The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke states that “Without sleep you can’t form or maintain the pathways in your brain that let you learn and create new memories, and it’s harder to concentrate and respond quickly.”
DON’T GIVE UP WHAT YOU TRULY WANT FOR WHAT YOU WANT RIGHT NOW. PAIN IN THIS LIFE IS A GUARANTEE. THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU GET TO CHOOSE THE PAIN. THE PAIN OF SAME OR THE PAIN OF CHANGE. THE PAIN OF WORKING OUT OR THE PAIN OF REGRET. THE PAIN OF NOT EATING WHAT YOU WANT WHEN YOU WANT, OR THE PAIN OF THE CONSEQUENCES IF YOU DO. WHICH PAIN WILL YOU CHOOSE?
Blame it on my thirst for knowledge, but I feel like I’ve come across some solid items in the last few years that are often used for business and yet parallel perfectly with your lifestyle choices!
For example, I’m sure many of you have heard of the Pareto Principle, also known as the “80/20 Rule.” If not, the rule simply states that 80 percent of your progress comes from 20 percent of your effort.
You want to live a long, adventure filled life. You want to see your kids grow up, play with them and your grandkids. You want to spend more time doing the things you enjoy than time at the doctor’s office. You’d rather spend your money on doing things or buying things you really want than on medications, and doctors’ visits.
For most people there is a myth, or Holy Grail if you will, called “Work Life Balance.” If you haven’t discovered already, this doesn’t exist. But please don’t let this discourage you, because you can in fact live a life a fulfillment and create a sense of calm and purpose among the chaos.
For so man of us life continues to get in the way of the things that we know we need to do. These can range from getting enough sleep, spending more quality time with family and friends, meal prepping, mapping out your daily calendar intentionally, and of course regular exercise.
Does it give you a nice comforting hug if it doesn’t give you the number you were hoping for?
Does it check in on you throughout the day to make sure that it hasn’t upset you too much?
Do you ever feel like a good number on the scale can give you permission to eat outside of your healthy choices and an upsetting number send you in a down hill spiral of not caring what you are grabbing because does it really matter anyway?!!!
Finding the perfect personal trainer for you can be like tossing a coin and letting chance be your guide. On the other hand, you can take a little time on the front end and you’ll come out ahead of lady luck every time.
In this post I will share 10 of the Ps associated with finding the one for you.
How many times have you started a healthier lifestyle – tried dieting and exercising just to find yourself back to where you started, or worse yet, in worse condition??
You’ve starved yourself, exercised until you cannot move then found yourself half way through a bag of chips to make you feel better, only to loath yourself for doing it. You’ve gone to the gym religiously for two weeks and eaten nothing but salads to have only lost two pounds – or to your dismay, actually gained weight!! UGH!!!
Now that the Summer holidays have officially ended, we’re faced with busy days filled with school, work, and after-school activities. Our schedules have become so packed that we’re scrambling each day to figure out what to cook that will be both healthy and quick. We barely have the time to sit down and eat, let alone having the time to grocery shop and cook at the end of the day.
Don’t worry. There is a solution. If you’re trying to eat more healthy, but don’t have the time to cook every day or the money to pay a food-delivery service, then meal prepping is for you.
Labor Day is upon us. The last Summer holiday. For many of us, this sparks the end of holiday vacations until Thanksgiving in November. Though we’re sad to see summer go, we’re happy to usher in the fall months. In the South, Fall means football and tailgating.
No matter which team you’re cheering on this season, we’ve got you covered with some healthy tips for your tailgate.
We live in the Information Age. Everything we do involves some type of technology. Whether working or playing, our devices are never not within our reach. We have programmed our devices to wake us up in the mornings, tell us the weather, read the morning news, navigate traffic, schedule meetings, reserve a table at a restaurant, buy movie tickets, order dinner, and, when it’s time to go to bed, to turn off the lights.
And, now, we even have devices that monitor our fitness levels.
It’s August, and in the South that means triple-digit temperatures. And, no matter the time of day, the humidity is high and the heat is unbearable. For many, that means it’s time to forgo the outdoor workouts and hit the gym.
But for a shocking number of women, the thought of going to the gym is intimidating and overwhelming. A recent survey of 1,000 people by Fitrated, a platform for gym equipment reviews, about 65 percent of women avoid going to the gym because they fear being judged.
Have you ever wondered how weight training and building muscle can actually help you lose weight? It seems like an oxymoron, right?
Are you afraid that if you gain muscle that you’ll just look bulkier when all you really want is a leaner body? Do you believe the theory that you must do lots of cardio training to lose weight?
DO NOT believe everything you read! The truth is, weight training is a key component to weight loss. You look better, build confidence, become stronger and your body becomes a calorie burning machine as you create more muscle. Let’s break it down just a bit into bite sized pieces we can more easily digest.
It’s widely known that exercise can improve cardiovascular health and increase fitness. Research has proven that daily physical activity can help lower risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.
However, exercise not only provides physical benefits, but it also helps improve your mental health.
As July comes to an end, August ushers in the beginning of another school year. Many of us are preparing our children to go back to school.
School can put a lot of pressure on both parents and students. But it’s also the perfect time to start new healthy habits for the year. From starting your kids’ day with a healthy breakfast to developing consistent sleep routines, here are a few tips to help you create healthy habits for your family this school year.
Aerobic dance got its start in the 1970s when Jackie Sorenson, inspired by Dr. Kenneth Cooper’s research on the benefits of aerobics, decided to put Dr. Cooper’s theory to the test by setting aerobic routines to music. Sorenson proved that combining aerobic and dance was a fun and effective way to burn calories. Soon, this craze swept the nation, opening the doors to countless aerobic dance classes being created in gyms everywhere.
Everyone says that losing the weight is the hard part. For me, keeping the weight off has been the biggest challenge.
I’m not alone either. According to one study, only 20% of people who lose weight are able to keep the weight off for at least one year. Some experts have found that most people who lose a large amount of weight generally gain all that weight back within two to three years.
Typically when people mention getting more healthy, they are only talking about making changes to their diet and exercising more. We tend to think that eating healthy and losing weight are the keys to a healthy life. And, while these are great changes to make, if we don’t first change the way we think, we may have a hard time making those changes.
As a true Southern girl, it’s almost sacrilege to even think of grilling anything other than meat. Grills are only for meat, meat and more meat. I might let a vegetable or two slide, as long as those vegetables are on a skewer mixed in with meat. And, I will only allow that skewer on the grill if there’s more meat on it than veggies.
If you’re like me, grilling fruit is as foreign to you as trying to learn another language. Here are five tips to get us started on how to grill fruit.
As we start to think about what to put on the grill, it’s also important to consider how to stay safe while we’re grilling. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 7,900 home fires per year involve gas grills and about 1,300 home fires involve charcoal or other solid-fueled grills. Most fires involving grills happen in July (17%) followed by May (14%) and June (14%).
Here are a few tips to help you and your family stay safe this grilling season:
Contrary to my mother’s opinion, bbq does not only consist of ribs, ribs and more ribs. Though ribs are delicious, they are not the only food group when it comes to barbecue. Summertime is a great time to try some leaner and healthier meats on the grill. And, while you’re trying something new at your cookout, why not throw a few veggies on the grill, and dare I say it, a fruit or two.
Here are a few ways to make your cookout more healthy.
Summer is finally here. This means vacations, sunshine, pool parties, BBQ, lazy days and long nights. In the South, it also signals the coming of the dreaded heat and humidity. The it’s-too-hot-to-touch-the-steering-wheel days and the it’s-way-too-hot-to-go-outside days. And, let’s not forget the it’s-definitely-too-hot-to-workout days.
So, how can we beat the heat and stay active? Here are a few summertime tips to help keep you motivated to stay active, even on those too-hot-to-move days.