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Healthy Lifestyle

Using Groupons To Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle, Find The Perfect Fit

For those wanting to keep their New Year’s resolution of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, consider making a permanent change in your life. Sample various gyms, workouts, etc. that fits your lifestyle; one that you look forward to — instead of one that you dread.

Do you love your couch? Mine is amazing and anywhere you sit on it is the best spot to be. The thing is a death trap. It sucks you in and slowly bleeds your energy and enthusiasm till you lose all motivation to accomplish anything.

I’m being dramatic. The point is we all have a “couch” that inhibits our desires to accomplish more for ourselves. You’re busy, and good for you for being normal and having a life with more important things to focus your energy. However, if improving your overall health is of any value, then I challenge you. Somewhere I guarantee there is a person twice as busy as you, and he or she is making time to go for a run.

We know you want it, so let’s turn desire into action and keep the momentum pushing you forward. Simultaneously, we’ll mitigate the “couches” that can derail your progress. There are no shortcuts, no miracle pills, and no perfect foods or exercises. Lasting change takes time, discipline, and dedication. That is what you are truly pushing for – permanent change.

The First Steps

Specifically detail why you want this. Maybe you’re trying to prevent health problems or be a positive example for your family. Whatever you decide make it selfish and personal. Powerful reasons are hard to ignore. Try appealing to your competitive side. Reward yourself for reaching benchmarks or, even better, get a workout buddy or group to compete with and reward each other. Now it’s time to find the tools to accomplish your goals.

We are creatures of habit and tend to focus on routine and results and forget to HAVE FUN!

Finding the Perfect Fit

There are too many fitness options available to be certain which ones are perfect for you without trying them all. Barring any physical limitations, it’s more about finding a mental and emotional fit. Love what you’re doing, and don’t be fooled into thinking you need to immediately commit to any one program to see results; there’s time to make that happen.

Realize that you are remaining active and opening up the possibilities for a better life. As the weeks pass you will discover something you love and will stick with it and you will have certainty in knowing that you’ve already tasted the alternatives. But remember, no gym is supposed to make you instantly feel good about yourself while you’re there. If that was the case they’d serve you shots. You look forward to what you’re about to attempt and then feel great about what you’ve accomplished. But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring!

Take Advantage of Deals

If you could test drive a different luxury car every week and just had to pay for your own gas – would you do it? This time of year is a buyer’s market in the fitness industry. Gyms can obtain a 30 percent increase in new memberships during January and February. This means lots of options and big discounts. You’ve probably seen more than a dozen promotional offers within the last few weeks through various advertisements. Search through Groupon and LivingSocial. Try as many of them as you can and HAVE FUN!

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

Eventually you will settle back to being habitual, but you will have achieved change that is now a part of your life. Appreciate this moment and look forward to your goals on a weekly basis. Stop trying to focus on the rest of the year. You don’t stare at the top of the mountain while you’re hiking up the trail. Once it becomes habitual you will make it a part of your routine. You’ll schedule time for it, add it to your calendar, set reminders, make plans around it, and share it with people you know, sending them meeting requests. Before you know it you won’t let the “couch” work its way into your agenda because you’ll feel guilty if you miss a session. Congratulate yourself and admire how far you’ve traveled. And don’t forget to pay an occasional visit to your couch.

Which Groupons or LivingSocial deals have you tried and are implementing into your life? Which deals are the best in the Valley? Let us know!

For more information about how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle, visit thebodylabaz.com.


Luci's Marketplace - Exterior

Luci’s Healthy Marketplace Offers Local, Organic, Natural Products

As most people know, exercise plays a crucial role in weight loss, but even more important is eating a healthy and balanced diet.

Eating healthy and completely changing the way you go about your day can appear to be somewhat of a daunting task, however if done right, it can prove to be extremely rewarding — especially when you slip into that new bathing suit with ease.  The first step to healthy eating begins with knowing where to shop.  Luci's Market Shelves

The Valley’s own local market, Luci’s Healthy Marketplace, is a health food grocer and eatery located in Central Phoenix that caters to those who wish to not only eat well, but live a healthy lifestyle.

Luci’s Healthy Marketplace is a neighborhood market that features organic and natural products from quality local and regional purveyors. Many of the food products sold do not contain preservatives and are even gluten-free.  The owners of Luci’s, Ken and Lucia Schnitzer, opened the market in 2008 after Luci’s successful battle with breast cancer inspired them to live a healthier lifestyle.

In addition to the market, Luci’s has a full coffee bar and restaurant, providing freshly brewed organic coffee and many different types of teas and healthy beverages.  For hectic mornings when preparing a nutritional breakfast is nearly impossible, Luci’s is a great alternative with their freshly cooked breakfast meals that are served all day and, for the health conscious, substitutions of egg whites, gluten-free bread and vegan cheese are available.

Luci’s lunch menu includes a variety of sandwiches, burgers, salads and wraps to name a few.  The “Humm-Dinger Vegan Wrap” is the ultimate healthy substitute that includes roasted artichokes, zucchini, red bell peppers, onions, fresh spinach and hummus with a touch of light balsamic dressing.

If you are in a rush, the grab-n-go soups, sandwiches, and salads make Luci's Marketplaceeating healthy during the busy work week convenient and quick.  Eating better doesn’t have to make a dent in your pocket as nothing on Luci’s extensive menu is over the price of $9.99.

According to Luci’s, healthy eating is a significant part of a balanced life.  Whether you are trying to change your lifestyle completely or just slim down for the summer, it can be beneficial to incorporate organic health foods into your diet. Exercise alone does not work miracles on your body; what you put into it is what matters the most.

Grocery shopping and planning your meals ahead of time is an essential part of a new diet, as you will find it much easier to eat healthy if those foods are on hand and available to eat.  Knowing that you have fresh, organic food in the pantry may diminish that urge to pick up fast-food.

If you are unsure of how to prepare healthy meals, Luci’s has you covered.  They offer cooking classes every Sunday evening with experienced chefs that specialize in cooking quality meals for the whole family. Their popular “Cooking for Health and Weight-Loss” class gives you additional insight and tips on how to shop and cook on a diet.  Private classes are also available.

Most of us know that beginning a new diet can be tricky, but Luci’s Healthy Marketplace has the natural products and services to facilitate a healthy and balanced lifestyle that will get you looking fabulous all year long.

For more information on Luci’s Healthy Marketplace, please visit Luci’s Healthy Marketplace’s website or call (602) 773-1339.

Routine screening tests can be one of the most important personal health strategies

A Personal Health Plan Includes Screening Tests

Everyone should develop a lifetime plan to stay healthy. A healthy lifestyle, an understanding of personal health risks and the appropriate use of screening tests are all important parts of a plan.

Routine screening tests can be one of the most important personal health strategies.  Screening tests are designed to detect disease or risk factors for disease before symptoms appear. Detecting disease early can lead to more effective treatment. Identifying risk factors for disease may reduce the chance of developing certain diseases or prevent them completely.

Much research on the development and effectiveness of various screening tests has been done in recent years. Although effective screening tests are widely available, many people do not take advantage of them. A screening test is not necessarily complicated or expensive. For example, a simple blood pressure check can detect elevated blood pressure or hypertension, which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Discovery can lead to early treatment and prevention of these adverse outcomes.

Common screening tests in addition to blood pressure measurement include checking your cholesterol value and blood sugar (diabetes). Cancer screening tests are available for colon cancer (starting at age 50), breast cancer (mammograms, annually starting at 40), cervical cancer (Pap test) and prostate cancer (blood PSA test starting at 50). Personal risk factors can change the age at which testing begins and the frequency with which the tests are performed.

There are also other important strategies to stay healthy and prevent disease. In addition to specific screening tests, reviewing your family history and lifestyle can help identify risk factors that may increase or decrease your chances of developing specific conditions. The best approach is to discuss a lifetime preventive strategy with your personal physician. Completing one of the many available health risk appraisal tools on the Internet can help make you more informed about your personal risks and increase the focus and productivity of your discussions with your physician.

AHA Profile: Pat Nevin

Pat Nevin
Vice President, General Manager
Fox 10 & My 45

Health and wellness has always played a significant role in Pat Nevin’s life. But today it takes on whole new meaning.

“In 2009, I competed in six triathlons in Phoenix, Payson, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho,” he says. “I hope to compete in at least 10 events in 2010, starting (with) this year’s triathlon season with the Navy Seals 1/2 Ironman race in April in San Diego (1.2-mile ocean swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run).”

In addition to being an avid runner, Nevin serves as vice president and general manager for FOX 10 and My 45 in Phoenix. Since 2004, Nevin has been responsible for all departments within the television stations’ operations in the nation’s 12th largest television market. With more than two decades of television experience, Nevin has helped increase the top-rated station’s viewing audience by serving the interests of the community, and staying actively engaged with station clients and station viewers throughout the Valley.

“Heart disease and its complications impact many of our television station’s viewers, our employees and their families — plus heart disease runs in my family. Several years ago my grandfather passed away from heart complications,” Nevin says.

As a married father of two, Nevin’s family is a top priority and passion in his life. It’s for this reason, and many others, that he remains committed to a heart-healthy lifestyle and he is leading by example.  “Keeping my heart healthy is something I take seriously,” he says, “and it’s great because I’m actually managing to have a lot fun in the process!”



Arizona Business Magazine

January 2010