Friday, February 27, 2009
Is your goal SPECIFIC enough? One thing I review with my clients is to make sure they set out exactly what it is they are seeking to accomplish. Instead of “I just want to be healthy,” consider something like “My goal is to increase the number of push-ups I can execute by 10% in 3 weeks.”
Is your goal MEASURABLE? If you’ve set a plan to lose weight, are you tracking it in a timely fashion (weekly/bi-weekly)? Avoid daily weigh-ins as the body’s hydration levels tend to fluctuate.
Is your goal REALISTIC? I had a consultation recently with a woman who returned to formal exercise after a 6 year hiatus and she wanted to complete a triathlon in March. She failed to realize the unrealistic nature of this goal, and thus selected a more appropriate, time-oriented goal.
Is your goal CHALLENGING? While your goal should be attainable, you should also make sure that you need to push yourself to achieve your goal.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Regardless of who you are or what you do, times arise when inspiration is in need. That being said, I recently reached a moment where I admittedly needed some inspiration to get through a few life challenges. A person I've been greatly inspired by is the late Dr. Randy Pausch, a former Carnegie-Mellon University professor who passed away on 7/25/08 of pancreatic cancer. I've posted Dr. Pausch's speech (the abbreviated version) on my blog twice in the past and thought it was time to share it once again. I hope Dr. Pausch inspires you as much as he has me. Enjoy...
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
-Lowered levels of cortisol and lactate-two chemicals associated with stress.
-Reduction of free radicals- unstable oxygen molecules that can cause tissue damage. They are now thought to be a major factor in aging and in many diseases.
-Decreased high blood pressure.
-Drop in cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is associated with cardiovascular disease.
-Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing. This has been very helpful to asthma patients.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Central adiposity (belly fat)
- Poor nutrition
What kills me figuratively and kills others literally is that ALL of the above are modifiable behaviors. Here's a link to the video and article from ABC: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/Story?id=6804508&page=2