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Nutrition Tips and Trends for a Healthy New Year

Did your New Year’s resolutions include a promise to “eat right” and exercise? Many of us make these promises to ourselves in January, but by March we find our old habits sneaking back up on us. Some people tackle the problem too aggressively – with overly restrictive diets, or exercise regimes that they can’t commit to – and soon give up their efforts.  Being healthy is more than just making the right food choices – it’s also about supplementing healthy food choices with increased participation in physical activity. Below are tips and exercise trends to kick start your New Year the healthy way.

Tips and Trends for 2017

Ditch the Office Chair.  Research continues to show the benefits of working at a standing desk and the dangers of sitting for hours a day. Just because you work in an office setting doesn’t mean you can’t be active. Adding more activity to your day can be as easy as standing at your desk while you make phone calls, holding walking meetings, or even taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Take a Walk at Lunch.

To combat afternoon slumps in energy and focus, take a walk during your lunch hour.  A recent study1, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, showed that lunchtime strolls can boost people’s moods and ability to handle stress at work. If you combine your walk with a meal replacement shake, like Herbalife Formula 1,you are getting a convenient meal while getting some exercise.

Eat More Mindfully.

Eating mindfully means that you pay attention to the foods you choose in order to properly fuel your body. Establish regular eating habits and follow a few simple rules for a healthier diet – include plenty of vegetables and whole fruits at meals and snacks, limit your intake of fats and sweets, make sure to feed your muscles with protein, and drink plenty of water.

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Challenge Yourself:

Sign up for races such as community 5ks, mud runs, obstacle course races and triathlons to put your body to the test. The races this year have become more challenging and dirty with mud, fire and heights to climb are all part of the obstacle course attraction.

Join On-line.

The tech fit industry jumped to new heights in 2016 and proved to be a very practical solution for so many people. It’s now easier than ever to work out with a fitness star in a foreign country from the comfort of your own home, or use a fitness app for guidance. With live streaming, get ready to travel, without a passport, for a fitness class.

Be Balanced:

The focus in fitness is becoming centered on overall wellness and not just ‘quick fix’ fitness program. And the same holds true for diet, too. There will be a rise in more balanced routines that encompass simple old-school time tested exercise, complemented by a healthy diet that is rooted in balanced nutrition, promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.

Explore More Fusion:

We’ll continue to see a functional, body weight exercise focus that can be done anywhere. We envision seeing more ‘fusion style’ classes and programs being developed that include several elements of fitness programming such as yoga-strength, Pilates– yoga, cardio with strength, etc. In 2016, “Piloxing” combining Pilates and boxing was a big hit because it merged activities holistically, to help people from getting bored. This year was a 2- format combo kind of year…let’s see if 2017 bring the 3 and 4 style fusion into reality

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Fast and effective:

The science that came out this year shows just how effective a quick blast can be and will have more people saying goodbye to the hour long sweat session and hello to the quickie routine. This year we will see new HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts that play with rest and recovery times.

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Susan Bowerman, M.S., RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND – Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training, Herbalife Nutrition

Susan Bowerman is the director of nutrition training at Herbalife Nutrition , where she is responsible for the development of nutrition education and training materials, and is one of the primary authors of the Herbalife sponsored blog, Discover Good Nutrition. She is a registered dietitian, a board certified specialist in sports dietetics and a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Susan graduated with distinction in biology from the University of Colorado, and received her master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Colorado State University. She then completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas. Susan has taught extensively and developed educational programs targeted to individuals, groups and industry in her areas of expertise, including health promotion, weight management and sports nutrition. Prior to her role at Herbalife, she was the assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, and has held appointments as adjunct professor in nutrition at Pepperdine University and as lecturer in nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Susan was a consultant to the (then) Los Angeles Raiders for six seasons, and was a contributing columnist for the Los Angeles Times Health Section for two years. She is a co-author of 23 research papers, 14 book chapters, and was a co-author of two books for the public: “What Color is Your Diet?” and “The L.A. Shape Diet” by Dr. David Heber, published by Harper Collins in 2001 and 2004, respectively.