Today’s world is fast paced with many distractions and little time to relax; making it easy for us to forget what our bodies may need. However the devices that cause so many distractions are now allowing us to track our personal health habits and are helping to promote more healthy lifestyles. At the press of a button there are hundreds of free applications to download to your smartphone etc. that show us what foods are the best to eat, sleeping habits, general overall health and much more. The following are a few applications that can help you get started with tracking and improving your general health. They are accessible on the go and best of all they are FREE.

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Moves

This application tracks your every move throughout the day and calculates the amount of calories burned based on your mode of movement, whether it be walking, running or cycling

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Nike + Running

This app tracks your running distance, pace, time and calories burned. It also has the option to share your stats with a friend, receive motivational reminders to help you achieve your goals, and daily workouts.

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Have a Jolly, Less Jiggly Holiday!

I love this time of year.  My family always gets a little bounce in their step.  We have school concerts, family gatherings, sneaky gift planning, and all the running around needed to accomplish these things.  It’s a hectic time full of conflicting emotions and lots to do.  It’s also the most intimidating time of year from a fitness stand point.  We have temptations galore on the calorie front and less time to squeeze in exercise.  I have tried all kinds of ways to combat the holiday pitfalls from treat abstinence to exercise frenzies with varied levels of success.  I have also just ditched it all and indulged in all the goodies and stopped exercising for a few months with the thought that it would make New Years resolution weight loss easier when I started a healthy lifestyle again.  I can tell you first hand that that thought process, while fun for a while, leaves you with 5 extra pounds and a belly ache until summer. 

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Clean It Up! Eating Clean.

As we roll into summer leaving spring behind us, we should be thinking about more than just cleaning out our closets. We should consider cleaning up our diets and cleaning out our bodies. The first place to begin is by eating clean! What is clean eating? Clean eating is a diet program based on the idea that the best way to eat is to abundantly enjoy whole foods, that is, foods as close to their natural state as you can get them. This means eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins instead of pre-packaged, processed or fast food. Clean eating is also committed to replacing saturated fats with healthy fats. Many on the plan don't count calories, but instead trust in good quality, healthy food. Here is what you need to do…

Step 1: Read the labels Go through your cupboards and refrigerator and clean out any products that have more than 3-6 ingredients and be sure you recognize each ingredient.  No mystery ingredients such as “spices.”

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Resolve To Eat Well

 

Did you make a new year's resolution for 2013 and have already failed at following through? The oh-so-common and lofty goals of getting into shape, eating healthy, scheduling a regular date night with your spouse or loved one, quit smoking, quit drinking, get out of debt, learn something new, a daily quite time, get organized, etc. Well, I'm certainly not here to berate you for failing at something that was simply much too broad of a resolution to begin, or for attempting an ambitious human feat without some helpful tools and resources.  To beat you up with the proverbial “wooden spoon” is not what this is about.  On the contrary, I hope this is simply an encouragement to you to persevere! Carry on! Or better yet, START...today! Today is a new day and brings with it a new way to start afresh. Commit to today and see how you fair.

Now, I can only offer you expert advice on a very small and narrow array of potential “resolutions” one might have and today I am actually stepping out of what this expertise may include.  So stick with me and perhaps we can take this step towards smarter/healthier eating, together.

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