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Getting Healthy in Body, Mind and Spirit

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Every man is the builder of a temple called his body -Henry David Thoreau

We must take responsibility as builders for the temple that we call our body.  Day by day we are adding brick and mortar or taking the wrecking ball to this sacred place.

It’s not up to anyone else to do the building.  If our body is going to be healthy we must be the one to make the right daily choices to see it happen.

The decision to find balance with eating smart and exercise is up to you. This doesn’t have to be taken to the extreme.  Carve out a little time today and go for a walk. Eat some fruit instead of a candy bar. Get enough sleep for a change (8 hours a night).  Make a mindful decision to build up and not tear down this magnificent temple called your body.    For some more health tips check out  http://wp.me/pGpee-2W

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Every man is the builder of a temple called his body -Henry David Thoreau

body mind spirit

We must take responsibility as builders for the temple that we call our body.  Day by day we are adding brick and mortar or taking the wrecking ball to this sacred place.

It’s not up to anyone else to do the building.  If our body is going to be healthy we must be the one to make the right daily choices to see it happen.

The decision to find balance with eating smart and exercise is up to you. This doesn’t have to be taken to the extreme.  Carve out a little time today and go for a walk. Eat some fruit instead of a candy bar. Get enough sleep for a change (8 hours a night).  Make a mindful decision to build up and not tear down this magnificent temple called your body.    For some more health tips check out  http://wp.me/pGpee-2W

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Anyone Under Pressure?

“In minds crammed with thoughts, organs clogged with toxins, and bodies stiffened with neglect, there is just no space for anything else.”    Alison Rose Levy

Sometimes our bodies bear the brunt of our busy, crazy pace that we keep.

One out of every four Americans has high blood pressure.  That’s about 60 million of us. This causes a lot of force on the arteries, taking a serious toll on them.

Think of a water balloon that is being pumped completely full.  Too much pressure causes calamity.  Likewise, when our blood pressure is too high it poses a serious health risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease.

To lower your blood pressure:

  • Eat Healthy

Eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products and skimps on saturated fat and cholesterol can lower your blood pressure

  • Reduce Salt in your diet

Even a small reduction in the salt, (sodium) in your diet can reduce blood pressure significantly. Most healthy adults need only between 1,500 and 2,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day. But if you have high blood pressure, aim for less than 1,500 mg of sodium a day.

To decrease sodium in your diet, consider the following:

Track how much salt is in your diet. Keep a food diary to estimate how much sodium is in what you eat and drink each day.

Read food labels. If possible, choose low-sodium alternatives of the foods and beverages you normally buy.

Eat fewer processed foods. Potato chips, frozen dinners, bacon and processed lunch meats are high in sodium.

Don’t add salt. Just 1 level teaspoon of salt has 2,300 mg of sodium. Use herbs or spices, rather than salt, to add more flavor to your foods.

Ease into it. If you don’t feel like you can drastically reduce the sodium in your diet suddenly, cut back gradually. Your palate will adjust over time.

  • Lose Some Weight

Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline.  Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. Losing just 10 pounds can help reduce your blood pressure. In general, the more weight you lose, the lower your blood pressure. Losing weight also makes any blood pressure medications you’re taking more effective. You and your doctor can determine your target weight and the best way to achieve it.

Besides shedding pounds, you should also keep an eye on your waistline. Carrying too much weight around your waist can put you at greater risk of high blood pressure.

  • Exercise More

Regular physical activity — at least 30 minutes most days of the week — can lower your blood pressure more than any other way. And it doesn’t take long to see a difference. If you haven’t been active, increasing your exercise level can lower your blood pressure within just a few weeks.

As you keep your blood pressure in check, you are on your way to living a healthier, and happier life.  You  can do it!

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A Tribute to Jack LaLanne, A LEGACY OF HEALTH


Jack LaLanne, a forefather of health and fitness, passed away yesterday at his home in Morro Bay, California.  He was 96 years of age.

As I think of the impact that he has made over the years, I think of a two words: LEGEND and LEGACY.   He was legendary in embracing the idea that Americans should work out and eat right to retain their youthfulness and energy.  Jack LaLanne found ways to motivate Americans to get off their couches and into the gym way before it was cool.  And he was still pumping iron and pushing fruits and vegetables decades after most people retire.

Mr. LaLanne believed that eating well and exercise were the two absolutes to feeling great and looking young — and he made it his mission to help people attain that lifestyle.

According to the LA Times LaLanne was the spiritual father of the current health movement, opening what is commonly believed to be the nation’s first health club, in Oakland in 1936.  This blossomed into a national craze of weight rooms, exercise classes and sports clubs creating a positive environment for health.

In the 1950s, he launched an early-morning televised exercise program tailored to housewives. He and his dog happy encouraged kids to go get their moms out of bed and exercise in front of the TV.  He proposed the then-radical idea that women, the elderly, and even the disabled should work out to retain strength.

Full of passion and exuberance LaLanne saw himself as a cheerleader, motivator and in some cases a life saver when it came to helping people be healthy, feel younger, and live longer.

What a man!  We will miss his strength and enthusiasm.  He leaves each of us a legacy of health to carry on in an age where obesity is winning the fight.

In spite of big shoes to fill and the challenges before us, I’ll be the first to say count me in!  The question is: Who will join me in my quest in helping people be FIT FOREVER one day at a time?  If not you, then who?  If not now, then when?

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Now He’s Lost over 340 pounds!

Sky Fitness member Scot Underwood is the man! He has lost over 340 pounds over the course of the last few years. No, he didn’t take any short cuts, magic pills, lotions or potions.  He has lost every single pound the healthy way.  His journey has been one of proper balance in eating right and exercise, along with his determination to be FIT FOREVER.

So how does a person lose over 340 lbs?  How do they go from wearing 9X shirts and size 80 overalls to wearing regular sized clothes?

Scot Underwood says, “I knew that if I told myself I needed to lose over 300 lbs that it would be overwhelming.  So I set a goal of just losing a couple of pounds the healthy way; simply burning more calories a day than I consumed.  I continued to lose those couple of pounds 150 times over a two-year period.  This has been an amazing journey; one that has literally saved my life.”

The key is finding proper balance with what we eat and how active we need to be for optimal health.

Health is feeling positive and energetic, and the ability to put in a good day’s work on the job, and still have energy when we get home at night.  It means taking control of our schedules and making time for our priorities.  It’s realizing the importance of living long enough to see our children, our grandchildren, and our great-grandchildren grow up to lead long, happy lives.  Healthy living is no short-term venture.  It is a lifestyle that we must embrace every day of our journey.

The truth is, most Americans live inactive lifestyles.  That is why 120 million people – over 50% of us – are overweight.  The reason that most people have become overweight is fairly clear cut – they take in more calories and fat than they burn throughout the day.  Simply put: if we want to lose weight, we must find a way to burn more calories and fat than we take in.

The good news is that by taking more steps in the course of our day we can add consistent calorie burning which increases our metabolism, helping us to lose weight.  Weight loss is all about how many calories we burn in a day, what we eat, and how much we eat (portion control).  Without some help to know those equations our weight loss is left to happenstance.

Decide to live an active lifestyle.

We must take the time and energy to be more active.  Start today by walking more.  Instead of taking the elevator to the second, third, or even fourth floor, search out the stairway and get a little exercise.  Take opportunities to walk during the lunch hour or around the neighborhood after work.  Just keeping our body in motion by walking an extra 20 minutes a day will burn a surprising amount of calories.

Schedule an hour of exercise three times a week, setting aside twenty minutes of that hour for cardiovascular exercise like walking, running, riding a bike or jumping rope.  During the last forty minutes of that hour do some kind of strength training such as push-ups, sit ups, or lifting weights.

One thing that may be helpful to understand about exercise is that it not only burns fat but also actually speeds up our body’s metabolism.   To speed up our metabolism we need to increase our activity and our aerobic exercise. As a rule we strive to burn as many calories as we can during exercise.  That is beneficial to weight loss.  But interestingly enough, it is after exercise that the metabolism speeds up, burning off even more calories and unnecessary body fat.

We need to realize that it’s time to change some things that are long overdue concerning our health.

NOW is the time to change.  Much like Scot Underwood with his 340 lb. weight loss, you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to do. Good luck on your FIT FOREVER journey!

Check  out the latest news on Scot in the Tulsa World Article.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“The real secret of success is Enthusiasm.” -Walter Chrysler

Wow! What a difference enthusiasm makes. Don’t you just love being around people with that kind of positive energy?  By its definition, enthusiasm signifies a whole-hearted devotion to a cause, and an all out excitement to carry it out.

Enthusiasm is one of the greatest assets in the world. It is more important than money and power and influence.

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object.”    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think about yourself for a moment.  Are you someone who people would describe as enthusiastic?

If so, then continue on your path to success.  If not, then take inventory on how you can be more active, energetic, positive and faithful to your cause.

Remember that nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm!

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The Healthy Drug

 

“The longer I live the less confidence I have in drugs and greater is my confidence in the regulation and administration of diet and regimen.”                   -John Redman Coxe  (written in 1800)

I can’t think of a more true statement that fits our 21st century than what Mr. Coxe penned over 200 years ago. He’s not saying that prescription medications are not necessary at times.  He’s merely reminding us that prescription drugs are reactive – designed to treat sickness after the body is in an unhealthy state.

On the other hand, making a decision to live a healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising is PROactive and will keep us well. This will help prevent sickness, enhance wellness, youthfulness, and bolster the immune system.  Who wouldn’t want to get strong, lose body fat, boost confidence and reduce the risk of injuries?

Keep in mind we will never find health in the form of a pill.  However, getting proper sleep, adequate exercise, and eating a balance of proteins, fruits and veggies is the “healthy drug” that we need.  Here’s to being well, living well, and staying well!

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