Vestibular (balance) problems are much more common among people of all ages than one could think. They cause a lot of discomfort including headaches and lack of ability to concentrate. Luckily, the situation can be improved by exercises. Read the rest of this entry »
The Pilates Method, an exercise system with roots in yoga, was developed in the 1920s by physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates. It focuses on improving flexibility and strength without building bulk. Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle, director of the Pilates Center of Austin and longtime yoga practitioner, has seen Pilates help many arthritis patients over the years. Read the rest of this entry »
You certainly have been able to increase your protein. You averaged 72 grams a day, up from 60 last week. Your minimum goal is now 83 grams, and up to 124 grams. Read the rest of this entry »
Talk Back to Negative Thoughts
Don’t give in to negative thoughts. If you do, it will be more difficult to get back on track. Missing one or two days of activity does not mean that you have totally blown your activity program and have gone back to being a couch potato. Consider this for what it is, simply a temporary lapse. If you let the negative thoughts take over, they may lead to more lapses, which can result in the complete collapse of your program. When you catch yourself having negative thoughts, try to replace them with positive thoughts. Some suggestions are illustrated in the table below.
How often have you heard people say, “To lose weight, just eat less and exercise more?” Of course, if it really were that simple, no one would be overweight. For many people, the challenge isn’t knowing what to do to lose, it’s knowing how to do it. The following strategies may help you increase your physical activity and ultimately may help you lose and keep it off.
Set Reasonable Goals
Many people often set unrealistic goals when they begin an exercise program. When they do not achieve their goals, they then set even more rigorous and unrealistic goals. This starts a vicious cycle. Soon, these individuals give up completely. Instead of setting unrealistically high goals, focus on setting a more realistic, short-term goal—one that you have control over.