Fit To The Core Blog
Welcome to Fit to the Core’s “Everything you ever wanted to know about fitness” blog. Everyday people are bombarded with conflicting health and fitness messages by the media. It can be overwhelming. I hope to clear up some of those conflicting messages by sharing what I have learned over the years and what I am still learning. The fitness industry is a young industry that is constantly changing and evolving. Let me clear up some of the confusion.
Soon it will be a new year. Many of you are already reflecting on your accomplishments, disappointments and difficulties of 2011. You may be thinking about your New Year's Resolutions. Since many of us tend to put on a few pounds during the holiday season, you may be thinking of starting that diet in January. FTTC says don't do it! Just say no to another diet!
The shoulder joint is the most amazing, flexible joint in the human body. The price we pay for this flexibility is giving up stability. This trade-off is one of the reasons millions of people will visit their doctor this year to treat a shoulder dysfunction or injury.
We all know that exercising is an excellent way to reduce and manage stress in our life. However, what some of you may not know is that exercise also creates stress. It is a good stress but, never the less, it is a stressor that causes the production of free radicals within our cells. Although the benefits of exercise are greater than the oxidative stress it creates, it is a good idea to make sure you are getting enough antioxidants in your diet to protect you against free radical damage.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, diets don’t work. If you have spent your entire adult life trying every diet under the sun, only to regain what you lost, and then some, it’s time to stop it already! Haven’t you ever heard the expression that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? It’s not going to happen.
With the temperature climbing into the triple digits, I thought it appropriate to talk about the importance of water to our health. We have all been told to drink our 8-10 glasses of water per day. But do you really know all the benefits of drinking enough water?
In my last blog I talked about the 10 rules for fat loss. Today I will get into more specific foods choices—what to include in your diet and which foods to limit and/or eliminate for optimal fat loss. Remember, you can have one free day in which you can eat whatever you want.
Okay, so now you have set your SMART goals. Don’t stop there. There is more work to do. It’s easy to set goals – not so easy to stick with it and actually reach those goals. How many times have you set goals for yourself only to abandon them after only a few weeks? Some people never even get started!
Would you like to set up a home gym but are concerned about the cost? There is no need to purchase a lot of expensive equipment. It is also not necessary to purchase everything new. There are so many options for purchasing inexpensive exercise equipment.
Are you trying to find ways to reduce your food costs, yet still eat well? The most obvious way to reduce costs is by eating out less, cooking from scratch, and taking a lunch to work. It sounds like a lot of work but with a little planning you can reduce the time spent in the kitchen by cooking in large quantities and freezing the left overs.
If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably tired of all the corporate chain restaurants that seem to have taken over. My husband and I are always on the lookout for those small, intimate and unique restaurants and cafes that are serving up something different (and healthy).
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