Commentary: Keeping It Real

As discussed here just last week, it is difficult to determine a universal exercise and nutrition program that works perfectly for everyone. Because our body chemistry is unique to us and not everyone enjoys the same results. However, as detailed in the link below, key to successful health and fitness is the What (general guidelines) rather than the How (detailed instructions). For examples, what we should focus on is: exercise (not so much which exercises); eat less (portion control versus specific diet or calorie counting); drink more water; eat more plants (without worrying about which specific fruits & vegetables); and other ideas. Let’s not stomp on the ants while the elephants are getting away.

http://www.leanminded.com/single-post/2019/01/09/Optimizing-your-Fat-Loss-The-Negotiable-vs-The-Non-negotiable

Nutrition: Got Milk?

Milk is an often overlooked nutritious food source by many of us. But it is chock full of macro- and micro-nutrients. However, many of the currently fashionable milks (e.g., almond, rice, coconut, etc.) are nutritionally insufficient. Review the very brief discussion at this link for a comparison of the milk brands available. BTW … run away from cockroach milk. Yes—it is a thing.

https://cooperaerobics.com/Health-Tips/Nutrition-Bites/Are-You-Choosing-the-Right-Milk.aspx

Commentary: Behavior-Based Goal Setting

Here we are. Into the New Year. Tackling that annual fitness resolution once again. But how is it going to be different this year? Well, to make it a lasting lifestyle change, we must work exercise and nutrition into our daily life, not the other way around. Use the guidance in this link to set realistic goals for a healthy lifestyle.

https://www.girlsgonestrong.com/blog/lifestyle/why-youre-struggling-to-reach-your-goals-and-how-to-set-a-goal-youll-reach/

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Exercise: Deadlift

Deadlift is a compound exercise benefiting the entire body, but especially the posterior chain: back, glutes, hamstrings. It also greatly improves posture, core, and overall strength. However, to prevent potential injury watch this instructional video to avoid the most common mistakes.

Nutrition: Quest For The Perfect Diet

Unless prescribed by a doctor for a specific condition, we do not need diets. We need nutrition. We are often influenced by family and friends to try the latest fad diets because it works great for them. But, as discussed in the article linked below, not everyone enjoys the same results. Our body chemistry is unique to us. That is why it is difficult to declare a universal “best diet” that works for all.

https://apnews.com/f7ea2e42bf3a4892a8403b90fe02d1c4