Take Your Workout to the Next Level

Take Your Workout to the NEXT Level!

Do you go for short walks in your neighborhood, bike ride or work at the gym?  Are you stalled in your progress?

Exercise Ball
Man on Exercise Ball

First, think about what you could do differently.

TYPE:  What exercises are your doing?  Consider some cross training and add a new activity such as biking, swimming, yoga, weight training.  Test out new activities that you may not have previously considered.  Enroll in a short program that you might be interested in.  Try Zumba, Adventure Clubs etc.

TIME:  If you jog for 20 minutes, try to keep it going for 20 minutes.  If you cycle go another mile.  Go farther and longer.

INTENSITY:  How hard do you work?  Do you reach your target heart rate?  Take your maximum heart rate which is roughly 220 minus your age.  Make your target heart rate zone at 50% to 85% of that.  Pick up the pace or add weight resistance.  Try walking at a regular speed and then step it up a notch for 5 minutes and alternate the speeds.

FREQUENCY:  how many times per week do you work out?  If it is three times a week, try to add alternate types of work outs on the off days.  Cardio and weights, walking and cycling.

MOTIVATE:  Consider a certified personal trainer or mentor.  For the best results pick a partner who is slightly fitter than you are.  This will motivate you to be better.  If you choose give yourself a “reward” for accomplishing mini-goals.  Focus on treats that not food.  You could plan a special trip, spa treatment, or buy a pair of shoes.  After you have met your workout goals treat yourself.

REAP THE BENEFITS:  Baby steps, it is all possible if you push yourself just a little further, over and over again.

I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

Which Is Better for Weight Loss? Eating Right or Excercise

Eating Right or Exercise?

So, if you are trying to loose weight what is the best way to go about it?  Most people think they will hit the gym more often. However, this usually doesn’t develop into a habit.

When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, you must understand that you can not out exercise the mouth.  Diet is more important than exercise, although exercise helps optimize your health and fitness goals.

If you keep eating junk food and will not reach your dieting goals.  Eating less and controlled timing of eating helps your metabolism to kick start.

“On average, people who dieted without exercising for 15 weeks  lost 23 pounds; exercisers lost only six over 21 weeks.  It is much easier to cut calories than to burn them off.” according to Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., a nutritionist and former director of the University of Utah Nutrition Clinic.

EXERCISE FOR SURE

Exercise vs Diet
Exercise vs Diet

Strive for regular exercise.  It is the key to permanent, painless weight control.  Regular exercise extends life-span and cuts the risk of heart attack in half!  But, recent statistics from the National Institutes of Health find that 58% of adult Americans get no or little exercise.  No diet will work without exercise: with it , almost every diet will.  Exercise before a meal raises blood sugar levels, increases metabolism and decreases appetite for hours afterward.  Even with just a slight change in eating habits, you can loos weight with a brisk hour’s walk.  Aerobic exercise, combined with a low fat, low calorie, fresh foods diet is good for women.

DIET AND EXERCISE COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER

Bottom line, convert to some simple ways to begin to burn fat is to replace soda with pure water.  Eat clean, pure unprocessed food.  If you feed your body with real foods that contain essential proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, it will start to burn fat for fuel.

Another key to success is a high-fat, low-carb diet by eating high-quality fats.  Examples would be olives and olive oil (avoid cooking with olive oil) Coconut oil, omega-3 such as krill oil, and fatty fish, low in mercury, like wild caught Alaskan salmon, sardines, and anchovies.  Butter from raw grass-fed organic milk, avocados, ghee(clarified butter) raw nuts, seeds like black sesame, cumin, pumpkin and hemp seeds are also high quality fats.

Diet accounts for 75 to 80 percent of the health benefits you get from a healthy lifestyle, including weight loss.  Exercise is the ultimate complementing portion.  So, walk more every day.  Stand up more and engage in non-exercise movement as much as possible.

 

I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

 

Is Organic Really Important?

Why Go Organic?

Conventional farming operations commonly use pesticides on the foods they produce hoping for greater yields,  but these pesticides are toxic to humans and particularly children.  Studies show farm workers and communities in close proximity to pesticide application are at greater risk and over-spray can get on clothes and be carried home, endangering families.

Apple and Vegetables
Apple and Vegetables-Organic Foods

What Does Organic Mean?

Organic agriculture is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility, prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and promotes biodiversity.  Certified organic means that the farmer has undergone a regular inspection of farm, facilities, ingredients and practices by an independent third party certifier, accredited by the USDA National Organic Program.

Are Organic Foods Really Better?

If you’ve ever wondered if there are real health benefits to eating organic foods consider this: Organic produce is always non-GMO!  In a study comparing conventional vs Organic green vegetables: spinach, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, scallions and green pepper all had significantly higher antioxidants.  Organic tomatoes are richer in lycopene 20% and vitamin C 30%.  Conventional growers use synthetic pesticides to protect their crops from molds, insects and diseases.  This can leave a residue on the produce. In 2014 the USDA’s strawberry tests found that 98 percent of strawberries sampled had residues of at least one pesticide.  The dirtiest strawberry sample had 17 different pesticides.  Organic apples have higher levels of antioxidants such as quercetin and other flavonoids.  Even ketchup made from organic tomatoes has a higher antioxidant content than conventional ketchup.

The ” Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15” List

These are the most important foods to buy ORGANIC FOOD:

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Celery
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes

These foods are generally the lowest amount of pesticide spray residue.  These are the Clean 15

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (other than GMO)
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Sweet Peas (frozen)
  • Eggplant
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Grapefruit
  • Cabbage
  • Papaya

Organic food is fresher, more filling and free of additives that could keep nutrients from being absorbed by your body.

Organic food tastes better because it’s real.  Conventional growing methods often produce tough, mealy and/or tasteless fruits and vegetables, compared to organic.  So, is organic food really important?  I believe so.

I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.