greens stimulate the body (giving you a natural high, similar to the effects of caffeine). By consuming a green smoothie, you "predigest" the greens and release the important nutrients that are found inside of the plant cells. Blending the greens allow us to consume them with the fiber intact (the key difference between blending and juicing), so you feel full from the fiber and are able to absorb the maximum amount of nutrition from your greens!
Be active. Incorporate activity into your daily life. Instead of counting solely on your Lithe workout, continue that hard-earned calorie-burn throughout the day! Take the stairs, park farther away, and most importantly...WALK EVERYWHERE.
Make your home, gym, and life a "hate-free haven!" Stop the negative body talk and focus on the positive. Surround yourself with healthy, positive people, and start to decrease the negativity in your life. Find a friend/workout partner who will hold you accountable and support you in your journey towards eliminating negative self-talk.
Put yourself first. Make YOU a priority. Many of us are business women, wives, moms, and caregivers. It is easy to lose sight of our priorities and forget to take care of the most important person - ourselves! Make time for your workouts, make time to cook clean, process-free foods, and remember - you can't take care of others until you have taken care of yourself.
Get your daily does of Vitamin D. All it takes is a few minutes of natural sunlight directly on your skin. Follow tip #2 and walk to and from lunch, Lithe, or anything in between and soak up that Vitamin D! Vitamin D helps us to absorb calcium, helps build strong bones and teeth, and may even be helpful in preventing heart disease, IBS and rheumatoid arthritis.
Pass the "Sense Test." The sense test is a viewpoint of situations in which you ask yourself, "does this pass the sense test?" In other words, does this meet my minimal standards of common sense? For example, a vibrating abdominal band claiming that it can take 4 inches off your waist if you just buy the band and wear it for 30 days. If you interviewed 10 woman with smooth, defined, toned tummy's, how many do you think used the abdominal band? Probably zero. Your waist is a function of your body type, the amount and type of exercise that you do, and the amount and type of food that you eat. The vibrating abdominal band does not pass the sense test.
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