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by Shannon Spence Your social network is one of THE BEST tools for dealing with the stressors of life. Several studies have shown that leaning on your social support network contributes to psychological well-being.1 Not only can you benefit from a sense of belonging, increased self-worth and feelings of security, your friends and peers can also… (Show more)
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One key to staying active is to get as much movement throughout the day as possible. In our sedentary world, that can be a tall order. If watching TV or sitting in front of the computer is your daily routine after eating dinner, try to replace it with a 15-minute walk. Benefits include proper digestion, burning more calories, and better control of… (Show more)
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  Your quads, the big muscles in the front of your thighs, are a powerhouse muscle. While having strong, powerful muscles is a good thing, balancing muscles is important to keeping your stride healthy. Here are some ideas to keep your quads lean and flexible.  Kneeling quad/hip flexor stretchGet in a lunge position with your right foot forward.… (Show more)
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For many of us, physical activity is a chore we’d rather avoid at all costs. But it doesn’t have to be that way!  Finding fun, satisfying ways to incorporate activity into our daily lives is the key to long-term weight management success. Need inspiration? Check out the ideas below.   ·         Keep it interesting by listening to your favorite… (Show more)
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Creating the right environment for a healthy lifestyle is vital to your success. Check out our tips below for making healthy choices easy whether you’re at home, work, or out and about.   At home Replace sugary or diet drinks with a pitcher of fruit-infused water or herbal tea. And keep a large glass on the kitchen counter always ready to fill.… (Show more)
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It’s a pretty well-known fact that following through with New Year’s resolutions can be difficult. Losing weight and other health-related goals are frequently the most popular resolutions from year to year, but many individuals end up quitting after a few weeks or months. Common pitfalls with resolutionsSometimes, we’re not able to complete our… (Show more)
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Resilience is your ability to adapt to adversity or unexpected changes that occur in your life. Contrary to what many believe, resilience is not an inborn personality trait that some people naturally have and others lack. It’s a learned skill. And that’s good news because being resilient is one of the best ways to protect against the effects of… (Show more)
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Everyone appreciates being recognized for his or her accomplishments.  Why not recognize and celebrate your own?  Acknowledging achievements, even in a small way, increases positive emotions, self-esteem, and confidence.  And more positivity and self-confidence help you reach your health goals.   Try it out! Pick one thing you’ve accomplished in… (Show more)
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Healthy living advice usually contains the phrase “Everything in moderation,” but what does it really mean? It sounds simple, but it can actually be very difficult to follow and implement in your everyday life. Moderation is relative. What moderation means to you may be completely different to someone else.   The key to moderation is to not… (Show more)
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We know that to manage your weight, you need to balance the calories you eat with the amount of physical activity you exert. News flash – the quality of your eating and exercise habits matter too.   Eating habits. Healthy weight management for life means a diet focused on whole foods, mostly plants. What are whole foods? They include fruits,… (Show more)
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