Busy Women Can Stay Fit, Too

Schedule a 30-minute workout at your local health club.

In today’s busy world, many people say to themselves, “I used to be very active and worked out every day. These days, I find it hard to fit exercise and diet into my day.” They often ask, “What can I do, and where can I start?”

It’s a simple question that typically gets a not-so-

simple answer. To get and stay healthy, here are some quick tips.

• Get on a scale, take a photo, and set a goal: You must start somewhere. Find out where you are today. Then, set a small, short-term, obtainable goal. Write it down next to your photo.

• Get up and go workout: You schedule dental checkups, haircuts, salon sessions and soccer practices — why not schedule your fitness? Schedule a 30-minute workout four to six times per week. If you don’t, it won’t happen. If you can’t spare 30 minutes, squeeze in a vigorous 10 minutes that day.

• Photo food journal: Studies show that photographing and journaling your meal is six times more effective for curbing overeating.

• Cut sugar and starches: Avoid white-colored food except cauliflower and meats.

• Join a group exercise program: Yoga, spin and crossfit, among others, are all great ways to meet new friends and enjoy the familiarity and accountability of group exercise.

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