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Healthy Snacks

Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Are you stumped for what to serve your guests?

Believe it or not, guests and visitors appreciate healthy snack options like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, to go with the “party” snack options like pretzels, chips, dips and crackers.

If you don’t believe me or don’t have the confidence to try healthier fare, then how about trying one or two bowls and plates of my ideas along with your usual favorites? This way you are able to cater to everyone who walks through your door.

Please let me know how this worked out for you.

I know in my world, people have more energy and a pleasant attitude when we serve food that is light, nutritional and palatable.

Best of health to you and good bye.

image by Natalie~Personal Trainer~Health Coach~NAPS 2 B Fit.

Stay Hydrated for Heat Relief

It is extremely warm and humid these past few days in our area and I am seeing signs of you being uncomfortable with questions. Therefore, I have reminder tips for you:

Divide your bodyweight pounds in half, drink that number ounces of water daily. Drink more if you are still thirsty and lost weight. Staying hydrated will help you maintain your healthy weight.

Drink water before you go into a warm environment, drink about every fifteen minutes during the activity and continue sipping water after you are finished.

Squeeze lemon or lime juice into your water for an extra hydration boost.

Eat high water content food like fruits and vegetables.

Limit, if not eliminate, caffeine: chocolate, tea, coffee.

Limit, if not eliminate, alcohol.

Now you will be able to handle the heat better to enjoy your outdoor activities.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

image by Natalie~ your friendly neighborhood Personal Trainer ~ Health Coach ~ NAPS 2 B Fit.

Walking Fun Fact

You need to walk roughly 13 miles or the equivalent of a half marathon to burn off a super-sized meal.*

Wow; that makes me double think my food choices. Do I have your attention now?

I hope so; because, the weather here is too warm to be working any harder than is necessary. With that in mind, please be sure to stay hydrated, also.

If you really worked hard and need all those calories, go ahead and order the super-sized meal. If you don’t need all those calories, you could save money and calories by sharing that meal.

If this is a rare treat for you, then enjoy. If it is a habit to order and eat super-sized fast food meals, I hope you rethink your decisions for healthier options most of the time.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

*source: American Council on Exercise

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Walking Fun Fact

Being short doesn’t have to slow you down: At the 2008 Olympics, 5’2.5″ Olga Kaniskina of Russia beat out Norway’s 5’8″ Kjersti Plätzer for the gold in the women’s 20k race walk.*

I am not the shortest person; but, I am definitely not the tallest person, either. Therefore, I speak from a lifetime of experience of walking with people up to a foot taller than me, or more, along with people who can be a foot or two shorter than me, or more. Or should I say, children? We know how fast children like to walk… or … run. 🙂

Be careful when placing your bets; because, height does not always determine the faster walker. Yes, stride length plays a huge part; but, so does flexibility, strength and cardiovascular capacity.

So, take care of your body and you just may show up your favorite athlete at a race or your favorite cousin at the next family picnic.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

*American Council on Exercise

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May Is Posture Month

Part five: This week we add core work.

Small group fitness session; socialized pets welcome.

What is the core, exactly? There is debate about this area of the human body; but, the general consensus is the area from your shoulders to your hips, or, the area your spine spans.

Therefore, in order to work this torso, core area, we will do planks. Just hold your push up position to do the plank move.

There you have the fifth bonus tip of ways to improve your posture during May, Posture Month.

May is almost over; but, you need your proper posture for a lifetime. Please, remember to continue your posture regimen throughout the year so you are able to enjoy all the months equally well.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

Image by Natalie ~ Personal Trainer ~ NAPS 2 B Fit.

May Is Posture Month

Part four: This week we add back strength moves.

Yes, rowing works your back along with other muscles needed to row a boat, lift your child, pick up groceries, keep the wood pile loaded, pull weeds from your garden, open a door, water-ski, etc. Any and all pulling moves will pull in your back muscles. (pun intended) 🙂

In order to gain and maintain your proper posture, you need to stay in balance which means you want to get a posture check so you know exactly what you need to do for optimal performance and a happy, healthy you.

Please be sure to work with your professional allied health care provider: doctor, therapist, trainer, for your customized program to remain safe and healthy.

I hope you have been following the “May Is Posture Month” advice with me and incorporating these tips into your healthy lifestyle.

We have a bonus five weeks this May; so, please be sure to take advantage of your extra fifth posture tip coming next week.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

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May Is Posture Month

Part three: This week we add chest stretches.

Please remember to do your personal chest stretches recommended for you for best results. We see the results of general information; therefore, please be sure to find out what you need to do for your specific situation.

Stretching out your chest area will help you to maintain proper posture throughout your day.

Check with your doctor, physical therapist, personal trainer or other allied health team member to find out which chest stretches are best for you.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

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