“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but instead will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
— Thomas Edison
Health = The state of being free from illness or injury.
Care = The provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.
Are you caring for your health? Seems many of us are not these days with may lead to illnesss and injury.
Here is a fact.
We begin to lose balance, strength, cardio and bone density in our 30s. Some researchers believe the losses starts in our 20’s.
This early demise stunned me when I learned this in continuing education as a trainer in my earlier 30s. #Exerciseismedicine.
If you slack off with fitness and health and eat poorly early on… everything gets physically and mentally harder later.
Then by your 40’s stress, addictions, disease or diabesity can set in. As a result, health and happiness can be elusive no matter what drug, therapy or amount of money you have.
If this sounds like you or you are stuck in bad habits, forgive yourself for drifting.
You may have not know how fast this wind blows. No matter your age or fitness ability, you can get back on track. By putting your foot down to make a change today, you will counteract and slow the atrophy in your heart, mind and body tomorrow.
The right food, exercise and mindset will forever change your life. Start today.
Challenge yourself to get into shape during the holidays so you feel great on January 1.
The addiction to sugar, cookies, candy, wine, beer and medicines and sedentary behavoir. Or the fried, salty food and people. Those things take control of your mind and body in an instant, yet still make you feel fat or unhappy afterwards. The status qou is not working.
See the beautiful clean white sand beach ahead? It time to leave the trash and bad habits behind. Tell those nasty gremlins to kiss your sweet cheeks as you wave goodbye.
You my friend, are heading for a sunny destination in 2018.
Step both feet over the line in the sand you drew for yourself.
Feel your toes on that sparking soft sand.
You are re-newed and free of the past.
Your skin glimmers from the joy you feel and the reflection of the sun on the blue-green water.
Your tightened up booty, slimmer belly and sculpted legs, chest, abs and arms show you care for your body. You are sexy, strong, happy and remarkable.
After a long walk barefoot on the beach, you shower and get ready for a vibrant, healthy dinner with great friends. Be amazed at how you lifted beach chairs and moved patio furniture with ease. Later on the plane home, you got your luggage into the overhead console…without struggling. There you are in 2018. Confident. You can do anything you set your mind to.
Ready to get to this paradise? Book your ticket. You have 2 and 1/2 months to tone it up.
Where and when to exercise? Outdoors, inside a gym, hotel room or closet. Yes, I have done a workout in my closet and bathroom. Whatever works. Though, taking it outside has tons of bonus benefits. Start with 2 days of 20 mins cardio. 2 days of 10 mins of strength. 1 day yoga. By January 1 plan to do something every day.
Cardio: Plan to get outside for a 20 -30 minute walk, bike, run or walk-run today now or after work. The goal is to break a sweat and get your heart pumping and colon warm. Breathe in nature and breath out stress. Or pop in those earphones and listen to your fav heart pumping tunes or a podcast. Music gets you excited and moving faster. Repeat this daily for endorphin boosts.
Strength: Do some strength training tomorrow. It’s a great way to sculpt your body perfect (remember walking in paradise?) Buy 5, 8 or 10 pound dumbbells you can use at home or work. Save money by using your own bodyweight, or canned food or gallon water jugs for resistance. If you find it is too easy with 5 or 8 pounds, lift heavier weights. Ladies note: You will not bulk up. You will get leaner.
Do basic “functional” moves such as squats, push ups, dips, bicep curls and overhead presses. These are moves men and women do daily in many of our activities. Key is to maintain ability to do them with ease. Try 10 reps of each exercise. Then do 10 more. Add 10 more reps for 3 sets of 10.
Flexibility: Stretch after your cardio and strength sessions. Flexibility is essential especially as we work out. It prevents injury and us moving like the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. Anyone remember Gumby? Thats not me. I am working to get more yoga in myself. I hope you will too. #Gradualprogress
To sum it up:
Use it or lose it. We lose strength, cardio, flexibility, bone density and brain cells when we don’t move. Exercise is your ticket to stop the drift.
Envision Success. Why do you want this? Where will being fit lead you?
Schedule it. Commit to get fit by the new year. Write in your calendar 20-30 minutues of cardio 2 days a week and 10+ mins of strength 2 days a week. (Idea: Keep weights under your desk to get it done at work). Grab a friend and try out a basic yoga class on the weekend.
Paradise is calling in 2018.
Get ready for the journey now.