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Diet and Exercise Tips: A Curvy Girl’s Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

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Before anything else, every woman should know that being plus-size does not typically equate to having poor health. A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine even confirmed this. It is a known fact that body frames and muscle mass differ per person, so there’s no reason to listen to the bullies who say that your plus-size body indicates that you are dangerously overweight.

However, there is no harm in maintaining a healthy lifestyle to feel better and more confident about yourself. After all, a sound mind and body is what you need to have a long and happy life. So keep reading to start your wholistic health journey below.

Workout and Diet Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Simple workout routines for plus-size girls

Developing a routine, whether this be in the gym or in your backyard, is important if you want to maintain a healthy weight. Aside from weight loss, exercise is known to lower the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

Here are some easy workout routines you should try out if you really want to start living a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Lifestyle, Plus Size

Walking Workouts

Walking is a simple cardio exercise that can be done alone, with a group, outdoors, or inside the comfort of your own home. For beginners, it is important that you don’t push your body to the limit when you’re starting to develop your routine. Work your way to the top by starting with three 10-minute walks a day. As soon as your body starts adjusting to the routine, you can begin increasing the amount of time spent walking. If you are up for the challenge, you can level up your workout routine by trading your walking exercises to biking. 

Water Workouts

Swimming is an effective body-conditioning and calorie-burning exercise. It prevents stressing your joints and can also serve as a good alternative to walking or running. Aside from swimming, another water workout involves jogging on the shallow end of the pool. The water resistance is bound to build muscle and help you lose weight.

Muscle Toning

Building muscle mass allows the body to become more efficient at burning calories. Two or three strength training sessions per week will be enough to melt your fat away. Examples of muscle toning exercises include squats, lunges, push-ups, and dumbbell exercises.

Maintaining a healthy diet

Plus Size Diet
A healthy diet is the key ingredient to a healthy lifestyle. Your meals should include all food groups, particularly fruit and green leafy vegetables. The only foods you need to avoid are fried meals, fast food, and dessert or snacks laden with sugar. As for drinks, water will do. If you decide to mix things up a bit, you can go for green or herbal tea. 
Keep track of your food intake by keeping a food journal. You can write down everything you eat and make a few adjustments on what you should and shouldn’t be consuming. Of course, don’t hesitate to give yourself a little treat here and there. Take everything in moderation and never resort to crash-dieting.

Have a positive mind-set

Body Positive
Don’t pressure yourself to be a size zero, instead focus on a better goal: staying fit. Many women deny the scales and end up eating their stress away because they get discouraged by what others tell them. This specific mind-set has the potential to jeopardize your overall health. You alone can take full control of your life, so always see to it that the decisions you make are both realistic and can benefit you in the long run. 
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