4 Simple Ways to Make Exercise a Habit | The Health Sessions

4 Simple Ways to Make Exercise a Habit

This article is written by Veronika William

You find yourself out of breath after climbing the stairs, again. “Enough is enough,” you declare. You march into your local fitness center and sign up for a membership. Perhaps a pal in the same boat joins you. After all, if you have a workout partner, your chances of sticking with the program drastically increase.

For the first few sessions, you’re unstoppable. A week later, one of you can’t make it. “No problem,” you insist. By the end of the month, you haven’t swiped your membership card in more days than you’re comfortable admitting. By the next month, your gym bag is dusty and you’re five pounds heavier.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. A healthy lifestyle cannot be achieved overnight. It takes some degree of effort to make it a routine. For most of us, starting a new workout regimen is easy. Sticking with it, however, often seems next to impossible. Good news: it’s not.

If you’ve repeatedly tried–and subsequently failed–to move your body on a regular basis, consider these 4 tips to turn exercise into a habit.

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6 Ways to Set Realistic Goals When You're Chronically Ill | The Health Sessions

6 Ways to Set Realistic Goals When You’re Chronically Ill

When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, building healthy habits or going after your wildest dreams, every expert will give you the same advice: set SMART goals. Instead of a vague idea, making your plans specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound will help you to actually achieve your goals. Although that’s definitely a helpful … Read more >



Ten 30-Day Challenges to Reboot Your Health in One Month | The Health Sessions

Ten 30-Day Challenges to Reboot Your Health in One Month

Do you need a reset after the holidays? Whether it’s the new year, back-to-school season or the beginning of a new month, there’s something that makes those times feel like the fresh start you need to reboot your health and go after your dreams.

It’s no wonder 30-day challenges have become so popular to build healthy habits and make progress with your goals. We all know that changing your behavior takes time. But when you consistently practice a daily habit for one month, you can make real improvements in a relatively short amount of time. And yet, there’s always an end in sight when you feel like giving up. This also makes 30-day challenges the perfect opportunity to experiment with different routines to see if you like it.

You’ve probably seen trendy month-long challenges like the plank challenge and Dry January on your social media feeds. But as always, I like to feature ideas that are manageable for all kinds of energy levels. Because even if you’re chronically ill – or maybe especially! – making small lifestyle changes can add up to big results over time.

So check out these ten 30-day challenges and see which ones you’d like to try next month!

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How to Get Your Partner Involved in a Healthy Lifestyle Change | The Health Sessions

How to Get Your Partner Involved in a Healthy Lifestyle Change 

This article is written by a guest author. 

When you’re in a relationship, it’s normal to want what’s best for your partner. The more time you spend with one another, the more invested you become in their well-being and happiness.

If your partner has an unhealthy habit, it’s perfectly normal to want to change it. Though your intentions may be good, it can be tricky to try to help your partner without coming off as patronizing or abrasive. The last thing you should do is make your partner feel upset or ashamed.

Check out this step-by-step guide on how to get your partner involved in a healthy lifestyle change.

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How to Start Any Kind of Medical Diet | The Health Sessions

How to Start Any Kind of Medical Diet

Food is medicine.

More and more medical experts agree that what you eat has a significant impact on your health. After all, nutrients like protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals are the building blocks or your body. And to function optimally, your body and brain require good fuel.

Unfortunately, Western diets high in refined sugars and trans fats cause insulin resistance and inflammation in the body, which contributes to diabetes, heart disease and cancer. And it’s not just your physical health that’s affected by what you eat – the budding field of nutritional psychiatry also links the foods you consume to how you feel and behave.

It’s no wonder that a growing body of doctors are prescribing healthy foods as part of their treatment plan. What’s more, lots of chronically ill people themselves turn to wholesome diets to alleviate or manage their symptoms.

But with an overwhelming amount of information out there, where do you begin?

Take a look at these 10 psychological principles for starting any kind of medical diet.

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