I was just about to start a blog post on a totally different subject, when this article from Shaklee colleagues and Burst Club coaches, Jenni and Nathan Oates came to my inbox. It's a terrific list of simple activities that can easily be incorporated into your day to help you get more fit and stay that way. It's a good feeling to read a list like this and be able to say, "I do that!" but it's always good to get new ideas too, so thank you Jenni! Since I'm on the phone a lot, you'll often find me doing #1. #5 has helped me be much more aware of my daily activity and I do my best to get in those 10,000 steps each day, even if it means walking back and forth in my little apartment before i go to sleep at night! A while back I started doing #7 -- and am doing it as I write this post. I highly doubt that I'll ever run even one marathon but to think that this one simple change is the equivalent to running 10 marathons in a year is AMAZING!
Do you experience joint pain? I encounter many people who do. Some are runners or other physically active people of all ages whose athletic activities put stress on their joints -- especially the knees. Others spend too much time sitting and their inactivity results in stiffness and joint discomfort; and others suffer with arthritis which they often attribute to the aging process. As I write in my recent post on Heart Health, "getting older" does not have to mean not feeling well, or in this case, being in pain.
For many of us, it's been a very cold and snowy winter. I'm fortunate to work from home so when weather conditions make it difficult to get out, I don't really mind; however, I know that for many, being stuck inside contributes to the "winter blues" which are very common during January and February after the fun and festivities of the holidays are over. According to Michael Holick, PH.D., M.D. (The Vitamin D Solution), the onset of a more serious condition, "Seasonal Affective Disorder" or "SAD" tends to coincide with the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays. Anti-depressants -- the second most prescribed medications in the U.S. after cholesterol medications -- are often prescribed for "SAD". Fortunately, there are safe and natural ways to beat the "winter blues." Read below for "10 Simple Solutions" and listen to the audio, "Staying Cheery During The Dark Days of Winter" for a discussion about the nutritional connection to mood swings, depression and low energy, especially during the dark days of winter. Please share this post with others who might benefit and enjoy what's left of the winter!
You've probably heard that it is very important to incorporate stretching into your fitness and exercise routine to improve flexibility and prevent injury; but do you know the correct time and the right way to stretch? The following article -- courtesy of “Health Tips From The Professor” -- from Kai Fusser*, fitness expert and personal trainer for many of the world's top professional athletes, explains the when, why and how of proper stretching.
With today's busy lifestyles, and the extremes people go to trying "to do it all" the last thing we need is to stress out over not getting enough physical exercise which kind of defeats the purpose! In the following "Health Tips From The Professor" post, Swiss Physician & Chiropractor, Pierre DuBois, MD helps put exercise into perspective. Like my favorite trainer, Harley Pasternak does in his book, "The Body Reset Diet", Dr. DuBois points out, you don't have to spend hours at the gym, buy expensive equipment or engage in strenuous workouts to achieve a healthy level of fitness.
Staying fit and eating healthy while traveling can be a challenge. Below are some "simple solutions" from elite athlete trainer, Kai Fusser, MS, courtesy of Health Tips From the Professor.