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Things have been stressful for most folks lately. That stress can have effects on your mind and body. So, if you’ve been feeling tired or have been gaining weight, this extra tension may be to blame. If you are ready to melt that tension away, along with a few extra pounds, you can do so with a few low-cost tweaks to your routine. NuFitPro presents some tips to help you get started.
Add More Whole and Healthy Foods to Your Plate
While exercise can lift your spirits and help you shed weight, your diet is really what’s key to your overall health and fitness. In fact, certain foods have the power to improve your body from the inside out, and these foods include oats, avocados, dark berries, salmon, and walnuts. Now, if you are also looking for a mood boost, many of the same foods can also help fight depression. Walnuts, dark berries, and avocados are on this list, too, but you can round out your diet with sweet potatoes and lean poultry, like chicken and turkey breast. Picking up most of these healthy foods shouldn’t put too much of a dent in your wallet. But, if you need to keep grocery costs low, there are a few tricks you can try, like bringing a list and a calculator.
Stay on Top of Your Dental Health
One area you need to pay close attention to is your dental health. Not only will a healthy mouth provide you with confidence, it can also help with heart health (gum disease has been linked to heart disease) and mental well-being (oral health has a direct connection to depression, and vice versa). So, it’s important to learn how to properly care for your teeth, including brushing them twice a day and flossing at least once a day, and to schedule cleanings with your dentist.
Misaligned teeth is an issue that should be addressed as well. Misalignment can prevent you from thoroughly cleaning the surface of each tooth and can cause your tongue to fight for space in your mouth while you sleep, resulting in poor sleep quality due to conditions such as sleep apnea. Fortunately, at-home aligners can correct minor misalignment affordably and quickly. You can compare popular aligner brands (Byte vs. Invisalign, for example) to weigh the pros and cons of each in order to land on the best option for your timeline and budget. Although at-home aligners will keep you from scheduling appointments with your dentist or orthodontist, you may need oral surgery if your teeth are severely misaligned.
Treat Yourself to New Workout Gear
Regular exercise can provide a regular boost for your emotional health. Of course, exercise is also essential for reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, so this is one wellness habit you don’t want to skip. If you need some motivation to get yourself moving, treating yourself to some new workout gear could do the trick.
Make Room in Your Budget for a Fitness Tracker
You should consider purchasing a fitness tracker. While you can certainly spend a pretty penny on fitness trackers and smartwatches with a lot of bells and whistles — the Apple Watch SE provides a number of incredible features that can help you keep a close eye on your activities and fitness levels — you can also opt for a budget-friendly model that will likely work just as well. Many fitness trackers are under $100 and are capable of monitoring a few different fitness stats, including your heart rate and your daily steps. Keeping track of both can help you burn more calories, but your steps can be even more critical for health and weight-loss efforts. Aiming for 10,000 steps per day is a good goal since this will put you well within range of the CDC’s exercise recommendations for healthy and happy adults.
Keep Yourself Motivated With Online Workouts
Taking a 30-minute walk outside should get you to your 10,000 steps, but this may not be possible or practical for your right now. Depending on where you live, there may still be COVID-19 limitations in place, or you may just not feel comfortable exercising outside yet. If this is the case, there are other ways to stay fit and healthy. In fact, there are several free workouts available online that you can stream from the comfort of your own living room. You can find everything from crossfit to Pilates workouts, and all these will provide benefits for your mental and physical health. If you need a little extra stress relief these days, you can also check out online yoga classes. Yoga is a wonderful way to tone your body and relax your mind.
If you decide to do online workouts in the comfort of your own home, make sure you set aside some space where you can do your routine without any distractions or interruptions. It’s also important to ensure that the space is comfortable and inviting. So, if possible, try to keep the area organized and declutter. By doing so, you’ll keep your stress levels under control.
Whether you decide to stay at home or step out for some fresh air, finding ways to improve your health will help you look and feel so much better. Finding budget-friendly ways to do so can be even better for your stress levels, which can be critical during an already-tense time.
Salvador Dalí once said, “Have no fear of perfection — you’ll never reach it.” No, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive for self-betterment. Rather, what Dalí means is that you can’t let yourself be paralyzed by fear of failure — of not reaching perfection — or you may never move forward at all. If you’ve given up on New Year’s resolutions because you never achieve them, it’s time to reset your thinking. Resolutions aren’t about becoming a perfect person, they’re about becoming a better you, one step at a time.
While these resolutions — one for each month of the year — might not be the loftiest of goals, together they add up to a year full of self-improvement and an even brighter next year.
January: Join an exercise class
January is a great time to join a gym like thanks to New Year’s promotions, but you probably know that from past resolutions. This year, banish the words “I’ll go tomorrow” by signing up for a fitness class at NuFitPro with a set schedule. When procrastination equals dollars down the drain, you’re more likely to follow through. If you’ve already joined a gym, you’re already on your way to improved health!
February: Update your work wardrobe
Now that your wallet has recovered from holiday spending, it’s time to give a gift to yourself: A fresh work wardrobe to help you land that promotion, ace that interview, or just shine at the job you love.
March: Learn how to meditate
According to The Washington Post, March is the hardest month for mental health. Combat the springtime blues by learning how to relieve stress and anxiety through meditation.
April: Make better food choices
This year, don’t wait until vacation is a week away to start stressing about your beach body. Start improving your diet in the spring by making healthier choices, like cutting out soda or inspecting nutrition labels for hidden sugar.
May: Start a Business
Throughout 2020, you may have had plenty of time to reflect on your life and your goals for the future. If you’ve begun reevaluating your career path, you might be contemplating the possibility of starting your very own business. The key to making sure your business succeeds? Giving off an air of professionalism from your very first day as an entrepreneur! One way to do this is by setting up your business as an LLC. From tax deductions to flexibility to limited liability, this will grant you a wide range of benefits!
June: Spend more time outdoors
From the magic of vitamin D to the healing power of greenery, being outside is simply good for you. Commit to getting outside more this summer, whether that’s conquering a mountain trail or just reading a good book in the backyard.
July: Treat your hair right
Hot weather wreaks havoc on your hair. Protect it from the summer sun to keep yourself looking and feeling your best, and go ahead and schedule a hair spa day for after the temperatures drop.
August: Stop procrastinating
Procrastination doesn’t just slow down your work, it also consumes your free time. Learn how to stop procrastinating and you’ll find that you have a lot more time than you ever realized.
September: Go to the doctor
When was the last time you had a physical? If the answer is more than a few years, you’re overdue for a checkup. Even if you feel healthy, preventive care is important for establishing a baseline against which future health concerns can be compared.
Take note, September is also National Self Improvement Month, and now will be a great time to revisit your accomplishments from the past eight months. This can psych you up to end 2021 on a high note.
October: Pick up a new craft
Fall means spending more time inside, but it doesn’t have to mean evenings in front of the TV screen. Teach yourself a new artform or craft to stay inspired as the days grow shorter. You may find yourself with a handful of great Christmas gifts.
November: Pay yourself first
Get your budget in order before the next round of holiday shopping. Paying yourself first is one of the easiest strategies for saving money and preventing overspending; this guide from Clever Girl Finance will teach you how.
December: Start a self-care routine
Good habits can fade away in the excitement and stress of yet another holiday season. Keep your spirits up and your goals in sight by renewing your commitment to self-care in December.
Self-improvement is the theme of most New Year’s resolutions, but the approach is almost always wrong. People say they want to lose weight, be a better person, or start exercising, but don’t lay out how or when they’re going to make it happen. This year, say “No” to vague resolutions and instead find little ways to make your life better, one month at a time.
If you’re ready to take your fitness routine to the next level, turn to NuFitPro for personal training, spin classes or strength and balance training. Reserve your class now!
With the new year upon us, countless people around the world are thinking about ways in which they can improve their lives. Particularly after the kind of year that 2020 has been, you might be going over ideas yourself. Well, what better way to make your life more fulfilling than to up your health game?
Getting healthier is always a noble goal, but many people find it challenging to stick with the habits they develop at the start of the year. Since NuFitPros is all about helping individuals obtain a healthy lifestyle, it’s appropriate to provide a few healthy habits to consider establishing in your life, along with some realistic tips for how you can maintain them for the long haul:
Has there been an abnormal amount of arguing, complaining, and other types of tension in your household this year? Look around you. Is your home messy? If so, turn your living environment into a more positive atmosphere by de-cluttering and cleaning. To keep it that way, come up with a regular cleaning schedule where you clean a little bit each day.
What you eat plays a significant role in your overall health. This new year, resolve to improve your diet, and you’ll quickly notice real changes in how you look and feel. To start, limit the number of highly-processed, salty, and sugary foods you consume. Eat cleaner foods like fatty fish, lean meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
It’s not always easy to stick with a good diet for the long term. That’s why it’s essential to change your mindset and make your everyday routine to where it supports healthy eating habits. For instance, consider shopping at your local health food store; that way, you won’t have to walk by so many unhealthy options while you’re fulfilling your grocery list.
If you can spare a couple of hours over the weekend, start meal prepping, which allows you to have more control over what and how much you eat. It also ends up saving you time in the long run.
You can’t live healthily without getting the proper amount of sleep. Create a bedtime routine that helps you unwind from the day and helps your mind and body get the restful sleep they need. This could mean anything from reading a book to taking a hot bath to doing yoga stretches. Not only will you have more energy and be more productive each day, but being well-rested will help you to make better decisions and stick to other healthy habits for the long term.
You knew it was coming — if you want to achieve a healthier lifestyle, you need to exercise! Too many people set out to conquer intense fitness plans while coming straight off the couch. Set yourself up for success by finding a physical activity you enjoy, whether it’s running, cycling, playing a recreational sport, weightlifting, or anything else that helps you break a sweat. And take your time getting back into a routine!
If you don’t hate your exercise routine, you’ll be much more likely to stay consistent with it. And of course, if you need guidance on how to get the most out of your physical fitness, consider working with a personal trainer from NuFitPros.
In many ways, you get a clean slate when 2021 begins. Make the most of it by establishing healthy resolutions that you can stick with. Keep a clean home, eat a good diet, get plenty of sleep, and find an exercise routine that works for you. Most importantly, believe in yourself — you can make these changes, and you can make them last!
Do you need an experienced personal trainer to help you make meaningful changes in your life? Contact NuFitPros today!
There are an infinite number of ways to approach your training program. You can add or subtract weight, increase or decrease the number of sets and repetitions or shorten your rest periods. You can experiment with different exercises or training on different days of the week.
Workout classes like Pilates use very light weights, typically below 10 pounds, but very high repetitions. Powerlifting, on the other hand, is a weightlifting sport that uses heavy weights for one repetition.
However, the most important factor in making your muscles grow seems to be training volume, according to a 2018 study published in Sports Medicine. The researchers found, “volume is the most easily modifiable variable that has the most evidence-based response with important repercussions, be these muscle hypertrophy or health-related outcomes.”
You can find your training volume for an exercise by multiplying the weight you used by the number of sets and reps performed. For example, if you use 100 pounds on the bench press for 3 sets of 10 reps, your total volume is 3,000 for that exercise. Rather than focusing on how much weight you use or agonizing over the correct number of sets and reps to grow your muscles, you can focus on volume.
Previously, it was thought there was one optimal rep range to grow muscle. This was known as the “hypertrophy rep range.” Hypertrophy is a term for muscle growth. For example, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends doing 8–12 repetitions to grow muscle.
This rep range is practical because it’s a balance of heavy weight and high reps. With very heavy weight you can only do a few repetitions, which makes it harder to increase your volume. If you perform 20 or more repetitions, it’s hard to increase the weight you use. However, there’s no perfect combination. As long as you can increase your volume, you can grow more muscle.
To increase your volume you can change the weight, sets or reps. You can even change all three at once. The goal is to increase your volume over time. For example, a 2015 study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research had subjects perform either 1-, 3-or 5-sets of an exercise. They found that as the number of sets went up, the subjects grew more muscle. More sets of an exercise means more volume.
You can also add workouts to your weekly schedule to increase your training frequency. If you only bench press once per week and find it hard to fit all of your volume in on one day, try spreading it out over two workouts. A 2016 study published in Sports Medicine found splitting your workouts into two days per week led to more muscle growth than one day, even if you use the same amount of total volume. Just be sure to give yourself at least a day or two of rest in-between.
Volume is the key for muscle growth, but the same can’t be said for strength. If your primary goal for lifting weights is to get stronger, then you need to focus on lifting heavier weights over time. The amount of volume you use isn’t as important, according to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. When your goal is strength, aim for sets with 6 or fewer repetitions. Using lower reps means you can lift more weight. Be careful and be disciplined about technique because heavier weight means more risk for injury.
Keep in mind: You can train for strength and muscle growth at the same time. When you’re lifting heavy weights, your repetitions will be lower so you’ll have to increase the number of sets you do. Your workout will probably last longer, but you’ll be able to accomplish two goals at once.
Whether you use light or heavy weights, you’ll have to decide how hard to push yourself in each set. Training to failure is a method used by some weightlifters to completely exhaust the muscle. Training to failure means repeating an exercise until you can’t lift the weight anymore and you have to stop. It’s a mentally and physically grueling style of training.
On one hand, training to failure is a good gauge for how hard you’re working. If you bench press 100 pounds and fail after 5 repetitions, you know your muscle was completely exhausted. If you bench press 50 pounds and fail after 25 repetitions, you know your muscle was equally as exhausted.
On the other hand, your risk for injury goes up because you can’t control the weight when your muscles fail. The risk might not be worth the reward. For muscle growth and strength, there doesn’t seem to be much benefit to training to failure. A 2015 study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports found going to failure wasn’t significantly better than the alternative for muscle size and strength. As long as you have the same amount of volume, you don’t need to push yourself to the point of failure.
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We’ve all been there before: a tough day at work, with the kids or in school. We’re exhausted, both mentally and physically, but we still manage to push ourselves and get to the gym. Why do we do it? Because we know how much better we’ll feel after an evening indoor cycling class, an hour of kickboxing or a challenging weight workout. We leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and invigorated—truly transformed.
Clearly, there’s a relationship between exercise and the brain, but what is it? What creates such a dramatic improvement in mood, mental health and even memory following a workout?
Simply put, it’s the change in brain biochemistry that takes place when you lace up. The human brain is made up of cells called neurons—100 billion of them—that transmit chemical signals between each other and allow you to interpret the world, both inside and outside. These chemical signals, called neurotransmitters, are responsible for how you feel, how you think, and how you behave. There are approximately 100 neurotransmitters working in the brain to carry out a variety of functions, but two types of neurotransmitters in particular—endorphins and serotonin—are responsible for why you feel so good when you exercise. Exercise is also a great stress reliever.
If you participate in any endurance activity, from a vigorous sprint triathlon or a trot on the treadmill to a long walk with your dog, your brain releases endorphins, the neurotransmitters responsible for what some call the “runner’s high.” It’s that feel-good sensation you get after a bout of aerobic exercise. But why do endorphins leave us bathed in an afterglow of calm when we get our heart pumping? Endorphins are the body’s internal painkiller. So instead of feeling pain, endorphins leave you feeling pleasure.
Serotonin is a mood-boosting neurotransmitter and is known as the “happy chemical” because it too makes us feel good. But unlike endorphins, which initially block pain to produce pleasure, serotonin promotes pleasure itself. In fact, research has shown that a lack of brain serotonin in some individuals has been associated with depressive illness. This is also why the most commonly prescribed anti-depressant medications today work by pumping more serotonin into the brain.
There is, however, a non-pharmacological way to trigger production of serotonin. Research has shown that physical activity can increase brain serotonin levels. For example, a research paper published in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience included exercise among the several possible approaches to boosting serotonin levels in the brain.
But it’s not just aerobic activity that can relieve symptoms of depression. More recently, strength training—which includes anything from body-weight exercises and resistance-band workouts to machines and free-weight exercises—has also been shown to improve mental health and reduce the incidence of depressive illness.
Additionally, while high levels of exercise-induced serotonin and endorphins have long been associated with better mood, another brain compound—a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)—also promotes cognitive health in areas such as memory, learning and depressive illness (Ratey, 2008). BDNF’s main role is to promote the survival and growth of neurons and to ensure the proper transmission of chemical messages between brain cells. If neurons die, chemical signals are interrupted and cognitive functioning declines. The presence of BDNF strengthens neurons, ensuring their survivability, which means message signaling continues to hum along nicely, sustaining positive mood, intact memory and better learning. It’s no surprise that the best way to trigger production of BDNF protein is—you guessed it—exercise.
Of course, understanding the inner workings of your brain on exercise is more than just a nice set of facts to know about mental wellness. Knowing exactly why exercise helps improve your mood can be a powerful tool to get you to the gym on those days when you would prefer to skip it.
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Many people change their diets to lose weight, but there are several other mental and physical benefits that come from eating nutritious foods. Unfortunately, the cost of healthy foods is a common barrier to adopting a high-quality diet. It’s true that many healthy options are costlier than their nutritionally void alternatives. However, healthy diets don’t have to be expensive. Many people consume healthy meals on a budget — here are some ways that you can too!
Since healthy foods can be expensive, you’ll have to get creative with your grocery shopping in order to stick to a low budget. Keep your diet affordable by buying some of your food items on sites like Amazon. Before you shop, look for dealsand coupons so you can get discounts on everything from nutritional supplements to pantry staples like beans and lentils. Seniors, meanwhile, should always take advantage of age-related discounts at groceries and department stores. Additionally, signing up for a “discount club” like Sam’s Club can help save money.
Make sure you save plenty of room in your budget for fruits and vegetables. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps to balance blood sugar, supports heart health, lowers the risk of digestive system problems, and prevents certain cancers. When it comes to veggies, variety is key. So, try to eat fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of different colors to ensure you get all of the essential nutrients your body needs.
Buy local produce that’s in season to save money. In-season fruits and vegetables are sold at their peak freshness and contain more nutrients than those that spend a long time being transported and held on supermarket shelves. When you find a really good deal on produce, buy lots and freeze for later. You can also buy frozen fruits and vegetables to save money on produce that’s too expensive to buy fresh. Fruits and vegetables are often picked when they are ripe and frozen soon after harvest — this allows them to retain most of their nutrients.
Protein is also key in every diet. According to Organic Facts, proteinis made up of amino acids that our bodies use to maintain muscle, supply energy to our cells, build up our immune system, and keep our hormones balanced. Animal proteins contain all the amino acids you need, so there’s nothing wrong with buying cheaper cuts of meat. You can also use alternative meat sources, such as beans and eggs, to stretch your dollar further. If you prefer to steer clear of meat, be sure to diversify your plant-based proteins.
Planning your meals ahead of time is an excellent way to stick to a healthy diet and stay under budget. Meal planning will prevent you from ordering takeout or popping a frozen pizza in the oven when you just don’t know what to cook. Cook Smarts recommends sticking to a few affordable staple meals that you know how to cook well — that way, you can avoid buying ingredients you’re only going to use once. Every week, go through the foods in your pantry and design your meal plan around these items so you will have less to buy at the store. You can also check grocery fliers and plan your meals for the week around foods that are on sale.
Plan to create balanced meals with protein, complex carbohydrates, and nutrient-dense vegetables. Complex carbs are affordable fillers that are significantly better for you than cheap, simple carbohydrates like white pasta and bread. For example, whole grains and legumes will provide your body with consistent energy. Healthy fats are also important for keeping your brain and heart healthy, so add some avocado, nuts, or olive oil to your meals.
Following a healthy diet doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little planning and smart shopping, you can enjoy the wonderful benefits of nutritious foods on a budget. In the end, you may find that your greatest challenge is resisting the temptation of sweets and salty snacks!
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Rarely do Americans achieve the nightly recommendation of at least seven hours of sleep. Whether you share a bed or sleep alone, here are six tips to improve the quality of sleep. Use the tips in this article to sleep well and enjoy sweet dreams.
#1 Get the right amount of sleep.
The quality of your sleep can depend heavily on the quantity of your sleep. Consider sleep your daily reset button. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your goal should be to get seven or more hours of sleep each night to optimize your well-being. However, too much of a good thing can cause negative effects. Sleeping more than nine hours each night may for some people actually cause similar negative effects to not getting enough sleep. If seven to eight hours of sleep each night isn’t in the cards, adding even 30 minutes of additional sleep can provide benefits.
#2 Schedule your success.
Prioritizing sleep is a must. Much like any other appointment in your day, sleep should be scheduled in as well. Scheduling your sleep time, including your goals of when you, ideally, would like to be in bed and when you would like to wake up, is a great way to make sure sleep is at the top of your priority list. Try using apps on your smartphone that remind you when it is time to go to bed. You can also use apps that wake you in a slow, controlled process so your alarm doesn’t jolt you out of bed and you don’t keep hitting the snooze button. Smartwatches and wearables can also encourage you to monitor and maintain a healthy sleep schedule.
#3 Create the ideal environment for you.
Just as an ideal and organized workspace is essential for productive work, your sleep environment should be conducive to quality sleep. Make your room is as dark as possible with room darkening drapes or blinds. Also, consider placing any mirrors in the room facing away from the bed, as this can reflect light from the window into your eyes, which may disturb your sleep. Additionally, cooler temperatures and breathable bed sheets may also help your sleep quality.
#4 Limit screen time before bed.
According to a study out of the University of California San Francisco, 68% of smartphone owners have their phones on their bedside table at night. If at all possible, avoid using your smartphone right before falling asleep as it seems that usage during the hour around your bedtime may be the most problematic. Fortunately, many smartphones and tablets have a feature built in to minimize the blue-light-emitting screens, which may disrupt your ability to fall asleep. This feature filters out blue light and enhances warmer colors in the evening, which may promote good sleep. Check out your phone settings and activate this feature, if available.
#5 Set your intentions.
Meditation prior to sleep or even when waking up can provide positive effects on your well-being. Meditation can allow your heart rate to slow and prevent thoughts from racing through your mind. If you are unsure of how to meditate or if meditation is right for you, try some rounds of deep breathing once you lie in bed. Not only is it important to set intentions prior to sleep, but it is also a great way to start the day when you wake up. If possible, take your time as you get up in the morning, allowing your body to rise as comfortably as possible. If you are looking for help with meditating, many apps are available that guide you through meditation and even remind you to meditate when you wake up in the morning.
As with any behavior you are looking to adopt, improving your sleep isn’t something that can be accomplished quickly. Take time to try out these recommendations to see which ones resonate with you.
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Reach for Your Smart Device for Affordable Solutions That Make You Live Better With Diabetes
Modern medicine has made living with diabetes much more manageable these days, but lifestyle choices are just as crucial to improving your overall health and keeping diabetes in check. Even when you know this is true, making healthy changes is easier said than done, especially if you’re worried about the expense of joining a gym or switching to a healthier diet. This is where technology can help you get over the hurdles that stand in your way. With the right strategies, technology can make it easier and more affordable to keep your health goals within reach.
Being physically active is one of the best ways to take charge of your health, but many people struggle to find the time and motivation. If you aren’t sure where to start, an easy way to jump right in is to use a fitness tracker or smartwatch. These devices give you a clear picture of whatever you accomplish, whether that’s a walk around the block or an online exercise video you follow at home.
The great thing about investing in a fitness tracker is that it keeps your goals and accomplishments right in front of you, which is an amazing source of motivation! You can even have a competition with friends to help motivate each other. If it’s within your budget, the Apple Watch SE has some wonderful features, including fall detection, sleep tracking, and an expansive display. If you’re looking for something less expensive, the Fitbit Charge 4 can measure how many calories you burn and has long battery life and GPS.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Along with being active, maintaining a healthy weight is another key strategy for living better with diabetes. Besides improving cardiovascular health, Endocrine Web explains how weight loss may also help your body get better at using insulin, and it can even help prevent serious complications related to diabetes. In spite of the vast importance of this goal, we know that weight loss takes hard work and often seems too expensive.
One of our favorite ways to work around these challenges is by using apps on your smartphone. For example, Low Carb gives you meal plans that are diabetic-friendly and even helps you make a grocery list. This app is free with in-app upgrades, so it’s affordable to use.
In addition to getting smart about nutrition, it may help to explore other tools that facilitate weight loss. While not strictly technology, there are some natural supplements on the market that can help you stay healthy. Look for good-quality supplements that contain essential vitamins and minerals such as B-complex vitamins and magnesium.
Another high-tech tool to consider is a smart scale. These devices go beyond showing just pounds. Smart scales measure all kinds of other health metrics, including body fat and body mass index, making it easier to track your progress. Buying a smart scale is another one of those purchases that is an investment in yourself, but it may also be more affordable than you think. Retailers often discount certain models, and some of the basic brands start at really affordable prices.
Setting Goals and Staying on Target
Whether you’re trying to maintain weight, move more, or simply keep up with your blood sugar levels, one of the hardest things to do is stay consistent. This is another reason why technology can be so helpful. Using an app that’s designed for diabetes management means you never leave home without having access to that critical information, and automatic notifications take the guesswork out of keeping up with everything.
Apps and devices can’t do the work for you, but they do provide the tools you need to stay motivated and consistent, in addition to being easy on your wallet. Let’s face it - change is hard! The great thing about adopting these technologies is that once you start using them, it becomes easier to make these new habits a way of life.
To create an individualized fitness program under the guidance of expert fitness trainers, call (323) 327-9201 now to schedule a personal training session at NuFitPros!