Most of us have been "THERE!"
"THERE" being that place of searching for the next best thing to try to lose weight!
2020 looked a LOT different for most of us! Some good, some bad. I've read so many stories about weight gain, lack of motivation, eating out of boredom, gyms closing and people needing to find new ways to exercise, depression and so on! I have also noticed the search for "quick fixes" increasing. So I would like to address some of the most "talked about" subjects and questions that come up to me with friends, family, acquaintances and on social media.
A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & National Center for Health Statistics shows that 17.1% of U.S. adults were on some of special diet for weight loss or other health reasons on any given day during 2015-2018. That's a 14% rise from a decade earlier. This increase also came with an increase in obesity. It was noted that more women diet than men and...
Remember when you were a kid and learning how to ride a bike? Close your eyes and think about it for a second. Do you also remember that first fall? I do, I remember many falls! But, that didn't stop us from getting back up and trying again, and again and again! Until, FINALLY, we were RIDING! Wasn't that the most AMAZING and EMPOWERING moment of your life?!?!
Most of us as kids, weren't afraid of anything! We had NO idea that swinging from that rope could ACTUALLY hurt us. We played in the rain, got muddy, swam when it was cold out, and danced in PUBLIC! And...we had a damn good time doing it!
So, why, as we get older and become "responsible" grown-ups, do we stop "playing"? Oh, I'm no saying that you should wildly abandon reality and run around like a heathen. Remember the movie "BIG"? Tom Hanks had such a good time being a kid in a grown up body, because he had no idea how he was "supposed" to...
Most people do not like to stretch and usually don't make time for it.
As we age, we begin to lose muscle mass, bone density and flexibility. Through exercise, especially weight bearing, we can not only build muscle and retain it, we can also reduce the risk of losing bone density.
But what about flexibility?
Stretching helps increase flexibility and improves range of motion, joint health, balance and coordination. And all of these help prevent injury - a major plus!!!!
Here are some stretches to help you improve flexibility!
People often ask me, "Where does fat go when we lose weight?" It's definitely a question worth pondering! Would you believe that most of our toxins and by-products are released through our breath? 70% to be exact.
Let me explain. First we need to understand fat. Seems like such an ugly word, doesn't it?! Fat is actually an energy source! Energy that is stored and used for vital processes in our body. Our bodies convert fat to usable energy for building and repairing muscles, tissue, helping organs to function and metabolism. When our bodies heat up, from, let's say, EXERCISE, this speeds up our metabolic process. This aids in excreting waste (pee, poop, sweat and breathing).
Let's face it, belly fat is the most stubborn fat to get rid of, and it is also a real health hazard. Extra abdominal fat increases the risk of heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.
So, what can we do about it?...
Do you remember the nursery rhyme "Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?"
Well, not very well if you don't give it the attention and love that it requires!
I have a large yard, with multiple garden beds and potted plants and flowers. If I skip a few days of not watering them, picking the weeds/grass, or using an all-natural pesticide to keep the multitude of bugs away(and bunnies), my gardens would look like total sh*# and it would prove pointless to have planted everything!
You might be asking yourself why this even matters to you(especially if you don't have a garden)! Well, the truth of the matter is this...if you don't "tend" to your body and mind, the "weeds" and "pests" can take over.
Have you ever awakened and thought, "Man, I have got to do something different! I feel like crap!"? I have! Sometimes getting older just plain sucks! But it doesn't have to!
There are ways to start making simple and small changes...
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