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Don’t Assume All Obese Overeat

via Daily Prompt: Assumption

People with obesity does not equal overeating.

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The basic assumption I hear over and over is that all overweight people overeat. This is not true. Please do not judge a book by its cover; especially, the delicate issue of body image and people who have obesity. I have professional experience as well as personal history to prove the fact that overweight does not equal overeating.

Clients who ask me for help with losing weight actually do not overeat. Sound surprising? Yes, of course, to the untrained layperson. Many other issues and activities of daily life contribute to the obesity epidemic.

For reasons that are confidential as well as controversial, I do not and will not state the reasons for overweight and obesity. The reasons are personal and individual; so, you need to do a consultation to solve your weight issue. I will not cause an uproar or send you in the wrong direction with generalized advice; because,…

the general tips we hear have sent the country spiraling out of control with a simple piece of advice: “…exercise more and eat less.” Grrr. Look what has happened with that advice, a higher rate of people with overweight issues in the United States of America.

Me, personally, that means I would be exercising all day and eating one raisin a day by the time I am eighty years old?! Aaah! Nooo! My weight stabilized instead of dropping when I was in a situation that did not provide sustenance due to our innate survival trait.

Therefore, please, do not ever assume anything about someone you do not know. Look at everyone you see with a caring eye and know that all life deserves to be loved. Smile and help, or smile and walk away, quietly, with a better understanding now that you know the truth: assume nothing.

Thank you, from more than thirty percent of the U.S.A. population, and trainers like me who feel for our fellow-man.

Best of health to you and good-bye for now.

(image: Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit)

 

 

Exercise Helps Depression

New study says that exercise helps depression

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It is hard to find anything that is truly new and innovative in the twenty-first century. This study is one of them.

First, why do we want to help depression? We want to help ourselves by eliminating depression and feeling happy.

Second, anyone in the health and fitness industry realizes that moving around outside will do remarkable things for lifting your mood.

I bet that if you think about it, you will remember feeling better after spending time in nature, no matter the weather or the reason. Whether it is one minute spent running for the bus, one hour spent running for your love of training, or all day running after your horse, dog and/or children. Whew!

I am not saying you need to go out for a run; I am saying just go do something you enjoy with two instructions, one: move and two: outside. This idea is so simple yet oh so effective.

I love being outside with my family and pets, working in the garden and doing other outdoor chores. Macee is pictured helping us collect firewood; what a super dog; I could not ask for a better dog. Thank goodness Macee stays around and behaves; because, she runs circles around me, as well as other dogs; yes, really. I love that beautiful, little, energetic dog who lifts my spirits every day, all day. No room for depression here, we fill our minds with all good thoughts with help from loved ones, human and otherwise.

Now go enjoy doing your homework.

Best of health and good-bye for now.

(photo by Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit)

Make Your Exercise Fun

Confessions of a personal trainer: believe it or not, I am just like you…normal.

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So many people tell me that they do not like to exercise and never have enjoyed “exercise.” They would rather burn calories while doing chores and errands instead of calisthenics and aerobics.

You know what, I am just like you. I need to make my exercise routine fun or I won’t do it, either. The weight room is the only place we pick something up multiple times to return that item to the same place. Sound boring…or silly? Hmmm.

I need a reason to run, too; like going after the children, playing an outdoor sport or handling a certain situation. Sound familiar?

There are many ways to take care of your fitness level without doing “exercise.”  I have many plates, as you do, that I must keep spinning simultaneously; so, I take my own advice: exercise while also accomplishing another task on that very long to do list.

Keep your plates spinning while managing your health at the same time; it is fine. Just thinking about all those plates spinning precariously overhead, ready to come down, revs up my metabolism.

Are your plates very fragile or sturdy? How strong are your sticks that are balancing your spinning plates? How much endurance do you have to keep up this trick?

Best of health to you and good-bye for now.

(Photo: Ben Hershey on Unsplash)

No-Tackle-Football on the Horizon

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I am fine with the news of removing the tackle function from youth football games and practice. Our youth are too cute and precious to risk their health and longevity. What is your feeling about this?

We all know by now that a helmet does not prevent concussion; because, it is the shaking of the brain inside the skull which causes a concussion.

Therefore, there are many other types of sports, activities of daily life and accidents that cause concussion, on, as well as off, the playing field. How many of us have been seriously hurt and not gone to the doctor for a checkup? How do you know if you are seriously hurt without a checkup?

With that in mind, how long until heading the ball is removed from the game of soccer? What about boxing? Football is not the sport with the highest rating of concussion; but, football players do have a high rate of contact which will shake the brain. Do I have you thinking, yet? Are you able to think straight?

Find your baseline to know if you have been seriously hurt enough for a follow-up with your medical professional. Your athletic trainer on the sidelines is your first line of defense when playing organized sports; so, please, pay attention and do what they suggest. Your life as well as their profession are on the line.

When, if at all, do we introduce tackle, heading and contact in sports? The brain is not fully developed until the age of about 25 years.

Are you still on the fence? Please be sure to take care of yourself and your loved ones; because, you only get one body with one chance at longevity.

Best of health to you and good-bye for now.

(photo: Ben Hershey on Unsplash)

 

Fitbit Harms People

Please be careful when using your Fitbit

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Fitbit users are reporting that the item shocks their wrist and leaves a burn mark.

I am only making you aware of the possibility so you know how to care for yourself; because, you obviously care about improving your health if you use one of these items.

The manufacturer mentions that it is most likely due to static electricity build up causing the issue. A static expert explains that static is not the issue or cause; static is blamed when the defect is not determined.

Therefore, I suggest that you use your electronic devices only when needed instead of the entire day. Fitbit is doing a great job helping their customers; so, you may also contact the company with any concerns and issues you may be experiencing.

Thank you. Best of health to you and good-bye for now.

(photo by Aj Garcia on unsplash)

 

Breathe

Aerobics Trainer Says “Remember to Breathe”

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What? Really? How silly is that? I always breathe and have never forgotten to breathe.

That was in my twenties.

Oh dear, I have been catching myself holding my breath lately and I am not swimming at the moment. What? Really? Yes! How silly is that? Why?

“Remember to breathe” turns out to be sound advice. I know it sounds silly; but, there is truth to this. Many people have asked me how to not hold their breath; so, I see that this phenomena is on going throughout life.

Instead of concentrating so hard on the task at hand, start concentrating on your breath. I am sure all the yogis are jumping for joy right now.

How do you feel? What do you feel? Breathe consciously as often as you can and especially in your quiet time. I am positive you will feel better with all that oxygen flowing through your system.

Remember to breathe deeply, too. That is another lesson for another day.

I wish you the best of health. Good-bye.

(photo by yours truly, Natalie of NAPS 2 B Fit)