CVS and META have some great ways to help reach your health goals! Check out these tips from Latreal Mitchell, who has been keeping celebrities like Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan in top shape for years.
Use Heart Health Month to get your family on track with fitness and nutrition!
- Become aware starting now! What is your family history? When was the last time you had your cholesterol checked? Make a commitment to your own heart health starting today. Make a doctor’s appointment today.
- Plus, META's heart health benefits add psyllium to your diet, lower cholesterol and keep blood sugar levels stable, which is great for your overall health.
Get in shape!
- Build a fitness and nutrition regimen that fits your own lifestyle – one you know you can stick to. If you can only carve out a 20-minute brisk walk every day, put it on the calendar and make it an appointment.
- Do simple exercises at home and at the office. Don’t stay seated all day! Get up every hour. Walking is best – even 10 minutes at a time. Then add 5-10 squats, 5-10 dips using a solid chair, and leg swings at the counter.
Work toward maintaining a healthy diet!
- Cut saturated fats, processed sugar and salt. Eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. If you aren’t sure, add an extra serving of fruits and vegetables to your meal plans. Do you eat 5 a day?
- Regular fiber is very important for a healthy heart. Get the benefits you need by adding Meta to your diet. It comes in 4 forms: Powder, wafers and nutritious health bars. Plus they have a probiotic capsule to keep your digestive system in balance. They even help lower cholesterol, promote good digestive health, and the bars are easy to take with you!
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How much of a factor is age when trying to lose weight?
As you age, your muscle mass diminishes and your resting metabolic rate slows so you lose strength. With this loss of strength, it's natural to reduce your activity because you feel more sluggish and the cycle continues. This is why your calorie requirements decrease as you age, making weight gain easier and weight loss more difficult than in the past. Losing weight is still that simple equation: eat less and exercise more. Weight loss is about burning more calories than you take in.
What are some tips for maintaining his new, low weight?
There are some basic, universal tips that will help anyone lose weight faster, but are also good habits to adopt for your everyday life, diet or not.
- Drink Water: It fills you up and being thirsty can often be confused for being hungry. Water also gives you a sensation of being full.
- Don't eat late (past 8 p.m.) at night and breakfast.
- Eat smaller meals more frequently: Don't wait until you're hungry or ravenous to eat because you tend to eat more and make bad choices. I suggest having a protein smoothie before you go out to eat. NEVER go into a meal actually hungry.
- Have healthy snacks such as almonds, carrot sticks, or fruit lying around. It makes it easier to make good choices in the moment.
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- Begin in Mountain pose
- Inhale up, palms together
- Exhale, hands to the floor
- Inhale and put right foot back with left foot forward, stretch
- Leg moves back to plank pose
- Knees to the floor
- Lift into cobra
- Push back to down dog
- Right foot forward, with left foot back, stretch
- Exhale, feet together, stand up with both arms up over your head
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• Add more variety and fresh ingredients to meals. Eat proteins, fruits and vegetables. Healthy carbs and fats are ok. Maintain a balanced diet.
• Maintain moderation. Don’t think of your favorite foods as off-limits. Eat smaller portions of foods you crave.
• Increase antioxidants. Strengthen your immune system with fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants. Blueberries, coffee and chocolate contain antioxidants.
• Eat breakfast. Like mom said, it’s the most important meal of the day. Breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and helps you maintain your weight.
• Cut down on unhealthy snacks. And if you are a big snacker, then cut up veggies at the beginning of the week to curb your sweet tooth.
The new year gives us the opportunity to begin a fresh commitment to living healthy. Being healthy not only protects us against disease and injury, it also provides us with the energy to have a higher quality of life!
• Adults should be active for at least 30 minutes a day. Think about investing in a pedometer to track the distance you walk or run every day. You don’t have to run five miles or hit the gym for two hours to be in shape. Instead opt to use the stairs or walk to work.
• A favorite is housework…kill two birds with one stone! It all counts and does makes a difference.
"Take Daily Supplements."
• They help ensure you’re receiving the vitamins and nutrients you need.
• You don’t have to have a briefcase size container of bad smelling supplements. Some gummy vitamins are made with natural flavors and are a delicious alternative to hard-to-swallow tablets or capsules. Plus they’re great for adults on the go as there’s no need for water!