by Kat Painter

Photo by BillyBow Photography

 

It’s officially springtime, and that means for many to make an effort to be shape for all the exciting outdoor events with family and friends. You want to look fit and fab in your swimsuit, shorts, tank tops and backless dress. So I ask you — Do you wake up every morning and attack your day with a smile? Do you have a good relationship with your food and exercise? What does living a healthy lifestyle mean to you?

According to the latest government statistics, despite the recent push to improve the American diet and increase exercise, national obesity rates in the U.S. haven’t budged much over the past few years. In 2010, about 35.7% of U.S. adults — nearly 78 million people — were obese. That’s up from 30.5% in 2000, but not much of a difference from 33.7% in 2008. Staggering news! What’s worse is that many health conditions can be prevented.

What I find most alarming is that many Americans don’t make time to improve their health, until it’s often too late. Although, we are fed daily with the media advertising an unhealthy lifestyle, it doesn’t mean we have to succumb to the pressure. It’s simply a CHOICE to say NO to “super-sized” meals with empty calories, fad diets, reasons to not exercise, liposuction and lap-band surgery.

Now, I’d like to hear from you…
–What are your rules for eating healthy and exercise for life?
–How have you transformed your health with food and exercise?

Life is short, so you might as well make the most of your time, right? After all, it’s all about your health which affects every facet of your life. Take responsibility for your body by making good choices with your nutrition and fitness habits. Believe me, your body will definitely thank you! So, what are you waiting for? Don’t give up on your goals. GET AFTER IT!

FitnessX Magazine hopes you enjoy the variety of topics that you have requested in the past few months! This month, we’ve added more quality content with 20 more pages! It’s always been our mission to publish inspiring articles from top fitness professionals and enthusiasts. We carefully select our writers knowing that they possess the integrity and dedication to health, fitness, and wellness to help you in your quest for self improvement. Remember that we are here to help you be healthy and happy! Feel free to e-mail your comments to editor-in-chief@fitnessX.com anytime! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Inspiring YOU to Live Well…Naturally,