We know that regular exercise and good diet strategies work, but there is a complex biochemistry that takes place to make the change. Altering your metabolism by manipulating diet and activity is the overall objective, but understanding how diet and exercise actually do it is the key. Understanding why and how our body changes with the influence of diet and exercise can make all the difference in the world and one can tune and sharpen it for fast, precise results.
If you’re like me, you have several hobbies that involve a great deal of physical activity, such as hiking, running, biking, riding motocross, in-line skating, etc. You spend hours, even days shopping for the right hiking boots or running shoes, tuning your bike, and rotating the wheels on your in-line skates, but often then you completely forget to prepare your bodies for the physical demands that you’re about to place on it. Jumping right into physical activity without warming up is very dangerous. It can lead to an increased injury risk, lack of coordination, and even heart arrhythmias and cardiac arrest in the most serious cases.
Nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy immune system. Listed below are some nutrition principles and suggestions for dietary supplements to improve health and strengthen the immune system.
EAT A VARIETY OF ORGANIC VEGETABLES AND FRUITS EVERY DAY.
The vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals in vegetables and fruits form the foundation for protection against disease. Cooking and processing destroys many nutrients, so fresh, raw vegetables are preferable to cooked, frozen, or canned foods.
Everyone knows that fiber is a necessary component of any healthy diet, especially Americans. What people in our great nation do not so widely realize is that Americans arguably have the lowest dietary fiber intake in the world, even less than those under privileged members of third world nations. These people, though underprivileged and uneducated in proper dietary behavior are less predisposed to low fiber related cancers, metabolic disorders, heart, and cardiovascular diseases than Americans.
Depression is the "common cold" of psychological disorders. The World Health Organization considers depression a high priority concern and most everyone has been depressed or knows someone who has been depressed at some time in life. Its symptoms include sleep disturbances, loss of appetite or overeating, and anhedonia (inability to experience pleasure). While it comes in different forms and intensities, some of its characteristics are enduring. Depressed people think in different ways from their non-depressed counterparts. Their neuro-chemistry is different. They have low self esteem. They are inactive.
When you work with seniors, like any other population, you’ve got to keep them interested and motivated. I started teaching senior aerobics several months ago and found that I was getting bored with my routine. I thought that if I’m bored, my class has got to be bored as well. Something needed to change and fast or I knew that I’d soon be the only person showing up for a workout.
The degradation of the American food supply since World War II has resulted in an epidemic of low-nutrient foods. Today’s food no longer contains the nutrients that are required for optimal health. Back when farmers used crop rotation and cow manure, nutrients were replenished in the soil and were transferred into the plants, but over the last 60 years or so,
Functional training means training your body to better perform the type of movements you use for everyday living. A functional program targets specific movements, then mimics those movements during exercise. A good program focuses on weak areas and sets specific goals. Examples would be having a tennis player lunge to a chop or a young mother squat to a twist.
Are you running your business/career or is it running you? It’s interesting when I ask this question – how many of my clients indicate that they feel their business is running them. Yet the reason they began working for themselves was to take back control of what they were doing, to begin to live the life they have always wanted.