September 21, 2015
Exercise / Physical Health / Weight Loss
We all know the routine: we get motivated to get more physically active, we go two weeks of diligently going to the gym, and then we hit a plateau: we’re just too...
We all know the routine: we get motivated to get more physically active, we go two weeks of diligently going to the gym, and then we hit a plateau: we’re just too tired today, or we’re feeling under the weather, or we can’t make it to the gym tonight because we have that party to go to, and so on. The excuses pile on one after another until we realize it’s been three months and we haven’t stepped foot back in the gym and we no longer feel that motivation we did at the beginning. We’ve all been there; regressions happen, but here are some tips on how you can stop yourself from skipping your workouts and stay motivated to be active.
Try not to separate your workout time from the rest of the time you spend being active . Do you take the dog for a walk every day? Did you go to the grocery store? Did you park farther away from the office entrance? All of these physical activities can add up and help you realize that working out does not have to be a time consuming event. If your busy schedule is what’s depleting your motivation to hit the gym, try to incorporate short bursts of physical activity throughout the day, such as the ones mentioned above or see more ideas here. Then you’ll only need to add maybe another 10 or 15 minute workout into your day; much more doable then an hour-long workout session.
Keep it to one good change at a time. If you have a long list of goals to be healthier that you’re trying to achieve all at once; you are going to get burnt out fast. Try focusing on one of your health goals at a time: for example, start out with one of your goals, such as of working out for a half hour for three days a week, when it has become routine then you can move on to your next goal.
Most importantly: do something that you think is fun! Finding a physical activity that you actually enjoy, like hiking or dancing for example, will help make working out not a chore but actually something fun to do. A Portuguese study from 2011 found that, “…enjoying exercise was among the strongest predictors of whether a person continued exercising and maintained weight loss for the next three years.”
Some other triggers you can use to re-direct your mindset:
Think about your schedule . If you feel like skipping a workout try to think about your schedule for the week. If your week seems full, remind yourself that today is the only time you’ll have to fit in a sweat session.
Get a workout buddy . It can be easier to stay on track with a partner because you both will feel more responsible to help the other reach their goals and in turn, this will help drive you.
Get your groove on . If you’re feeling too tired for a workout, keep a playlist handy that has songs you know will make you move. This will help boost your energy for your workout and it’s a great pre-workout warm-up.
Health.com, “5 Research-Backed Habits of People Who Never Skip a Workout”, July 16, 2015
September 01, 2015
Physical Health / Safety
It has been an erratic past few weeks for commuters in terms of flooding, fires, accidents and bridge collapses. Unpredictable weather and bad road conditions have...
It has been an erratic past few weeks for commuters in terms of flooding, fires, accidents and bridge collapses. Unpredictable weather and bad road conditions have caused drivers to be stuck in their vehicles on the road for hours at a time, and while some drivers have taken advantage of this by making a party of it as seen at the New Jersey Turnpike; being stuck in your vehicle for too long can lead to health issues such as dehydration or hypothermia. It’s important that you keep a safety kit in your vehicle to prevent these health issues and ensure your safety and comfort during one of these stressful situations.
Your Vehicle Safety Kit Should Include:
A gallon of water
A roadside emergency card, such as AAA
Granola or energy bars
An ice scraper and/or collapsible shovel
2 quarts of oil
A gallon of antifreeze
A pocketknife or multipurpose tool
You should store your vehicle safety kit in a box or plastic container so that the items do not roll around in your vehicle. Some additional items to consider for your safety vehicle kit for additional comfort can be a book, a pillow, or a beach chair. Remember to take time to become familiar with the items in your emergency kit so that when the time comes you know how to use them and are prepared for any roadblocks that you may face.