The “Just Do It” motto is a great motivator for many that are ready to do. There are two primary halves of taking action, however.
A healthy lifestyle has its inevitable ebbs and flows. You can find innumerous books and articles about how to get back in the flow during the ebbs. Beyond that, there are even psychological studies attempting to explain lapses in healthy lifestyle practices
The National Recreation and Park Association declares the second Saturday of June as Family Health and Wellness Day. That falls on June 11 this year.
Now that I have your attention with this month’s seemingly callous title, let’s dig into the reality of heart related health. Our bodies’ functions are all affected by how we choose to live.
Leadership qualities are commonly applied to workplace scenarios. Some of those qualities can also be applied to yourself in ways to improve your health. In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, apply these qualities to help you avoid playing the fool with your health.
With March being National Nutrition Month in this country, let’s attempt to clear up the differences between a dietitian and a nutritionist. If you just asked yourself, “There is a difference?”, then this information is for you. Depending on your health needs, perspective, and opinion on regulation, this may help you decide on who to seek for help with your specific nutrition habits and needs.
Economically, we are in the midst of the Great Resignation at the workplace. A MIT research group recently assembled data and came up with its top five reasons for the phenomenon. After reading through them, they make a good analogy to health behavior. If one of these reasons hits home with you, use it as motivation to avoid attrition to your health.
A New Year with old resolutions is here. Improving health through exercise and diet, or some variation of that, is an old stand by and always makes the top ten list of New Year’s resolutions. Of course, anyone can make a resolution. The key is to actually follow through. For most of us, improving health requires a balanced approach versus an “all-in” approach. Going to extremes can result in obsessive behavior, contradicting the resolution’s sole purpose. Be aware of signs to avoid a bad obsession in improving health.
Believe it or not, there is a whole week dedicated to the promotion of proper handwashing. National Handwashing Awareness Week is December 5 - December 11 this year. The great thing about this is that you can research this topic again in case you missed the CDC Global Handwashing Day back on October 15. Mocking the importance of handwashing is not, however, the reason for this month's blog. Literal handwashing is certainly an important health practice. Metaphorically speaking, and equally important for your health, we should know when to wash our hands of something.
We have all heard this before. So, how can this policy help you attain better health? Being honest with yourself about your health may be the reality check you need to make necessary changes. Whether it is exercise, diet, or improving other markers such as cholesterol levels and blood pressure, when you are less than honest with yourself, it is easier to rationalize your way out of action.
It is the 21st century and there is no debate to be had. Exercise reduces risk of disease which, in turn, reduces risk of mortality. Most importantly, however, it improves quality of life. “Quality of life” is a relative phrase and can mean different things to different people. When it comes to exercise, an improved quality of life comes in the form of simply feeling good.
“Wait until you hit 40…” is commonly heard in discussions about weight management. Yes, the traditional thought is that our metabolisms are burning hotter as we grow, level off, and then decrease when hitting ‘middle-age.' This is when the weight becomes more difficult to control. A new study, Daily energy expenditure through the human life course, says not so fast. News outlets are all over this. Some have attention-grabbing headlines and other science-based outlets have interviewed the authors to get more insight. Here is a link to the actual study abstract, but if you want to read the whole paper, there is a fee. A ScienceDaily article includes excerpts from author interviews.