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Oh No! My Inner Demon is Keeping Me Up at Night!

This morning my iPad wasn't working- no sound. I checked all the usual spots- maybe the airpods or headphones were connected or maybe my speaker was connected. Nope- all "normal". 

Next I did something very unusual. I turned it off. I powered it down and let it rest. Guess what? It worked. A few hours later I turned it back on and now I'm listening to lovely music as I work at my desk. Magic!

Normally this type of incident would send me over the edge. I'd poke some buttons only to get more frustrated with not being able to fix the problem because honestly, I don't really understand how the thing works in the first place, and that would get me even more frustrated. Then I'd probably start looking for a replacement, assuming that the contraption is broken beyond repair and once again being thankful that I have Apple care for just this type of situation. Yes- I have a slight tendency towards over reaction. 

This time though I stayed calm, simply turning the thing off and...

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It Takes Courage to Take Care of Ourselves

 

“Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage” ~Ananis Nin

I don’t think of myself as courageous. Other people think I am because it’s so easy for me to get up in front of people, but for me, that’s not me being courageous. That’s me having the best time ever!

To me, courage is speaking from our hearts and staying true to ourselves. In order to be courageous, we must know ourselves, accept ourselves, and be courageous enough to live our lives in a way that honors who we are and what we stand for. 

Now this might be kind of a heavy subject coming from a Health and Fitness Coach, but I think it takes a special kind courage to take care of ourselves. 

Many of us know we should be doing a better job of taking care of ourselves. More exercise- less Netflix, more veggies-less pizza, more water-less wine, more sleep- less caffeine, we get it! I’m sorry, but my idea of a good time on a Friday night IS Netflix, pizza, and a...

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"If You want to Win the Lottery, You Have to Buy a Ticket"

"If you want to win the Lottery, You Have to Buy a Ticket"~Sue Spencer, adapted from Elizabeth Gilbert

I watched the first few minutes of Eat, Pray, Love last night and was reminded of this quick little parable: 

“There's a wonderful old Italian joke about a poor man who goes to church every day and prays before the statue of a great saint, begging, "Dear saint-please, please, please...give me the grace to win the lottery." This lament goes on for months. Finally the exasperated statue comes to life, looks down at the begging man and says in weary disgust, "My son-please, please, please...buy a ticket."

If You Want to Win the Healthy Lifestyle Lottery, You Have to Buy a Ticket 

We want to be as healthy as possible. We want to have the energy to do the things we love to do. We want to feel rested from a good night’s sleep. We want to enjoy our lives. Well my friends, you’ve got to buy the ticket. 

I wish I could wave my magic fitness fairy wand and...

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"I Can't Change the Direction of the Wind, ..."

But I can adjust my sails to reach my destination" ~ Jimmy Dean.

One of the toughest things to do is change. We know this. We don’t like change. Change takes us into the unknown, into uncertainty. This creates anxiety and worry. YUCK! Who wants that? 

When the wind changes, we have a choice. We can stay exactly the same, fighting to keep moving towards our destination, battling the wind, hoping and praying that the wind will change back. Or, we can work with our new circumstances, change the sails so to speak, and work with our new circumstances to our advantage. 

I’m a health and fitness coach. My job is to help people through the process of creating positive healthy behaviors. Most of the time my job is to just help bring awareness to a situation- basically help you become aware that the wind has changed and how to work with your new circumstances so you can reach your destination more easily instead of constantly “fighting the wind”. 

When...

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Do You Have Dormant Butt Syndrome?

Are you working from home? Do you have a desk job? Well...that means you might have Dormant Butt Syndrome ...dun dun dun….Oh no, what’s dormant butt syndrome? And is it dangerous? And how can I get rid of it????

I’m so glad you asked. Dormant Butt Syndrome happens when we sit on our butts all day working on our computers instead of moving around. It’s a real thing- look it up! We get Dormant Butt Syndrome, or DBS for short, from sitting too much. 

Along with Dormant Butt Syndrome we might  have another condition called Flabby Ass Syndrome. Now Flabby Ass Syndrome does not have the health repercussions that DBS has, but it can be very annoying, especially when you put on a pair of jeans and notice that the back pockets are hanging down at the back of your knees. 

Ok, ok, all kidding aside, DBS actually does have some physical repercussions, besides Flabby Ass Syndrome. When our butt muscles, aka our glutes, don't work correctly, or not at all,...

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Why the "Just Do It" Mentality Doesn't Work (for most people).

The Fitness Industry’s Dirty Little Secret: Part Two

(Read Part 1 here)

In Part One I discussed what the Fitness Industry’s Dirty Little Secret Is:

We train YOU like we train ourselves. "Do what I do and you shall be healthy and happy like me".

The Nike campaign of “Just Do It” highlighted one of the main truths about a successful fitness program; you exercise simply because that’s what a healthy, active person does. Everyday. Rain or shine. You’ve just got to do it. If you want to look like (insert ideal body image here), then this fitness program (that was designed by an athlete-a trainer- a group exercise instructor) is what you must do. 

100% accurate, true, this IS what works. For exercise to be effective you must exercise Frequently (30 minutes minimum), Consistently (5 days a week), and at an Intensity that is Challenging (break a sweat). That’s the truth. If you want results, that’s how it needs to be done. 

However,...

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What Happened to 10,000 Steps a Day? Didn't you hear? Steps are SOOO last YEAR!

 

Ugh!!!! I swear, the fitness industry is so annoying! One day we're telling you walking is enough to get you healthier, then the next day we're telling you something different. What gives?

Well, unfortunately, the answer is, as always....it depends. 

What does it depend on? Your goals. What results are YOU looking for from an exercise program?

Today I'm going to to give you definitive, exact answers to the question, "How much exercise do you REALLY need?"

Goal number 1, "I want more energy".

Do you feel tired all the time? Do you have a hard time staying focused on a task or project? Do you need a dose, or two, or three, of caffeine to get through your day? 

Doing just 10 minutes of purposeful movement can significantly increase your energy. Here's the science:

When we do purposeful movement, like exercise, for just 10 minutes, we bring oxygen into our brains and muscles. Oxygen is energy. So think of a 10 minute Fitbreak as a natural "power boost". You're literally...

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How Much Exercise do We REALLY Need?

 

Move more, sit less. That's it in a soundbite. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Americans need to move more, and sit less.

Only about 1 in 5 adults and teens get enough exercise to maintain good health. The guidelines are based on current scientific evidence supporting the connection between physical activity, overall health and well-being, disease prevention and quality of life.

Basically, if you want to live a long, healthy, high-quality life, you got to move, and you really should move everyday.

First, what does it mean to not move enough? That's what we call a sedentary lifestyle. You're considered sedentary if you move for LESS than 150 minutes per week. 150 minute a week of moderate activity (brisk walking, water aerobics, dancing, gardening, slow biking) breaks down to 22 minutes a day, 7 days a week. So if you have to walk the dog twice a day- you're good! You are effectively lowering your risk of Type II diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and...

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