Jump-Start Your Metabolism at Work

I have recently been studying more about the dangers of sitting too long without doing exercise – something that affects the majority of workers in America.  If you have problems jump-starting your metabolism I will be sharing information about this with you very soon.  You’ll know if this includes you if

  • You’ve been gaining weight, particularly around the mid-section that is very difficult to lose
  • You find that weight is piling on and doesn’t want to leave no matter what you do
  • You try to exercise in the evenings after work but nothing seems to be happening
  • You’re even eating less, trying to bring in my vegetables and fruits and less saturated meat products but still not losing weight.

It can be discouraging to keep trying different diets and even working up a sweat on the treadmill but seeing little to now results.  When you find out that your work doesn’t have to be in vain you’ll feel better inside, the thing is getting you to be healthier inside too.  First of all it’s important to know that if you have been sitting for long hours each day such as up to 8 hours (common if you work at a desk all day) and haven’t exercised during the day, your metabolism might be on the blink.

Recent research in this area of sitting too long without movement is starting to show that exercising after sitting all day doesn’t have the positive effects you want.   The metabolism might be so negatively affected that it isn’t burning fat at all.  This can have serious consequences for your health and longevity.  The thing to do is to get moving right away.

During the day, time yourself.  Get up and move every 30 minutes.  That can be as simply as walking to one place to the next.   If you’re in an office you might not be able to get up and leave your desk that often so here’s some ideas.

  • Stand up by your chair and stretch
  • Stand up and sit down ten times
  • Do a series of 5 to 10 deep knew bends
  • Learn desk exercises and do them without getting up including pumping your legs to your chest 5 to 20 times.

Start there.  Of course, during your real breaks, be sure to get up and walk around. Don’t stay at your desk – move.  This will help to start getting your metabolism to wake up.

 

Self-Care is the Best Care

Woman Receiving FlowersI spoke to a dear friend today who told me about her self-care routine.  I was impressed and decided to share it with you as I intend to adopt some of her ideas myself.  But first let me tell you about the conversation that brought about this information.

I have a client who recently came to me about her stressful lifestyle and situation.  Her sleeping is off and she’s experiencing bouts of depression and crying.  After working with her for a while, I was shocked at how many burdens this woman is carrying each day in her life.  And what was worse she didn’t even recognize that all she was doing was stressful and unusual.  Unfortunately, her situation is not new.  Women often stretch themselves too far without a thought about their health and wellness.

Many are in situations where the thought of self-care is seen as selfish.  Women are still the natural care-providers in the home and sometimes out of the home.    Working a job and working at home can be considered natural.  Add to that a lack of sleep, carrying too many mental and emotional burdens, not having outlets for health and happiness, and being too stressed out and you have a dangerous mixture.

That’s what my client was under – a dangerous mixture.  Then she wondered why she couldn’t jump out of bed in the morning, why tears came to her eyes during the day at unexpected time.  I asked her when she had last taken time for herself and she couldn’t answer. That was an idea that had long left her mind.  She was so busy caring for others that self care didn’t even come onto her “to-do” list.

So today, the conversation with my dear friend turned to women and self-care.  My friend let me know that at her age in life, she was semi-retired yet still working to pay her monthly bills.  Yet, she worked hard for two or three days then took a day off to relax.  She might stay at home and read a book, sit outside for a while to feel the sun on her face, or go for a drive to a new location and treat herself to lunch.  Other ways to do self-care were shared but the main thing was taking time to care for herself.

I even picked up a few tips because self-care is not something I put on my schedule often enough.  A woman’s health can only be done by the person in the body.  No one can make you take care of yourself except you.  If you haven’t been taking time for yourself lately, think about all the time you’ll have to do nothing when you are either lying flat on your back in bed or the worse, dead.  That’s pretty harsh I know but it’s something women need to consider.  Self care is the best care.  For most, it’s the only type of care we haven’t mastered.

Take time for you.  Life is short and you only go around once.  Make self care a part of your normal schedule and learn to make it the best care you practice.

Vegan Diet Can Lower Blood Pressure

veggie-dinner-2Vegan diets are emerging as some of the healthiest possible.  Next to that are vegetarian diets which come in different levels.  Many vegetarians avoid meat, fish, and poultry.  Some include dairy products and eggs and are called lacto-ovo vegetarians.  Vegans eat no animal products including dairy.  The advantage of vegan diets include reducing the risk of  many health issues. 

Vegans have a cholesterol-free diet.  Only animal products have cholesterol so eating just a plant-based diet will not include cholesterol.  Plant-based proteins also help lower blood cholesterol levels.  In fact, some studies show that people who add animal products to their vegetarian diet signifiantly and quickly raise blood pressure levels and effect cholesterol levels.  Other information shows that a vegan diet is good for helping diabetes something we’ll talk about a lot more in the near future.