Love you healthy blog by; saidah jones
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There are plenty of reasons to establish a well-rounded workout. Adding variety to your personal fitness regiment is key to getting optimal results both inside and out. During the summer we move the indoor cycling bikes to the pool and I absolutely love the transition that you and your body have to undergo in the summer. Which is why I often chose to make a high impact when training all of you. ;-)
Last week we had a blast playing kickball and this week our relay races on the stairs were a lot of fun. All of these workouts are two-fold and deliberately incorporated to increase your level of impact this time of year. True the bikes are nice but recent studies have shown that bones should be jarred, for their own good. Past experiments have definitively established that subjecting bones to abrupt stress prompts them to add mass or at least reduces their loss of mass as people age. In other words if you want to reduce joint pain, swimming, biking and ellipticals will give you temporary relief but to walking/jogging is the way to establish positive structural changes for the long term. This is why although bikes, treadmills and ellipticals are a great way to reduce impact, it is the actual impact that you need to build stronger, better bones.
In other words change it up a little, get off those bikes, get out of the pool, and save the treadmill for another season. Use high-impact workouts to compliment your fitness regiment. LYH Circuits meet Monday/Wednesday 6-7pm!
Click here to read more on Why High-Impact Exercise Is Good For Your Bones
I love that fitness bands encourage us to think about our health and physical activity a lot more that we normally would without them. However, sometimes fitness bands can cause us to over think and even give us misinformation. More recently, people are starting to become aware that "according to their fitness band" they can eat more or have a few calories to spare that they actually do not. Just recently, a client was telling me of a co-worker who was excited that her fitness band allowed her an extra 1700 calories to eat because of her activities. This is becoming common among fitness band users and are even causing some to gain weight. With calculations reporting how many calories you need to function in a day to how many you have to spare, the numbers are transferring to pounds on the scale. For all of you with bands, keep in mind that not all calories are the same. An 100 calorie apple isn't the same as 100 calories of chips. Your body will use the apple energy and store the potatoes as fat. Keep in mind the basics and don't consume your workout calories. Be smart about what you eat and don't forget to move your feet - exercise! Please click here to read more on: My Fitness Band is Making Me Fat
Hi Love You Healthies!
I can't begin to tell you how great you are all looking and performing in class. There is definitely something about the summer and sun that makes faces smile and muscles rip. You are looking good and I'm not just saying it. From Stephanie's arms to Susan's fashionable figure, I see all of the hard work paying off from Monday and Wednesday LYH Circuit class (6-7pm) and Spin & Splash. Keep up the good work, health looks good on you!
Having attended the University of Tennessee (Go Vols) every now and again, I will run into someone from college. Most, former athletes still look amazing for their age. I always attested to the fact that we spent the majority of our 20's working out 15-20 hours a week. I try to get the point across to the students I teach at GA Tech that those are the formidable years for their bodies. Lately, research has shown that this is also true to those who are middle age as well.
We keep hearing how the life expectancy rate is dropping for younger populations because of the rise of chronic disease earlier, but the truth is that people are still living longer however, their quality of life is greatly diminished due to chronic disease and cancer. We are so advanced medically, that we can keep you alive longer even if you are sick. Research shows that you are less likely to have a diminished quality of life even if you begin a fitness regiment in your 40's, 50's or 60's! This is good news as it proves that you are never too late to begin a workout program that will positively affect your life and health for years to come. Click here to read more on The Benefits of Middle-Age Fitness
Congratulations out to Torie May! She is to wed next Saturday, July 19. You will look fabulous in that amazing dress.
Also, sending baby hugs and much love to Christy as she enjoys her baby shower the same day. We would love to see you there, contact Sam deCamp Baldwin for details.
The latest in the debate of organic produce vs. conventional produce is 'growing'. As it stands from the latest research performed, organic produce has shown to have more antioxidants than its conventional cousins. There has been an ongoing debate on which is healthier, but in many opinions assessing the quality and nutritional component of the produce is not the issue. Studies out of Stanford stated that there was no real difference and some conventional produce has more nutrients. Well, the latest study is showing that organic produce has more antioxidants which has endless health benefits. No matter what side of the debate you are on, the reality is that most of us do not eat our 5-9 servings of produce daily. Although, I eat locally grown organic foods when possible, if I'm low on my servings and I need to grab a quick bite to eat, I'll order a salad. The issue is not one of nutrient composition for me but an environmental one, as pesticides are bad for the environment and can increase cancer risk. That being said, it's important to have basic knowledge on what foods have higher pesticides (apples, peaches, strawberries) than others. Foods high in antioxidant and medicinal health (berries, garlic, sweet potatoes), I also choose organic for the the maximum health benefit. What's your position: Organic or Conventional? Read the full article and check out the actual findings.