“Getting stronger can be a corrective.

“Getting stronger can be a corrective.”
I’ve been watching a seminar taught by Dean Somerset and Tony Gentilcore. They’re insightful guys who use science/research to help people increase mobility, get stronger, and prevent injuries. In one video Tony said something about corrective exercises (ones you do to fix an issue) that resonated with me:
“Getting stronger can be a corrective”.
They mention there’s a place for things like stretching and massage. But if your muscles aren’t strong enough to support what you’re doing, you’ll just get injured again. Simple, yet mind blowing. *head explodes* http://ow.ly/i/wMZ4i

Workout Wednesdays — Do something diffe

Workout Wednesdays — Do something different!
Was doing yard-work the other day and felt like doing something other than my normal exercise routine. So I decided on some good ‘ol fashioned body-weight exercises! Every so often while edging the lawn or raking up grass I’d drop down and do as many push-ups as I could. When it felt like it was time to do another set I did! (I’ve been listening to my body more) It provided an active rest period while getting stuff done! Then taking the gear back I did walking lunges. It was different, fun, and challenging!
What do you do to vary up your exercise/training/yard-work/whatever?

The Sugar Article Summary (Continued Aga

The Sugar Article Summary (Continued Again)
So I was only halfway through, and let me tell you, what I read wasn’t what I expected. Based on data from 1999 to 2013 (the most recent available), sugar intake in the USA has DECREASED by at least 18%. But obesity and diabetes rates have gone UP. Data suggests that since sugar is easy to digest and can encourage more sugary eating, we eat more calories than we need. Gaining weight.
After consulting tons of data, researchers conclude that “No single thing—including sugar—causes obesity”. After all: we have a lot going on! Ethnicity, genetics, sleep, stress, lifestyle, etc—all these can affect how we respond to food.

Mindset Mondays — Trade-offs. What are

Mindset Mondays — Trade-offs. What are you willing to do?
We make them all the time. Working to pay for food and housing. Stopping at red lights to keep everyone safe. Being reasonably nice so people like us. Trade-offs are a part of every day life. Our health and lifestyle is no different!
A friend of mine recently asked how to lower his body fat and get a “six pack”. Some say health/fitness is “hard work” or “sacrifice”. But really, it’s a trade-off. In my friend’s case, the trade off to getting a lean body is doing moderate exercise 6-7x/week, eating well 95% of the time (with dessert type foods/drinks once every 2 weeks), and sleeping 8-9 hrs/night. For me, it’s worth the trade off to have dessert a couple times a week and not be super lean. But that’s just me. Everyone is different! Here’s the article I sent him: http://ow.ly/Nuxi30dtjZA
So what trade offs are you making this week?

The Sugar Article Summary (Continued) We

The Sugar Article Summary (Continued)
We hear a lot about “carbs”. And “sugar”. It often seems like the two are used interchangeably. But while “sugars” are “carbs”, not all carbs are sugars. For example: fiber, starch, glucose, and fructose are all carbs, but glucose and fructose are sugars. “Carbohydrate” is the umbrella term. Additionally, while most carbs break down into sugars, some like fiber, don’t. Also, some people seek out sugar, while some don’t; some can eat it all day and feel fine, and some can’t. That’s the result of physiology. Now one thing you may be wondering is…does sugar cause obesity? http://ow.ly/i/wzmjt

So I’m reading an article. On sugar. Whe

So I’m reading an article. On sugar. Whether it’s good, bad, etc. I have some preconceived ideas about the word, and reading “sugar” brings up images of candy bars, sodas, and diabetes. However, as I read I’m reminded that sugar is a molecule. And not just one. Many. And how it plays important roles in the body. So before I tell you what else the article says, what do you think? Is sugar bad for us? http://ow.ly/Tx3c30dtkL1

Fun Fridays — Play! Earlier this week I

Fun Fridays — Play!
Earlier this week I shared the mindset-shift of having an activity you enjoy versus thinking of activity as simply exercise. What do you really enjoy? Wrestling with your dog? Playing a musical instrument? Take a moment to enjoy some time away from the routine and do something FUN. Research shows that play develops children in many ways. Guess what? It does so too for adults! Check out the video from the article I posted Monday and check out this article about play and adults!

All the time I hear from people, “No, I

All the time I hear from people, “No, I can’t eat that. I’m on a DIET.”
(Ok they’re not usually SHOUTING the word, but you’ll see what I’m getting at.)
One thing I like about PN’s nutrition certification is that they illustrate how unique and different we all are. How no one “diet” will work for everyone. Here’s an excerpt from an article I’m linking to below:

“For example, Arctic Inuit and African Masai eat traditional diets that are very high in fat and animal products with very few vegetables.”
“Conversely, Kitavans in the South Pacific eat traditional diets that are low in fat but very high in vegetables and starchy carbs.”

Notice anything interesting? The real question is, what’s the BEST diet…for YOU….right NOW? Check out the article!


Workout Wednesdays — A Note On Rest Day

Workout Wednesdays — A Note On Rest Days
Most of us have heard about rest days. Or recovery days. I personally used to just sit around all day. But then I heard about active recovery. And recovery days. Something as simple as a break from “routine” to do something fun and different. If you normally bike every day, take a day off to do some swimming. Or if you lift weights 3x/week, do some corrective exercises or yoga on your off days. Mainly, stay active, but take it easy. Here’s a more detailed look at what you could do on a recovery day. What do you do on your rest/recovery day? http://ow.ly/6X5230dtmMA