Archive | October 2015

Clean skin: 4 rules to live by- by Jacquie Carter, beauty expert

Clean skin: 4 rules to live by

by Jacquie Carter, beauty expert

Clean skin - 4 rules to live by | Jacquie Carter, Herbalife skin care adviceClean skin is critical for clear skin. It’s the very first step in your daily skin care regimen. Here are four rules about cleansing that will help you look fresh every day.

The truth about cleansing your skin

1.  Clean skin is not gender biased

Yes gentlemen, that means you need to cleanse too.  I can’t tell you how many times I have heard from you guys, “But Jacquie, I don’t wear makeup and, when I look in the mirror, my skin looks perfectly clean”.  Sorry guys, just because you don’t wear makeup doesn’t mean your skin isn’t covered with bacteria and skin impurities.  Think about what we are exposed to on a daily basis – pollution, smog, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, aerosol sprays… and that’s just the beginning.  Just because you can’t see the dirt and grime at the end of the day, doesn’t mean it’s not there.  It needs to be washed off!

2. Night cleansing is imperative for healthy skin

Believe me, I am the first to admit that there are nights when I am just too tired at the thought of removing my makeup, and cleansing my skin seems like a monumental task.  But ladies, even if you have to crawl to your sink half-asleep to cleanse that makeup off – do it! Sleeping in your makeup can clog your pores and that can result in breakouts.  Unwashed skin can become a breeding ground for bacteria  and it will leave your skin looking dull.

3. Just because you cleansed your face the night before doesn’t mean you don’t need a morning wash too

It’s important to note that just because you go to bed with a freshly cleansed face that doesn’t mean you can skip the cleansing in the morning!  We need to remove any nighttime products we may have applied including night cream and eye cream.  Most importantly, our body, including the skin, works to repair itself when we’re sleeping.  During this time, the skin may secrete oils and other impurities that must be removed in the morning as they may prevent our daytime skin care products from working properly.

4. Find the right cleanser for your skin type

Most cleansers pretty much provide the same benefits to the skin: they remove dirt, oil, bacteria and makeup.  Cleansers can be formulated to target different skin concerns such as dry or oily skin and can come in an array of scents and textures.  If you have oily skin it is most common to use a ‘gel’ cleanser.  And, dry skin usually needs a ‘lotion’ style cleanser.

A good cleanser will target dryness by providing light moisture or will help remove excess oils by targeting sebum production.  (“Sebum” is just a fancy word that means oil.)

A good cleanser will never compromise your skin’s moisture barrier, or increase oil production.  So, no matter how tempting, don’t just grab a random cleanser off the shelf. Do some research, trial and error, and find what works best for your skin type.

Be good to your skin and your skin is more likely to be good to you!

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.

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Healthy weight, healthy heart by Dr. Louis Ignarro, PhD

Healthy weight, healthy heart

by Louis Ignarro, PhD

Healthy weight, healthy heart | Herbalife heart adviceWe all know that a healthy weight can help us look and feel good – but did you know that maintaining a healthy weight keeps your heart healthy, too? As part of a healthy, active life that includes eating well, exercising, and lowering stress levels, maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most valuable things that you can do to keep your cardiovascular system in top shape.

Wondering what your heart-healthiest weight is? It all has to do with your body’s fat content in relation to your weight and height. While it’s easy to obsess over body fat, it’s important to realize that some fat in the body is normal and healthy. According to the National Institutes of Health, normal body mass index (BMI), which measures an individual’s body fat in relation to weight and height, should fall between 18.5 and 24.9. You can calculate your BMI by visiting the American Heart Association’s BMI calculator.

When your BMI is within healthy range, it supports the health of your entire cardiovascular system, including:

Healthy heart tip 1. Blood pressure

Maintaining a healthy weight can support healthy blood pressure levels, according to theAmerican Heart Association. Blood pressure is the ratio of force that blood exerts on the walls of your arteries, so when blood pressure levels are healthy, your heart is able to pump blood effectively through the body.

Healthy heart tip 2. Circulatory system

Along with contributing to a healthy blood pressure, keeping your BMI within the ideal range helps keep blood vessels healthy and flexible, allowing blood to circulate throughout the body and nourish the muscles and tissues.

Healthy heart tip 3. Triglyceride levels

Maintaining a healthy weight helps keep levels of triglycerides, a type of fat made in the body, within healthy range. When you eat, your body turns any excess calories into triglycerides and stores them in your fat cells. The body later uses them as a form of energy between meals. Healthy triglyceride levels help keep your arteries flexible and smooth to support healthy blood flow.

Healthy heart tip 4. Cholesterol levels

Healthy cholesterol levels are important to cardiovascular wellness. Healthy weight maintenance helps keep cholesterol levels within normal range, which allows blood to flow effectively from the heart and deliver nutrients to the body.

As you can see, maintaining a healthy weight has benefits far beyond looking good – though that’s a nice bonus! Eating a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients and protein, lowering stress levels, getting plenty of rest, and staying active all contribute to heart-healthy weight maintenance. They also contribute to an overall sense of health and well-being, so build healthy habits and stick with them; If you do, you’ll discover that a healthy lifestyle is a win-win for your heart and whole body.

Written by Louis Ignarro, Ph.D.  Dr. Ignarro is a member of both the Editorial and Nutrition Advisory Boards of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute and receives compensation for his endorsement of Herbalife® products.
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Top 5 Home Workout routines by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA

Top 5 Home Workout routines

by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA

Homeworkouts_June10No time or money to spend at the gym? Here are 5 of my favorite home workouts that you can do at a time that’s convenient for you, in the comfort of your own home.

Getting to the gym is often the one thing that gets cut from our to-do list when we are pushed for time. Add in the monthly costs associated with a gym membership that you’re not using or can’t afford, and you have a perfect recipe for feeling stressed out, tired and unfit. With an at home workout you can avoid a lot of the stress associated with going to the gym.

I believe that it’s not that people don’t have the time to fit a workout into their day it’s just that most people don’t have the time or patience for all of the extra work that going to the gym creates. You have to pack your clothes, drive to the gym, organize child care, get changed, wait for machines to be free, spend time being polite to the person who wants to chit chat, take a shower and then after all that you need to get to your next destination on time.

I’m not suggesting that you always work out at home, because I believe that exercising with a group can help you to stay motivated and help you to reach your personal health goals. I love the social interaction and natural competitive spirit that a group environment evokes. But the next time you just want a quick workout without all the fuss of the gym, an at home workout is a perfect option.

Here are 5 of my favorite fit tips routines:

Morning start: Jump out of bed and do this fat burning routine in your p.j’s. It’s not as intense as a HIIT workout, but it will help to get your blood flowing and promote the release of your natural feel-good endorphins to help you start your day feeling good.

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Mid day blast: This workout gets your heart rate up and challenge your body. It has lots of my favorite athletic style moves that promote muscle strengthening, and because it’s high in intensity you will burn calories for a few hours afterwards.

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Just a second: When you really don’t have a lot of a time,this quick one move, one minute challenge will help you get some activity in to your schedule.

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Tone that tummy: This 20 minute Core abdominal workout is sure to make you feel great. If you have little ones at home this routine is great for when they are taking a nap.

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Stress relief before bed: If you are wound up at the end of the day , consider spending some time before bed doing this yoga inspired routine. It will help you to connect your mind, body and breath. Stretching at the end of the day may help clear your mind and slow your energy down to help you get a good night’s sleep. It’s not a big calorie burner, but the relaxation and muscle stretching benefits feel great.

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An at home work out can be highly effective, even if you only have time to squeeze in a few minutes of exercise it can make a big difference with how you feel. Getting your body moving each day can build your self-confidence and your muscles too.

Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.

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What Does Body Confidence Mean to You? by Jacquie Carter, beauty expert

What Does Body Confidence Mean to You?

by Jacquie Carter, beauty expert

What Does Body Confidence Mean to YouBody confidence is a term we all use here at Herbalife. Together with Susan Bowerman and Samantha Clayton, I want to help you embrace your body, feel confident and face the world with positivity.

People come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Plenty of us also come with a hefty amount of history: past decisions or situations that impact how we look and feel today. That’s why I want to drill down into body confidence and think about why making people feel happier about all areas of themselves is so important.

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To better understand how I can help you (and how you can help me!) I put the question out on our Herbalife Facebook page. Hundreds of you answered so thank you to everyone who joined in! Many of your comments were so personal but also universal. A lot of you had similar responses that really capture how you and many of us feel about body confidence.

What does body confidence mean to you?

– Being able to take your shirt off without being embarrassed. – Kevin

– Being able to tell yourself “you got this” and feeling great of your accomplishments even if it’s small. – Veronica

– Being comfortable in your own skin. Being able to look in the mirror and be Happy with what you see. – Wheels

– Being happy in your own body – Charlie

– Body confidence to me is loving yourself completely regardless of the size or shape. But knowing that you alone have the power to change it. – Cherie

– Feeling confident about everything and spreading confidence. Mantra of ‘feel good factor’. – Gudia

– Feeling confident! Not having to worry if your tummy is bulging out when you are sitting down. – Ivy

– Feeling happy, being healthy, and most of all Loving the skin I’m in. – Tear

– For me it means you can carry yourself in any dress. Feel good and energetic. – Rohit

– Higher self esteem. Confidence. Health happiness – Toni

– I strive to be healthy but love myself regardless! – Briana

– It means being confident in my skin, feeling confidence in my presence, feeling strong and healthy. – Rosa

– It’s how you feel about how your body looks. Being able to wear sleeveless tops without thinking everyone is looking at you or thinking why is she out in that, her arms are too fat. Not caring what people are saying about you … There is your body confidence – Nicola

– Like what you see in the mirror and smile with joy inside out at the reflection of your being. – Patricia

– Loving and accepting myself but taking care of my health. – Maria

– Loving your body how it is today while making changes toward a better body for tomorrow. – Danielle

– To be the best I possibly can be. – Anton

What makes you feel body confident?

– Having a flat tummy. – L Chaka

– Its simple, I got fascinated by the great feeling of differences, slimmer waistline, my biceps, triceps are growing bigger when I combined exercise, my ab is having the 4 pax shape… I don’t feel tired that I used to be even I played 2 sessions of badminton (2hrs x 2 sessions) in a same day. I sleep great and, next morning, I am fully FRESH! AWESOME! – Shawni

– Knowing everyday I get healthier n stronger…. – Darren

– Knowing that this is the healthiest I’ve been, inside and out and that I’ll continue to do so to get in the best shape of my life x – Vicki

– Looking good in something that you worked to look good in. – Tayla

– My healthy habits in food choices and working out !!! – Damaris

– That I can breathe easier. – Paul

– Tight jeans [kiss] – Sophie

– When I feel awake, strong and alert. – Shawn

It’s interesting to me how many of you have equated body confidence to size. As Channelle puts so clearly, body confidence means to her ‘nothing jiggling or wiggling when I move.’  Gee, I bet we can all relate to that! But is that it? I love that so many of you also talk about energy, health and happiness. Michelle made a great point too: ‘Loving your body no matter where you are in your health journey’ is critical.’

A few of you wrote that building your body confidence frees you from negative self-perception. Holly passionately said body confidence means; ‘not being ashamed!’ and Cassandra added: ‘not thinking negatively about myself no matter where I am or who I’m with.’ These comments really resonate with me because I believe we all waste so much energy and time wishing we looked better and it’s painful to realize how many of us are self-critical.

It strikes me that driving out this negativity is one of the hardest tasks all of us have. My hope is that together we can try to help each of us overcome negative thoughts and cherish our own quirks. Although it’s easier said than done – our differences are important and we need to embrace the things that make us unique.

I know I wouldn’t want to live in a world where we are all size zero and 5’8’’ – or whatever your personal dream of perfection might be – but I do understand that it feels nice to wish we could be the one’s with the perfect body. That’s what makes Clarissa’s statement so true: body confidence means ‘feeling happy, healthy and comfortable in my own skin.’ And Jo-Anne’s thought demonstrates the power we give others over our happiness: ‘Being proud that I’m losing weight and getting fit & healthy & starting not to be embarrassed about what I look like xx.’

Many of you said it and I’ve felt the same way – we feel happier when people notice we look good. Bethan said she gets a body confidence boost ‘when people notice and tell me how much better I look!‘ Ashleigh agreed: ‘when someone compliments her progress it makes her feel body confident. Having others recognize your efforts can be rewarding, but let’s also remember that any body shape, healthy eating and fitness goals we set should primarily be for us as individuals… but yes, I agree that encouragement certainly can help build our body confidence!

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.

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Hate your big hips? 5 tips to help you improve your body shape- by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA

Hate your big hips? 5 tips to help you improve your body shape

by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA

Big hips? 5 tips to help you slim down and define | Herbalife Fitness AdviceDo you love or hate your big hips? Here are my five hip-defining tips to help you achieve the figure you want.

Most people have a body area that they dislike but in my experience big hips tends to be a topic of controversy. Some people want to make their hips bigger and really work on getting a great hip/booty package. Others despair at their pear-shaped figure and want advice on which exercises will help give them the proportions they want.

I understand that people want to look good—let’s face it; feeling that we look our best is a huge confidence boost. Follow my five steps to add hip definition and you could be feeling more body positive in no time. These big hip tips will help you define your waist, tone up your tush and work your hip area until it’s perfectly proportioned for you! It’s amazing that by simply taking a few small steps and striving to improve your body through fitness, you could quickly see a boost in overall confidence and self-image.

My advice is to work towards achieving an improved overall fitness level and incorporate your body specific goals into that plan. Here are my five hip-boosting tips to help you get started on perfecting your hip area and booty while burning calories and improving your fitness level.

Boost your cardio exercise regime

Cardiovascular exercises such as running, cycling, biking and swimming burn calories. Often the fuel your body uses for these cardio activities is stored body fat. If you’re trying to burn fat off your big hips and booty, making time for a few cardio workouts each week is essential. Remember that you can’t decide where your body will burn fat (there’s no such thing as spot reduction), but adding 30-45 minutes of cardio on three days of the week will help you to burn fat effectively.
To make your cardio workout lower-body specific, try running and include hills to build up your glutes. Or try a spin class – they can be tough but fun and, if you put in the work, you should see results within the first six to ten weeks.

Make small dietary changes

Investing in good nutrition is one of the most important factors in improving your body. If you want to increase your muscle mass you must consume adequate protein. If you’re increasing the amount of exercise that you do, ensure that you are well-hydrated and enjoying plenty of good carbohydrates. My tip is to write down a daily consumption food diary so that you can see what you’re putting into your body. Make small changes to cut out junk foods and choose healthier options. If you focus on snack time to start with, you may be surprised how many empty calories you’re consuming. A change of just a few hundred calories a day can make a big impact on your body composition over time.

Build muscle and tone up

If you want to improve the muscle tone in your lower body, you must add lower body exercises to your routine. My favorites for toning big hips and booty are squats, lunges, step-ups, and leg lifts. Even if your aim is to slim down, building muscle is a perfect choice. Start out by performing these exercises using your body weight, then progress to adding resistance with dumbbells or a weighted bar. Strength exercises three days a week for 30 minutes would be a great start.

Balance your body with upper body exercises

If your proportions aren’t balanced, it can make a certain body part look too big or too small. Sculpting a balanced body, especially when talking about hips, is important. If you want to help big hips look smaller, start working on toning your upper body and shoulders in addition to lower body exercises. Try adding push-ups to your routine—they will tone your arms, chest, abs and back muscles in one simple move.

Get started

This is an important tip because I’ve hear people talk about wishing to improve their body all the time. Unfortunately, wishing without taking action will not work. If you make a commitment to following my simple big hip-slimming tips and getting your exercise routine going, over time you will start to notice changes.

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I love having what I call a ‘strong figure.’ My upper and lower body is muscular but still petite proving that there is no need to be afraid of building muscle. Having a lean body mass means that my body burns more calories each day because it takes more energy for my body to sustain muscle. Muscle takes up less body space than fat as it’s a denser tissue. Having muscle can actually make you look smaller than if you have a lot of fat.

Whatever your overall body goal, just remember that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. True beauty is what is what radiates from the inside. Maintaining a body fat percentage that is within a healthy range is what I believe is most important.
Good luck working on your hips and booty. Get started and stop wishing!

Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.

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How to achieve glowing skin in just minutes! by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter.

How to achieve glowing skin in just minutes!

by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter.

How to achieve glowing skin in minutes!What’s the secret weapon for achieving glowing skin in just minutes? Hint: It’s something I tell you time and time again on what you MUST do during your daily beauty regimen.

Cleansing your skin is just a fancy phrase for “washing your face.” And it’s something that everyone needs to do no matter what! Cleansing is the first, and arguably the most important, skin care step in both your daytime and nighttime regimens. Cleansers are instrumental in removing the dirt, oils and impurities from the surface of our skin. And ladies, they’re great for removing makeup at the end of the day. Everyone MUST wash their face first thing in the morning and the end of the day before bedtime if they want to achieve youthful looking, glowing skin.

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Both men and women will benefit considerably from proper facial cleansing. Even if your face looks clean, chances are it’s not! There are things I like to call “invisible impurities” that land on our skin and can cause a lot of unnecessary damage if not properly removed. Pollution, smoke, hair spray and perfumes all have the potential to end up on your skin and must be removed to ensure our skin maintains its healthy glow. There’s nothing worse than dull, drab looking skin—especially when we can fix it with a quick cleansing in just a minute or two!

It’s important to remember that bars soaps are generally formulated for the body because they contain stronger detergents and deodorizers than your average facial cleanser. That bar soap has a lot of territory to cover and needs the extra potency to cleanse and deodorize. Think about where that bar soap goes and then think about it touching your face. (Giggle…I knew that would get you!) Please keep the bar soap for the body, and choose a cleanser that is properly formulated for the delicate facial skin.

Choosing the right cleanser for your skin is very important. If you suffer from dry skin, you want to look for a hydrating cleanser that’s sulfate free. Look for ingredients such as Aloe Vera that will provide wonderful hydrating properties. How do you know if your skin is dry? Look in the mirror! You may notice some dry, flakey patches, your skin will be sensitive to temperature extremes and dare I say it… Any fine lines you may have will be more noticeable. The good thing about having dry skin is you usually have less blemishes and breakouts. The not so good news is that people with dry skin tend to look a bit older than they really are.

If your skin is on the oily side you will notice excess oil build up in the T-zone area. The t-zone includes the forehead, nose, chin and inner cheeks. This is where we have the most oil glands on our face, so the excess oil will be most noticeable in these areas. People who have oily skin tend to be more prone to blemishes and breakouts. The good news is that those with oily skin tend to look a bit younger because fine lines are much less noticeable.

Once you’ve selected the proper cleanser for your skin type, follow these simple steps for glowing skin:

  1. Before you cleanse your skin, you must cleanse your hands. The last thing you want to do is spread germs and other yucky stuff all over your face.
  2. Only cleanse your skin using warm water. Never use water that’s overly hot or cold as extremes in the temperature of the water can damage the capillaries in your skin.
  3. Dampen your skin and hands and squeeze a dollop of cleanser in the palm of your hands. How much product you use is entirely up to you so, experiment until you get the proper amount that works best for you.
  4. Once the product is in your hand, rub your hands together and then gently massage into your skin using a circular motion. Be sure to thoroughly massage your skin including your neck and throat area.
  5. Be careful when washing around your eyes as you don’t want your cleanser to end up in your eyes, as it will most likely be uncomfortable for you.
  6. Once you’ve massaged the cleanser into your skin, rinse until your face is clean.
  7. Gently pat your skin dry; don’t rub, with a clean towel.
  8. Follow the cleansing process by toning, applying your serum, eye product and day or night time moisturizer to complete your daily skin care regimen.

That’s it!  Follow these simple cleansing tips every morning and every evening and your skin will look clean and refreshed.  If you aren’t too great at following your evening skin care routine, I will cut you a tiny bit of slack. I too have, on occasion, been simply too exhausted to follow my own advice. However I must say, for the women out there, it is imperative to remove that makeup from your skin before you go to sleep. If it means keeping cleansing cloths on your nightstand, then by all means do that. It’s not ideal but it’s better than doing nothing. Also, by removing all of the surface dirt, oils and makeup from your face, your other skin care products such as toner, serum and moisturizers will be able to penetrate more effectively into your skin so you get the maximum benefits from your skin care regimen. Look for cleansers with fresh, natural scents, cleansing jojoba beads and Aloe Vera for a wonderful cleansing experience.

Because our skin type does change on a regular basis, it’s always good to have a few cleansers on hand. Give yourself a quick look in the mirror before jumping into the shower so you know exactly what cleanser you should use. Let’s face it, some days we wake up oily and some days we wake up with dehydrated skin so let’s be prepared for anything by keeping cleansers for both skin types on hand at all times.

If you have any glowing skin tips you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them in the comments section below.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife. Discover the HerbalifeSKIN line here.

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3 steps to help you achieve your body composition goals by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA

3 steps to help you achieve your body composition goals

by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA

3 steps to help you achieve your body composition goalsIf weight loss or weight maintenance is one of your goals this year, understanding how to keep a good energy balance, how to burn calories with exercise and how to maintain lean muscle mass during the process may help you to finally achieve your body composition goal.

Many people I meet want to lose body fat, gain lean muscle mass and eventually maintain a healthy body weight. In my opinion, the only way to achieve this is to start with understanding your body and striving to find the best balance for you. We are all individuals with likes and dislikes, so finding your individual balance is the key to long- term success. 

I feel that finding balance is not finding a set formula that you will stick to forever. Instead, it’s about making a commitment to adjusting to your body’s ever changing needs.

Today I want to give you some tips to help you make positive choices that will help to keep your body progressing toward your ultimate desired body composition. Here are my three tips that can help anyone—regardless of their current activity level.

Find balance with your nutrition plan

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Controlling your nutrition with calorie intake and the types of foods you eat should be the primary focus of any healthy active lifestyle plan. In addition, exercise should always be part of your long-term body composition strategy because the health benefits associated with exercise are vast and definitely worth the time commitment.

Many people believe that if you’re exercising, you can eat what ever you want. The truth is that it’s very difficult to burn the number of calories found in just one large glass of soda. It’s true that exercise burns calories, but not enough to allow you to eat poorly. My favorite quote is “you can’t out train a bad diet.”

Burning calories with exercise is a pretty simple concept to understand. Calories are in essence your body’s fuel source. The more you move and the harder you work, the more overall fuel you will burn. The number of calories each individual burns varies from person to person and all exercises are not created equal when it comes to calorie burning. Thirty minutes of high intensity exercise will burn more overall calories than 30 minutes of low impact exercise. The mode of exercise you choose and the amount of time you commit to exercise can make a difference in your overall results.

Improving your body composition is not just a numbers game. You can’t just think about calories consumed vs. calories burned because the quality and source of the calories plays an important role. For example, 200 calories consumed by eating sugary fast food has a very different effect on your body than consuming 200 calories from fresh fruits and vegetables. That’s why I always say that finding your balance through both diet and exercise is important to long-term body composition success.

Perform a balanced and well-rounded exercise routine

Exercise is essential for long-term weight management and achieving great body composition results. Performing a balanced routine that challenges you enough to improve, but doesn’t challenge your body to the point of injury is essential. A balanced routine should include stretching, an element of resistance training, and a focus on cardiovascular activities including an activity that helps you to improve your endurance level. You don’t have to combine all of these elements into one fitness session, but each week try to ensure you’ve checked each box. A great starting commitment is 30 minutes of exercise on five days of the week.

Make a mental commitment to becoming the best you can be

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I often talk about finding your athlete mentality and believing in your body’s ability to achieve greatness. The majority of our physical actions start out as a thought, so if you keep your thoughts positive, your actions will tend to be positive too!

I understand that changing your thought process into a more positive mindset can be a challenge for many people, especially if they’ve struggled to achieve their ultimate body composition goals in the past. I believe that a change in attitude is a gradual process that involves making small changes that help boost your overall confidence. As your confidence level soars, positivity seems to follow naturally. Set yourself up for success by understanding it takes a nutritional, physical and mental commitment to achieve your goals. Start today and create positive healthy habits both physically and mentally. It makes long-term success more achievable.

I read a quote recently that said “The body achieves what the mind believes.”  It made me get focused on my goals, and I hope reading this today will help you to do the same!

Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.

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