Take a Stand

Are you having a mental block? Do you feel like your brain is stuck and you can’t get the wheels turning? Stand up! Brain activity improves when you move your body. Many of the desk jobs that people have require a great deal of brain power. So why then are we stuck to a chair for 8+ hours a day? Perhaps someday it will be a commonality to have a versatile standing-sitting work station so employees can get blood pumping power right to their brains. Until then try to take frequent stretch breaks, small walks, and consider standing while you read or talk on the phone. Not only will you be benefiting your brain you will be burning a few extra calories too!

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Serving Says

America on the Move is a handy site for healthy info tidbits. If you sign up they will drop a tip in your e-mail inbox. It’s always good to have reminders considering all the information overload that gets dropped on our plates. Check out this one:

Size it Up! Use your hands and some everyday references to determine individual serving sizes:
1 serving of fruit or vegetables = size of 1 fist
1 serving of cooked rice, pasta, cereal, chips, or pretzels = 1 rounded handful
1 serving of meat, fish, or poultry = 1 deck of cards
1 serving of baked potato = 1 computer mouse

For more information about healthy portion sizes, visit www.mypyramid.gov
www.americaonthemove.org

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Milk Your Mind

Popular misconception #1: Calcium = Dairy
Popular misconception #2: Protein = Meat

If you are wanting up step up your nutrition be sure you get the food facts. Many people believe that cow milk is the only way to get calcium or that animal meat is the best way to obtain protein. It’s NOT TRUE! Lots of vegan athletes out preform their meat-eating competitors. Maybe because they boost their brainpower with all the nutrient rich plant products they consume. Calcium and protein are just a few of the many valuable nutrients that can be consumed in large quantities without any cow tipin’!
(hint: check out broccoli and Lima beans)

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Fall-Run-Walk

Fall is just around the corner. Now is a great time to get outside and enjoy the cooler tempertures, the smell of fall flowers, and watching the trees change into a more colorful attire. Slip on some sneakers and stroll through the trails or kick up your heals for some speedwork. Fall festivals will be on all of the local calendars, and where there are festivals there are often races to accompany them. Get out and do good. You will do good by supporting your community and your health. Run or walk, just don’t fall!

Need to find a race?

www.runnersworld.com
www.coolrunning.com
www.racefinders.com

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Juvenile Activity

Did you know that there are nearly 300,000 children in America with some form of arthritis or rheumatic disease? There are 8.4 million young adults between the ages of 18-44 who have arthritis. How painful is that? There are too many diseases that deserve recognition, especially when kids are suffering. Arthritis hits home for me because of my early diagnosis with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Growing up with the disease was (and continues to be) a challenge. An active lifestyle is one of the best forms of treatment. If remaining active can improve the life of an awkward gal like me then just imagine what it can do for you!

Learn more about JRA:

http://www.arthritis.org/juvenile-arthritis.php

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Human Help

I am keeping a critical mind as I begin my inspirational words this morning. To start I am asking myself why you should want to read “Physical Matters”. One of my first thoughts is that I am not a high priced personal trainer and my college degree is in Computer Informations Systems, not Exercise Science.

Ah! But wait!! That might just be two very good reasons for you want to read Physical Matters. Perhaps I can provide a different perspective. Maybe I have alternative insight that can be beneficial too!?!

Human help is the way I like to look at it. I do some things right and some things wrong in fitness, health, & life in general; but isn’t that what human is?? This human will help you the best way I know how. I have held aerobics certifications in the past, taught classes, taken classes so please don’t think I am completly inexperienced. I long to be a fitness advocate because I believe in it. Go believe in yourself and get moving. And don’t be so critical, you are only human!

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The Fitness Realm

Forever Fit is one of my mottoes. Feeling fit invigorates me inside and outside my body. Fitness is a realm. It’s a realm because fitness is not only a 30 minute cardio burn. Your “realm” might embody a deep, cleansing breath, a soulful stretch, or a warm, reassuring smile.

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Physical Matters

Because it does.

I hope to make this a place that will focus on health, fitness, nutrition and more. Hopefully, I can help inspire help you be the most complete you.

  • Encouragement for your workouts
  • How to begin a fitness plan
  • Nutrition suggestions
  • How to Get Green
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