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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Research: 10-Minute Aerobic Rule

The latest research (National Cancer Institute, Mar 2018) questions the theory and practice that cardiorespiratory exercise must be of at least 10 minutes in duration to be effective. Now, it could be that all chunks of moderate to vigorous physical activities—i.e., not merely strolling—accumulated throughout the day may be sufficiently beneficial. Follow this link for more details.

http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/7/6/e008929.full

Oh, That New Year’s Resolution

Here we go. All the Resolutionaries are gearing up to begin the year seeking their health and fitness. Unfortunately, many soon suffer a lapse and throw up their hands in defeat. We all suffer lapses in our fitness journeys. The key to success is getting up and prodding on from that lapse. Fitness is a lifestyle, not a destination. Follow this link for tips to a successful resolution.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/answer-these-5-questions-to-help-make-your-new-years-resolutions-stick-2017122012940

INSPIRATION: KEEPING THAT ENTHUSIASM

Many of us begin exercise and health programs with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, too many quickly lose our enthusiasm when we do not see immediate progress. But, it is important to know that we immediately become fitter and healthier from that very first day of change. Even if we do not “see” the changes. Perseverance is so vital. Here are some motivation tips from the American College of Sports Medicine.

http://www.acsm.org/docs/default-source/brochures/finding-your-motivation-for-exercise.pdf

Careful With Your Pre-Workout Stretching

Old school pre-activity (exercise or sport) warmup involving the static stretching of muscles can be dangerous. Stretching cold muscles may create tiny tears that become big tears later, during strenuous activity. Though not new knowledge, we still see this improper warmup technique repeatedly at the gym and before races and other athletic events. Save the static stretching for after the physical activity.

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/new-ideas-on-proper-stretching-techniques?page=1