Day #3 of The 12 Fitness Days of Christmas

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1. Recognize your cravings – A strong desire for specific dishes is a common symptom of emotional eating. If you’re actually hungry, everything on the menu is likely to sound appealing. When you’re depressed over a recent breakup, ice cream may be the only thing you want to order.

2. Work on maintaining weight – Instead of thinking in terms of dieting and weight loss, seek to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you’ve been dieting for a long time, give yourself a break and try to focus on nutritional changes that you can maintain for the rest of your life. Most importantly relax.  Stress inhibits weight loss.

Incorporate the 80/20 rule, be strict 80% of the time and enjoy yourself the remaining 20%.

3. Stand up – If you have a job where you sit a lot or find yourself spending considerable time on the sofa, stand on your feet periodically throughout the day.

* At work, there may be tasks you can do while standing.
* Sorting documents, looking through files, reading reports, and making handwritten notes can all be done from a standing position. Some workplaces even offer standing desks at which you can do computer work.
* Here’s an interesting tip to try at home: if you use a laptop computer and you have a raised counter/bar area, consider placing your laptop on the high counter and doing work while you stand.
* Even if you’re only on your feet for 15 minutes at a time, the calories you burn will increase while you’re standing.

4. Stock up on healthy snacks – Snacking is inevitable, especially when you’re stuck indoors, evening after evening. You might as well prepare for your snack cravings and stock up on healthy and satisfying snacks.

* Organic nuts such as almonds and macadamia are great options

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Coach John's enthusiastic approach and positive energy will get anyone excited about fitness. However it's his ability to motivate and inspire people to do more not just in the dojo but in life that gets results.

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