We know the holidays are yet to be over, but it is never too early to start thinking about 2018 and what changes you may want to make to ensure a healthy and happy year!
Everyone is different, we have different goals, different likes, different needs. However, HEALTH is arguably the one thing that everyone wants, needs and enjoys!!
So what is one thing that you can do to ensure a healthier 2018?
Yes, it is that simple.
Now we did not say exercise more, though, that would be a great second goal, we just want you to sit less.
Gretchen Reynolds of the NY Times wrote a great article on a study that was just published that links sitting to heart injury.
The researchers examined the link of sitting to levels of troponins, which are proteins that are released when heart cells are hurt or dying. When someone has a heart attack, vast amounts of troponins are released.
increased level of troponins = higher risk of heart failure
The researchers found that with increase hours of sitting, ones troponins levels were higher.
This finding also correlates with the findings of other studies where the more hours one sits, the higher the risk factor for diabetes and obesity, both of which can have adverse affects on the heart cells causing damage.
Sitting may seem harmless, but our bodies NEED movement.
So, even if you are not someone who likes to create New Year Resolutions, we hope you will make one exception and try to sit less in 2018, not for us, for your HEART!!!!
So last week we gave you the #1 Holiday HACK!
Remember your number one goal during the holidays is just to keep moving!
Now if you want to keep your fitness goals more in mind throughout the holidays without feeling like you are restricting yourself, lets talk FOOD!
Holidays incorporate lots of sweet treats, yummy drinks, and simply LOTS OF EATING!
If you are planning to up the calorie intake, then try and make dishes that incorporate whole foods... that means do a little extra work and make your own sauces, use more vegetables and stay away from the store bought treats.
This way if you are upping the amount of food consumption you are at least getting in more nutrient dense foods and less empty calories.
The Blue Zone website created a great list of Holiday recipes that include lots of nutrient dense ingredients and won't disappoint in the flavor realm.
From sides dishes to main courses and even considering the over night guests there are yummy breakfast treats too!!
Click the link below and get COOKING!!!
We have talked before about the power of our minds, as well as, exercise's key role in helping us all live a longer, healthier life, but a new study sheds a different light on the subject that we wanted to share.
A new study from Stanford University found that individuals who thought they were not exercising enough or not as much as those around them increased their mortality risk by over 70 percent.
The study examined data from three nationally representative surveys with over 61,000 American adults. The information collected included weight, activity levels, smoking habits, and also assessed one's perception of how one compared to their peers of similar age in exercise level.
It is surprising to consider that just thinking you are behind in your exercise regime compared to your friends can hurt your longevity, but that is what this study found.
However, when we look back at some of the other studies we have written about, this should not come as much of a shock.
We have written many blogs about the need for us all to exercise, people know how important it is to their health. We also know that staying positive helps to keep us happy and healthy - enjoying life more is the whole point right?
So what should we all take away from this study?
We need to stop comparing ourselves to others and take it one day at a time. Whatever you can fit into your day for exercise right now - do it! After you do it congratulate yourself for completing it!
Use the knowledge of how exercise can help you feel better, move better and have more energy be your motivation to get whatever you can in day to day - but do not worry about being perfect or being the ultimate fitness example.
Just be you and enjoy life!
If you want to exercise more, but do not know where to start - reach out to us!
We have a great community of exercisers at all different levels who support each other and have fun while working out!
"Perceived Physical Activity and Mortality: Evidence From Three Nationally Representative U.S. Samples," by Octavia H. Zahrt, BA, and Alia J. Crum, PhD, Stanford University. Health Psychology, published online, Thur., July 20, 2017