While New Year’s resolutions are made with the best of intentions, they’re usually forgotten by mid-February. If this first sentence describes your own experience I'd like to suggest to you a no-resolution plan for change
this coming year.
How could that work?
New Year’s resolutions tend to be big plans—commitments to a “project” that are often unrealistic because they impose impracticable demands on our tendency to stick to old habits. Try as we might,… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on December 28, 2009 at 7:30am —
There are many compelling reasons to exercise. Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. It improves mental health, fosters strong muscles and strong bones. It also makes most participants happier and improves our looks.
Physical activity also burns calories. In the past few decades exercise has therefore become one arm of the two pronged approach to combat overweight and obesity. Exercise is the calories expended in… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on November 9, 2009 at 6:00am —
Remember, you are not too old to exercise
! The US Department of Health and Human Services has issued the guide – Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute of Aging
Being physically active does not become less important with age. Remaining active into your senior years has many benefits. Here are just a few of the… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on September 29, 2009 at 9:30pm —
Let’s do a quick review. Step 1 of a diet to lower LDL cholesterol is to reduce saturated fat intake, step 2 increase soluble fiber, and step 3 increase plant sterol intake. The fourth step does not involve diet, but is an important part of maintaining a low LDL cholesterol level.
Here is the fourth of four options for lowering LDL cholesterol:
Inactivity can cause higher cholesterol levels. Increase physical activity to increase HDL, lower LDL, and… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on July 21, 2009 at 11:00am —
A Swedish study followed 2,205 men for over 20 years looking at age and exercise. The study found death rates to be highest among men who were sedentary at the start of the study and lowest for the most active men. Interestingly, men who began an exercise program at age 50 had decreased the risk of death after 10 years of being active to the level of those who had always been active.
Let’s see if I can say that another way. . .if you have been sedentary all your life and begin a… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on July 2, 2009 at 10:00am —
The Physician's Heart Study followed over 21,000 between the ages of 40 and 84 for over 20 years. They found a significant link between weight, activity, and heart failure I want to share with you.
Both weight and physical activity were independently linked to risk of heart failure.
Having a high BMI increased heart failure risk in both active and sedentary men. For every additional 7 pounds on a man 5 foot 10 inches… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on March 19, 2009 at 8:00am —
Okay, in the previous two posts, we've covered how much activity is needed and I mentioned different intensities requiring different time commitments.
A simple measure of your workout intensity is the talk test. If you can carry on a conversation while taking a breath every 3-4 words, you’re probably at a moderate intensity level. If you are working out hard enough that you can only say a… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on February 24, 2009 at 8:00am —
As I previously mentioned, The Health and Human Services Department sets physical activity guidelines after reviewing a good decades worth of research related to physical activity and health.
This report encompasses everyone from the age of 6 and up. Let's go into a little more detail on the adult guidelines.
Adult Physical Activity Guidelines… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on February 19, 2009 at 3:00pm —
10 Tips to Stay Motivated About Exercising
By Angel Evans
It's quite common for a client to seek out my help because they aren't motivated to exercise or just not seeing the results from the exercises they're performing. All of us at one point or another need a kick to get back into our workouts.
Here are my 10 tips to help keep you motivated and maintain that enthusiasm that got you exercising in… Continue
Added by Steve on November 4, 2008 at 1:49pm —
Yesterday I read a post called Exercise is Good Medicine from Carole Carson's blog. She talks about the "Exercise is Medicine" campaign which calls on doctors to "assess and review every patient's physical activity… Continue
Added by Blake Hagen on November 3, 2008 at 2:52pm —
Believe it or not, you have what it takes to burn and melt fat like a champion fitness model. You have the potential within you to get the body of your dreams. If I'm not mistaken you're serious about improving your body and I don't blame you. Having a fit, attractive body has lots of benefits, and right here I'm going to show you 7 powerful fat burning exercises that are incredibly effective, don't take much time, and don't cost you anything.
To be perfectly honest some of these fat… Continue
Added by Steve on October 27, 2008 at 7:30am —
Ok give a clap for the first original blog post from my good self that you wont find anywhere else on the blogosphere, internet, fishing net, etc!!
One way to keep you moving with the plans, goals, dreams that you have is passed success. It's good to (as they say, but don't know who they are) "have a few wins under your belt!"
I don't believe in living in the past because that's ridiculous, how could you possibly do that?… Continue
Added by Andrew Scott on October 6, 2008 at 3:35pm —
Today is World Heart Day, so I want to give nine steps that will lead to high blood pressure control and ultimately heart health!
If you live with high blood pressure, you’re familiar with the side effects of anti-hypertensive medications. Fortunately, medications are not the only way to rein in high blood pressure.
Lifestyle plays a key role. By altering some choices you make, you can avoid or reduce the need for medications.
Here are 9 steps that will start… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on September 28, 2008 at 8:00am —
Yesterday I had a nasty headache that I couldn't seem to get rid of. It lasted through the night and I woke up this morning with my head still aching. Nothing I tried was working so I tried something else -- an 18 mile bike ride. Yup, my headache is gone now. I don't know why or how, nor do I care. I'm just glad it's gone!
I guess exercise is good for us.
Have a good weekend and get some physical activity in. Watch some football too.…
Added by Blake Hagen on September 5, 2008 at 11:23am —
One of the huge benefits of regular physical activity is the way it helps us handle stress and other emotional aspects of our lives. We all have things that get us worried or stressed –whether it’s family, work, school, our health, or anything else. Regular exercise can help.
Here’s what Dr. Stephen Aldana, professor of lifestyle medicine at BYU, had to say in his book The Culprit and the Cure:
“A review of 34 studies showed that sedentary individuals who started engaging… Continue
Added by Blake Hagen on August 28, 2008 at 10:45am —
Many of us have been reeled into watching in awe as athletes from around the world compete in the Summer Olympics in Beijing. It's amazing to think of how much time, training, and preparation each Olympian has invested for their chance to prove that they're the best.
How many times as a kid did you watch the Games and throughout the day and evening pretend that you were an Olympian and try to imitate what you saw on tv? Take some of that childhood imagination and translate that into… Continue
Added by Jen@PatinaEsprit on August 11, 2008 at 9:00am —
I was out for a brisk walk the other day when I decided to do some intervals. I picked up the pace, alternating some faster jogging with my typical top-speed walk. I was huffing and puffing a bit when a bug flew in my open mouth and hit the back of my throat. Sick.
I went through some quick mental Olympics: Do I swallow? Do I hack? Do I stand here trying to figure out what to do before I attempt both? I, of course, picked option three, standing frozen for 10 seconds before I combo… Continue
Added by Fit Bottomed Girls on June 16, 2008 at 6:30am —