There’s a result you desire. Maybe it’s weight loss, maybe it’s to achieve a specific lift, run your first 5k, or maybe it’s to get off your blood pressure medication. Whatever the goal is, what I’m going to talk about applies. If you or someone you know has ever gone to extreme measures to lose weight – HCG injections, diet pills, surgery, starvation diets, etc – the chances are small that they were successful.
So you decide (or set a New Year’s resolution) that you want to improve your health to be able to be more active with your kids, or you want to lose 20 lbs to feel more confident in your clothes, or you want be able to move with less pain and have less limitations. Great! You’re all in… but you set the date you are going to start for sometime in the future. ~ “I will start eating healthier on Monday” ~ “I will start working out next month when things are slower at work”
Starting your nutrition journey is never an easy process, and for most of us the “quick fix” diets and fad food journeys are quickly becoming a broken way of the past. Indeed, yo-yo dieting and plenty of misinformation in the nutrition world has left many of us scrambling to sort through what is good for us, and what isn’t. Coupled with a desire for food convenience and lack of planning, the road ahead often appears harder than it should. In fact, it’s fair to say that almost all of us looking to improve our nutrition and live healthier lifestyles need concrete, long term habits for life. Furthermore, finding what works for your personalized nutrition needs can be a challenge based on your food preferences, work/life schedules, and budget (to name a few). Thankfully, there are 5 nutrition “must have” habits that, when introduced over time, can be utilized to effectively…
Have you ever wondered what happens to the brain when we begin exercise? Have you ever wondered why we feel the way we do when we include exercise in our lives? Many people are aware that regular exercise and physical activity have many health benefits. Some of these benefits include increased muscle strength and muscle endurance along with increased cardiovascular capacity or in other words better heart health. Whether your goal is to improve performance, lose weight, get stronger, or live a longer and healthier life, for a majority of people when we begin introducing exercise in our lives we tend to notice an overall difference in how we generally feel about ourselves and our environment. A lot of people claim that exercising gives them increased energy, are more alert and focused while others claim that exercising makes them feel less stressed and puts them generally in a good mood…
Christmas holidays are just around the corner, and with that comes lots of time spent with family and friends we may have not seen in a while, many food temptations and lots of downtime and relaxation. A combination of these things, along with most gyms being closed for a few days, can give us all an excuse not to exercise and stay active during the holidays and stagnate all that progress we have made in transforming our health and well being throughout the past year.
One of the biggest reasons why some people fail to reach their fitness goals is a lack of patience. Oftentimes someone will start their fitness journey and improve their diet and exercise, but the results they are hoping for don’t come as quickly as they hoped. Since every area seems to be taken care of and nothing seems to be missing, they feel frustrated and quit. In these situations, the reality is that there was one thing missing: time.
In a perfect world, all of us would be able to progress our fitness levels without ever having to worry about something such as sickness, injury, or any other obstacle in life slowing us down. However, in the real world, setbacks on your fitness journey do happen. The real question isn’t whether or not you’ll have to face these challenges; it’s whether or not you’re going to overcome them.
You’ve been training for a while, changing your eating habits, and really trying to make some lifestyle changes. And then you jump on the scale… And your weight is EXACTLY the same or… (GASP) it’s gone UP. How is this possible? You have been giving up sweets and wearing out running shoes… you have been working SO hard! What is missing? The fact that you are only looking at your body weight on the scale when you really need to be looking at your body fat %.
With all the challenges of our daily lives it can be tough to maintain a high level of energy at all times. Factor in a long winter on top of it all (seriously will this snow ever stop!) and being fatigued and having low energy is something that we all have to deal with at some point during the day. If you are feeling an tired slump in your day here are a few different techniques to keep those energy levels up so you can stay on top of whatever situation comes your way.