Make today mindfully balanced
It can be hard to take time out of your busy life or exercise, but you’ll thank yourself when you do. And, remember, staying in shape doesn’t have to be boring –keep it fun to stay motivated.
This month, skip the gym and get active outdoors instead. The fresh air and scenery can help energize and inspire you. And the options are almost endless.
Take the opportunity to explore your city or town. Play Frisbee at the park, take the bike around the neighborhood, or roll out the yoga mat by a lake (or beach).
Pack your snacks
Plan ahead for healthy munching by bringing along fruits, nuts, and other light treats. For example, one cup of grapes is only 100 calories.
Make a splash
Drink water instead of soda or juice to stay hydrated under the sun. The extra calories from all that sugar can lead to weight gain.
Reaching a healthy weight is about more than a number on a scale — it’s about feeling your best, inside and out. Our tools range from a complete personalized weight loss plan to a simple food diary, so you can get exactly what you need to support your weight loss goals.
Get a personalized weight loss plan
HealthMedia® Balance® helps you get motivated, gain confidence, and overcome the challenges of losing weight. It offers resources such as exercise videos, goal-tracking tools, recipes, and more.
Keep a food diary
A food record can help you see your eating habits as they are now so you can make smart changes to how you eat. In fact, a Kaiser Permanente study found that keeping a food diary can double a person’s weight loss.
Podcasts for support wherever you are
Our relaxation programs for weight loss and self-confidence, as well as audio programs about fitness and nutrition, let you get a quick dose of motivation through your MP3 player.
Portion size tool
Are you so used to larger portions that you’re not sure how many calories you’re eating? Use our tool to discover the actual serving size for some popular foods.
Is your weight increasing your health risks?
As your body mass index (BMI) gets higher, you have a greater risk of some diseases, including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes.
This tool uses your BMI, along with your waist measurement and other factors, to estimate your risk of weight-related diseases.
How many calories did you burn?
You’re using energy all the time, even at rest. This interactive tool estimates how many calories you’re burning as you go about your day.
Reviewed by: Kate Christensen, MD, March 2013
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