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Key to Fitness Success is Sustainability

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

Like most of us, I have a pretty long list of things I wish I’d known when I was younger. Lessons that would have saved me lots of time, aggravation and money. As I’ve gotten older I have managed to make the list smaller by only keeping the items that have the most impact. One of those items is “sustainability.”

Sustainability forces you to look at the big picture, not just what your desired outcome should be. It demands that you implement changes to your current lifestyle in order to achieve your goals. The curious thing is that it forces you to examine every single step so you are assured they are realistic and manageable in order for you to see your desired results.

Sometimes we fail because in spite of how strong our will and resolve are, we have chosen methods that are not realistic for us.  The best example I can share is these quick weight loss systems that encourage you to simply drink a shake, or eat a cookie. As intelligent individuals we clearly see the flaw in this system, but our emotional side overrules logic and suddenly we are spending money and time on this promise of weight loss. (more…)

Social Media as Personal Trainer

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

Of all of the wonderful things that have come from the World Wide Web, one of my personal favorites is social networking sites. These online darlings make it possible for us to connect with friends and family, as well as catching up with those from our past. An added bonus is the ability to connect with sites that guide, motivate and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Because you are reading this on Diets in Review, you already understand the importance of having trusted resources to help you stay on track while keeping you current in the world of health and fitness. (more…)

Live Healthy by Decluttering Your Life

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

As a self-described moderate minimalist, living lean is one of my favorite topics. It’s where I have found true serenity in all aspects of my life.

Thinking lean was the first step to bringing balance to my previous hectic and chaotic life. By taking a realistic and harsh look at the entirety of my life I was able to make the necessary deletions to enjoy a full, healthy and lean life.

Save the drama for your mama! One of the first areas I had to attack was my social group. Difficult as this may sound, I had to eliminate the drama queens. Surrounding yourself with positive and accountable people will do wonders in removing the negative elements from your life while also challenging and helping you to continue evolving into the best you that you can be. Remember the Volkswagen slogan, “Misery has enough company. Dare to be happy!” (more…)

My Tricks to Surviving the Holidays

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

One of my favorite benefits of having attended all those weight management meetings was all the tips I would get from my fellow weight watchers. While the team leader had lots of sensible and technical advice on weight loss, it was these everyday weight-loss warriors that really knew how to navigate temptation.

As the holiday season quickly approaches, here are some calorie and sanity saving tips!

Halloween: When you go off to purchase the candy for Halloween buy candy you don’t like. This will keep you from dipping into it and running out before your first costumed guests approach your door. (more…)

My Fitness Mantra: Start Where You Are

 

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

“How are you doing?” This is the question that may get you a short response from just an acquaintance, but if asked of a good friend you may hear a list of issues that most of us are battling daily. We live in complicated times making the simplest tasks overwhelming and sometimes forcing us to neglect our most important assets – our health and wellness.

I have a friend who has never let anything get in the way of his health and fitness. Born into extreme poverty with a physical challenge and hostile home environment he drew courage and strength from his hero Bruce Lee. As he grew older and the conditions failed to improve, he threw himself deeper into his commitment to his body. By 17, he had obtained custody of his two younger brothers and was on the road to winning several competitions and medals in kung fu. In his mid-20s he joined the U.S. Marine Corp, later earning a place in the elite team as a Recon Marine. (more…)

Train Your Brain for a Better You

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

Whether you are just getting started, looking for a jump start, or happen to be a seasoned vet of living healthy, you can always benefit from a hearty dose of positivity!

Roger Bannister, the first runner to break the four minute mile said it best: “It is the brain, not the heart or lungs that is the critical organ. It’s the brain.”

Professional athletes know the importance of keeping a positive attitude to improve their training and competition. Their training routine will work out a variety of areas in the body, but none more important than the brain. (more…)

Don’t Let Confusing Trends Sabotage Your Health

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

If you are like me you may sometimes become overwhelmed by the constant stream of health information that we are exposed to daily. One day you are advised to load up on vitamin B and the next day the magic bullet of good health is green tea. After growing tired of trying to keep up with all these health trends, I finally decided to practice what I have always been told is the secret to a good life – moderation.

There are many reasons people can’t commit to a healthy lifestyle, but I’m convinced that the main one is when they are pulled in different directions. What is the point of sticking to any type of weight management or fitness program if in a week they will find that whatever it is you are doing is all wrong? (more…)

How Health Makes Your Whole Life Better

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

My husband and I are often asked how we remain committed to our healthy lifestyle in spite of being in our mid-40s, with a busy work schedule and social life. The truth is that our commitment stems from the fact that we are lazy and thrifty. We understand that health issues are one of the most time-consuming and costly expenses one can incur. We exercise on average an hour and a half a day and our only expenses are the yearly purchase of running shoes and workout clothes.

If we suffered from any of the countless diseases brought on by obesity we would be spending far more time and money treating our illnesses and worrying about our health.

Aside from keeping that dramatic reality in the forefront of our minds we also remain focused on our healthy lifestyle because of the activities, hobbies and events we choose to engage in. (more…)

An Early Holiday Survival Guide

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

We are still a couple of months away from the holiday season, but now is the best time to start planning to avoid the stress and time constraints that may undermine your year’s worth of hard work! Begin by listing all your holiday stressors, then come up with simple solutions for each. My rule of thumb is “keep it simple.”

Holiday shopping: I no longer shop, I send checks. While many say this is impersonal, I assure you no one has ever returned my gift and the bonus is that it saves me time, money and my sanity! If you must shop then try online shopping, or purchase your gifts and decorations before the holiday rush. (more…)

How to Survive Falling Off the Wagon

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

It’s happened to the strongest and most willful of us all. We haven’t just fallen off the weight management and fitness wagon, but we’ve stayed off. While we are saturated with information on how to lose weight and tone our bodies, we rarely get the help we need when the inevitable lapse occurs.

My rule of thumb to work my way back onto that wagon is to begin by remembering that “To err is human, to forgive YOURSELF divine!”

Once you have accepted that this is a temporary set back you will realize that there are benefits to falling off the wagon. For starters, it will give you an opportunity to revisit what you were doing and why you didn’t stay motivated. A lot of times it could be that the system you were using was either too challenging or not challenging enough. Or perhaps you are dealing with stress that is derailing your efforts. Whatever the reason, here are some ways to help you get back on track: (more…)