5 Tips for Supreme Fitness and Fab-ness!
by Dr. Phoenyx Austin
5 Tips for Supreme Fitness and Fab-ness! by Dr. Phoenyx Austin Ok ladies, it’s time to run down this week’s list of 5 tips for being your most fit, healthy and fab! Use these tips to inspire you, and please share with anyone who needs a bit of inspiration too. Remember guys, you can be as healthy, happy and fabulous as your heart desires. Just get fired up, get educated and get commited to the goal. I believe in you. Do you believe in you? Of course you! Here we go!
1. Get healthy and creative with your food.
Healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to feel deprived or perpetually starved. There are tons of foods that are totally healthy and incredibly delicious. Just open a healthy cookbook, check out the healthy food porn on Pinterest, shop at the farmer’s market or ask a local chef for healthy food recommendations. Trust me, healthy and yummy can go hand in hand. You just need to get in the kitchen, get creative, and challenge yourself to try new foods and recipes.
2. Get your calcium and vitamin D.
As women age, we naturally lose bone density and strength. This is especially the case with Black women. That said, to prevent things like broken bones and hip fractures later in life, you need to start taking care of your bones now. Essentially bone health comes down to two things: calcium and vitamin D. Calcium is a mineral that strengthens your bones, and vitamin D helps your body to absorb calcium from your foods. So the next time you grab a meal, try to throw in a few calcium rich foods like cheese, yogurt, milk, and dark leafy greens like spinach and kale. And of course, you can also take a daily calcium supplement with vitamin D, if that’s what you prefer.
3. Don’t go to bed angry… or with makeup.
I know a lot of women that think nothing of going to bed with makeup on, but this is a big skin care faux pas. And if this is something you do, I’d highly suggest that you start taking those 10 minutes before bedtime to wash your face. Why? Because sleeping in makeup will lead to clogged pores and the formation of skin occlusions called microcomedones, which attract acne causing bacteria to your pores, which can then lead to inflammation, more breakouts, and skin that becomes scarred and blotchy. No bueno.
4. Find your fitness inspiration.
So many of us struggle with getting in shape and it makes things so much easier when you have someone you can look up to for inspiration. And that’s precisely why I encourage women to find a fitness inspiration and use that person to keep you motivated. For example, one of my biggest fitness inspirations is Jillian Michaels. Her body is sick, I can identify with her feistiness and I can tell she really cares about helping people. And yes, Jillian is a tough-as-nails chick and scares the heck out of some folk. But she’s about the business (which I love) and her passion truly inspires me to stay on my fitness game.
One of my favorite Pinterest pins has this written on it: “A smile is the most beautiful curve on a woman’s body.” Yeah, you like that don’t cha? Feel free to re-pin J. And honestly I just love that pin because there’s so much truth to that saying. Your smile is your most beautiful curve, and it’s your light ladies. So every morning you wake up, and every day you’re out and about, just take a few precious moments to smile. It’ll make you feel better and it’ll let your inner light shine.
What fit & fab tips can you share with others? I’d love to know! Post in the comments and tweet me at @Dr_Phoenyx. Can’t wait to read what awesome tips you have to share! – Dr. Phoenyx
Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a physician, author, and creator of DrPhoenyx.com, a fitness & lifestyle blog. Check out her awesome natural hair care book If You Love It, It Will Grow – available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes. And don’t forget to say hello to the doc on Facebook and Twitter!