5 Habits You Should Never Break, Part 2

In my previous post, I discussed three of the five habits that you should never break. These next two habits will round out the list and help you get and stay on track especially during the holidays. Bad Habit #4: Not sticking to a regular sleep schedule. This is a tough one especially if you're in the season of raising kids. Just thinking about the kid's schedule can keep you up at night.  Here's the deal; find a bedtime routine and stick to it. That means if bedtime is at 10 p.m. every night, go to bed at that time consistently!  I know, easier said than done but that's why this habit makes the never category.  It's so easy to jump on the computer or catch up on your favorite show, but resist the urge.  If you must stay up past your bedtime, choose a weekend day and only do so by a half-hour.  Overall, aim for 7-9 hours of sleep everyday.

Bad Habit #5: Not addressing those little injuries. Torn rotator cuff in high school? Pulled hamstring in college? Whatever your injury, there's a big chance that you'll hurt yourself again, in the same place.  Don't wait until something pulls, pops, or snaps (I'm not trying to scare you, this stuff happens!).  Don't live in denial and think that that little problem will get better on its own.  As you age, injuries can happen more frequently plus it takes longer to heal.  Be proactive and get an assessment from your doctor who can connect you to a personal trainer or physical therapist.  Fitness professionals can help you get healthy again; a solid fitness program is not a luxury for the Spartacus actors.  You need one too!  You can't afford to have repeat injuries and remember, no problem is insignificant.  Get things checkout out early.

There you have it! Add the word never back to your vocabulary. In the realm of health and fitness, we need some nevers and practicing them on a regular basis will keep you in tip-top shape.

What habits do you break the most and what are you going to do about it?  2013 goal setting is right around the corner.  Get a jump-start today!

How to Manage Cellulite for Good!

Do you have cellulite? Chances are you do. According to research, over 90% of woman have cellulite. Part of the reason is that fat storage in women happens more naturally due to hormones, childbirth, and even stress. With those numbers it's no wonder that gimmicks, fads, lotions, and potions claim to be the magic bullet for cellulite woes. What can you do to get rid of cellulite or even better, minimize the appearance of it? I'll give you the basics, the truth and your remedy for managing cellulite. Cellulite is the dimpled appearance on the skin namely, stomach, butt, and thighs to name a few. Cellulite is the extra fat just under the skin surface and there are several grades of cellulite. Causes for cellulite include genetics, lifestyle habits, hormonal changes, and diet. Combine this with environmental challenges like stress, work/life balance and sleep deprivation and our bodies can become a cellulite breeding ground.

Getting rid of cellulite requires that you take make an honest look at the causes listed above and ask yourself what you're currently doing or not doing that may be the cause of your cellulite. For example, have you gained weight over the years? The average person gains between 5-10 pounds a year. Those additional pounds will eventually turn into excess fat, aka cellulite. Have you used the birth control pill for a long time? Pill usage puts your body in a pregnant state since you don't ovulate. As a result, your body continues to store fat for baby. Over a period of years, cellulite becomes more visible. Are you eating more saturated fats, sugars (don't forget those drinks), and refined foods? Processed foods over time can cause cellulite as well.

After you look at your nutrition, take stock of your exercise routine. Are you doing the same routines in your 40s that you did in your 20s? I'm convinced that your body learns how to store fat better than it burns fat. Unless you're changing up your exercise routine every 2-6 weeks, cellulite may not go anywhere; in fact, you may start accumulating more of it.  One of my favorite routines that I use for variety is the Spartacus Workout. Another cellulite zapper is jumping rope which I highly recommend.  The Buddy Lee jump rope offers the fluid movement needed to jump properly plus you can adjust it to fit your specific needs.  Of course I have to give a shout out for Fitwell Personal Boot Camp where I'm committed to torching that cellulite through a variety of exercises!

There are some hopeful procedures for getting rid of cellulite like lasers but you have to do your research and find a qualified doctor who specializes in this procedure. Stay away from liposuction; it doesn't work and fat just finds another route to collect (e.g. your abdomen or upper body). There are countless stories about women disappointed about the long term results of liposuction.  Len Kravitz, Ph.D. wrote a fantastic article on cellulite which will help you see the way cellulite is formed and help dispel the numerous myths out there on getting rid of it.

What are you doing to minimize cellulite or cope better with it?