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Posted on 01-02-2017
Congratulations! If you are reading this you just survived another lap around the sun. The New Year, an arbitrary point along our path around our star is here. New Years is not just an opportunity to stay up too late but a life reset point.
I would like to share a few tips on how to improve health in the New Year.
Exercise is important. If you could bottle the effects it would be the biggest blockbuster drug the world has ever seen. The benefits for heart health, mental health, pain relief and overall physical health are immense.
The hardest part about exercising is finding the motivation to actually exercise. A good personal trainer is much more valuable than a gym membership that you never go to.
If a personal trainer is not in the budget, try the “Scientific 7-Minute Workout”. In just seven minutes you can get a full body workout that hits all of the markers of a good workout and requires no equipment and only seven minutes of time.
The Scientific 7-Minute Workout is a free app that can be downloaded by any smart phone. Some of the exercises offered in the seven-minute workout might not be for everyone. I would be happy to discuss modifications to the workout to fit your personal needs.
Dietarily, I recommend people eat a whole foods diet. As a rule of thumb, if something is labeled as healthy it is not healthy. Healthy food is real food and it can be found in your garden, on a farm/farmer’s market, or on the peripheral of the grocery store.
A Carrot is a real food, Kale is real food, Mahi Mahi is real food, partially hydronated oil is not real food. If you need a chemistry degree to decipher a food label it is probably not good for you. Real food generally is a single ingredient and at most three to four ingredients.
Most diets don’t work. Correction, Most diets don’t work for long. Rapid weight loss followed by rapid weight gain. However, I do like intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting is eating meals (hopefully real food) within a 6-8 hour window of time. Intermittent fasting is not a diet but an eating pattern. For instance, I skip breakfast and only eat lunch and dinner. Once I am finished with my dinner I am done eating until lunch the next day.
You can google all of the health benefits to intermittent fasting but I can tell you from experience that since implementing this eating pattern I have lost weight and gained energy and strength.
I wish you all health and happiness in the New Year!
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