Habits for Optimal Wellbeing and Exercise

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What are the Habits of Health™?
The Habits of Health ™ are the key building blocks of Optimal Health. The Habits of Health ™ provide an integrative framework for developing and maintaining healthy habits each day. These habits are health promoting behaviors that focu...
How do I handle cravings?
Cravings for unhealthy foods are common and normal. They are to be expected and are not a sign of failure. Often times cravings are triggered by cues within ourselves or our environment. Cravings can be sparked by physical issues like tiredness, hea...
How do I handle emotional eating?
When we feel emotions such as sadness, anger, emptiness, stress, or anxiety we feel inclined to consume comfort foods. Eating these comfort foods releases dopamine (a neurotransmitter [or chemical message] that helps to control the brain’s rew...
Can I dine out while on the OPTAVIA Program?
Special occasion meals are easier to handle than you may think! Simply rearrange your Fueling routine (if necessary) so that you can enjoy your Lean & Green meal at your breakfast meeting, family brunch, awards banquet, family dinner at a restau...
Should I exercise while on the OPTAVIA Program?
Exercise is a necessary part of losing weight, improving metabolism, and maintaining weight loss. Exercise also provides many health-enhancing benefits such as: improved blood sugar control, improved flexibility and balance, blood pressure control, ...
When should I start exercising on the OPTAVIA Program?
If you are not already exercising regularly when you start the OPTAVIA Program, we recommend you wait two to three weeks (and check with your doctor) before you begin exercising regularly. Start an exercise program slowly, and gradually increase tim...
What types of exercise can I do?
There are three types of exercises we recommend for Optimal Health: aerobic exercise, strength training, and lifestyle exercise: Aerobic exercise such as walking, running, and bicycling, among other activities, burns calories and helps strengthen...
How long should I exercise?
Set a goal to be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day. If you are new to exercise, have certain chronic diseases, or are taking medications, you should contact your doctor to determine the best level of activity for you. For those on...
What if I want to exercise more than 45 minutes per day?
For those who wish to exercise more than 45 minutes per day, one of our higher calorie meal plans, such as the Optimal Weight 4 & 2 & 1 Plan ® may be more appropriate in order to support your activity levels. Ask your OPTAVIA Coach a...
What’s considered light to moderate exercise?
This will vary from person to person. Many people use the “talking test” to gauge the intensity of their workout. Most people are able to talk or hold a conversation during moderately intense activities. Examples of light to moderate act...