4 Ways to Cure an Unhealthy Relationship With Food

2014 - Apr Posted by FIT 0

My teenage daughter’s summer job was at an ice cream shop. She asked me to swing by one day so she could make me a sundae. I should have run over there and slurped down my treat with unfettered joy. But I begged off. The thought of eating a sauce-covered mountain of sugar and fat gave me a jolt of guilt and shame. I hadn’t even entered the store, and I was already full of regret.

It’s awful being in a dysfunctional relationship with food. I would compare it to regrettable hookups with losers in my past, but those flings didn’t last very long. Food and I have been breaking up and making up since childhood. The worst part? Our affair is completely one-sided. A cheeseburger doesn’t know I exist. My feelings for a cheeseburger, however, are complicated. But although I’m a chronic dieter, my eating habits are considered normal. I don’t have a clinical disorder like bulimia or anorexia. I simply want to be thin and healthy.

And I’m not the only one, judging from …read more

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5 Ways to (Finally!) Commit to Your Goals

2014 - Apr Posted by FIT 0

How is it possible to feel incredibly resolved to do something one minute, only to find that your can-do attitude has evaporated by the next day? It’s a question social scientists have studied for years. They’ve pinpointed four key factors involved in fully committing to something: how rewarding and fulfilling you find an activity; how irksome or painful it may be; how much time, money, energy, effort, care and concern you invest in it; and how you manage choices. As an associate professor in Boise State University’s department of communication, I’ve been studying and teaching commitment for 15 years. I know firsthand that most of us rarely consider the power of dedication, even though that is what drives our long-term decisions and goals. Here, a helpful (and revealing) mini workshop to get you in commitment mode.

Define your commitment
Be as specific as possible so you can vividly imagine it. Use a notebook for this and the other exercises, or dedicate a note to it in your smartphone. I’ll use a fitness example here and throughout, but these steps apply to all areas of life.

The what: I’m determined to commit to working out regularly by going to the gym at …read more

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How to Start Biking

2014 - Apr Posted by FIT 0

What’s the hottest thing on two wheels? You, says a poll: About 45 percent of bike owners age 28 to 45 are women. “These days, there are more cycling groups and biking products for women, and more bike shops are catering to newbies, which continues to draw ladies in,” says Erin Sprague, women’s product manager for Specialized Bicycles. It’s also a super way to get in shape: You’ll sculpt your lower half and melt fat. “Cycling is a great low-impact aerobic activity, and you can build your cardio without the pounding,” notes exercise physiologist Carl Foster. And if the new celeb-studded cycling studios are any clue, biking is the coolest, most female-friendly trend around. Come along for the ride!

Is It a Good Fit?

“Ensuring you have a proper bike fit will help prevent injury, boost performance and improve your overall riding experience,” says Matt Gehling, a pro bike fitter for Trek Bicycle. You’ll get a custom one if you shop at a bike store. Buying online? First head to a shop where you can get a professional consultation for a small fee. The basics:

Handlebar width: Your hands need to be aligned with the bony bumps on top of your shoulders. If …read more

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3 High-Tech Diets That Work

2014 - Apr Posted by FIT 0

In the past, only celebrities and the super wealthy could afford a personal trainer, private chef and inspirational guru. Now the rest of us can have diet coaches in our back pockets—literally. Otherwise known as health and fitness apps, these secret weapons are hot: There was a 19 percent increase in new apps in the last year alone, according to the mobile analytics platform Localytics. “Newer apps are far more engaging, motivating and user-friendly than the prior generation,” notes Bonnie Spring, PhD, director of the Center for Behavior and Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. And they work. Experts say that dieters who include apps in their weight-loss efforts score greater success than those who don’t. We asked three Health readers to each test a leading digital diet and report back. See how the tools helped them and what they can do for you.

More: 16 Ways to Lose Weight Fast

The program: Sparkpeople.com
Tester Amanda Tirado; 36; teacher
Starting stats 5’3″; 162 lb.
Pounds lost 11
Cost Free

Her diet history
“I was always able to stay at a healthy weight by working out regularly. But with my family and work obligations, it’s more difficult to find …read more

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