Were you happy to get that extra sleep with Daylight Savings Time, only to find yourself feeling sluggish for weeks after? You're not alone. Changing clocks shifts our circadian rhythm -- the principal time cue of light which sets our natural cycle for sleep. As such, not all of us adapt well. Here's a deeper look at how time changes not only impact our sleeping cycles but also our meal and activity plans.
It is perhaps time to consider public health discourse on whether or not any putative benefits from participation in organized sports are largely cancelled out by the ensuing time pressure that not only seriously cuts into time for healthy eating but also sleep and other activities that should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle.
As fewer daylight hours are available many of us are forced to get our runs in before dawn or after dusk. Running in the dark has its challenges, the most important of which is staying visible in low-light conditions. Fortunately, there is a plethora of choices when it comes to reflective gear and apparel.
It makes a lot of sense to first deal with what took you to the top before beginning your journey down that up-escalator. Clearly, simply jumping on that escalator without first dealing with the underlying problem will make losing weight and keeping it off so much more difficult -- remember, running down the escalator with no baggage is already hard enough.
One of the games I used to play as a kid was to run down the up escalator. To get to the bottom, I had to run down faster than the escalator was moving upwards. If I ran any slower, the escalator would take me back to the top. I use this analogy with my patients to help them understand the incredible challenge of losing weight and keeping it off.
Have you found yourself working out less than used to a year, or even a month, ago? Will any excuse do to keep you off of the trail or out of the gym? This is of course not uncommon and something that plagues even the most motivated of workout fiends. What I have found is that the feeling creeps in whenever I stop enjoying my regular workout regimen. Over my 20 years of working out, being running, lifting weights or doing the Bar Method, I have found that these are 3 fool proof ways to shake the exercise 'blahs' and get me back out there, sometimes even with a smile on my face.
Making muscles grow does involve weight training -- to that I'll agree. But stay with me. It also involves lifting weights at a particular intensity (that means how heavy the weights are), combined with a particular volume (that means just how many sets of a given exercise you do in each workout). Remove one of those two factors, and your muscles won't grow.
Recently, a number of people commented that they envied my "discipline" and "dedication to my health." The comments caught me slightly off guard -- to be honest I don't really consider myself particularly disciplined. I responded that most of my choices don't seem like choices -- I have structured my life so that I make them fairly unconsciously. The way I live my life no longer seems particularly special, it is just the way I live my life.
One of my favorite annual events is the Can-Fit-Pro fitness conference and trade show. I hang out with friends, attend heath related lectures, and buy new fitness gadgets. A fitness instructor's heaven! Every year I think "fitness enthusiasts would want to know this stuff!" So, I decided to compile a list of the top "fit facts" I learned and share the secrets with you. Enjoy!
There has never been a better time to have a strong, lifted bum! While gyms and exercise classes are great for that full body workout, you may be looking for something more targeted, which you can do everyday. Anywhere. So here are 3 exercises you can do to get that strong, lifted bum without ever stepping foot in the gym.
Though it sounds like a mouthful, acetylcholine is important for many of the body's key functions. Healthy acetylcholine levels are important for strong, healthy, metabolically active muscles and it improves tissue health, muscle growth, skin tone, bone density and fat loss. Here are my suggestions for keeping your levels in check.
In my last blog, among other things, I problematized the "30 Day squat challenge." In retrospect, although I stand behind my arguments, I wish instead of simply being critical, I had argued the same points by quoting a writer's work that I admire. I would rather try to live my life acknowledging both the positives and negatives of any situation, theory, or decision.
One of the most important things to remember when you are trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle is that your age, gender, activity level, nutritional habits, genetics, and fitness and health history will affect how you respond to exercise. No two individuals react to an exercise regime in the same way -- everyone's fitness and health journey will be unique.
Who wants to feel constrained as well as deprived of what they love? My advice, flip your mindset, try and find the positive! Instead of "I can't eat cake," think "how great it is that I can eat these delicious berries?" Instead of, "I don't want to go for a run" think, "how great it is that I can run."