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Day 2: 5 Real-life Tips to Achieving (and Sustaining) a Healthier Holiday and New Year
Wellness
Published Tuesday May 21, 2019 by Devin Dilday

5 Real-life Tips to Achieving (and Sustaining) a Healthier Routine

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Balancing healthy eating habits with all the other demands in your life can be hard—especially with a busy schedule.  But if you’re looking for an effective routine that you can stick to long after the work parties and family barbecues, there’s no reason not to recommit to your health and fitness this summer.


Whether you’re looking for tips to benefit your workout regimen, a more solid understanding of your nutrition or a way to redefine your dietary goals with the help of a professional, here are five ways to jumpstart a healthy plan, thanks to Precision Nutrition

 

Start with one small change.

Diets often fail because they ask you to overhaul your eating habits all at once. What's more effective: many small changes that add up to big results over time. Identify one nutrition tweak you can make today, like adding more veggies to your dinner plate or replacing the burger with a salad. Tomorrow, see if you can do it again, and so on. 

 

Be active—at any level.

It can be intimidating to begin a new workout routine, try a different class or get out of your fitness comfort zone. But you don't have to make huge changes to support your health and fitness goals. Focus on physical activities that you truly enjoy—whether that's walking your dog or yoga or circuit training. If you love it, you're more likely to be consistent, which is more important than the level of intensity.

 

Forget the food “rules.” 

Diets come and go. To improve your health and achieve your fitness goals, you need a plan that fits you and your lifestyle. For help creating an individualized plan, consider tapping into the support of a nutrition coach, who can help you eat, move, and live better—in a way that fits into your real, everyday life.

 

Celebrate your accomplishments.

Even if there’s a lot you want to change about your nutrition, health and fitness habits, make a point of calling out at least two or three things that you're doing "right." Patting yourself on the back for every inch of progress is crucial to staying motivated and on a track toward your goals.

 

Expect resistance—and push through it.

Real talk: Life gets busy. Sometimes our schedules get in the way. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your goals. Challenges and resistance doesn't mean this isn't going to work. It means you have started the hard work of finding a sustainable plan for you!

 

If you want to live your healthiest life, Precision Nutrition could be the solution. With hands-on coaches, they’ve helped thousands get in the best shape of their lives. Try their body transformation program for a complete nutrition and exercise plan that’ll help you get the lasting results you really want. Learn more here!

 

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Original publication date: December 12, 2018

Devin Dilday MINDBODY
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Social butterfly by nature, it's no wonder Devin found her niche in the social media and marketing industry. As a native San Diegan, Devin loves spending time at the beach and dining at local hot spots. When she's not working, you can find her at a Pilates, barre or yoga class.
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Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

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For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.