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1. Love yourself – join an exercise program

Okay, we all know it’s important to exercise. But did you know that joining a program or a gym can help you feel a real sense of community? By making this commitment over time, you get to know others who feel the same way about taking care of themselves. You see each other frequently. It’s a bond that can rival what some find with fellow church members or volunteers for a cause. Those buddies are there for you even when storms occur in other parts of your life – relationships, jobs, and so on. If funds are low, check out city programs or the Y in your area.

If you hate groups, find a workout buddy – OR if you’ve got the cash, a personal trainer. It’s so good to have company on those days when you’re just too tired to work out. And with the trainer, since you’re paying him/her, there’s no commitment. You don’t have to feel bad if you absolutely CAN’T make yourself go. Just reschedule.

2. Treat yourself regularly – you deserve it Reserve time for your favorite pampering activities — pedicure, manicure, waxing, or whatever your bag is. Even if you’re not used to doing this, giving yourself this time is a powerful way to affirm that you are special. If funds are low, give yourself the gift of time to do it for yourself. Go to a salon and have someone show you what to do. As a friend once said – a man’s man who also had pretty good sensitivity, “Hey, if you don’t do it for yourself, why would anybody else?” Another great one – plan a day in bed. No guilt, just enjoy!

3. Open your heart – give as generously as you can Because you’re the only one supplying them, both your time and your money are precious to you. But opening your heart does more than nice things for others – it clears the way for you to receive even more good. Choose a cause you care about and dedicate some time/money. Take the time to choose and purchase gifts that truly reflect your recipient’s personality. If you need ideas, spend some time on Google searching for “gift ideas” for the type of person you’re buying for. Or get to know someone who has that magical ability to put romance in every gift – and then ask him or her!

4. Fall in love! Adopt a pet Unless you’re allergic to every living creature in the world, you’ll get more out of taking care of a pet than it will cost you. Visit the animal rescues in your area. If you don’t have the time or energy for dog walking and don’t like cats, consider a unique lower-maintenance pet – bird, snake, rabbit. Talk to the experts before you go for these types of animals–each requires a learning curve to have the most successful relationship. Look up the House Rabbit Society or similar groups. And be sure to have a backup who’ll take Mortimer when you’re out of town!

5. Don’t live in fear – take reasonable risks with money As the sole support, you likely don’t have much backup if things go wrong. But by making sure you understand what your options are – and realizing the worst possible outcome is probably not as bad as you think – you may be able to spend more than you think. On the other hand, don’t dig yourself in beyond recovery. It’s not fun to live with no credit at all for 7 years – the typical fallout from bankruptcy.

6. Learn to enjoy eating out alone Yes, it can seem hard at first if you haven’t worked up to it. Try this: go to your local coffee shop or café. Order your favorite drink (coffee, latte, wine, whatever) and promise yourself you’ll sit there for at least 5 minutes before you leave. If even that’s too much, at least plan to walk casually down the street with your cup for a few minutes. Next time, order a muffin with your coffee. Practice! If you need distraction, bring a book. Some …

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When "Money Magazine" compiled a list of America's 100 Best Small Cities for its July 12, 2010 issue, Allen, Texas did just make the cut – it placed at 16th, a surprise to some people who do not know about this thriving community of 78,000 lying just 23 miles north of the sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Although Allen is a suburb of the third largest city in Texas (and ninth largest in the United States), its local life stands on its own, vibrantly independent of its bigger neighbors. Thanks to the regional climate and to well-planned and maintained facilities, a major draw for singles and families relocating to Dallas and it surrounding communities is the fact that in Allen, you can live an active, outdoor lifestyle – and live it well.

Regional Climate Favors Active, Outdoor Lifestyle

The climate in North Texas favors being outside most of the year. Springs are long and warm, while the autumn months are moderate to crisp. The coldest months are late January and February when at least one snow or ice event is common. The hottest months are July and August, with severe heat waves that generally extend over the first two to three weeks of August when temperatures are 100 degrees or higher with unpleasant humidity. Fortunately, for those periods, sports and outdoor enthusiasts can simply move indoors to beat the heat, confident that pleasant temperatures will soon return and extend to Thanksgiving and sometimes into early December.

Twin Creeks, One of 154 Public Golf Courses

There are an amazing 154 public golf courses within just 30 miles of Allen. As an example, the Twin Creeks Golf Course is an 18-hole regulation course built in 1995. Designed by Arnold Palmer, it offers a medium-length layout. Open fairways lead to generous, gently undulating greens. Five holes include water hazards created by two natural creeks that freely flow through the course and are flanked by trees. Twin Creeks has a reputation for being the most naturally preserved course in Texas, a peaceful setting where, at given times of the day, golfers are allowed to walk for slightly reduced green fees. The cost of 18-holes of play runs from $ 55 to $ 70.

Generous-Sized, Free Facilities at Celebration Park

Located at Malone Drive and Angel Parkway, Celebration Park is open daily from dawn to dusk. The sprawling multi-use site offers picnic tables and benches, restrooms, and concession areas and is designed for universal access throughout. There are fifteen soccer fields, including one large, lighted field. Look for basketball courts, two 300-foot baseball fields, and a big multi-sport court. Both horseshoe and washer pitching courts are also available. In addition to slides and other play features, the spray pool and yard, which is open seasonally, welcomes kids ages 2 to 12 from noon until 8 pm (Note that the spray pool is closed on Wednesdays.) With hiking and biking trails also present , Celebration Park is an excellent and economical outdoor option for the whole family.

Joe Farmer Recreation Center for Fitness and Activities

A multi-use center maintained by the City of Allen, the Joe Farmer Recreation Center includes a full-sized gym and fitness room, two racquetball courts, and a walking / jogging track. Meeting spaces and a hillside amphitheater may be utilized for a range of activities. Youth programs cover a broad spectrum from horseback riding to hula dancing and fitness and wellness classes are also offered. A membership is required to use the facility with different fees for residents and non-residents. Adult memberships are $ 50 for residents and $ 85 for non-residents; seniors 50 and above $ 24 and $ 45 respectively; youth 14-17 also pay $ 24 and $ 45; with children 7 to 13 charged $ 12 to $ 17. Children 6 and under are welcome for free. There is a family membership cap for residents of $ 170, but no cap for non-residents.

Cycling, Hiking, and Water Sports Readily Available

Biking and hiking enthusiasts are especially lucky to have access to a 20-mile long system of well-tended trails, the lengthiest being the fourteen-mile Allen Parkway Loop. For water sports, Allen residents can go east to Lake Lavon or west …

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Being fit and healthy, especially after the age of 40, is not just a 60 or a 90 day event. It’s an ongoing process which does require effort on your part.

And, to be living a fit and healthy lifestyle is why you’re reading this article, right?

The Challenge

The challenge for many people over the age of 40 is there are so many gyms, websites, workout program, “stop the insanity” type people out there which means confusion and mistakes can easily be made. Which brings me to this post…

Here’s 3 of the biggest workout mistakes people do on a consistent basis.

Mistake #1: They Feel It Takes Too Much Time

I hear this often and, quite frankly, the more I think about it the more absurd it sounds to me. Sure, it does take some time, but what doesn’t?

The question should be “How much time out of my day will it take?” Most workout programs, whether it’s a cardio based workout, or a weight training based workout, usually can be done well within a 60 minute time frame. Heck, even a 30 minute time frame.

Does it have to be every day? Of course not. 4-5 times a week is ideal to do SOMETHING that will benefit your health.

So, if you’re telling me you can’t find at least 30-60 minutes a day to do something that will improve your health, and you REALLY want to do it, then we need to talk. Because if you really want to do it, we will find that time for you. But, the choice is yours.

Mistake #2: Spot Reduce Fat

I don’t know where this originated from, but the general public thinks that fat reduction in the human body can be isolated. For example, getting rid of unwanted fat around the belly area only, but leaving the arms and legs alone. Folks, it does NOT work that way.

Your body does NOT reduce fat in a specific place you want it to do so. People think that if they do 100 sit ups a day for 7 days, they’ll have that six pack abs look. The truth is… NOT!

Generally speaking, the more activity you do, the more your body will burn fat. BUT, it does not burn it in a specific place, it’s more kind of all over at once, if that makes sense. If your belly has a lot more fat than your arms, it will look like it’s getting smaller quicker, but it burns at about the same proportion. Make sense?

My advice, just work out and eat right for now. Body shaping will come later, OK?

Mistake #3: I Can Figure This All Out On My Own

Really? You can? Now granted, some people can do it on their own, but it’s a VERY small percentage of the people who could. You will need some sort of coaching to help you along.

By “coaching”, I’m not saying you should hire a personal trainer (but it is good to do so), but at LEAST get a workout program to follow along. There are so many programs, websites and people out there, you can find SOMETHING somewhere. BUT, the issue then stands, will you follow through with the program? Will you actually DO the program? If you do, you’ll see results. Once you see results, you’ll be more inclined to follow other programs, which will turn your life around and you’ll be living that fit and healthy lifestyle in no time!

BONUS TIP! – Find a fitness professional or workout program to fit your way of life. We have interviewed over 40 Fitness Professionals from around the world and they each bring something unique to the table, and they all want to help you!

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Source by Andrew Poletto

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