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Many people are starting 2013 with goals of weight loss and exercise both good resolutions however many of those people should also be adding “get more sleep” or “get better sleep” to the list.
I decide to write this blog post today because I have a 10 month old and I KNOW TIRED. I can’t remember the last time I had a solid 8 hours of sleep without waking up. Alia is “sleeping thru the night” more often lately but I’m still waking up every few hours out of habit…apparently this is normal new parent behaviour.
So we are now almost half way through February. Winter is almost all over and we’re thinking about spring and the warmer weather. Many of you are thinking about going south in March. Those of you heading south are probably doing well with the healthy eating and exercise. I’m not saying you’re necessarily enjoying it, but the thought of being in a bathing suit is enough to keep you from any sugary snack. However most of you are hitting that plateau and considering giving up!
For god sakes don’t give up!! This is when it all counts. You’ve been doing so well for almost two months. Your digestive system is thrilled and your body on the inside is thanking you. If you have made good lifestyle changes, then you have had some weight loss. More importantly, that loss has come from your body fat. I’m sure you have worked some exercise into the schedule and for that you have been rewarded with some new lean muscle and a more effective metabolism. This has added a few years to your life and started to lower many of those levels your doctor told you to work on (blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose etc). Your resting heart rate is now a bit lower and things are working a bit easier on the inside of that machine! All is looking amazing!
Then out of nowhere comes that damn devil on your other shoulder that starts to ask why the hell are you doing all of this? Come on you want that bag of chips, grab that can of soda! Don’t listen to that angel looking dude on your other shoulder, what does he know? Well that dude knows how your body really works! He/she knows that all of that crap that you want to eat does two things. First, it starts to break down that amazing machine that is designed to work efficiently for over 100 years and it makes a bunch of people rich!! Who, you ask? All the people in upper management at the companies that manufacture all of that crap! They don’t eat what they make because they want to live longer to enjoy the money you’re giving them!!!
Since we are on the subject of money let’s talk about that gym membership. You joined up in January and this time you said you will keep going. No matter what, you will make time in the day to get to that damn place. You will walk in the doors where there are many just like you and also regulars that can’t wait until February when most of you give up and it stops being busy!! That’s right ,many people that start in January will be done before March. Do you know how much money this makes fitness centres? Part of their budget is based on how many people will join only to give up and keep paying. They decide that they don’t need a bigger gym as 1,000’s will join and only 100’s will come regularly. What a great money maker! Each and every year they can bank on this happening, and I mean BANK on it. What if people stuck with it? What if the majority said I am not going to give up! My body is worth the work and the energy. I feel so much better after working out then sitting on my ass after work and watching Dr Oz tell me to do this.
I’ll tell you what would happen if people stuck with it. The obesity rate would drop! Childhood obesity would drop because we now teach our kids how to eat and be active. Taxes would go down because all the money going to the budget to cover medical expenses for preventative diseases would plummet. Grocery stores would carry more real food and less processed. More people eating healthy creates a demand for more farmers. This will create jobs and lower the price of healthy foods. I think you get the idea! I love how this sounds. People living longer, and enjoying their age not giving into it. Who says you can’t look 30 at 50!! You’re only as old as you feel.
FOR GOD SAKES, THIS YEAR, DON’T GIVE UP!
We are really excited about 2012! So many things are happening. We are having our first child together (a girl), we are working with some great groups on health and wellness and my son is close to finishing University. I mention my son because I know that he is going to do amazing things and I cannot wait to see him fly!
I’ve decided that 2012 is going to be the year that society turns the corner and moves toward better health. We have gone in the other direction for long enough. It’s time to turn around, and go back to a much better place. The key to this turnaround is team work. After years of working with many different types of people, one thing is clear, self motivation when it comes to exercise, is not abundant. Very few people have what it takes to stick to a healthy diet and go to the gym, hit the streets, or bust it in the living room as much as they should. Even some of the best leaders in our society struggle when it comes to their own health and well being. Just as teamwork is crucial for a company, it is also the foundation of a healthy society.
This is our simple challenge to all of you strong self motivated individuals that have no problem taking care of that machine we call a body. Offer your help and support to someone close to you that may need it. We all know someone that has tried many times over the years to get healthy and has continually failed. Ask that person out for a Green Tea or coffee and tell them if they want to change, you’re there to help. People need to be held accountable by someone who cares about them and that they care about. Maybe it is going to the gym with them or for a walk a few times a week. Offer to go to their house and help them throw out all the food that’s stopping their success. Offer to take them grocery shopping and teach them how to make meals in advance of the week. This makes life easier and limits the excuse that being healthy is too difficult and time consuming.
It’s time that we all join together to help one another get healthy. Our health care is out of control and if we don’t work to prevent disease then the disease will bankrupt us. If you think the financial crisis in the US is bad, wait until health care is costing governments 70% of their budget, or more. Don’t think it won’t happen because we are already almost at 50% of the budget.
So lets start by helping someone close to us. Turn one life around and then ask they do the same. Eventually we will all be closer and healthier, with a balanced budget to boot!!
Last year Glenn and I signed up for the 5K resolution run that happens each December 31. The idea behind the resolution run is to start the New Year off on the right foot by establishing an active lifestyle right from the start.
We wanted to save a bit of money this year so we decided not to sign up for the Resolution Run but rather start our own resolution challenge and keep a 5K as part of our annual December 31 tradition. This year we are asking you to join us in starting this new tradition.
On December 31 or January 1 we want you to start 2012 in a healthy way and walk or run 3-5K. So bundle up your family and head outside. If 5K is too much for your family commit to 3K. We want you to set a goal and achieve it. Think of how great it will feel to start the New Year 6600 steps ahead of last year! (There are about 1320 steps in a km).
As weather may influence your decision, we are giving you options; choose December 31 or Jan 1. You choose the distance 3K or 5K and you choose the speed, walk, run or a combination of both. (Walk 2min run 1min).
We are planning on doing a combination of running and jogging on December 31 rain or shine.
Let us know your plan and how it goes.
As I was reading over archived post from healthyhfx I came across this one that Glenn wrote last year. I think it’s an important message for all parents.
For over the past 10 years I have been a personal trainer, working with both adults and teenage athletes. The best part of my job were the teenagers. They were all very motivated to be better at their sport and most were willing to do the work, both on and off the playing surface. It was the adults that I had to fight with! The thing that amazed me was that I was pushing the teens to get better at their sport even though they were already very healthy. However, I was pushing the adults to improve their health so they could lower their weight and in a lot of cases come off medications. In fact I was pushing the adults to add years to their lives! You would think that extending your life and avoiding illness would be a greater motivator. Apparently it’s not!
This week I want to ask the adults, not only in Nova Scotia but everywhere, to rate their own personal health. Instead of looking at themselves in the mirror, I would ask that they look at their children. I truly believe that in many cases our children are a reflection of us. We teach them how to live through our actions. In the past two decades the rate of overweight and obesity in our children has tripled. Two thirds of our children are not getting the required amount of exercise that would help protect them against heart disease and Type II Diabetes.
It scares me to think that many adults are setting their children up to be unhealthier than they are themselves. We live in an age of video games and computers and never ending TV. The other day I saw a little girl that was about 9 years old on an electrically powered bike. What is wrong with pedaling? When we want our children to be more active we invent a video game! REALLY? Does that get them outside? Does it get them interacting with other kids and playing team sports! If the video game companies really cared about the health of our kids they would include a coupon that a parent could use toward registration in a team sport or activity.
However, activity is only a drop in the bucket! The real battle is with nutrition and that is why I say “Look at your children!” Only 9% of parents acknowledge weight problems in their children. Do you have things you could change that could help you and your children? Start this weekend! Go for a hike; a walk on the beach; to a playground. Get a bunch of their friends together and play baseball or soccer. Start to learn new habits yourself and in turn teach your children wonderful healthy habits that they can teach their children!
How healthy are you?