Commentary: One Day … One Step … At A Time

We often become overly excited about getting healthy and start by making too many changes overnight. Unfortunately, this usually becomes overwhelming and difficult to sustain long-term. A better method of behavior change for most of us is to find and implement small changes, one or two at a time. It becomes easier when we realize that wellness is not a destination. It is a lifestyle. Click the link here to read about one woman’s successful journey with a series of small steps.

A lot of small changes add up….

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.
 

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

Commentary: Yes, You Need Cardio For Fat Loss

It seems popular lately to spread the idea that we do not need steady state cardio (walking, jogging, swimming, etc.) in order to achieve fat loss. Many a Gym Bro insist we only need to lift weights—the heavier the better— to lose body fat, claiming excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) will do the trick. But these Gym Bros wrongly apply the EPOC science. Remember: you never see an overfat marathoner; but you see plenty of overfat lifters. Anyway, read this short linked first-person account of a fat loss journey involving cardio exercise.

https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a22601709/leah-eric-evans-weight-loss-transformation/

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Commentary: Be Healthy To Survive

Celebrity fitness expert Bob Harper from the hit television series, The Biggest Loser, suffered a massive “widow maker” heart attack while working out in February 2017. He was 51 at the time. Alarmed, many shocked observers began asking, “Then, why bother exercising?” Perhaps, because he survived a cardiac event that is not usually survived. A healthy lifestyle may not always prevent health crises. But being healthy may help us avoid the worst results. Read this article about Bob Harper’s story and what we can do for ourselves.

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/what-every-single-person-needs-know-about-heart-health-ncna844881