Want to Shape Up? Read These Tips When Starting a Fitness Routine

July 27, 2015 2:08 pm

You’re motivated to start a workout routine, but you’re not exactly sure where to begin. Becoming dedicated to your fitness is the first step toward losing weight and becoming healthier, and these beginner-friendly tips will help you to get started.

  • Consider your goals. Do you want to lose weight? Run a marathon? Gain muscle? Before beginning any fitness routine, consider your end goals to help make the rest of your plan more productive.
  • Create a routine. Work with a trainer to design a workout routine that works with your specific goals, or simply research online to find a pre-made exercise regimen.
  • Start slow. In the long run, it’s more beneficial to start with much less than what you can actually do. This will help you to build up your routine and pace yourself for the long haul.
  • Mix it up. Instead of doing the same exercise every day, mix things up to avoid getting bored or hitting a workout plateau.
  • Write it down. Throughout your exercise plan, be sure to write down all of your workouts, your measurements, your weight loss, and any other details that might contribute to your end goals.
  • Find a friend. If you’re feeling really unmotivated, work out with a friend so that you can hold each other accountable.

14 Tips for Starting and Sticking with a Workout Routine [Spark People]
Fitness Program: 5 Steps To Get Started [Mayo Clinic]
Fitness 101: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Exercise [WebMD]

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Red Oven Pizza: Follow the Truck

July 21, 2015 4:41 pm

Ah, pizza, that delectable import that Americans have adopted into their fold of food favorites. Red Oven Pizza in Carlsbad lays claim to their own passion for pies by crafting some yummy taste sensations in their mobile pizza truck. Artisanal is the codeword for their approach to pizza, using only the freshest ingredients and high quality cheese for a sumptuous taste that fans say is divine. Crust is also a priority — theirs is hand-kneaded and allowed to rise naturally for three days before it’s ready to be cut, rolled, spread with toppings and baked in their mobile Italian wood-fired oven. Fan faves are the Alsatian with caramelized onions, bacon, and gruyere, and the Margherita with basil and mozzarella. Check Red Oven Pizza's website for a schedule of locations not far from Montecito Village.

Red Oven Pizza
2647 Gateway Road
Carlsbad, CA 92010

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Counting Calories? Here’s How to Stick to a Diet When Dining Out

July 14, 2015 3:59 pm

It can be difficult to eat healthy while dining out, but that doesn’t mean you have to sabotage your diet. Here are a few smart tips for finding healthy, low-calorie meals at any restaurant.

  • Look up the menu online. Most restaurants today upload their menus to an online site, which means that you can research the healthiest options and even check the nutritional content before you leave the house.
  • Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask your server what type of oil a meal is cooked in, which sides it comes with, and if it’s topped with any decadent sauces. Then, feel free to make modifications as you see fit.
  • Steer clear of the appetizers. If you’re out with a group of friends, don’t fall victim to snacking on nachos before the meal. This can add hundreds of extra calories to your meal.
  • Know some key words. Stay away from dishes with descriptions like “pan-fried,” “cream-based,” “au gratin,” or even “sautéed.” Instead, opt for dishes that are grilled or baked.
  • Moderate your alcohol intake. Enjoy 5 ounces of red wine or 12 ounces of light beer instead of cocktail to add only 150 calories to your meal.

13 Rules for Dining Out On a Diet [Today Health]
How to eat out while sticking to your diet! [Vedonis]
How to eat at a restaurant on a diet – How to survive without blowing your diet! [What’s Cooking America]

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