Four ways to boost your fitness and your health. Feel better, train harder and live healthier with these tips.
By Paige Greenfield, May 16, 2013
Photo: Stewart Volland
Replace negative thoughts about your body: (“My thighs are so big”) with positive statements about what you can do (“I can run a sub-eight-minute mile!”). A new study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity found that women who boosted their body image lost about three times more weight than those who didn’t.
Pay with cash: People who use card to purchase groceries spend a total of $30 more, on average, including $6 more on junk food, the Journal of Consumer Research reports. There are also links between healthier food choices and shopping trolleys as opposed to baskets.
Turn the tunes: Listening to enjoyable music causes your brain to release the pleasure-related neurotransmitter dopamine, report researchers at McGill University in Canada.
Reduce your risk of pain and injury during training: Ensure your shoes are wide enough for your feet. Try this trick from Pedro E. Cosculluela, MD and orthopedic surgeon: stand barefoot on a piece of paper and trace your foot. Place the shoe in question over the sketch and if the outline is outside the shoe, you need a larger size. While this doesn’t mean you can’t slip into a pair of heels on special occasions, wearing them consistently can result in problems down the road.