It Ain’t All About Food: You Gotta Move, Too!
Here’s your weekly health challenge:
Commit to 3 solid workout sessions this week. If you’re already disciplined about performing regular exercise, then increase the length of your workout by 10 minutes, or try a challenging new fitness tool or technique. If you’re working out for 30 minutes, the pain of another 10 minutes is marginal, and the cumulative impact of a little more grit will surprise you.
Only water today, folks. No soda, soft drinks, spritzers, vino, pop, energy drinks or triple-shot sugarfests. Water really is the best liquid you can give your body – although, having said that, I don’t buy the 8-glasses-a-day line. Drink when you’re thirsty. If you’ve already had your coffee, well, nobody’s perfect. Now, can anyone do all water, all week?
Report back, Apples.
If you haven’t already done so, make the switch to organic animal products (dairy, eggs, and meat). It’s a little more expensive, but well worth the cost if you can spare it. I see people insisting on organic produce, which is great, too. But if cost is a concern, organic animal products are the better health investment. Sure, regular veggies might have some pesticides, but regular animal products almost always contain those same pesticides, along with antibiotics, hormones, chemicals, infectious bacteria and pus. Yes. You read that correctly.
You can wash contaminants off a bell pepper. I’m not sure how to accomplish that with milk.
Go on, make the switch right now!
Let’s get some core strength going on. Nothing makes your back feel stronger than a hard midsection. Stomach exercises boost confidence and improve posture. I like to remind people that taking care of your stomach does more than strengthen muscle tissue, too – a little abdominal work also stimulates the critical organs behind those muscles.
A good round of crunches is good for your skin, circulation, nerves, stress level, digestion and muscles. Three days this week, commit to 5, 10 or 15 minutes of abdominal work – crunches, sit-ups, side crunches, twists, supine lifts, leg raises, Captain’s Chairs – basically, whatever gets you working away at your middle. Adjust the time to your fitness level, and feel free to ask for pointers.
Every Monday, I’ll be giving all of you a little health challenge. Sometimes the challenge will be fitness-related, sometimes it will be a diet challenge, and sometimes it will be a challenge to your current way of doing things. It’s something we can all do together. Great health starts with individual steps of accomplishment, so I really encourage you to get into the habit of taking the challenge each week. They will accumulate, and you’ll get results.
Now, for your challenge:
This week, we’re putting all attitudes in check (including ours). Make a concerted effort to think positive all week long. When a negative thought crosses your mind – whether it’s sabotaging your own hopes or finding fault with others – make a conscious point of letting it go, every time. Negative thinking isn’t healthy and it isn’t productive. Most of the time, it’s not even necessary. This week, don’t hold yourself, or others, back. Invest yourself in being positive. Be bold!
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