Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Preparing For The Holidays

November 19, 2009

Well we’ve come to that time of year again. The HOLIDAYS!!

If you’re not careful this time of year can be stressful, overwhelming, full of distractions from your goals and an overall hair puller.

When it’s really supposed to be quite the opposite.

What has happened to us?

We will do anything to get the “right” parking spot.

We will over eat and use excuses like “it’s the holidays, that’s what I’m supposed to do”.

We’ll shop instead of getting in our regular workouts.

Then before you know it. This time of year will have passed and we’ll be committing to new goals for the New Year.

Honestly, I never understood what makes January 1st so special when setting goals.

Oh, I get that it’s the first of the year and it’s time to start anew. And after all from Thanksgiving to the end of December we seem to throw all sense out the window and act like we never had a plan for good health anyway.

So is it a sense of renewal that we look to this date or is it the guilt of our behavior that leads us to this time when we make our boldest of statements….”This year I’m gonna”.

So instead of waiting until January 1st

I DARE you to set a goal today!

In upcoming blogs I will give you ideas to avoid the usual stress, overeating and lack of exercise that seems to go hand in hand with this time of year.

I would also like to hear how you are doing during this time. Use this as a sounding board when the stress becomes just too “silly”.

Tell me and share with the others what you’re doing to avoid the same old “holiday blues”.

If you don’t want to do this on a public forum please feel free to e-mail me at karl@longevitypt.com.

I’m here to help. I’m at your service whether you are a client or not. It’s what I do.

Let’s have fun this Holiday season!

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Obesity=Disability=Pre-Existing

November 15, 2009

It was announced Thursday that Americans are entering their 70’s with disabilities in greater numbers than in previous generations.

Big surprise that goes along with this study which was authored by Teresa E. Seeman of UCLA, and was funded by the National Institute of Aging is that most of these disabilities are linked to being overweight or obese.

Among other things being overweight/obese can lead to stroke, heart attacks, joint replacements and the list goes on and on.

Modern medicine is such that we are surviving, with a disability, quite well post-op.

Which brings me to a whole different angle. If we are not taking care of ourselves as we should be. And “stuff” is beginning to happen to us medically that we will end up living with for a long period of time.

Then aren’t an awful lot of us going to be walking around with what health insurance companies can determine as “pre-existing conditions”.

In My Opinion – If anything comes out of the Health Care Reform Debate then it is that health insurance companies MUST make allowances for “pre-existing conditions”.

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I Know EVERYTHING……Really???

October 1, 2009

As trainers we are looked at as the ones who have all the answers to your questions regarding health & fitness.

Well, here’s the bad news. Not really.

Although I have met many that will act like and tell you that they don’t have anymore to learn. I am very skeptical of anyone who has all the answers. Personally, I hope I never stop learning.

I was asked today by another trainer about metabolic rate, and how to measure metabolism. He was with one of his clients and they were wrestling with different ideas.

I threw in some ideas of my own including measuring the thyroid. But that turns out to not be exactly correct either. So I went home and started searching the web. (I’ll give you the answer in my next posting)

Point is. Beware of those who put on the façade of the “all knowing”. I have far more respect for those who are able to ask questions rather than give false answers.

We may be called “gurus” and “experts” and certainly a lot of us have higher educations and are well equipped to answer most of the questions that come our way. But every once in a while….

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Correct Posture

August 21, 2009

Recently during a training session I was asked to instruct on correct posture. I was a little taken back initially because I thought this was an automatic thing that we just did. But it’s true, as humans we struggle with this. If you observe people in public you’ll see a lot of slouched shoulders, slumped backs and on the other side of it most people at their desks tend to be either slouched or in a constant shrugging form with their shoulders. No wonder we hold so much stress in this part of our bodies. So in brief I would like to give you the rules of sitting and standing properly. How to sit properly

  • Keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest, if they don’t reach the floor.
  • Don’t cross your legs. Your ankles should be in front of your knees.
  • Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
  • Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips.
  • Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your low- and mid-back or use a back support.
  • Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground.
  • Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time.

How to stand properly

  • Bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet.
  • Keep your knees slightly bent.
  • Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart.
  • Let your arms hang naturally down the sides of the body.
  • Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backward.
  • Tuck your stomach in.
  • Keep your head level. Your ears should be in line with your shoulders and your hips. All in one straight line. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who is struggling with the proper alignment of their body. Their chiropracter will appreciate  the help…..or maybe not.