Commentary: We Are Being Punked … Daily

Those who process and market our foods are master psychological and physical manipulators. They exploit us daily by distorting facts about exactly what is and is not healthy food and they addict us with known unhealthy food additives (e.g., salt, sugar, fats). Visit the linked infographic to learn more about how we can combat these manipulators in our struggle to regain health and wellness.
 

Exercise: Don’t Ignore The Core

So, so many of us skip ab exercises. Especially as we get older. Because they seem to get more difficult rather than getting easier. But abandoning our core leads to far greater mobility and balance problems down the road. Review this link for a brief discussion on the importance of building our core and some valuable tips on how to do so.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/tips-to-help-you-embrace-abdominal-workouts

Nutrition: Beware The Generic “Personalization”

For a high cost—and sometimes a biological sample—some entrepreneurs promise to build our very own, individualized nutrition plan, according to our unique body chemistry. Wow. Sounds great! Right? Well … not so fast. According to this linked article from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, much of the success of these personal services may be the result of following the zero cost advice of standard dietary guidelines: reduce added sugar and refined grains … and eat more fruits and vegetables.

https://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/when-nutrition-gets-personal/

Exercise: Walk For Your Life

Active walking at a moderate to vigorous pace (sorry, not with your dog) for at least 150 minutes per week meets the recommended physical activity guidelines for satisfying our cardiorespiratory standards to maintain health. Check out this video to learn more about walking for your life.

Nutrition: Eating Mindfully

Mindful eating is not a diet prescribing how much of what kinds of foods to consume. Rather, mindful eating is all about the behavior and process of eating in a healthy way. Click this link to learn more about mindful eating.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mindful-eating-guide

Legislation: Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act

Late last month, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan HR 6199 which allows Americans to receive a tax deduction—via their health savings accounts—for sports and fitness expenses. Contact your U.S. Senators to express your support as they now consider the bill for passage. Read this brief news release by the American College of Sports Medicine for more information.

http://www.acsm.org/read-research/newsroom/news-releases/news-detail/2018/07/26/acsm-backed-phit-bill-passes-house