March is National Nutrition Month

blog-thumb_160x100_eat-healthier blog-post_300x250_eat-healthierDid you know that March is National Nutrition Month? In honor of this “Health-ful Month” we want to inspire you to eat healthy and live an active lifestyle. After all, good nutrition is the foundation to good health and longevity.

Eating Healthy

There’s a myth that eating healthy is boring and expensive. Not so! Nutritious food can be amazingly delicious and affordable. We’ll even dare to say better than fast, fattening foods! Nature has provided us with such a variety of colors and flavors to choose from. You simply have to make the conscious decision to try new things, be open to change, and train your brain to be satisfied with healthy portions. To get you started, here are 7 Things You Can Do This Week to Eat Healthy.

Staying Active

You don’t have to make drastic changes to see results. Even increasing your activity level by 10% is better than nothing at all. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate (but steady) activity 4 times a week. If you need to break up those 30 minutes into two 15 minute sessions, then do it! Increasing your heart rate and keeping it within the “aerobic zone” for just a few minutes helps strengthen your cardiovascular system. Strength training is also important for both men and women. Try 15 push ups, 2 sets of 20 bicep curls, and 30 lunges every morning for a quick power strength training session. If you need the motivation and tips from a personal trainer but are tight on time, try our 30 minute "Express Results" Personal Training sessions.

Finding Balance

Don’t be discouraged if you miss a day of exercise or indulge in a not-so-healthy potluck on Friday. The goal is to find a routine that you can manage and be consistent with (well, on most days!) If your inner critic rears its ugly head (you know - the one who makes you feel so guilty for that slice of pie), remind yourself that today is a new day and you’re going to make it count.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has made “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” their theme for 2014. We salute them for their year long campaign focusing on educating and empowering people to make smart food choices, developing healthy habits, and building realistic fitness goals. We hope you’ll join us as we focus on the benefits of eating healthy and you’re inspired to take your health seriously; once and for all!