Making time for the most important person in your life -- you -- is essential for overall health and well-being. But sometimes life gets in the way: work piles up, the kids need a drive to practice, and the household chore list gets unbelievably long. We list five effective ways to take back your life.
I cannot overstate my hatred of The Biggest Loser enough. My reasons are simple: The show is built around extremism; many featured trainers are downright abusive; and the long term impact of the show subjects participants and viewers to physical and mental damage that can permanently hinder their efforts to lose weight and live a healthier life. In every single way, it presents a broken and incorrect vision of weight loss.
Activity is a natural remedy for arthritis. It helps feed the joint cartilage, keeping the joints moving freely. Activity maintains muscle strength that is important for balance and decreases the overall risk of falls. It makes everyday activities easier by decreasing stiffness and boosting energy. Staying active also opens the door to, quite literally, exercising some control over your condition.
Balancing on a self-propelled, two-wheeled mechanism is not everyone's cup of tea. Those who do it, though, agree that it's one of the most exciting experiences. Cycling is an activity that has significant social, economical and health benefits. And with all the new technologies available, it's only getting better.
There are incredible benefits to in-person training, which allows real time communication and ability to make adjustments on the fly. Still, it has its drawbacks. The best of the best may be outside of your budget. You will fight for prime appointment times. Missed sessions and cancellation fees cost money, momentum and progress. The trainer you want to work with may live in a different city or country than you.
Being able to extend life, of course, is a great success. But simply adding years of sickness, frailty and decline is not a very appealing prospect. Unfortunately, the progress we are making in terms of keeping people around longer is not always matched by advances in personal health and fitness -- both physically and mentally.
People actively search for a second opinion or at least do their homework on the guy they're about to hire to do their accounting, their surgery or their drywall. Strangely, in the fitness world, all it takes is a six pack and a grin to make consumers reach for their pocketbooks to buy the new AbCrusher off a TV infomercial.
Instead of understanding health as all the things you have to give up, adopt what I call the "find your kiwi" approach. A "kiwi" represents something healthy that you truly love -- or at least something healthy that you don't despise; one is always more apt to continue a program when it includes foods and activities one likes.
Not only is it important for mothers to talk the talk and help instill these values into their children, but they need to be prepared to walk the walk. Many mothers are so busy taking care of their family they neglect their own well-being. In order to be at your best in every aspect of life, you need to invest in yourself first!