Health and Fitness By Mae Davies / April 22, 2015 Starting out as a single, independent woman in the corporate world is both tough and exciting. You have a whole future ahead of you, a future filled with challenges and rewards. However, with today’s generation of young professionals and with competition getting tougher, most tend to overwork themselves. Because of the constant pressure from work to excel and be at the top, most in the workforce are inclined to neglect their own needs. There are those who would forgo meals to meet deadlines while some eat too much; this is what people refer to as “stress eating.” Other things most young professionals forget include sleeping well. And with office work mainly involving going to continuous meetings and being in front of the computer all day, their limbs and muscles are not being used properly. These are only some of the reasons why most young professionals are not able to take care of themselves properly, thus resulting in being overweight and unhealthy. But if you are a young professional who wishes to change this before it is too late, simply follow these simple steps by Gina Neely so you can start living a healthier lifestyle. Gina Neely is a Food Network host who also has her own restaurant. She surprised everyone when she came out as a size 0 by shedding over 20 pounds in only 12 weeks! But what Gina Neely wants to impart is not only about being smaller in size but more importantly, being healthier. 1. Spice up your menu The basic thing you need to do is spice up your menu. This means cleaning up your refrigerator and replacing all those unhealthy snacks with more healthy ones. Use brown sugar instead of white, stock in lots and lots of fruits in replacement of chocolates, cakes, or cookies and buy healthy juices instead of drinking soft drinks. If you’re still not sure what to cook up or what qualifies as healthy, try searching the internet for Gina Neely’s recommended recipes. Most of her recipes include chicken, any green vegetable, and fruits. 2. Enter a fitness program After fixing your daily diet, the second step you need to take is to join a fitness program. If you’re a beginner, it would help to go to the gym and have a fitness instructor so you know the proper exercises you need to do. On the other hand, if you are the type who wants to take things slow, then you can just as easily exercise at the comfort of your home. How? Try jogging around the neighborhood for 30 minutes. Have a dog? Walking around town with your dog also helps a lot. You can also opt to use a pedometer – a device used to measure how many steps you’ve taken. This way, you can challenge yourself to walk farther each day. 3. Encourage your friends to join in as well As they say, the more the merrier. Wouldn’t it be nice to have “workout buddies”? Invite your other friends and have a workout session every weekend or after work. Doing this will not only make exercising more fun, but you single ladies will also have more time to bond with each other. 4. Make yourself the priority Finally, keep in mind to make yourself the priority. Don’t ever take yourself for granted. Just because you have a ton of work to do does not give you an excuse to not eat right and not sleep well. Yes, work is important, but what’s more important is you. Life is very precious, and it would do you well to take care of yourself. Remember, health is wealth. See how easy it is? Make these tips a part of your daily routine, and you will definitely get better and be able to live a healthy lifestyle.Don’t settle for anything less, and let Gina’s success story serve as your inspiration to do more!