Nutrition, from a Western perspective, concentrates on calories and chemical composition. How many calories are in that muffin? Is it fat-free? How many grams of protein are there? How many “points” is that? When we use an approach like this, we reduce the complexity of the human being to numbers on an Excel spreadsheet. And yet it’s been established that food goes way beyond the calorie and its chemical composition—as anyone who has struggled with weight or health issues knows. The human body does not work solely on the premise of “calories in, calories out.” When we focus on this singular variable, we lose sight of the true operations of the body, the intricate workings that are synergistically interlaced (Barnes, Prasain & Kim 2013; Liu 2004).
Training for Mental Health! I see the change in my clients all the time. We are not only building “Muscle” we are building ways to enhance your mental and emotional health.Without mental health, physical health cannot be sustained.
Physical activity: enhances physiological health, raises tolerance for emotional stress, increases familiarity with physical stress, boosts self-efficacy, fosters social contact, increases exposure to outdoors, sunlight and green environments, diverts negative thinking, encourages engagement instead of avoidance.
Grab a freind, co-worker or someone who is about your fitness level and train together! It gives you the benefits of personal training at a much lower fee. You get to have FUN with a friend and receive the same amonut of attention as personal training. Sweating it up with a friend also gives you accountablity to KEEP going. Call today to set up an no obligation consult.
Greening the Mind-Look what a walk in the woods can do! Think what more a swim or kayak ride can do for our body and soul. Stay tuned for more outdoor activity info on our FB page!
Journalist Florence Williams traveled to N.Japan in '12 to investigate research indicating that walking in a green forest decreases physiological measures such as heart rate and blood pressure. She joined University of Chiba scientist Y. Miyazaki for a clinical comparison of the brain activity & vital signs of 12 male college students during a walk in a forest versus a walk in an urban setting. Williams was not an official participant in the study, but she did have her vital signs measured. She learned that when she was walking in the forest, oxyhemoglobin concentrations in the prefrontal cortex of her brain declined, showing that her sympathetic nervous system had gotten a restorative break. Her systolic blood pressure had dropped 6 points by the end of the forest walk, whereas it rose 6 points during the city walk (Williams 2)
Makes you want to go.... ahhhhhh
A client and me at the MS Walk. Liz is a testament of perseverance, in spite of her limitations! She goes for it every week during our sessions. I learn as much from her as she may learn from me. It was a wonderful day and great event.
Since it is National Nutrition Month most of my posts will be about nutrition this month.