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

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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Commentary: Best Heart Rate Monitors

Gifting a HR monitor to a loved one for Christmas? The linked research below verifies that, once again, the most accurate style is the chest strap. But many of us find them inconvenient and uncomfortable. There are, however, some photoplethysmography (PPG) wrist-worn monitors which can provide acceptable accuracy for most of us.

https://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20folder/wearabletechnology.html

Standards Of Physical Activity

The new “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans” has been released. The guidelines have been updated since the 2008 edition. The adult basic activity requirements is still at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week plus two days of weight-bearing strength training. A very important change is preschoolers (3-5) should be active about 3 hours per day. And kids (6-17) should be active for 60 minutes per day. Movement is exercise. And exercise is medicine. View a brief summary at this link for more of the updates.

https://apnews.com/fd64f2b3dfba4dd4bcff2571bed491d5

Commentary: Believe In Yourself

Sure. We see others who are more fit than us. Especially at the gym. We should not, however, feel any envy. There are many factors involved. How many years they have been training, for example. We should not be discouraged by the appearance of others. Remember, we only have to be better than we were yesterday. That is all that matters. Read the discussion at this link to learn more about social comparison.

https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/blog/7021/is-comparison-sabotaging-your-success