Move Your Butt – Bust that Gut

01runningshoesGee, can I say that?  I hope so because I want you to live life as well and healthy as possible.  Exercise is vital for health.  We don’t live in the days when work meant physical movement all day long so you needed to get rest when you got home.

Today, work primarily means sitting down all day.  The only movement you might get is moving from the front door to the car or other mode of transportation where you sit down. For some it’s moving from the bedroom to the home office which is even less steps.  Then you move to get to the chair in an office where you sit all day, mostly in front of a computer screen or in meetings, or somewhere else. You get tired but you don’t move a lot.

Even if work is being on your feet all day (which burns more energy) it’s not aerobic movement that burns calories, gets the metabolism up, and melts fat.

According to a 2012 article by Alice Park in Time, Health & Family,  “About 5.3 million of the 57 million deaths worldwide in 2008 could be attributed to inactivity, the new report estimates, largely due to four major diseases: heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer. The study finds that if physical inactivity could be reduced by just 10%, it could avert some 533,000 deaths a year; if reduced by 25%, 1.3 million deaths could be prevented.”

That’s pretty serious stuff.  I don’t know about you, but that give me pure motivation to get my butt up and start moving it to bust gut fat and get rid of extra weight.

If you haven’t been exercising like you should today is a great day to get started.  How about getting up every 60 minutes to do some stretching, or take a 10 minute walk around the block.  You don’t have to sign up for a marathon yet, just stop making excuses and get yourself moving.

Read the whole article about this study and exercise:  Lack of Exercise as Deadly as Smoking

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.

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.