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How to stick with New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and get fit.
Jon Thomas, DC, Board Certified Chiropractic Physician
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Year! If you made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and to become more
fit, you are not alone. Making a resolution is the easy part. The big question
in January is whether you will stick with it. Waking up on New Year’s Day and
realizing that there’s a price to pay for whatever unfortunate excesses may
have happened the night before, or throughout the holiday season, is the hard
help is available. Joining a fitness club or signing up for a weight loss
program are relatively easy. Lots of people do it in January and it works for
some of them. However, to achieve your goals, it’s important to find the right
considering a weight loss program, the answers to a few simple questions will
help people to make informed decisions.
program require prepackaged meals and are those costs over and above other
costs? After participating in a program with
packaged foods, people are going to return to their local grocery store
someday. What will happen when they don’t have prepackaged foods and they walk
through grocery stores that are filled with temptation?
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are prepackaged, can you try before you buy? It would
be a shame to commit to a program and then find out that you just can’t stand
the food. Who would want to stick with that?
meetings required? If so, be sure that meetings are at times that
fit into your schedule. Some degree of flexibility can be important to many
counselors or consultants easily accessible to answer questions that come up? Questions are going to come up from time to time. Getting answers in a
timely manner can make the difference between slipping up or staying on course.
program include someone trained in nutrition and in the physiology of weight
loss? The training and experience of the practitioner
are keys for any weight loss program. Losing weight the right way is fantastic.
Losing weight the wrong way can be dangerous. Are you seeing a true expert that
has studied weight loss and its effects on the body, managed people through the
challenging phases of a program, or is it someone who had some success and is
now acting as an expert. It’s important to know that we are not all the same
and what has worked for one person might not work for others.
program been working for other people? If it has not
been working for other people, what would be the point in trying it. Find a
program that has worked for lots of people, preferably people just like you.
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you join a gym?
centers help lots of people work toward their health and fitness goals. Being
around like-minded people can be very motivating. Here are several things to
check into before signing up. It’s important to remember many fitness programs
are for toning, conditioning, and strengthening and are not purposeful in
actually losing weight. Make sure your efforts are focused toward the correct
and hours of operation. Make sure that the location
is convenient and that it’s open at hours when you can get there. If you can’t
get there when it’s open, membership is not going to help much.
and classes. Make sure the center has the equipment and/or
classes you want. Try to find a center where you can change things up once in a
while to keep things from getting boring. Boredom is not conducive to sticking
with a program.
tips to stay focused on your weight and fitness objectives.
down your goals. Experts agree that writing down goals is the best
first step to achieving them. The act of writing your goals out requires more
organized thought than just saying you want to lose weight or get in shape. The
simple act of writing out your goals will plant them firmly in your mind. So,
if you haven’t already done so, write down your goals. Do you want to lose
twenty pounds in six weeks? Write that out. Do you want to walk four miles
three times per week at a pace that will burn calories? Write that out.
tracker can help you to stay motivated.
fitness tracker, you can monitor your heart rate while you exercise. This helps
users to get their heart rate to the desired level and keep it there for a
have health issues, a tracking device can keep you aware of how your body is
doing so that you can avoid the types of injuries that come from doing too
benefit of using a tracking device is that it will track your performance over
a period of time. This will provide you with a better picture of the progress
you are making.
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advantage of the great outdoors.
Florida is a beautiful part of the country with great weather. There are lots
of ways to enjoy the nature surrounding us. Long walks on local beaches are
always nice, but there are lots of other options.
many beautiful waterways that can be explored by kayak or canoe. Either way,
you’ll get a good upper body workout.
swimming, we have the beaches, although the water is getting cold this time of
year. On the other hand, we have several of Florida’s beautiful springs within
driving distance. The water’s always refreshing at about seventy-two degrees,
but it’s certainly warm enough to swim in.
numerous parks with beautiful hiking trails. They include Guana River State
Park, Fort Clinch, Little Talbot Island, and many others. There are also
excellent trails at the University of North Florida.
Trail from Jacksonville’s Westside to Baldwin is popular with bikers who want
to cover a lot of ground. Hanna Park and Westside Regional Park offer mountain
yourself some slack if you fall short.
perfect and most people who want to lose weight are going to slip up once in a
while. Don’t get negative. Figure out went wrong, reexamine your goals, and
resolve to do better the next time that challenge presents itself.
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is a great time of the year to see a chiropractor so you can start the year off
properly aligned. Also, when you’re losing weight and getting fit, your body is
going through significant changes. Everything that happens in your body is
directed by the brain, the command center. When that information isn’t flowing
properly, your body does not have the information it needs to function
optimally. A chiropractor can identify specific areas where your nervous system
is not working properly and correct them.
is Thyroid Health Awareness Month.
thyroid’s job is to make thyroid hormone, which is secreted into the blood and
then carried to every tissue in the body. Thyroid hormone helps the body use
energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs working
as they should.” American
hormone regulates the metabolism in humans. That’s why thyroid function and
weight are closely related. Getting the thyroid to function the way it
should is important to everybody. It’s especially important to anyone who is
trying to lose weight.
encourage anyone who is considering a weight loss program to seek one where
there is a trained practitioner who understands the physiology of weight loss
and the relationship of the thyroid gland to weight. A good practitioner will
have thorough knowledge of the thyroid gland, and will know what to do if the
thyroid is not functioning correctly.
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accountability partner or a coach to help you stay motivated can make an
enormous difference when you’re trying to lose weight and get fit. One of the
biggest differences between the NutriMost program at the Vibrant Life Health
Center and other weight loss programs is that we maintain a strong
interpersonal connection with our patients all the way through the program.
We’re committed to keeping them motivated and helping them to maintain their
can send a text to Dr. Thomas at any time of the day with a question or some
challenge they’re facing, and he will do his utmost to answer very quickly. He
usually answers within thirty minutes. He is an accountability partner and a
coach for his patients and that’s not just lip service. That’s one of the
things people mention over and over in their testimonial videos.
like to find out how Vibrant Life Health Center can help you to lose weight,
get fit, and make 2017 your best year ever, call today to set up an
article, I have discussed how people can make effective resolutions for the New
Year. Whether that involves losing weight or getting fit, it is possible. I’ve
provided some tips on how to go about that.
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Dr. Jon Thomas is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. His
practice, The Vibrant Life Health Center, is located in the Mandarin section of
Jacksonville. His interest in health and fitness started early, and his
athletic pursuits have included BMX racing, Professional Snow Skiing, Water
Skiing, Baseball, Weightlifting, and Martial Arts. After studying and learning
from some of the top health experts throughout the world, Dr. Thomas dedicated
his life to helping people of all ages to transform their lives. The objective
for each patient is to initiate the body’s healing and to work progressively
toward a body that functions optimally. Dr. Thomas is seen regularly on TV
programs where he discusses the transformations of his patients. He also speaks
at events throughout the community and writes informative articles to improve
the health of residents throughout Northeast Florida.