Hello, everyone! Thanks for coming to my new fitness tips blog. In the
coming weeks I'll be chatting about mini-workouts you perform anywhere,
experiences with different equipment and programs, and fun lifestyle
changes that will help change your perspective on exercise from "work"
Check out my archives to see tips on food and shopping, water, sleep,
and more that you may have missed.
Please leave your comments; I want to know what is important to YOU.
I look forward to writing for you!
An OASIS student of mine
gave me this about 8 years ago and I searched for it online (Thank you,
Google!) I remember this poem at this time each year; here are a
few of my favorite lines:
"I am thankful:
the taxes I pay because it means I am employed.
For the mess to
clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends
my shadow that watches me work because it means I am out in the
It's almost time for
that yummy Thanksgiving meal! If you've been reading along with my
blog, you may have new recipes ideas, joyful shopping trips, and are
read to prepare and conquer your Thanksgiving dinner. Or maybe you're
job this year is to join in at another's home. Share these active ideas
with everyone included:
If you are in charge of
the holiday food this year, make your shopping mentally fun and
physically active! Here's how:
1. Dress as if you
are out for exercise. Wear layers and comfy shoes and bring
water to drink. The perk to canvas bags (other than reuse) is they get
filled to the brim, so whip out your arm muscles for heavy carrying!
Most research on the
subject says the optimal amount of sleep per night is 7-9 hours
for adults. Less than and you short your body of healing and
recovery time, more than and you minimize the quality of the time you
are deeply asleep. So how can we get more quality sleep?
I love (hate) holidays.
Would you agree? Whenever one approaches, I reorganize my
thoughts to try and keep the following at the top of my list:
Hug, hug, HUG your friends and family. Bring goodies
to your neighbors and call those that are far away just to say "love
you, thinking of you!"
2. Smile everywhere.
Especially driving, shopping, and talking on the phone (they can hear
The average adult female
requires 80 ounces a day of water, males up to 120, PLUS 10-30 ounces
more for exercise. Water is the medium through which
all our body's reactions occur and accounts for 70% of our lean body
mass (everything but fat). A side note: fat is only 10% water; very few
reactions occur here as it's an energy reserve and insulator.
how you can improve your intake:
Sad for all meat lovers out there, gone are the days of slabs of pork chops, giant chicken drumsticks, and monster beef steaks at every meal. (Unless you happen to attend a Renaissance Fair or Family Reunion...) The portion size for meat during a sitting is a deck of cards or palm of your hand, and fish is about the size of your checkbook; both are 2-3 ounces.
Here are some tips* for being smart while indulging in meat:
There are two schools of
thought on dairy. One group believes people are not meant to drink
from cows. The other scientifically noticed that milk is the perfect
(well-rounded, all-containing) food with the exception of iron. Dairy
is a wonderful food for groups at risk for osteoporosis because of it's
calcium content. If you are part of group one, be sure to get all your
necessary vitamins and nutrients from other sources.