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What's the Best Health Advice You've Ever Received?

Speak Up: Share the Best Health Advice You've Ever Received?

In college, I let the freedom of being able to stay up late and eat jellybeans for dinner get the best of me. Late-night pizza outings, the all-you-can-eat meals at the dining hall, and the frozen yogurt machine did not do my body good. The most exercise I got was from walking to the soda machine, and I ended up gaining way more than the usual freshman 15.

By the time I graduated, I did not like how I felt or how my clothes fit, and was determined to lose the weight I had gained. That's when I started going to Ashtanga yoga classes three times a week. I was becoming stronger, but not really losing weight. While complaining to a good friend, she said, "In order to lose weight, you need to up your cardio." That was the best advice ever. I started a regular running routine, and slowly but surely, the pounds began to melt off. I'm forever grateful for that friend's advice because now I'm at a much healthier weight, my heart and muscles feel strong, and I'm confident about my body. So tell me, what's the best health or fitness advice you've ever received?

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annnnnnnie annnnnnnie 6 years
No one ever says "I regret exercising"
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
*weight loss wise
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
best advice: don't expect it to happen over night =)
lwill2389 lwill2389 6 years
Have a diet that is high in fiber, low in saturated fat. Do the exercise that is most accessible to you!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
"You can change your weight, but not your shape. If you have short legs, you'll always have them, so embrace your body and try to be as healthy as you can be" "Don't drink your calories" "No one ever got fat by eating too much broccoli. Too much cheese sauce on the broccoli, maybe" and "Great abs are made in the kitchen".
imLissy imLissy 6 years
I was complaining to my friends that I was fat in 8th grade and one of the girls, instead of saying something like, oh, you're not fat, told me I should stop eating french fries for lunch every day. Um, duh! Course then I started eating bagels every day which wasn't a lot better and I didn't lose any weight, but at least I wasn't eating french fries. Five years later I lost the weight.
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 6 years
The best advice my trainer gave me was not to get hung up on losing pounds. He said," too many women worry about losing pounds. Focus on losing those inches." It really hit home and helped me lose those last two sizes. Helped my mother lose six...
2muchtv 2muchtv 6 years
So much to choose from... 1. You can't outrun a bad diet 2. Don't go low-fat/diet whatever, eat everything, just control portions 3. Intervals! Weights! Stretch! 4. Be active in everything, not just the hour you spend exercising
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 6 years
Yoga and cardio won't cut it.... you need weight training.
helloanya helloanya 6 years
I think the best advice I've gotten is... exercising just to be vain and look hot naked isn't going to make you want to have a healthy-regime, but exercising to get the health benefits such as heart and lower blood pressure now those are going to benefit me even when I don't look as hot naked because I am old, wrinkly and saggy. So, looking at the "big picture" when it comes to my health, really got me off my behind into my work out clothing.
Beaner Beaner 6 years
Being pregnant, I read that "every time you eat is an opportunity to nourish your baby," but the way I think about it, pregnant or not, "every time you eat is an opportunity to nourish your body."
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Be the healthiest version of me that I can be.
Sundown321 Sundown321 6 years
"It takes 5 weeks to gain one pound of muscle". A trainer told me this and it helped me shake that excuse of "I have gained weight because I have started working out". If I have gained 5 pounds, and have only been working out regularly for 3 weeks, I'm not doing something right!
Graze-With-Me Graze-With-Me 6 years
I have a few key phrases that I live by: Respect your fullness & honor your hunger. Real hunger CAN wait. (unlike cravings....) Abs are made in the kitchen. Body shape is 80% diet and 20% exercise. Drinking water is like keeping oil and gasoline in an engine. If you run out, you will break down.
Zulkey Zulkey 6 years
this might not be very popular but my therapist told me I had to get it into my head that "life isn't fair," IE that I want to eat everything I wish and not gain any weight but that's just not the way it is for me. It gives me a reality check while at the same time reminding me that there are certain things that are out of my control (like genetics).
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
"It's all about calories coming in, not calories going out". Not sure who told me that years ago, but I still don't 100% live by that, although after I heard that I began exercising regularly... still haven't changed my eating habits, though I never ate that poorly to begin with.
brindey brindey 6 years
I think you, FitSugar, had something on here about your shape being 20% working out and 80% what you eat. That changed how I thought about getting "in shape". My dermatologist said to drink more water...which reminds me, I need to do that..... My mom started running with me when I was 8. I ran my first half marathon when I was 13, and will start training for my next marathon soon. So my mom didn't give me advice, really, but she shared her passion for healthy eating and exercise through her actions and I credit her with my sister and my healthy habits.
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 6 years
Stop making excuses, just do it!
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