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Three Main Targets of Healthy Living -- Part Two: the Body & Soul

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First and foremost, read, read, read the nutrition labels, as they can make or break a good day. The caesar salad might not have been a terrible choice (in terms of calorie intake, that is), except that, in reference to the nutrition label, one serving size was only - of the bowl, meaning you could've consumed only 190 calories from that full 760 (and potentially gotten three more meals out of it!)

Secondly, and this is important: absolutely do not feel discouraged.

In this hypothetical, it was only your first day of hitting the healthy pavement, and while you missed your calorie mark, you totally crushed it in terms of effort and mindset. Congratulate yourself! Feel good about your choices, and learn from those that might've been a little more hurtful than helpful.

The hardest part of changing your diet is finding a rhythm, and while that may take some time, it's 100% possible. You'll make mistakes. You'll eat too much one day and maybe too little the next, you'll eat nothing but clean and then binge on junk food later.

Just remember that, like everything else, eating well is something that takes practice. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will your healthy body.

The Body

Alright, so we've tackled healthy eating, now let's take a gander at the second most important aspect: exercise, and staying active.

You might already own a number of fitness DVDs (I know Jillian Michaels was my personal in-home trainer for a long time) but maybe they sit dusty on the back of the shelf. I can't blame you-- repeating the same moves over and over again, day after day, can't possibly be the only way to get your body moving.

As it turns out, you don't need a treadmill, a stack of weights, an elliptical, or any other potentially-intimidating machine at the gym to work your muscles. In fact, you may even never have to do another squat, burpee, or push up again.

When people say: "I don't enjoy working out," what they really should be saying is, "I don't enjoy going to the gym (/running/push ups/squats). In which case I ask, "what doyou enjoy?"

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