Watching TV. We all do it, whether we admit it or not. We watch too much TV. Does this routine look familiar? Get home from work, change clothes, eat dinner, settle down on the couch for a few hours of TV.
It happens right? You’re exhausted from the day and all you want to do is relax. Unfortunately, I have a few disturbing stats for you.
-That ties into this stat. People who watch more than 19 hours of TV a week increase their odds of being overweight by 97%. That is just crazy!
-This last one is the most troubling to me though. For every hour of TV beyond 80 minutes that you watch daily, your chances of developing Alzheimer’s increases by 30%! The brain, just like your muscles, needs to be exercised. If you are turning your brain off for hours at a time during TV viewing, you will not be as mentally sharp.
We got rid of our cable several months ago and have not missed it one bit. Yeah, I’m “that guy”. Hundreds of channels and nothing to watch. It is amazing how you can fill your time with more worthwhile activities when flipping through channels or catching up on DVR’d shows is not an option. And an extra $100 in the bank every month doesn’t hurt either.
If you are watching too much TV, try this. Take 30 minutes out of your TV routine and go for a 30 minute walk. It takes burning a little energy to have energy. The more active you are, the more energy you will have. Break out of the couch potato cycle!
Have you ever wanted to try yoga? This is the first year I’ve started doing yoga and I have really enjoyed it. I’m not counting the awful experiences I had with P90X yoga back in the day. To me that yoga was boring AND painful. I can take one or the other, but I can’t take both in one workout. And it lasts an hour and a half!
Sorry, I was scarred by that DVD. Mitzi Connell, my yoga instructor, is organizing Rocket City Yoga Week as part of Healthy Huntsville 2013. It is a week of all sorts of different styles, instructors, and settings for yoga. The best part is that it is completely free. All you need to bring is a yoga mat and it starts next week, June 17-23.
There is yoga for beginners, yoga for teens, hot yoga, flow yoga, restorative yoga. There is even a night of yoga and chocolate. Just putting that out there. These are all classes taught by Huntsville’s best yoga instructors, so this is a great opportunity.
If nothing else, you should plan on attending the finale of Rocket City Yoga Week. Yoga underneath the Saturn V Rocket at the Space and Rocket Center. How many times do you get to do that? Should be pretty cool.
Your wishes have been granted! We have had several requests to have another Saturday morning class. We will be starting a brand new class on June 15th called Bare Bones Boot Camp. No weights, no mat, just bring some water and be ready to work.
This class will be high energy and fast paced, so you will be burning a ton of calories and having a great time doing so. This class is for people looking to:
-burn some fat;
-get in better shape for a 5k or other races
-just looking to get your Saturday started in a healthy way
Here are the details:
Where- Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville
When- Saturdays 8-9am for 8 weeks starting June 15 and ending Aug 3.
How to sign up- go here —>Bare Bones
Also, don’t forget about our Healthy Body Image Teen Camp starting on Tuesday June 11th. Really looking to change some lives with that one.
We design our programs and services around what you want. So if there is something you need help with or would like to see, please let us know!
I was speaking to a group not too long ago and I came to the potentially dangerous “Are there any questions?” part of the talk. I have had some blush inducing moments there, so I always get a little nervous.
But this time, it was not blush inducing. It was more anger/frustration inducing. He actually had a comment and he said “Well we can’t all be successful.”
What? Why not? It drives me crazy when people say stuff like that. You may not be able to have 6 pack abs when you are 60 years old or run a 5k in 15 minutes, but you can do better than you are now.
If you start with that attitude, then I guess you are right. You won’t be successful, walking around with a self defeatist attitude all the time. Things are not that bad!
My wife is a nurse and she mainly deals with older patients. She met a patient yesterday that has let herself go to the point that she will probably be bed ridden for the rest of her life. This person is not that old, but she is facing what I would consider a nightmare because she neglected her health for so long.
Don’t you think she trade anything she has to be in a body that could move? A body where she can take care of herself? I’m sure she wishes she would have taken a few more walks and made better food choices, while she still had it in her to do so.
Don’t let that be you. Are you healthy enough to move? Then you can be successful and you can reach your goal. Someone in a hospital bed is wishing they could do the things that you take for granted. Stop doubting yourself and start helping yourself.
Here is your action step. Do one thing today that gets you closer to your goals. Whether it is big or small, do something to move towards your goals. Repeat this process every day and imagine where you could be in a month, a year, ten years.
If you need help coming up with your action step, please let me know how I can help.
The teenage years are an extremely hard time for girls. We want to make them a little easier. We are offering a Teenage Girls Boot Camp this summer starting on June 11th. They will not only learn about exercise, but also about proper body image, the dangers of fad diets, proper nutrition without restriction, and much more.
Our goal is to stress the importance of being healthy, over the unrealistic and unhealthy images they are bombarded with through TV, the internet, and magazines. This will be an accepting environment, free from judgment and ridicule.
The class is twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville for 8 weeks. Registration is open now to the first 15 who sign up.
We have had a few donors sponsor teens who could otherwise not afford it. If you are also willing to sponsor a teen, please let me know.
One of the most common questions people ask me is, “What do you do at your boot camps?” They are asking what types of exercises we do. But deep down I know they truly don’t care. They don’t!
What they really want to know is, “Can you get me results?” The answer to that is yes of course! I could tell you about all the fancy, awesome exercises we do. The equipment we use, the variety of workouts, etc… In the end, what we do is get you unstuck.
Here is a video starring my dog, that demonstrates that.
|Getting Unstuck, starring Shug the dog|
That is what we do. We coach you, make adjustments, encourage you, and make sure you reach your potential. You have everything you need right now to be successful, we just help you bring it out.
Here are the winners from the Mother’s Day contest:
Food from Taziki’s:
Massage from Danielle Knight LMT:
- Lisa Bermes
Fix Fat Forever Weight Loss System:
And the winner of the Grand Prize of a month of boot camp is:
-Royce Archer! Amazing story about an amazing woman.
Congratulations to all of the winners! And thank you so much to everyone who shared, they were all very inspiring stories. Hope your moms know how you feel about them. It was really tough deciding on a winner. I had to wimp out and ask for someone else to choose for me :)
Adventure Race Training
Have you ever done an Adventure Race? Like a Warrior Dash or Spartan Challenge. If you have, you know how much fun they and how satisfying they are to finish. If you’ve never done one, then you should!
If you are looking to do your first adventure race or 10th, I wrote an article to help you get ready.
This is a guest post from Mike Manning from Manning’s Musings on exercising while traveling
It is no secret that traveling can cause a lot of stress for an individual. Therefore, even when you are on the road, it is extremely important that you keep a fitness routine. Since you will have this added stress during this time, exercise will allow you to alleviate some of it. Furthermore, if you have been used to exercising each day, missing out on your routine for a few days will cause you to have a much harder time to develop the routine again. Luckily, there have been a plethora of advancements in lodging and traveling that will allow you to keep your exercise routine even when you are on the road.
One of the most important things to do is to incorporate fitness into your routine when you are traveling. There are many ways to do this. If most of your business meetings are in the morning, then it will be easier for you to exercise at night. If it is possible, you can get in some exercise by walking to your meeting instead of taking a taxi to it. By following these types of tips, you will be able to incorporate fitness into your travel and keep your fitness routine at the same time.
Researching the hotel in which you plan to stay in is also very important. Since some hotels offer great exercise equipment, you will know that you will be able to exercise prior to arriving to your destination. On a recent trip to San Francisco I was able to book a hotel room with a great fitness center. This travel reviews site was able to give me a list of San Francisco hotels and I was able to book the best hotel for my personality. Depending on the hotel, you may have access to running trails, exercise equipment, and exercise classes. Therefore, you should try to make lodging reservations at hotels that present the best opportunity for you to stay fit.
Waiting at the Airport
Luckily, you can even find time to exercise in many airports. Airports are places that travelers will spend a majority of their time; therefore, some airports have begun to offer exercise facilities for people to use as they wait to board their next flight. For example, zen and yoga rooms are offered at the San Francisco International Airport, and walking paths are offered at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Traveling can be done for leisure or business, but regardless of the reason that you are traveling, be sure that you do not forget to exercise during your trip.
You can check out Mike’s other posts by going to his blog
I would just like to first state that I understand the importance of fashion. Anybody that has seen my gold pants knows that. But sometimes fashion can be costly. A study in the Journal of Experimental Biology found that women who wore high heels 5 days a week for 2 years had much shorter calf muscles and Achilles tendons than women who did not wear the high heels.
Why do you care? If you’re a guy who doesn’t wear stilettos you probably don’t. But for those that do (men and women) it means when you shorten those muscles you can’t move your feet up and down like a normal person. This leads to more low back and knee injuries.
Most injuries are not caused by a weakness in the muscle that gets injured, they are caused by a weakness in another muscle. Ever had a “bad” knee or ankle? Did you end up eventually hurting the other one as well from overcompensating for the injury? It is very common.
This was about high heels, but I mainly want you to just think about tuning into your body. Listen to the body when it gives you warning signs that you are doing something wrong. When you are exercising, be in tune with proper form and proper joint support at all times. Don’t get a pair of athletic shoes just based on how they look. Get some based on the activities you will be performing in them. And most important of all, use your stilettos sparingly.