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Eat, Move, De-stress

Three essentials to living a healthy lifestyle.

If you want fitness in a nutshell, fitness trainer Adrienne Herbertson gives it in three points: “Eat healthy, move more, and stress less.” If you do those three things, you will be well on your way to a fit and healthy life.

Herbertson is a trainer at Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center, where she offers personal training, teaches classes, and created and runs a program called . This eight-week program is run various times of the year, allowing women to work together in a small group setting to reach their goals and learn more about changing their lifestyles for the better.

“Different styles work for different people,” she said. But making healthy food choices instead of crash diets, constantly planning ways to stay moving, and actively limiting the stress in one’s life, Herbertson says are essentials.

She said that not exercising inhibits people from achieving and maintaining their goals. She loves being a motivator for people, and teaching them how to reach their physical goals at a steady and realistic rate. She said her goal is to make exercise a part of her clients' lives so much that they hate going a day without some form of purposeful movement. “If they don’t work out, they feel yucky.”

Beginning with the basics is something she pushes. Most people like to jump past the “easy” level because they want to become more advanced, she said. But if you don’t have proper form on the easy moves, then you should not be doing the more advanced. Rather than doing a pushup on your toes and having bad form and hurting your lower back, do them on your knees for a while and build up. There’s no shame in learning from the ground up.

Good exercise is no excuse for bad eating, Herbertson says. A person’s diet is going to be 75 to 80 percent of the battle. She encourages people to use a food journal and keep track of what they eat and how much—making healthy choices and avoiding the fad diets. She emphasizes eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, low-fat milk products, and lean meats, while avoiding saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars.

As for “stress less,” find ways to purposefully relax and calm you mind and body: flexibility/relaxation classes, sleeping more, identifying those things that trigger stress (and particularly stress-related eating) and avoiding them.  

Herbertson has lots more fitness tips that she posts on her blog.

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