Middle age has the worst connotations. Although phrases such as "it's all downhill from here, honey" may come to mind, Tosca Reno, author of Your Best Body Now, says this doesn't have to be the case. Reno, a 40-something who doesn't look it, says in her book, "I made the mental shift 10 years ago to finally treat myself with confidence, respect and the same amount of love, forgiveness and dedication I've given to my family." Broken into three decades, 30s-50s and up, here's what I've learned:
You don't have to go to a gym to exercise. Most of the more than 80 "Best Body Now Moves" can be done at home, which means no more excuses about not being able to leave the house.
You aren't alone. It's so easy to get caught up in our own lives. One of the book's bonuses is "My Best Body Now: Tales from not-so-average Janes." Need a quick reminder that you can do it? Personal stories from women who made their goals come true can be a great way to stay on track.
Change your inner dialogue. Finding optimal health isn't an uphill battle and it doesn't have to be. Simple switches in your language and simple inspiration go a long way to keep your mood up. It's also great to have the people you love in on the change.
"Eating clean" isn't dieting, it's "a healthy approach to food," says Reno. Working out and positive thinking are two keys, but the way you eat is vital to being healthy. Cut out processed foods. With plenty of simple and delicious recipes and more tips than you can shake a carrot at, this book makes changing your diet so easy.
Get ready, here come the holidays. Already have a headache? When holiday stress overwhelms you, make time for a trip to the spa. Start with a quick visit to Spa-Ciety to find the perfect spa treatment, at the right time and price. Pay and print your confirmation and you're already on your way to that Zen-feeling. The site offers a wide range of treatments at more than 50 of the best spas in the city at prices up to 60 percent off. For an extra 10 percent off through March 1 (limit one use per person), enter the code "Parent2010" at checkout. Take a deep breath and get to work on that perfect turkey centerpiece.
Spiced liquid love
Chai and fall are so perfectly complementary. Spicy, delicious and perfect for on-the-go, Svelte Spiced Chai sustained energy drink, $2.99 each, 12 to a case makes the perfect morning beverage or after-workout snack. It's organic, dairy- and gluten-free, low in sugar and packed with protein. Cheers.
Pie on your face
Pumpkin pie isn't just for Thanksgiving dessert. Now you can frost your face with the Pumpkin Glycolic Mask, $24, from the Holy Mud Company to help your already gorgeous complexion. The exfoliation from this delicious mask will leave your face luminous. Just don't eat it.
Turkey in your teeth?
Nothing is more complementary to turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing than cranberry floss. Floss? That's right, after all of the holiday face stuffing, take care of your pearly whites with Radius Cranberry Floss, $2.99. Think of it as good holiday dental health care.
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