People who work out consistently (and stick to it) and people who lose pounds (and keep them off) have habits in common. Here they are:
1. Create a support network.
Make friends to meet for workouts, share victories with, and comfort through setbacks and bad races. A like-minded peer group is a powerful motivating force. Get your spouse, your children, and your friends on board with your running and weight-loss efforts. They'll give you kudos for your efforts, and they'll be less likely to sabotage your healthy eating efforts. Surround yourself with people pursuing similar goals. If possible, recruit a training partner. You'll never skip a workout if you know you're leaving a friend waiting for you at the park. Here's how to choose the best workout partner for your fitness goals.
2. Set goals.
Get specific about your goals--the races you want to run, the times you want to hit, the miles you want to cover by the end of the year. Set goals
- Simple habits of a healthy life.By the Editors of Runner's World
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Making Up For Lost Time
It doesn't matter if it's been a couple weeks or a few months, don't beat yourself up by pushing yourself to the max too soon. Overdoing on exercising can result in such sore muscles that you won't be able to bend over to tie your shoes for days afterward, or worse, an injury can give you a one-way ticket to another exercise break. Ease back into things that first week or two back, and don't try to break any personal records.
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Step-ups are a great exercise that work your thighs, glutes, and hips simultaneously. If the beginner version is too simple for you, be sure to try out the intermediate or advanced variation (shown here):
- To start, find a step (or bench) that you can place your foot squarely on that will bring your knee up to a 90-degree angle.
- Step up, leading with the left foot, then the right, bringing both feet completely onto the bench.
- Return to the starting position by leading with the right foot to step down to the floor, then the left, until ending with both feet on the ground.
- Complete 20 steps before stepping with the left foot for another 20 steps.
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Photo: ThinkstockYour Stuffy Nose
Pass the tissues--and some gum, please. When a cold prevents you from breathing through your nose, you're forced to inhale and exhale through your mouth. This dries out the tissues and reduces the flow of saliva-the mouth's built-in cleanser, which not only rinses away food particles but also neutralizes decay-causing acids and acts as a natural antiseptic to keep bacteria in check. The less saliva, the more bacteria-and the more potent the odor. An easy remedy (for your breath, if not your cold): Chewing gum--as long as it's sugarless--has been shown to increase the flow of saliva.
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