Will 2015 Belong to You?

Goal Setting Successfully found on http://liveloveandrun.comAre you someone who follows through on their actions or do you find that your good intentions fall to the wayside quickly? Regardless of how you may classify yourself as, why not make 2015 the year which belongs to you?

While this may sound like a huge challenge, by breaking this year down into smaller steps the overall picture becomes much clearer. When it comes to setting goals many people often make lofty goals, those that are almost unattainable or out of reach. It’s no wonder that these ambitions and goals are given up almost as fast as they were set.

So how do you set easy to reach goals that will lead you on the path of your dreams?

One of the first things that you need to accomplish is to think about what your goals are. Now we don’t mean travelling the world living out of fancy hotels. We mean goals that are going to help you lead the life you have always dreamed of. If your goal was to travel the world what would be the steps you need to take to accomplish this?

By breaking down a main goal into smaller segments you are working towards your end goal. Building on the travel goal, what would you need to make this come true? Most likely you’ll need a substantial amount of money for one thing. How would you get this money? This would become a smaller goal. Once you had the money how would you travel, where would you go and how long would you stay in each place. All of these steps are smaller goals that need to be determined.

Do you see how these smaller steps are building up to the main goal? Perfect, this is exactly how you can make this year belong to you.

The first step is to define your end goal. Then plan out all of the steps you need to take to get there. This might include earning more money, saving money regularly, learning a new skill or it might involve losing weight and getting fit. If one of your end goals is to live a healthier and happier life, then that is where this website can be of enormous help to you.

Regardless of your end goal, once you have planned out your steps you want to treat each one as a mini goal. Then take each mini goal and work on it until you have reached it. Then take the next one and build upon that. Repeat this process until you can see your end goal in sight.

Along the way you are going to come face to face with stumbling blocks and of course, life will get in the way. All of these things are perfectly normal. What matters is the manner in which you deal with these road blocks.

For people losing weight it can be difficult when you reach a plateau for weeks and weeks. It is easier to give up and revert back to your old habits. Those people that are really determined and motivated to reach their target goal will look for ways to deal with these plateaus. These people are fighters!

To assist you and help me to succeed in reaching my 2015 goals, I’ve included a picture at the end of this blog post of a goals worksheet found on that you can use. Go here to check it and by all means, start using it right away!

When working towards a goal you do not always have to work hard on it every day. Sometimes it’s healthy to take a short break, just don’t let this become a vacation though!

You may find it easier to schedule certain days of the week to work on your goal so that you don’t become over focused or obsessed on it. Working on a new goal means finding ways to fit it into your life without placing something or someone else in jeopardy.

With this in mind you now have several tools and a plan of attack to make this year belong to you in any way you see fit. Here’s wishing you all the best in 2015!

5 Free Health-Related Apps For Your Android Phone

Utah's Wasatch Mountains (image courtesy of fineartamerica.com)Its vacation time here in the United States. Lots of families are out and about visiting friends and extended family while checking out some of the great sites in the USA. I hope that you’re enjoying some time off during these summer months.

I live in Utah and like much of the country, it’s scorching hot here right now. If you’re planning on being outside a great deal or you’re going traveling in the near future, there are a number of great apps for you to consider installing on your Android Phone that could come in handy in helping you stay on track with your health and fitness goals or help you get out of a difficult situation when something unexpected happens involving your health. All of the five apps presented below are free, so check them out and put them to use.

5 Free Health-Related Apps For Your Android Phone

1. Fooducate Healthy Weight Loss by Fooducate, Ltd. Over one million downloads for our first app have been made with outstanding reviews. Fooducate has developed an app that will help you lose weight, track your progress and eat REAL food. That sounds great. It describes the app as the only one out there that looks beyond the calorie and helps you eat healthy and tasty foods. Scan the barcode of a particular item and this app will let you know what’s in your food and even suggest healthier alternatives. This app has been featured by numerous media outlets and even Oprah! Give it a try.

2. Healthy Recipes Free by Riafy Technologies. Our second recommended app helps us to eat healthy by providing recipes for great tasting healthy meals. Use this app to take your menu planning to a higher level. Create healthier meals and snacks for everyone in your family with these well-received recipes.

Inofographic Courtesy of mindoverbody.com3. Water Your Body by Northpark. Do you drink enough water? Hopefully, you’re drinking more than you used to after our blog post in June (last month). This app will help remind you to drink water regularly and even tracks your water drinking habits. Simply by entering your current weight, Water Your Body will help you determine just how many glasses of water that you need to consume each day. When you have finished drinking a glass of water, you’ll need to add another to this app. I also really like the sound effects that help remind you to drink some more water.

4. Calorie Counter — My Fitness Pal. This app has received outstanding ratings from almost 700,000 reviewers. Many concur that this app is the best one around for helping you take those extra pounds off. It has a really fast data entry system for entering food information and keeping track of exercise.

5. WebMD for Android by WebMD, LLC. Over five million people have downloaded this app. It’s a must-have app if you’re out and about a lot as it provides 24/7 access to vital health information and decision-support tools such as WebMD’s Sympton Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings. And get this — you don’t need a wireless connection to take advantage of these outstanding features.

Inspirational Fitness Infographic

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Does How You View Exercise Affect Your Weight Loss?

According to a 2013 Gallup Poll, over 51% of Americans will tell you that they want to lose weight. Perhaps, like me, you fall into that group. Most people would agree that exercise plays a huge role in a person’s success in dropping weight and experiencing better overall health.

But did you know that how you view exercise can actually affect how much weight that you could lose? About 10 days ago I was waiting for a family member to get finished running an errand so I started reading some articles on an app called Zite on my android phone. By the way, this app doesn’t cost anything to put on your phone.

One article on Zite really caught my attention entitled, “Think Fun While Exercising, You’ll Eat Less Later.” In this article, the results of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Department are explained but in a nutshell their findings indicate that if you look at your workouts as a break from your normal routine or even as a fun activity rather than “exercise”, then you’ll eat less and actually lose more weight.

“Do whatever you can to make your workout fun. Play music, watch a video, or simply be grateful that you’re working out instead of working in the office,” says Brian Wansink Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. “Anything that brings a smile, is likely to get you to eat less.”

Since rebounding is generally viewed as a fun way to exercise, it’s reasonable to conclude based on the Cornell study that bouncing on a Cellerciser is likely to get you to eat less following a workout, improving your chances of losing weight.

If you would like to read the article that I found on Zite, follow this link.

How Drinking Water Improves Your Chances For Good Health

I hope that you have taken some time to peruse Pinterest and become familiar with all that it has to offer. In case you missed it, I discussed the tremendous merits of using this social medium in my last post on this website and provided some must-follow boards to check out.

One of the important things that we all can do to improve the effectiveness of our exercise workouts whether that is rebounding on a Cellerciser or doing something entirely different is to drink enough water so that our bodies run more efficiently.

Pinterest is very health-oriented in case you haven’t noticed. Literally, millions of health-related pins can be found there. There are also a good number of pins pertaining to the topic of drinking water that you can review.

I have come across a number of great pins and pinners devoted to the importance of drinking enough water in the past few weeks.

I’m going to share a few of them with you today mostly to inspire all of us (with me right there among you) to start drinking more water daily to improve our overall health.

First, if you sign in to your Pinterest account and perform a search for the term “drinking water”, you’ll encounter numerous pins that are well worth taking a look. You can also target that search solely for pins, boards, or pinners which I did when I found this board with some really good info on the health benefits of drinking more water. You can click on the picture of the board below to go directly there.

Drinking Water Pinterest Board

The above board provides a nice amount of information on drinking more water without being overwhelming.

Another thing that you’ll notice right away when you spend some time on Pinterest is the increasing popularity of Infographics on the site. Below is one of the nicest Infographics that I’ve come across entitled “The Miracle That Is Water” courtesy of StayingHealthy.org.

Take a few moments and go over the facts and figures on this graphic that will remind us of how drinking more water can improve our good health.

Miracle That is Water Infographic

I’m going to drink more water. I hope that you’ll join me!

Five Must-Follow Pinterest Boards

Pinterest is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable social media sites on the Internet. In case you’ve been busy with other endeavors, Pinterest is a platform where people set-up profiles for themselves and/or for their businesses, and create boards on topics of interest to them — food, fashion, fitness, art, etc. Then, the magic happens. You then find visual images related to your board topics and “pin” them to your boards for you and others to see.

Pinterest Tips and How-To Information

For those of you who might want to get involved with Pinterest or learn more about how to effectively use this social medium, I’ve created a Pinterest tips board with over 150 pins that will direct you to numerous articles, infographics, and tutorials. Here’s the link to that board:

http://www.pinterest.com/bestrebounder/pinterest-tips-techniques/

Unless I’m mistaken, many of you reading this are quite familiar with Pinterest. It is my favorite social medium right now and from time to time I will pass along some of the great boards that I find for you to check out.

Pinterest Rebounding Board

Five Pinterest Boards to Follow

5. Rebounding

Rebounding on an exercise rebounder aka mini-trampoline is a great way to get and stay fit. Tips, techniques, health benefits, exercises, and anything else related to rebounding  can be found on this board.

http://www.pinterest.com/bestrebounder/rebounding

4. The Healthy Cookbook

Thousands of healthy recipes and snacks can be found here:

http://www.pinterest.com/healthyjenn/the-healthy-cookbook/

3.Positive Inspirational Quotes

This is a community board for sharing inspirational and positive quotes. Over 33,000 followers found at this board:

http://www.pinterest.com/judybelmont/positive-inspirational-quotes/

2. Healthy Life = Happy Life

A healthy life leads to only good things. Pin regarding food, diet, health, fitness or wellness related found here. This board’s goal is to help everyone be healthier:

http://www.pinterest.com/HealthHapSmart/healthy-life-happy-life/

1. All About Food

Nearly 19,000 collaborators are connected to this board on a scorching hot Pinterest topic: food. Check it out here:

http://www.pinterest.com/kuabt/all-about-food/

Pinterest is an increasingly popular social medium and I’m confident that many of you reading this will enjoy your time spent on this site. Take some time this weekend and explore these and other great Pinterest boards.