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Healthy Tip of the Week: Go To Bed Early

Each week, we’ll highlight some of our favorite healthy habits and the benefits behind them. We’ll also share a quick and simple tip from Heather Lake, a Jenny Craig Health & Lifestyle Contributor, to help support your weight loss goals and inspire you throughout the day! This 12-week series will focus on everything from the benefits of sleep to delicious ways to incorporate more protein into your meals.

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How To Sleep Better Even Though Your Hormones Tell You Otherwise

Menopause and sleep: They can be rebellious roommates.

 

The Sleep Foundation puts the number of menopausal women dealing with insomnia (and feeling less satisfied with their sleep in general) at 61%,1 but if you’re the one fighting to fall asleep and stay asleep, that number feels more like 100%.

Move More

The Secret to Men's Fitness: 5 Tips to Start and Stay Motivated

A week runs for 168 hours. Assuming you spend eight hours a night in bed and 40 hours a week at work, you still have 56 hours to use as you please. So if men’s fitness routines seem intimidating, remember this: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, you only need 2.5 hours of exercise per week to keep your heart and body strong.1

 

More is better, of course. But 2.5 hours is the number to aim for. And that sounds easy, right? Perhaps — but if you don’t find the time every week to work out, you’re not alone: Most men still don’t set aside time for fitness. Fewer than 20% of adults actually follow through with the government's exercise recommendation.2 And that may be one of the reasons why obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are so prevalent today.

 

The truth is, exercise is one of your biggest weapons against weight gain and poor health (of course, eating a healthy diet is just as important!). It works better than any pill on the market, with known benefits that include weight maintenance, disease prevention and better sleep. Exercise might even make you feel better: The Mayo Clinic reports that it may simultaneously boost your mood and give you more energy.3

 

If you’re just getting started with a weight loss program like Jenny Craig, you’ll want to start by focusing on your diet. (We have the best foods for men’s health right here.) But once you’re committed to better health and weight loss, you’re going to want to include fitness into your regular routine. Here’s how to get started and a few of the best workouts for men.

Inspiration

After 20 Years, Kim S. Came Back to Jenny Craig and Lost 33 lbs.!*

*Weight lost on Classic Program. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Weight loss as of May 2019. Kim received promotional consideration.


After 20 years, Kim S. came back to Jenny Craig and loves her results! Kim is a mother, daughter, wife, working professional, full-time master’s student and self-proclaimed Jenny Craig believer. Two years ago, Kim found herself moving yet another set of too-small clothes to storage to make room for the next larger size. Although she tried to eat healthy and walk daily, she overindulged frequently, and knew her lifestyle could be healthier. So Kim returned to Jenny Craig and lost 33 lbs.!*

 

Here’s a peak at a typical day for Kim — find out the healthy habits she learned, and how she balances her busy schedule.

Eat Well

The Worst Foods to Eat if You're Trying to Get a Good Night's Sleep

It’s 3 a.m. … and you’re wide awake. Again. Did you forget something at work? Did you leave the stove on? While these thoughts are enough to keep anyone up at night, the food you ate before bed might be part of what’s really to blame. While there are plenty of snacks that can help you sleep (turkey, anyone?), there are certainly some foods to avoid before bed.

 

And if weight loss is your goal, getting enough sleep — at least 7-9 hours, according to the National Sleep Foundation1 — plays an important part. Deep, restorative sleep helps keep your body’s natural circadian rhythms running smoothly. Because circadian rhythms influence so many of the body’s functions, including your eating habits and digestion2 disrupting them could impact your weight loss. To keep your sleep schedule, circadian rhythms and weight loss on track, consider avoiding these foods, which might make it harder to get a good night’s sleep.

 

Check out the 4 worst foods to eat before bed and rest easy knowing you’ll be making healthy, sleep-friendly food choices from here on out.

Recipes

Simply Inspired Baked Pear Crumble

This delicious baked pear crumble is so easy to make! Sweet, juicy pears are filled with a crisp and crunchy mixture of oats, walnuts, coconut, flax seed and spices. After just 15 minutes in the oven, this dessert is ready to enjoy. Top your pear with a creamy whipped topping and a drizzle of syrup for a decadent treat! This recipe makes enough for eight servings.

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