Robert Guyer, Wellness Coordinator
El Centro College Wellness Center
800 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202
www.elcentrocollege.eduDiet Is Key
“You have to be willing to make changes in your nutrition because diet is the key factor to losing weight,” says Guyer. Studies have shown that 80 percent of weight loss happens in the kitchen. Eating a diet filled with raw vegetables, fruit and whole grains, coupled with lean meats, can help aid in weight loss. Other simple steps to take in the kitchen consist of baking instead of deep frying foods and using natural sweeteners like honey and agave instead of processed sugars and artificial sweeteners. Proper diet and nutrition can also lead to improved overall fitness and better health.
Join Organized Exercise ClassesOrganized exercise sessions such as aerobics, Zumba and spin classes have been taking place in gyms across America for some time now, and is a trend that doesn’t seem likely to go away. As additional classes are created, the workout experience doesn’t always have to take place indoors. Classes like tea kwon do, beach yoga and outdoor Pilates, tend to attract larger crowds who want to work up a sweat in a more natural, meditative environment. Wellness expert, Guyer recommends participating in organized activities at least 3-5 days a week. Guyer also notes that “attending organized classes help build motivational relationships.” Who better to share your fitness goals with than others who have the same goal as you? On days when you don’t feel like hitting the gym, your workout buddy can give you that extra push you need to get in gear and get physical. When your gym buddy isn’t in the mood to attend class, you can return the favor by encouraging them to stay focused on their weight loss goal.
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