Lifestyle Medicine is a branch of medicine dealing with research, prevention and treatment of disorders caused by lifestyle factors such as nutrition, physical inactivity, and chronic stress. The leading causes of mortality and healthcare costs worldwide are chronic diseases, resulting from lifestyle and environmental factors. The economic burden of poor lifestyle choices is no longer sustainable and impossible to ignore. Most chronic diseases are preventable!
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.
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).
Growing up I always wanted to be a an Excercise/Physical Therapist. Living in a household with a mother with multiple sclerosis, I always wanted to figure out how to help the body help itself. Watching my mother struggle and progressively go from a cane, to a walker, to wheel chair bound, haul around several pill boxes of medicines, and go to several doctors across the country, and spend summers in the hospital after set backs with her illness caused me to want to help in some sort of way. I used to go to physical theapy appointments with her and they would
I just read a really interesting article in the July/August IDEA Fitness Journal titled, “Zip Code Trumps Genetic Code in Determining Health” by Natalie Digate Muth. I was reminded of facts that I learned in a few classes at SOU last year as I was pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Health – and those facts are that where we live has a huge impact on our health.
Are you living with Diabetes? Are you at risk for pre-diabetes? Unfortunately, I am seeing more and more clients who have been diagnosed with Diabetes and pre-Diabetes. Cardiovascular exercise combined with resistance training can truly help! See the interesting factoids below! Carpe Diem!