During one of the weight loss programs on TV, I listened as the contestants revealed to their trainer, what happened to them in their lives that brought them to the place they are now. What brought them into eating disorders, depression, illness, pain, and isolation? Sure, it’s television and there has to be a pretty good dramatic affect for us to want to watch or choose the contestant we most relate to or support. However, it brought me to write this.
Have you ever wondered, what makes us do what we do? Is it the body chemistry? Is it a result of our surroundings? Is it all just hard work and mental toughness? What is it? Why do some people just seem to have it? Maybe it’s in the books one reads, or the ability to maximize the potential that we all have in us. We are all destined to be great in our own areas. I decided to share examples as part of the proof in greatness and how it is achieved.
We live in a fast-paced society that is constantly seeking to cut corners and increase productivity in less time. Unfortunately I feel we try to approach our sleep and rest habits in a similar manner. BIG MISTAKE! Sleep is like oxygen. You can't survive without it. You need 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night. Without proper sleep everything you do in the gym and in the kitchen will fall by the wayside. Find a nighttime routine, create a tranquil sleep environment, and make sleep a priority. Below is a great article to help you take steps in the right direction.
Jason Ferruggia is of the most knowledgeable and respected fitness guru's in the industry. Feel free to check out his website listed below, followed by my post addressing the common concern of hormone imbalances and proper remedies.
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As Jay noted, sleep is crucial for recovery, both mentally and physically. Personally, I have seen great results from supplementing with Isatest: improved sleep, quicker recover, increased stamina and additional strength gains.
As this year comes to a close and we are ready to begin the New Year, most of us vow to make major changes in the coming weeks. We attempt to live a healthier life, without taking the time to reflect on what that “healthier life” will look and feel like. We think we need to change everything at once, but the fact is this is not realistic and we find our willpower depleted after a few weeks and give up.
Most of us want to live a healthier lifestyle, but the thought of making the necessary changes can seem overwhelming. Here are the top 3 tips to make lifestyle changes achievable:Aim to create one behavior change at a time
6 Reasons People Quit Fitness Programs1. Change is hard2. Missing the instant gratification from old food and snacks3. Impatient and frustrated with their results4. Lack of support from family, friends and co-workers5. Time6. MotivationThese are a few observations I’ve made over the years. I am by no means a behavior expert, but I thought this might help some who are on the weight-loss and fitness rollercoaster and haven’t figured out why they’re struggling.
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!
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).