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Take this quiz to discover your fitness personality

- August 24th, 2011
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He's not smiling here, but I'm guessing fitness guru Shaun Zetlin has a "joyful" exercise personality.

Quick, what’s your exercise personality?

Don’t know?

Well, you’re in luck.

You can find out via the following Exercise Personality Quiz, which comes from But I’m Hungry! guest contributor and certified master trainer Shaun Zetlin.

The eight-question quiz, I’m told, is just one of many fun features in the upcoming e-book, which will be published by Satisfaction Solutions Press and released Sept. 15. Advance sales are available at www.butimhungry.net.

1. The thought of going to the gym before or after work makes you feel:

A. Anxious
B. Thrilled
C. Upset
D. Happy

2. How knowledgeable do you feel when it comes to strength and cardiovascular training?

A. Lost
B. Excited
C. Frustrated
D. Confident

3. When performing a cardiovascular workout on the treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike, how do you feel?

A. Apprehensive
B. Motivated
C. Bored
D. Comfortable

4. Your friend asks you to workout with him or her at your local gym. What do you feel?

A. Nervous
B. Energized
C. Distraught
D. Ecstatic

5. The thought of keeping a journal and writing down your progress while working out creates an emotion of:

A. Dread
B. Exhilaration
C. Annoyance
D. Contentment

6. The notion of missing a workout during the week makes you feel:

A. Relieved
B. Distressed
C. Satisfied
D. Disappointed

7. Finding the time in your current schedule to work out creates a sensation of:

A. Concern
B. Freedom
C. Stress
D. Bliss

8. After exercising, you usually feel:

A. Defeated
B. Hyper
C. Miserable
D. Cheerful

If you answered “A” for most of these questions, your Exercise Personality is:

Fearful

The thought of working out and going to the gym seems scary to you. However, try to change your mindset by exercising in the privacy of your own home. Next, enlist a trusted family member or friend to show you some beginner movements at the gym. Exercising doesn’t have to be scary and can be very empowering if you are open to it.

If you answered “B” for most of these questions, your Exercise Personality is:

Manic

Being manic isn’t necessarily a negative personality trait, yet it is crucial to understand why working out is so important to you. Anyone who exercises consistently deserves an ovation. But missing a workout shouldn’t leave you devastated. Bravo for staying committed to exercise, but give yourself a much-needed break by skipping your workout a few times a week and your muscles will tone faster!

If you answered “C” for most of these questions, your Exercise Personality is:

Discouraged

It’s quite normal to feel discouraged when starting an exercise program, or if you have been working out for years without seeing the desired results. It might be time to hire a fitness professional to help you reach your fitness goals faster than you would on your own. Work on staying positive and committed.

If you answered “D” for most of these questions your Exercise Personality is:

Joyful

You have a healthy relationship with working out and enjoy exercise to its fullest. Working out makes you feel carefree and blissful which, in its purity, is what it’s supposed to do! You can help keep that joy in your workouts by varying your workout every few months. When you change your routine, be sure to choose exercises that make you feel happy, but are still challenging.

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Drink (water) and be merry (and thin)

- August 15th, 2011

I know I’m guilty of not drinking enough water.

Maybe you need more H2O in your life, too.

Here are some compelling reasons why we should all enjoy more of the life-giving substance (from Crystal Petrello, author and registered dietitian):

press_release_distribution_0226274_42492Water, Water Everywhere: Author of Upcoming Book Explains Why Hydration is Important for Losing Weight

By Crystal Petrello, MS, RD, Coauthor of But I’m Hungry!

TAMPA, Fla. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Registered dietitian and coauthor of upcoming e-book, But I’m Hungry!, to be launched Sept. 15 from Satisfaction Solutions Press, explains that hydration is important to weight loss any time of year.

Hydration is one of the keys to weight loss. It allows your body to give you proper hunger signals, while also preventing headaches, detoxifying metabolic byproducts and aiding post-workout rejuvenation and healing. Proper hydration is important because our bodies are more than half water. Water transports nutrients, regulates our body temperature, aids in digestion and gets rid of waste. So it’s at the foundation of any healthy diet/eating plan.

Your Body’s Needs

To avoid being thirsty, drink eight to 10 cups of non-alcoholic, caffeine-free fluid a day. This equals about two liters of fluid. For those refilling 16-ounce water bottles, this is five bottles a day. Water is the quickest and cheapest way to hydrate. Milk, juice and water in fruits and vegetables also add to daily fluid intake. Water, however, is the only natural calorie-free way to hydrate. (Keep reading for ideas for adding flavor without artificial sweeteners or tons of calories.)

Dehydration can mimic the feeling of hunger. As you learn to recognize the hunger signals your body is sending you, think about how much fluid you have had to drink during the day. There are times in our days when it is more difficult to drink enough fluids due to our jobs or schedule.

Seasonal changes can make it more difficult to get enough fluids. Our desire to drink cold water in the winter and in the summer fluctuates. If you are in the Midwest it may be easy to get enough water in the winter by warming up with your hot tea, but it is also dehydrating you. In the summer in the Southwest it is easy to get enough water because of the heat. But use eight to 10 cups as a guide for your needs all year round.

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Crystal Petrello

If you’re not sure whether you’re hungry or thirsty drink a glass of water and wait a few minutes. This may help your body adjust and help you figure out if you are hungry or thirsty. And when you are eating a meal, choose a low-calorie beverage to enjoy with your meal. About three-quarters of our daily fluid consumption happens while we are eating.

About But I’m Hungry!

But I’m Hungry! is a collaborative effort by a health writer, registered dietitian and editor who have joined forces to help people beat the one thing that often stands in the way of living healthy: hunger.

The e-book includes analyses of hunger, meal plans and weight-loss recipes, and tons of strategies for beating the beast. Visit www.butimhungry.net.

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