Alicia Kirschenheiter is an American Council on Exercise Certified Advanced Health & Fitness Expert, Personal Trainer, Fitness Coach, Certified Weight & Lifestyle Management consultant and Certified Wellcoach. Alicia is owner of Evolution Total Wellness Inc. located in New York, providing health and wellness solutions for individuals and businesses. Alicia is also a published fitness, health and wellness writer for a variety of venues and author of Oscar and Otis – Fat Fighters, a children’s book about healthy lifestyle choices.

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The Pursuit of Ultimate Wellness

by Alicia Kirschenheiter, Certified Advanced Health & Fitness Expert, Personal Trainer, Fitness Coach
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Ever feel like one of the biggest challenges in your health and wellness is being overwhelmed with information? In fact, I actually believe it’s one of the biggest challenges we all face. Have you ever searched the words fitness, exercise or wellness? What about healthy living or healthy lifestyles? The results are vast enough to stun even me and I think I am pretty well versed on those subjects!

Keeping your individual path of wellness simple has always been my personal and professional philosophy. Unfortunately when things get really complicated and confused, many of us give up and in this game, giving up is certainly not an option.

Some simple beginning steps that are easy to introduce and implement are important to getting off on the right foot and will keep you going in the right direction. These suggestions are by no means cure-alls and they are not going to achieve you great results over night but they aren’t meant to. Wellness is a lifelong pursuit that should bring you gradual positive results. Your best health should be achieved through gradual, measurable results that allow you to sustain them for the long haul. Wellness, true wellness, is not the, “I dropped 30 pounds in 3 days” we are so used to seeing thanks to the media, diet commercials and of course…Hollywood.

• Think Whole Foods, Not Shortcuts
Shortcut foods are generally things labeled too good to be true…like the notorious fat free cookies, artificial sweeteners and foods that have been bad for us forever but that are now new and improved to include things like fiber and all the daily vitamins and mineral allowances. If it sounds too good…it is. Include things in your meals like “raw” sugars, agave nectar or honey. Frankly, if the only thing you are using sweeteners for are those cups of coffee a day, the average calorie count for a teaspoon of sugar is 15 calories…go ahead and live it up…just go unprocessed.

• Taste Your Foods
My good friends who rock the kitchen taught me a great lesson a long time ago, taste your food before you cover it up in something like salt, butter, ketchup, mayonnaise or BBQ sauce. Try seasoning instead. Spices are a great and essential investment, add tremendous flavors and a little of them goes a long way.

• Pace Yourself
Only commit to a new level of fitness that, well honestly, you can commit to. Grand ideas of exercising for 2 hours a day while juggling a home, family, job and who knows what else isn’t for the average Joe. Walking for 45 minutes broken up 3 times daily however, far more likely and achievable.

• Find Your Own Space
I don’t mean a beach house on the bluff (but if you have one I am open to invites…) I mean a quiet place you can breathe, clear your mind and regroup even if for only 5 minutes. A recharge, no matter how small, can do volumes for your inner peace
Sounds simple enough? Good - it’s meant to be.

Until next time â€" Be well.

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