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.

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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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May is Posture Month

Part two: This week we concentrate on keeping our shoulders back and down in a neutral position as opposed to raised or hunched shoulders.

Go ahead and try to take a deep breath in your current position. How does that feel?

Now, move your shoulder blades (scapula) back and down. Take another deep breath. Is that more refreshing? Do you feel your lungs able to expand easier for a better inhalation?

Great.

Now, just remember to use proper upper back posture to breathe easy for your full inhalation and exhalation all day. You will actually learn to have better lung capacity and breath control.

Believe it or not, most people only use about one-fourth of their lung capacity at any given time of the day.

What do you want?

I want full use of my lung capacity; therefore, I will take these steps to maintain my posture and lung capacity for optimal oxygen flow, which leads to my boundless energy flow. Woohoo. 🙂

Best of health to you and good-bye.

image courtesy of Natalie ~ your friendly neighborhood Personal Trainer ~ NAPS 2 B Fit

May is Posture Month – Happy May Day

Part one: May you remember to use proper posture during posture month of May; because,

May is designated as Posture Month.

Therefore, we will do a desk work station check up this week. Let’s get started.

Is your computer at eye level?

Are you holding your phone at eye level?

Are your supplies and items you reach for throughout the day balanced left and right?

Are your elbows, hips and knees at ninety degrees or greater?

If you are having any discomfort, you may benefit from a self evaluation of your posture habits and work station.

This goes for all work related activity, whether you work at a desk or move around doing physical labor. I give extra points to the employers who rotate the employees work stations regularly to avoid overuse injuries.

When doing physical labor you need to support your back while bending and lifting. I know sometimes it is hard, if not nearly impossible; but, you still need to take care of your spine…as well as the rest of you.

Consequently, use the back brace as an assistive device when needed instead of consistently.

Furthermore, you need to pay attention to your posture 24/7, during all activities, including resting. I know, I know; but, trust me; you will thank me later, if not sooner.

By the way, you are all lucky I get any work done at all for you when I have that great view calling me outdoors every single minute of every single day. 🙂

Best of health to you and goodbye.

image by: Natalie ~ Personal Trainer ~ NAPS 2 B Fit.


National Walking Day

The first Wednesday of April is National Walking Day.*

So, how much walking did you do last Wednesday, 3 April 2019?

All is good. You always have time to do your stepping. National Walking Day is your reminder to keep moving.

Not motivated to walk? Injured? Raining? Cold? Snowing? Sleeting? Yes, it is still cold in my neck of the woods, which is great for the pea seeds in the garden. There is always a bright side.

How do I handle the cold rain, you ask? I will turn the radio on and do some dancing like no one is watching; that is, I will stay indoors to do my “dancing”… or jumping, bouncing, however the music motivates me.

Then I will take my best puppy out for a walk and watch her run circles around me. All the while, adding to my steps count as I also check on the pea bed.

The calendar shows that spring is here to add more light and sunshine to your day even though it may not feel like spring, yet. What will you do with your longer daylight hours?

Best of health to you and goodbye.

*source: American Council on Exercise

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Walking Fun Fact

You use an estimated 200 muscles during walking.*

This is a good reason I love walking.

There are about 640 muscles in the human body or 320 pairs of muscles.

Therefore, doing something like walking, which most of you enjoy, incorporates a good percentage of your body’s named skeletal muscles.

For a total body workout, add some more moves approved by your personal trainer and you have done your workout.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

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*source: American Council on Exercise

Walking Fun Fact

The average walking speed for the typical adult is approximately 3 mph.*

Have you noticed if you usually walk faster or slower than three miles per hour? You may want to figure out your personal average walking speed for your baseline measurement.

You can use this information to help schedule your day, time your workouts and fit activity into the time slot you have left. Walking speed is also good to know when you have appointments that must be met.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

*source: American Council on Exercise

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Eat Your Calories

…don’t drink your calories.

In this age of the smoothie, please, tell me, honestly, what is more satisfying? 1.) a smoothie or 2.) a meal.

Smoothies have their place in our diets; especially, for medical reasons; but, do you really need to drink your calories throughout the entire day?

It is called a beer gut/belly, not a wine gut/belly. Why? Because, if you pay close attention, a serving of beer is larger than a serving of wine. Hmmm. Maybe not true; but, the beer bottle/mug is larger than the wine served in a glass when you are served by a bartender.

Therefore, just like the tips we get to take home part of our meal at a restaurant, maybe we should think about what and how much we are drinking when out and about celebrating.

For the youth, and the rest of us, this holds true for fruit juice. Enjoy your serving of your favorite juice; but, then try having the fruit the rest of the day for the added benefits of fiber and nutrients.

It goes without saying to savor your serving of soda pop and milk shakes, also. Then move on to enjoy the rest of your day.

Best of health to you in the new year and goodbye.

image by: Natalie~Personal Trainer~NAPS 2 B Fit

Best Diets for 2019

Mediterranean and DASH win*

You may already know that the Mediterranean diet and DASH diet are good for you; but, did you know that in some studies and news reports they are the top two diets to follow overall? These diets are approved by your friendly neighborhood personal trainer, also. 🙂

Of course, you want to check with your doctor or other specialist to find what works best for you and what is best for your goals.

This is where things get tricky; but, the DASH and Mediterranean diets are great overall for health and wellness.

Skip google and go to your reliable allied health team sources for the best of anything to do with your health. Please make sure you take good care of yourself for optimal health.

Remember the Arabian proverb: “Those who have health have hope and those who have hope have everything.” How true is that? What is worth more than your health? What price do you put on your optimal health and wellness?

Best of health to you in the new year and goodbye.

image: Natalie~Personal Trainer~NAPS 2 B Fit…

*sources: TODAY and U.S. News & World Report