Real Life Health and Wellness

First and foremost, “healthy” is not about outward appearance in my opinion. To me, a healthy person has energy, vitality, mobility, and balance. Whether a person’s scale weight or body type plays a part in that can vary widely based on the individual. I believe that your best weight is whatever weight you are when you’re practicing the healthiest lifestyle that you actually enjoy living. That means if you like to exercise five days a week, but you also want to have pizza with your kids on Friday nights, your ideal weight is that where you can do both of those things and feel good about it. Because while being at a healthy weight is important, so is living your life.

What is virtual fitness training – and is it right for you?

Virtual fitness training has been around for a long time. But when the coronavirus pandemic closed gyms for several months in 2020, people sought alternatives that allowed them to work out at home. And even though most facilities have reopened, a large percentage of people have decided they really like the convenience, privacy and cleanliness that home-based fitness offers. That’s probably why various forms of virtual fitness training were ranked at the top of the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2021, a poll conducted annually by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Struggling with weight loss? It could be hormones!

The primary hormones affecting weight, and especially fat stores, are insulin, cortisol, thyroid, and sex hormones. While everyone will experience a unique combination of hormone imbalances that result in an inability to lose weight, the two most likely to be an issue for most people, regardless of gender, are insulin and cortisol.

Is “calories in vs. calories out” really the key to weight loss?

When it comes to body change, there’s no topic more polarizing than “calories in vs. calories out.” Some argue it’s the be-all and end-all of weight loss. Others say it’s oversimplified and misguided. Read on to explore every angle of the debate from “eat less, move more,” to hormonal issues, to diets that offer a “metabolic advantage.”

What You Really Need to Know About Weight Loss

Although you probably rationally know that it takes time to see the benefits of training and healthy eating – really accepting this fact is another thing entirely. Many people start an exercise program only to quit when they don’t see dramatic results in a few weeks. Unfortunately, the weight you want to lose took quite a while to get there – and so it’s not going to simply drop off in a few weeks either.

Rethinking New Year’s Resolutions

According to Forbes Magazine, 92% of people don’t achieve their New Year’s resolutions, and 80% of people fail by the end of February. The good news is, you can beat the statistics. It requires a different way of thinking about goal setting. Read on to learn more.

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Rethinking Willpower

Many people say a lack of willpower is their most significant barrier to making positive changes in their lives. Oftentimes this becomes an all-or-nothing belief, where willpower is something external to us, that we either have or don’t have. In fact, the opposite is true. Rather, it’s all about balance, and reworking our approach to our goals and expectations.

Avoid That Holiday Weight Gain – Five Easy Strategies

It’s officially the holiday season again – and with it, the endless parade of food and treats from now through year’s end that, historically for a majority of Americans, leads to 7 to 10 extra pounds by the time we’re singing Auld Lang Syne. So now’s a perfect time for some easy strategies to help beat the holiday bulge.

Perfectionism

The problem is not in having high standards or in working hard. Perfectionism becomes a problem when it causes emotional wear and tear or when it keeps you from succeeding or from being happy. The emotional consequences of perfectionism include fear of making mistakes, stress from the pressure to perform, and self-consciousness from feeling both self-confidence and self-doubt. It can also include tension, frustration, disappointment, sadness, anger or fear of humiliation. These are common experiences for inwardly focused perfectionists.

Three Ways to Turn Back the Clock

Aging is something that most of us would like to deny. But really, it’s not growing old that kills us. Instead, it’s usually one of many “lifestyle” diseases such as certain types of cancers, Type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Unfortunately, most of the research dollars go to finding ways to fix these diseases (with pharmaceuticals and increasingly, unregulated nutraceuticals) instead of preventing them from occurring in the first place. So what happens to our bodies as we age, and what can we do to turn back the clock?

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