With the holidays rapidly approaching, it’s sometimes hard to find ways to stay on track with your fitness goals and remain consistent with your diet. It makes it even harder with all the sweet treats that are constantly being passed around during the holidays, but viral fitness expert Robert Frank knows exactly how to keep you on track.
Feeling tired is a common complaint people express. Sometimes the self-description morphs into “I feel tired all the time,” and experts say that’s when extreme tiredness becomes better known as fatigue.
Fatigue, when someone lacks energy and feels exhausted mentally or physically, can negatively impact performance at work, family life, and social relationships. Often, it is not a medical issue, but one that can be reversed by a lifestyle change.
The woman introducing herself to me would never be blessed with laugh lines. She demanded, “What can you do for me?”
“I don’t know what the problem is yet.”
Impatient for me be omnipotent, she talked angrily about her -low-back pain. People in pain can be irritable, so I held on to my compassion. As I offered treatment options, she interrupted, “I don’t have time for massage therapy.”
How about remedial exercise then? I suggested a simple, 20-minute relaxation stretch. “I don’t have 20 minutes a day. I don’t have time to exercise at all,” she shouted. “I need drugs!”
Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Autumn/Winter Copyright 2008. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.
For a child wobbling atop a two-wheel bicycle for the first time, getting it to remain upright is a scary challenge. But once that child has mastered the art of balancing on the bike, the body just remembers what to do.
The American Dream. This phrase draws people to our country by the thousands. The idea that greatness can be achieved, even when starting with nothing, is the touchstone of our Western culture. We live in a society where great value is placed on the external, somewhat elusive notion of “success.”
Downhill hiking has a host of health benefits, including reducing blood sugars and improving glucose tolerance, say Austrian researchers. Uphill exercise shortens muscles as they work, while downhill walking requires muscle groups to actively resist stretching. This is especially good news for those with, or at risk for, diabetes, which can make aerobic forms of exercise more difficult. Diabetics can still get exercise that will help manage their disease, and downhill walking may provide a springboard for more vigorous workouts down the road.
We all feel stress from time to time, and many of our lifestyle habits don’t support us in our journey along a healthier path. Here are 10 lifestyle changes that will help you become more relaxed and increase your overall feeling of well-being.
Somewhere between meetings, writing reports, returning phone calls, and answering e-mail, Americans try to squeeze in lunch. We’ve developed a new breed — busy people, too busy to take advantage of lunch. Others get to the end of their day before realizing they never had a lunch break. Some do manage to eat, but they fill themselves with often unmemorable foods just to keep going. As a lifestyle coach, I meet these people all the time.
Maintaining your exercise regimen during the autumn and winter months can be difficult. It’s easy to stockpile a list of excuses — “the days are too short,” “it’s too cold outside,” etc. But one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to stay healthy is by walking. Equipped with a pair of walking shoes (yes, they are different than running shoes) and a pedometer (a great motivating tool), you can easily track your daily progress as you burn extra calories (approximately 100 per mile).
Having trouble sticking to your New Year’s resolution to exercise? Quit fretting about it and just start walking. According to a recent study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, regular exercise (such as walking) reduced mortality risk by 35 percent. For those who had high risk of heart disease, the decreased risk was even higher at 45 percent. And even obese subjects who were active had a lower risk of dying sooner.