ACE Walking Fun Fact

“Walking is good medicine: it can help you improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels.”

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Wow, who knew that walking can be that powerful? Only everyone since the beginning of time.

Hippocrates, ~400 BC, knew that environment, activities of daily living and diet are the deciding factors of our health.

Plato, ~300 BC,  knew that God gave us education and exercise to work together for our best life possible.

Look at the ancient practices of China and India, which have been keeping their people healthy for 4000 to 5000 years.

This makes me love my walks that much more; how about you?

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

(image by Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit)

 

Original Request from Potential Client

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I take this as a compliment; because, it means that I have been in business long enough to have interesting stories like this one.

I received a friendly phone call from someone requesting my help with their health, fitness and wellness goals. Here is where the story quickly takes a strange twist.

This potential client asks if I will break a car window for them, with my bare hands none the less, to prove my strength along with my dedication to their health status.

What?! They repeat the request. I explain that there are other ways to break a window, I will not do this, and why would I need to do such a thing for them? They insist that it may be necessary to save their life due to their lack of mobility. They insist that I must demonstrate for them my ability to break a car window with my bare hands.

To make a long story short, they repeat this odd request over and over again. In my surprise, I do not realize that this conversation, free of charge, has gone on for over an hour. I have other places to be and other things to do. The person offers their car window or another old vehicle for the demonstration request. No.

I explain that this is unethical, outside my scope of practice and a liability issue. I will not break a car window, with my bare hands or otherwise, if it is not a true emergency. Yes, I am capable of doing whatever it takes to make sure you survive. Guess what? I survived this phone call by giving them free advice: you should be able to find another personal trainer, who fits your needs, at your local gym.  I hope they appreciate my time and service.

Looking at the image of old farm trucks, which I happen to love, I wonder, why anyone would want to damage something in working condition. Windows are very valuable these days, too. Oh well, I just keep on trucking. Haha, another pun.

I promise to do whatever it takes to care for your health and wellness, within my scope of practice.

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

(image by Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit)

 

Exercise is Medicine

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Walking dogs is the best all around medicine

Who can argue that this is the best type of group exercise?

Just look at those loving eyes and faces. The best part of my day is when I get to walk the dogs and spend quality time with them and other pets, too. It brings me back to the days I worked in a dog kennel; one of the best jobs I ever had. Puppies and kittens forever.:-)

So you can imagine my excitement when a client has dogs; because, I will do whatever it takes to help the client achieve their results. I am able to show you some dog training tips right along with your personal training session. How cool is that? That way your dogs behave while you do your own session.

Truly, happy dogs and happy clients equals the best health possible. Think about it, doesn’t the unconditional love from your pet motivate you, put a smile on your face and in your heart? It does for me.

Now off to go play with a girl’s best friends, my dogs. Thank you, my four-legged, adorable, loving, behaved pooches, who help keep me in shape, happy, healthy and balanced.

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

(image by Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit)

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)

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)