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I used to reference the RDA measures for water intake and discuss 3.2L for men and 2.9L for women to my clients. I would mention that some hydration comes from your food (like the 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables you should be eating everyday) and some from the liquids you drink (straight water and other beverages). Empathetically, I might quote a company that manufactures high tech body composition testing equipment who use total body water readings and admit to using a suboptimal average in their calculations because virtually everyone is dehydrated to a degree. My disgust would become apparent as I simply cannot disgest such backwards logic. I might also mention out of empathy that the USDA reports that less than 1 in 10 people get the RDA (or minimum amount) of fruits and vegetables. I would assume that people know that our cells are mostly made of water and that the function (of every cell in our body) would be diminished if not properly hydrated. As a former wrestler, I have been made very aware that even a small percentage of dehyrdation leads to reduced strength, coordination, stamina, and cognitive response time.
All of this is overwhelming to me and my clients and it gets confusing. So, my new strategy, in regards to water intake recommendations, is to simply highlight the extremely positive impact proper hyration can have on our health and energy and challenge people to actually measure their intake for a few days and stop assuming that they drink enough just because they carry a bottle around. I mention that many fitness professionals still use the goal of 64 ounces of water per day. I use this amount as a minimum goal for myself. Some of my clients start with a goal of 20 or 40 ounces because they are used to drinking less than that. They report feeling better almost immediately. I have determined that I feel the best when I get about half my body weight in ounces which is a rule of thumb that many other fitness professionals use.
Here's the catch, water consumption is a good thing but it is not the only variable that affects hydration and therefore I don't believe it should be used as the sole measure of whether or not we are hydrated. Some people drink and drink but then have to run to the bathroom just as much. Although there are worse things I agree that this can be annoying. Have you ever consumed glass after glass only to still feel dehydrated? Variables that can have an impact on your hydration and energy level include medications, alcohol, the amount and type of caffeinated beverage you drink, the amount of plants you eat, exercise, the timing and number of meals you consume, salt intake, potassium intake, the environment, the clothes you wear, the health of your gut, the overall balance of your entire system (called homeostasis) which is largely impacted by your nutrition at the cellualr level, and oh yea how much water you drink. It's rather fascinating to me.
Water is mother nature's energy drink or health and wellness beverage of choice. Know how much you're getting and figure out how you might be able to get more because chances are you will feel the difference.
So much for September. Hello Halloween. Although it is a goal of mine to write more often, I only do when I am inspired AND make the time (aka make it a priority). Truth quote: "there are no excuses OR reasons, only priorities." Food for thought: will power doesn't exist and behavior change is accomplished when you believe that your efforts are worth it (aka belief leads to change).
Moving on...SSSLLLEEEPPPP is the body's primary regulatory system. Be mindful of its severe impact on your health. As a trainer, I never shake my finger at people because we ALL could do better. Successful people (those who are closing the gap between their potential and their reality) are people who are constanting learning about themselves and trying new things. 7-9 hours is what is considered optimal for an adult by the National Sleep Foundation. However, as with stress reduction, hydration, nutrition, and exercise optimal is the key word. The body is an amazing thing and most of the adults I know get less than 7hrs on average (many in the 4-6 range). They may do fine on little sleep but they may function better on more and research says that it IS better for them. I encourage people to shoot for a minimum of 6 hours.
#Sleep is the obvious #1 #hack for #moreenergy. There are several others ways to improve energy and I'd be happy to send you my #EnergyChecklist if you email me at Tanner@fitdupage.com.
...who teach us to read books, understand fundamental concepts, and apply that knowledge to serve others. God bless the entrepreneurs who teach us how to think differently, remember our dreams, face our fears, and live our lives to the fullest. strongerliving.life.
...forever reigning champ, stress. Coming at you from actual and percieved life events, stress is the theif in the night when it comes to your health.
A little stress...unchecked can cause a heart attack.
Unavoidable...if you've ever worried, eaten food, exercised, or breathed anything less than country fresh air or a filtered sea breeze, your body has had to deal with elevated levels of stress.
Laughable...during a typical initial consult, when we tell clients that it would be helpful to identify their stress and stress outlets, 9 times out of 10 they laugh. This is because we know stress can wreak havoc on their health and healthy coping is a dying skill.
Unfortunately, that which is meant to simply provide encouragement and guidance (aka professional counsel) is often misunderstood and regarded as an inappropriate option by most. Besides that, many people are more comfortable with old problems than they are with finding new solutions. We are indeed creatures of habit.
Our tip to clients is simple. Identify your stressors and your outlets. What do you do to reduce the stress in your life and it's negative affects on your body?
There are lots and lots and lots of ways to reduce stress. Some of which are only healthy in the sense that they have less of a negative impact than holding on to stress.
I have often been heard saying that you are only limited by your creativity. For example, would you ever have thought of using a professional organizer (Trusted Resource) to improve a space or declutter and improve your stress level and productivity in the process? Check out this article by the Chicago Tribune that says it all.
Until our next post, live stronger!
Celebrating 15 yrs, we took our own experiences, client testimonies, journal articles, and known field practices and found 1000's of strategies and tips that have helped people become healthier. However, it is clear, that what works for some does not work for all. Something else emerged and we are calling it the Big 5.
The following posts will help you to understand what we are all about at Functional Fitness (a fitness consulting agency and community resource). You might also experience a shift in perspective in regards to your own personal health. Are you better off or worse than you thought? strongerliving.life
If I can take a new client who is adversed to exercise and give them an experience that is less than pure drudgery, I consider it a grand slam. If that client returns for a second session, giving me the benefit of the doubt, I consider it a win. If that client learns something that changes the way they view fitness for the better, I consider it a success. If that client experiences the difference that healthier choices can make, I am fulfilling a purpose. My name is Tanner Shultz. I am a certified personal trainer and a network marketing professional. If you'd like to improve your health or add to your wealth, contact me to schedule a consultation today.
As a way to improve physical function, you can train infrequent movement patterns. For giggles, the next time you go to rinse off a dish at the sink, try holding the dish in the opposite hand. If you're like most, it will feel weird and you won't be as good at it. The same holds true for larger movement patterns. Try walking or lunging backwards. Better yet, practice your backwards bear crawl and challenge me the next time we bump into each other.
Has Spring sprung? My daughter is confused since it was snowing on the first day of Spring. Her cousin, also 5 yrs old, must have been mistaken she said because "Spring is when its sunny and warm." Well, it is sunny today, so Spring must be here. So, I decided to read a portion of today's mail outside thinking I could get a little vitamin D. In doing so, it occurred to me how long it has been since I soaked up some rays. Sometimes I read or hear, "YOU CAN GET ALL THE VITAMIN D YOU NEED THROUGH THE SUN AND A REGULAR CONSUMPTION OF CERTAIN FOOD." Really? How much sun do we need and other questions came to mind? Check out this awesome article to learn more. For a free quick health assessment click here.
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