Celebrity Tips on Staying Healthy in 2012

Celebrity Tips on Staying Healthy in 2012
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 06, 2012

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“Be consistent. I’ve always hated exercising — and to tell you the truth, still do — but I know the benefits, not only for your health but the way you look and feel. So, figure out a way to incorporate it into a regular routine (at least 3 or 4 times a week). Cardio and weight training have become a crucial part of my life; I recommend the same for you.”

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“Definitely plan ahead! My trainer, Jeanette Jenkins, has always told me that if you have time to schedule your hair appointment, you have time to schedule your workouts. You are more productive this way, so before your week starts plan out your workout days.”

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“For me, being physically healthy and well also means having a healthy mind. It’s really important to make sure that you take time out for yourself and switch off from the day-to-day stress which can build up. I’m also a firm believer that exercise/dance helps keep you physically well and emotionally balanced. Drinking lots of water and getting enough sleep are also very important. Enjoy your life.”

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“A new year is not about starting new things. It is about making and honoring a firm, heart-felt commitment to do the things you know you need to do before you are forced to do them. The energy of 2012 is about mastering the mind and spirit so radical self-care is an absolute must.”

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“I started this New Year with exercising — something I’m finally doing regularly again. Exercising always makes me feel good, be more in my body and be more on point with my wellness in general, including eating better. I’m also finding it helpful to take my time with things rather than rushing around at every moment. I think it can help women in general to just slow down in the moments that they have instead of getting stressed out and rushing through everything. I think it’s important for all of us to do this.”

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“The best advice I received last year was to sweat at least once a day. I personally take a dance fitness class, but a run on the treadmill for 20 minutes can get the job done as well.”

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“Women owe it to themselves to be physically healthy and maintain wellness all of the time. When you feel great, you look great. Health and happiness is a fabulous combination. It is always good to start off a new year with a positive attitude.”

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“My advice on being able to keep your New Year’s resolutions is to first get a crystal clear picture of your life’s purpose/intention and make sure that your resolutions are in alignment with that. If your resolutions align with your intention, your passion will always draw you back on purpose and you’ll keep to your resolutions.”

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“Don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember your body changes with age. You can either allow the change to be for the better or the worse. Always think positive and the rest will follow.”

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“My advice going into 2012, or any new year, is to always get your annual mammogram and physical. Also, don’t be afraid to be proactive about your health, ask your doctor questions about preventative measures you can take to avoid future health risks.”

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“Let’s make good choices in 2012 and be fit and healthy and energetic and beautiful. We have to do the work. It’s not about diet; it’s about your lifestyle. The same way you put your all into taking care of your children, your parents, your partner, your home, or your business…you need to give that same love to yourself.”

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“Truly it depends on how you want to look and feel about yourself. If you want to have a toned physique, then you know that‘s all about an exercise regimen. If you’re overweight, then you will need to choose a diet plan that works for you. Start educating yourself about the foods you put into your mouth today. Ultimately, we all know the importance of being healthy, looking and feeling good. My advice is to just do what needs to be done to keep it fabulous…I do! Lol”

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“To be successful, the last thing you want to do is start a program purely because it is the New Year. You need to (1) know what your goals are, (2) get a checkup with your general doctor and (3) define what healthy means personally to you. Set realistic goals for yourself.”

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“You have to take care of your health first so you are strong enough to take care of everyone else. Put you first this year and deposit health and wellness into your body, mind and spirit so you are full and prepared for the withdrawals from work, family, friends and life. Healthy living is about finding balance, not perfection.”

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“Be consistent. I’ve always hated exercising—and to tell you the
truth, still do—but I know the benefits, not only for your health but
the way you look and feel. So figure out a way to incorporate it into
a regular routine (at least 3 or 4 times a week). Cardio and weight
training have become a crucial part of my life; I recommend the same
for you.”