Body Maintenance: Be nice to your body and pay attention to what it needs.

  Eat enough every day – not eating enough tells your body to conserve calories and energy, and so the next time you eat more of the energy will be retained rather than being properly used.Hydrate – Dehydration makes you feel tired. Caffeine and alcohol are very dehydrating. Balance caffeine or alcohol consumption with non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic fluids.Sleep – Sleep deprivation increases appetite (and often body weight) and decreases brain function. So proper sleep helps your energy, weight maintenance and your ability to think and concentrate.Exercise –  Try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week –  it can even be split up into 10 minute walks. The effects of brief physical exertion last much longer than those of caffeine, and exercise decreases stress rather than increasing it? Finding a physical activity that you really like to do will make exercise more fun and something to look forward to as well as help to keep you healthy throughout life. So try something new or something that has always appealed to you. How do I look?If we all looked the same the world would be a very boring place. Genes (not jeans) have a lot to do with body shape –  there is no “right” weight for someone of a certain height. If you are eating and acting healthily, your weight is probably fine.Shaped like a pear? Fat around the hips, butt and thighs is usually estrogen dependent, meaning that it doesn’t go away through exercise and healthy nutrition. Torso fat, on the other hand, is associated with poor health. Repeated dieting can actually lower metabolism and thus make your body retain more of what you put into it. Increasing exercise while not giving your body more food to compensate can also increase body fat storage. If you really need to lose weight, the most effective way is to increase exercise and cutting back a little on your foods while concentrating on more veggies and high fiber foods. Healthy Lifestyle Key Attributes     Eat Healthy     Exercise     Hydrate     Sleep     Think Positive Thoughts