Sports & Fitness

Weight Won”t Wait

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Bikini season may be over, but that doesn”t mean you should break out the cookie dough. Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your mental health and aids in the prevention of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. With a little effort, you can maintain a healthy body all year long.

To start, don”t crash diet or starve yourself to lose a certain amount of weight. When working towards fitness goals, it is more effective to change the way you eat and incorporate exercise into your daily life. As Henderson Vanderpool, owner of Buford Sports and Fitness says, “Don”t focus on a number, focus on a lifestyle.”

Vanderpool also suggests avoiding processed and refined food, and instead eat foods that are natural or as close to nature as possible. “You can”t tell where a frozen pizza comes from, but you can trace lean chicken back to the farm,” says Vanderpool. “If you can grow it and raise it, you can eat it.”

Finally, the gym isn”t the only place to work out. Vanderpool points out, “You can get a complete workout without ever touching weights.”

He suggests taking the stairs instead of the elevator at the office, doing pushups or sit-ups at home, and instead of round-table meetings at work, walk and talk outside and get a little fresh air.