Ok, I know weight loss is one of our first thoughts when wanting to become healthier, and it’s often times an overwhelming daily pressure, but with 2013 being a month away, I wanted to take a moment and share a different perspective that may help you to set better goals for yourself.
Holidays and special occasions are often difficult times to keep with your 'healthy eating' regime. The same goes for fitness professionals, which is the reason this topic came to mind. Recently some friends and I met for lunch. When the waiter asked for my order I felt all eyes on me. It was as though the world had stopped...
To remain the same or to change. To change requires courage, the courage to risk failure, the courage to risk difficulties, and the courage to risk sucess. Change is a process of becoming a new person. So many people take a New Years oath to lose weight.. or to get fit again... or just to get healthy.. But why wait til New Years? Why wait. Find courage and leap!
As we wind up this past year (check your calendar, it’s almost over), we can take a look back at what we set out to do.Did you know that in 2012 over 60% of Americans made the resolution to loose weight? Over 30% said they were going to exercise more. Another statistic is that about 35% of these resolutions were broken by January 7th! Why to we struggle so much with these goals? Well, there actually are answers…There are 5 stages to making a lifestyle change:
1. Almost everyone can do it.2. Helps with weight loss/management.3. Helps to maintain strong bones.4. No special equipment other than good shoes.5. One of the simplest ways to get moving.6. Reduces symptoms of stress/depression.7. It is a low-impact exercise.8. Lowers the LDL ( bad ) cholesterol.9. Raises HDL ( good ) cholesterol.10. Can help to lower blood pressure.11. Can help with the management of type 2 diabetes. ( always work with your doctor on this & follow his/her advise )
There are lots of ideas out there about HR and weight loss, but how true are they and what does it mean? Well first lets understand HR max, there are many esitmations of HR max 220-age is a popular one though the accuracy of it is a bit suspect. There is also 206.9 - (.67*age), which seems to be more accurate or atleast closer to a good estimation. Max HR as a individual as finger prints the only way to truely know what yours is, would be to perform a max test, which I DO NOT RECOMMEND OR WANT ANYONE TO TRY!!! This means we are left with estimations.