Stressed?

Stress is terrible.  It can:Stop text label on road

  1. Promote disease
  2. Erode your relationships
  3. Cause weight gain
  4. Influence the condition of your heart
  5. ….. and in many more ways Check out this link from Healthline or Google it for yourself.

So now that we know it’s bad for us, there are some really easy ways for you to reduce that which hurts you.  Check this video from ASAP Science: 7 Simple tips to reduce stress right now.

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Age is no longer an Excuse

It wasn’t that long ago that our Doctors and health advisers were telling us to ‘take it easy’, ‘slow down’, ‘don’t lift anything heavy’ after the age of 50.  That advice has been thrown out the window and thankfully made room for new data.  In fact respected research indicates that ‘there is no noticeable decline in physical abilities until about the age of 70, as long as people stay active’.

On the heels of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships this past weekend in Kelowna, I just need to take a few moments to get you thinking about trying something new.

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Canadian Masters Weightlifting Athletes – Ally, Lynn, Sally, Don, Georgia (our wrangler), Kirst & Heather

A ‘Masters Athlete’ will most often be anyone over the age of 30 for most sports and 35 for others.  There is no upper age limit to the competitive Master.  Recently at the World Masters Games, Man Kaur, a 101-year-old Indian athlete took that award.  This past weekend we had competitors in the 82+ bracket.

What makes someone want to compete in a sport as they age?  Initially researchers felt the motivation was the social opportunities.  However yet another recent study found that social interaction, though nice, was way down the list of reasons.

  1. Personal challenge and achievement
  2. Opportunity to compete
  3. Fitness
  4. Enjoyment of the sport
  5. Health
  6. Social

So, have you thought that you might like to change your outlook on sport and consider becoming a competitor?  It is never too late to pick up a new sport or get back into one that you have always loved.  Training with a purpose is so rewarding in so many different ways.  Questions about how to get started?  Simply send me an note.

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BC Masters, March 2017

Let’s Feel Better – Starting Today – Go For a Walk

Feeling like today is a great day to get started on something.  Yep, me too!

Let’s just go for a wee walk.  It doesn’t have to be a ‘fitness’ walk or one with purpose such as getting to where you are going.  It could be as short as 10 minutes or as long as you want to make it today.

There are many benefits associated with going for a walk: ‘Researchers have found that walking recharges our creativity, increases the volume of the hippocampus (the part of the brain responsible for short-term memory), and improves spatial performance. Walking in nature increases the benefits, especially for the urbanites who have a higher risk for depression, anxiety, and mental illnesses: a stroll through the greenery can offer immediate mood improvement. This idea is central to the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, a term coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in 1982. Today, shinrin-yoku has also come to be known as “forest bathing”—though water has little to do with it. Instead, practitioners are advised to stroll through the forest with one’s senses attuned to the atmosphere.’

Here is a great video to learn more about ‘walking in nature’ Shinrin-Yoku  and another.Road in a beautiful forest in the morning.

This week we are going to focus on the little things that can have a very large impact on how you feel.  Enjoy your walk and while you are out there, give some thought to what you’d like to see change in your life.  As always, your comments and shared thoughts are welcome!

 

 

I just don’t get it!!

As the business of Body Centric gets going (client referrals, inquires, actual clients) I am continually challenged trying to ‘figure folks out’.  This is my 5th year as a professional in the fitness, exercise, health and wellness space.  (wow, time flies)  It’s been enough time to learn a few things, develop some skills and yes, make a positive difference in the lives of those who I’ve touched.  It has also been enough time to ‘know what I don’t know’ and find joy and purpose in learning more.

Here’s one thing though, I just can’t crack.  Ready for it…………  why are humans so reluctant to take the steps to make the changes that will improve their lives?  When did it become ‘okay’ to live with pain that can be changed, to be limited by a limitation that doesn’t need to exist, to accept life as either sucking or being at best ‘just okay’.  WHY?

I’ve been told, over and over again by all sorts of Professionals in the health & wellness space simply ‘that’s just the way folks are’.  I get that, but why.  Is there comfort in pain and suffering?  Is there a safe spot in being limited?

Better question perhaps is ‘why do the ones that choose to not suffer, not be in pain, not live a life limited by what they can’t do make the decision to take control?’  We live in a time and place that allows us access to so many tools and resources and yet so few use them.  Here’s an example; you have extended health care benefits; message therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, nutritionist, naturapaths etc. do you use them?

According to a study in 2013, only 13 % of the over 23 million folks that have extended benefits use them.  WHAT???  Lets try to understand this; you pay a lot of money for these benefits every year and you don’t use them?  Maybe you use a bit of the dental coverage, some of the prescription drugs but what about those ‘other’ ones, the ‘extended health benefits’.  Total disaster

I don’t have the answer.  I’m one of those folks that uses every penny that she can.  I visit my chiropractor for tune ups, my physio for consultation and some great IMS, my massage therapist at least once per month.  Granted I’m super active and I train 5 – 7 days a week, but I also have a very strong self-care routine (mobility) that allows me to function overall.  I practice everything I preach.

Here’s another interesting fact; an increasing number of people who do not have extended health benefits – so those who are paying out-of-pocket for services, personal training etc. – invest in their health, wellness and beating their limitations.

Now back to everyone else, (cause this isn’t about me) why when it’s not necessary do so many people live with pain, discomfort and limitations when they don’t need to?  Perhaps if I knew the answer, I’d be in a better position to help others.  Your comments are welcome and your insight appreciated.