From the moment you are born you start aging - it is an evitable part of life but often times gets a bad wrap...and rightfully so. Lots of things begin to change as we age: energy, metabolism, hormones, our immune system, our bone and muscle strength, our memory and overall cognition, and our ability to move. Yay for aging! While we can’t control aging, there are some things we can control like how we age and how soon the changes start to kick in (and how drastic they are).
Most of us (if not all of us) want to be healthy - we really do - but sometimes it can feel so hard to do. Our time is limited, and work and family suck most of that up. If we can find the time to work on healthy habits, we tend to overcomplicate it, thinking we need to do more - restrict more, count more, push our bodies more. Our busy, demanding, and overachieving selves compartmentalize what healthy is - like it’s some thing we do in addition to the countless other things on our to-do list. But health and wellness shouldn’t be just another thing that demands more from us; it should be seamlessly woven into our daily lives in a way that serves us well and supports the other components of our lives. Sounds nice, right? But we know, it’s easier said than done. That’s because it’s really a slow process that incorporates small changes, but it’s also less complicated than we think. Using the five basic building blocks of healthy living, here are tips on how to slowly start building a solid foundation of healthy practices that results in more health, wellness, and overall happiness.
We tend to overcomplicate most things in our lives - from making plans with friends to the products we purchase, to even deciding what to have for dinner. The same goes for what we think we have to do to be healthy. It feels like the only way to be healthy is go hard with exercise or count out macronutrients, but that isn't it at all. In fact, that kind of thinking usually results in an "all or nothing" approach, with the majority of us doing nothing (or trying to do it all but not sticking with it because it's hard and unsustainable). We are overcomplicating how to be healthy which means we actually miss out on the simple, everyday, and basic foundation needed for health.
The concept of coaching is probably not new to you: someone with expertise in an area helps you learn and improve so you excel in that area. The most common places this exists are in sports, music, and the business executive world. Notice health wasn’t one of the areas mentioned; yet your health is one of the most important aspects of your life - and also one of the most expensive and difficult to navigate.
When people talk about losing weight what they are really talking about is losing fat. Your body composition is made up of a lot of things - water, bone mass, muscle, etc. My guess is you don't want to lose muscle or bone mass. Here are 9 simple steps to maintaining a healthy body weight (and more info on each one of the steps). While they are simple - and if you look at them they are really simple - they aren’t easy. They will take repeated, slow practice until they are habits. But once you can do them consistently you will lose fat (if that is what you desire), feel better, look better, and be healthier.
With infectious disease no longer a major threat to morbidity and mortality, today Americans are dying at a shockingly high rate from preventable causes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than two-thirds of Americans die from chronic diseases, like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases. Most chronic diseases are highly preventable, with many being some of the most preventable health problems facing our country. In fact, in 2009, the CDC called chronic diseases the public health challenge of the 21st century. Not only are we dying from chronic disease, but Americans, on average, are living up to 20% of our lives with a chronic illness. So while we may be living into our 70’s or 80’s, the first onset of preventable chronic illness is setting in, on average, when people are in their late 40’s to early 60’s.