7 Ways to LIVE Healthier

Denise Austin by Denise Austin | July 30, 2016 | Lifestyle

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Hi Everyone!

Hope you all are having a great weekend! Being healthy is a LIFESTYLE. It is all about feeling motivated and taking action! Here are my 7 healthy lifestyle tips:

1. Start
It’s all about establishing a routine. Squeeze in just 10 minutes to move, and then add five minutes the next time. If you just do that, you’ll see a huge difference.

2. Shake things up
I’m a big believer in mixing up your routine. I change it up all the time with barre, yoga, cardio, high-intensity circuits. I love to play tennis with my husband Jeff, and sometimes on weekends we play with the whole family. Jeff has played his whole life. He was an All American, won 2 NCAA’s championships at UCLA and played professionally too! The Austin family of five had all tennis champions. Jeff’s sister is Tracy Austin. So it’s all in the family.

3. Find the joy in getting healthy
I’m motivated because I love what I do. It’s positive. Helping people keeps me going. Find the joy in a workout that you will love like walking with a friend.

4. Be consistent
I’m just like everyone else — I’d rather sit on the couch and eat doughnuts. But I exercise to feel good, and I know how I feel when I don’t. I only work out for 30 minutes, but I do it almost every day. Consistency is key.

5. Try new music
I have two daughters who really keep me young with their fun music they introduce me to. My daughter, Kelly works in the music industry so I get a chance to hear ALL kinds of great new music.

6. Eat well 80 percent of the time
I’m into eating whole foods. I don’t starve myself, and I don’t think other people should either. But I give myself “cheat meals” 20 percent of the time. It’s about balance. If I do indulge, it might be on a glass of red wine or dessert if I’m out. And I love Mexican food.

7. Keep superfoods on hand — and banish the junk
Foods I’ll always have in my kitchen are parsley [high in vitamin C], quinoa [a high-protein whole grain], walnuts [good for heart health], olive oil and avocados [both are healthy fats]. I try not to have junk food in my kitchen at all, or I will see it and eat it. My favorite is ice cream, so when I really want it, we walk to the ice cream shop and get either a scoop of coffee ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt. That way it’s perfectly portioned, unlike a carton of ice cream, which I could down in one sitting while mindlessly watching TV. I also usually have a dark-chocolate bar handy for a sweet-tooth attack — but a healthy one that is high in antioxidants and at least 70 percent real cocoa.

Love always from Your Personal Trainer,


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