Monday, November 22, 2010

Did You Know?

Stretch to Sleep

It is estimated that over 50% of the adult American population experiences mild to moderate insomnia. Stress, diet, juggling family and work life, all combine to sabotage our sleep. We are also a nation of prescription pill users. These medications often treat the symptoms, not the cause. Stretching, around long before sedatives, has a relaxing and even tranquilizing effect on the human body. Performing a series of static stretches combined with deep breathing, and "mindfullness" helps the body and mind wind down and prepare for sleep. It is not an instant "fix" like the pills we are used to taking but, with practice, it becomes a truly holistic way to normalize your sleeping patterns. This is an important step in creating a healthy and balanced lifestyle in an increasingly stressful world.

Resistance is resistance is resistance . . .
Your body does not know the difference between free weights, body weight or expensive strength training equipment. There are a variety of ways to get the benefits of strength training. The method that works best is the one which you will follow through with, or in other words is most convenient. If you have access to a variety of high-end strength training equipment, great! However if you use rubberized tubing, or ankle weights, you can get the same benefits.

Yoga in a minute
Its no accident that with our 24/7 society we have the highest level of stress related disease in our planet’s history. While exercise like Yoga will not "take away" these stresses, it can dramatically increase your resilience and ability to cope. Yoga is shown to lower blood pressure, reduce headaches, increase circulation, even enhance self-esteem. You don’t need to join an ashram and meditate for hours on end to receive the benefits. Taking a 15 minute break to do some stretching and yoga poses on a daily basis can have far reaching effects. Like other lifestyle programs, the first step starts with making a commitment to yourself and scheduling it. From there you must protect your appointment with yourself like any other appointment.

Hydrate . . . or die

70% of us are mildly or moderately dehydrated. That means that in any given group that you are in, 7 out of the 10 individuals have less water in their systems than they need for simple maintenance. Symptoms of dehydration include: headaches, energy peaks and valleys, dry skin, frequent hunger, immune system problems, and lethargy. Hydrating properly is one of the easiest and most actionable tips to better health. The average adult needs between 60-80 ounces of water per day. More if you are regularly exercising. With water, out of site is out of mind. Try this. Keep at least 24 ounces of water with you at all times-in your car, at your desk, in your travel bag. Sip frequently throughout the day. Make it a habit. Try to drink at least 10 ounces 10 minutes before eating. It will help curb your hunger and be helpful with weight management.

Written by Gregory Florez, president of First Fitness, Inc., a personal fitness and education company providing fitness, business strategy and sales training to the fitness industry, as well as professional certification and business development services.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Setting the Scene for Health

It's true; everything has an atmosphere. Your home, your work space, your car, even your body has an atmosphere!

The good news is that you are the one responsible for creating it and the power to change it.

What is the atmosphere of your kitchen, for example? Is it filled with healthy foods at all times? How about your car--do you have some healthy snacks and motivational CDs tucked in the glove compartment? Your purse, your home--these are all places to create a health-focused atmosphere. Healthy snacks, workout CDs and proper fitness gear are all ways to make sure your life is all about being the healthiest you can be.

Harbinger FitnessAnd then there is the big atmosphere: your body! Does it get a lot of regular exercise? Is it fed a lot of fruits, veggies, whole grains, proteins and water? Does it get regular, quality sleep and lots of fresh air? Does your body have an atmosphere that burns calories in an efficient manner? Eating the proper foods as well as using weights two times a week for 20 minutes and doing cardio four times a week for 30 minutes, will boost your metabolism and help you burn calories more efficiently.

Make a plan to pamper yourself by establishing healthy atmospheres within your living space....start right now.

Christine H. Piselli
Personal Wellness Coach
Certified Personal Trainer

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Another winner!

Last week Truth2BeingFit offered up a pair of Harbinger gloves and today she announced the winner: Lori Kimble. Lori is the blogger behind Finding Radiance, a blog where she shares her health and fitness choices.

Congratulations, Lori!