Happy Easter! While the official start of Spring was a few weeks ago, Easter is the time we generally associate with Spring and the weather changing and plants blooming. With Spring the season of rebirth, I don’t know why more people don’t decide to make lifestyle changes during this season. I often wonder at this time each, as personal trainer, who has stuck with their commitment to get healthy back on New Years’ Day? Getting healthy is such a complex and challenging thing to accomplish, but once the difficult work is done, the maintenance of health becomes routine and of prime importance.

When I have that first interview with a new client, there are so many questions, so many concerns that some people are almost talking themselves out of making a commitment already. One of my first goals with someone just starting is to have them make a daily commitment to movement and exercise. For people that have made it to Easter from New Years, they have gotten the idea down of  “having” to be active daily. They may not have the nutrition, sleep or weight down, but they are definitely committed to exercise. The research and reality prove that.

Once the connection is made to do something related to movement everyday, without any excuse, it sets the stage to maintain health in the long term. Exercising is a behavior that requires planning, mental preparedness and grit. The sooner after making a decision to get fit this process can happen, the easier everything else becomes. Good nutrition follows and supports a strong exercise program, as does sleep, stress reduction and ultimately weight reduction and maintenance.

This is the strategy at Better Bodies and the Functional Movement System we use, move well – then move often. Call us to find out how we can help you get and maintain a fitness routine. 520-318-3488

I have been revisiting my amazement with the “Blue Zones” this last week as I continue to search for reasons why there are so many obstacles to getting and staying healthy in our country despite the overwhelming amount evidence saying we should. If you are not familiar with the Blue Zones, they are places around the world that have been identified as places where people live healthy and to 100 years old at 10 times the rate that we do in the United States. They do this without all the stress we place on healthy lifestyles like counting calories, going on diets, abstaining from alcohol or worrying how much exercise is the right amount. There are commonalities across these societies like high activity levels and low food consumption over the year, but they don’t strategize on how to live long.

The differences I observe make me sound like something of an alarmist, but I am really more curious than anything.

  • People in the Blues zones grow their own food, and while we claim to have the safest food system in the world, at what cost does it come? We pastuerize, sterilize and irradiate almost everything you find in the grocery store, what then is the net effect on its nutritive value?
  • I don’t know if you can find many food items that do not come wrapped in plastic, and if you have ever had the occasion to drink out of a garden hose, you know that can’t be good. As the debate rages on about allowable levels of BPA, the reality is that plastic is not a natural food.
  • 10,000 steps a day, 30 minutes of cardio per day / 5 times per week and 3 – 30 minutes of resistance exercise per week, what is ideal? The truth is in the Blue Zones there is no exercise standard, they are just much more active throughout the day. They choose to walk more and stress less.

If we are going to have health, we must choose to create a healthy environment in our lives without feeling like we have to, but because that is the best way to live. This is the philosophy at Better Bodies, achieve short term success to create behavior that ensures long term adherence to a healthy life. Call us at 520-318-3488 to get started on a life changing journey today!

 

Technology, stress, poor nutrition and lack of activity are so prevalent in our culture that staying healthy has become a real effort, even for the most motivated. Sometimes it seems it is more work than time allows in a day to do all the things necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle that many just give in to poor habits. While this is especially true for eating, a lot of people don’t know the effects of our technology on our bodies, nor would they admit to being stressed.

When we talk of the effects of technology on the human movement system, we have to remember our bodies were designed for movement and the performance of work. When we sit for long periods of time, flex our neck to 60 degrees to interact with our hand held devices for hours on end or consistently work only one side of our body in the gym more than the other, the body compensates and develops movement impairments that have long term detrimental effects on our systems.

Relationships, social media and digital devices, careers and of course money, among others, contribute to long term stress. The effects of stress on the human body continues to be a source of research, but currently there are reams of evidence on the adverse effects on every system in our bodies. Don’t forget the physical stress of a poor diet and lack of activity has on our well being.

I think for a lot of people, unhealthy eating and a sedentary lifestyle are a result of the amount of stress (physical and mental) that we all are under constant assault from. Obviously, alleviating as much stress as possible from ones’ life is optimal. However, the rest can be dealt with an exercise regimen and other forms of regular activity.

The Fitness Professionals at Better Bodies Tucson can help with designing a program to get you on track for the rest of your life. Call us today at 520-318-3488 to see how.