Monthly Archives: November 2016
Monthly Archives: November 2016
When we start seeing results from our hard work, we are often put in a weird place. If we don't have the right mindset, the reactions of the people around us can set us back. Is it vanity to be happy you look and feel better?
People love to congregate with people who are similar to themselves. When you break out by changing your body, you may find the people around you begin treating your different. Taking the time to understand this mindset can keep you from being derailed. In fact, this is a great opportunity for you to reach out and help bring them along with you.
I'm someone who feeds on success. As a result, I also have a tendency to let failure bring me down. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I didn't eat well. I had a terrible cold, so I didn't exercise. I felt I had lost some ground, but upon stepping on the scale, I had not gained an ounce. I'm not realizing I need to start getting refocused to feed my success engine.
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Sue Hitzmann developed the MELT Method to help her clients deal with chronic pain.
Acute pain – comes from an impact or injury. This pain is a protective measure.
Chronic pain – comes from disease, environmental factors, or neuromuscular issues. This pain is not a protective measure. Over time, the pain can increase.
With a negative loop using the neuroplasticity, your mind creates a relationship to a certain movement-pain connection. Eventually, you can experience chronic pain just from thinking about the movement.
Self-myofascial release – By finding a pain point on the muscle and pressing down with a hard object we can release the muscle. But this is not really improving the balance of the fascia.
MELT Method – Using “hands on” from a trained practitioner or self treating with the MELT method you are restoring the hydration and helping make the fascia healthier.
Fascia is not just related to the muscles and bones, but is a full connective tissue from skin to bone, top to bottom. MELT focuses on restoring all of the fascia.
Stuck stress is a description of dehydration of the fascia. Drinking enough water is not full answer to re-hydrating the fascia. If you consider the fascia like a sponge, you can just put water on the sponge. You have to massage the sponge to allow water to be drawn into it.
Inflammation is part of the natural healing process. But with a lot of people, as we get pain from low-grade inflammation we get a stress response. From there, the inflammation causes more pain and an endocrine response. Often, we begin focusing on the symptoms rather than going to the cause, fascia dehydration.
When Sue developed the MELT Method in 2004, she coined the term with Myo-fascial, energetic, lengthening technique. It now focuses on restoring the fluid flow, mobility, and stability to get everything back into balance.
In this episode of the 40+ Fitness Podcast, we speak with Jeff Scott Philips. In his book, Big Fat Food Fraud, he takes us through his past as a health food manufacturer. It is a very interesting story that provides great insight into the way food labels are done in this country. It is quite eye-opening.
Despite having an onsight monitor, Jeff learned that this individual wasn't so much a controlling factor, but was more of an enabler. Additionally, because the laws are so complex, many labeling issues fall through the cracks between organizations. While this comes off as frustrating to someone who wants to do the right thing, it provides a ton of opportunity for those who want to make health claims.
Food companies can use many different tactics to misrepresent the food in the package. The food label, while intended to show you what is in the food, is seen by the food companies as just another part of the package for marketing their product. From rounding, to burying ingredients in other “ingredients”, to using other names for things you may be looking to avoid, these tactics allow them to skirt the rules.
Real food doesn't pose the same labeling risks processed foods do. When you're making your own meals from whole food ingredients, you can know much more about the contents of what you're eating.
Resistance training with weights or body weight is a key component of one’s fitness routine. This involves taxing the muscles through a range of motion so they are pushed to a point where they will regrow stronger and bigger. Here are 11 great reasons why you should lift weights:
Lifting weights offers many benefits throughout your health and fitness journey. Get started today!
Doug Hensch is a certified executive coach, consultant, corporate trainer, and author of Positively Resilient. In this book, Doug examines the central theme that, “you can bounce back from anything.”
We all have different ways of getting through the difficult times in life. Many times, you will realize that you have crossover skills from a previous difficulty you overcame that will help you through a current challenge. The approach of this book is that you can bounce back from any physical, mental, or professional calamity.
Doug explains that optimism is a skill. While some people are naturally optimistic, it is a skill which you can build. The key is to focus on the positive, while not denying the negative. Channel your energy toward what is controllable and exhibit a realistic, not forced, sense of optimism.
One way to drive optimism is through setting goals. When you achieve small goals every day, your optimism is more effective because it is coming from your own success rather than simply being told to be optimistic. You are the best example of your own optimism. Use those accomplishments as fuel to be a better you tomorrow. Focus on incrementalism and build momentum.
While some perceive quitting as a negative, it can be used to be more resilient. Many people are stuck in situations they don’t like, whether personal or professional. Identify your deeply held values and made decisions accordingly. You may find that quitting something that’s not serving you could mean opening another door to winning.
To learn more about Positively Resilient or to connect with Doug Hensch directly, visit www.drh-group.com. You can also find Doug on Twitter at @doughensch.
Throughout my own journey with health and fitness, I learned a number of weight loss lessons that I want to share in today’s podcast:
Perhaps you have some of your own weight loss tips. Share them in the comments!
Lamar Lowery is the founder of the Lamar Functional Training Academy in Germany and the author of a new book called Functional Fitness. While intended for personal trainers, Functional Fitness offers information and sample exercises that everyone can use in building their own functional fitness.
Lamar explains that fitness can be functional and not just traditional. Every moment involves a chain of muscles and nerves, which when repeated over time helps to restore the body’s natural capacity for movement.
In the book, Lamar discusses the four pillars of human movement, which provide a strong foundation to build upon when improving one’s functional fitness. They include:
To get started, Lamar recommends starting with the basics. This involves moving everything symmetrically and in pairs. Make sure your posture is aligned. Practice basic body positions including the push up position and a laying position. Learn to control these movements and then move on to more complex exercises. This is the functional path to better performance.
Functional Fitness is a great resource of various exercises, both basic and advanced, for both personal trainers and anyone interested in improving their health and fitness. To get a copy of Lamar's book, go to your local bookstore and request that they order it for you.
Don't have time to work out? Cooking your own food just takes too much time? These 11 time management tips will help you free up the time to both work out and eat right.
This may seem odd. But going to bed earlier will help allow you to get more sleep. Being well rested will help you be more productive. Let's face it, you were just going to watch television that half hour that you can now apply to something much better for your help, sleep.
Don't want to work out during your lunch hour because you'll be sweaty all afternoon? Then schedule your work for times where it makes more sense. I prefer a moderate pace walk during my lunch hour. I do my more sweat inducing work in the morning (I was going to shower anyway). This way, I maximize my workout time based on my existing schedule/activities.
Multitasking can allow you to get things done while you're doing something else. For example, I'll often do my squats (Forever Fitness 30-Day Squat Challenge) while I'm brushing my teeth or cooking breakfast. I'll go for a walk while I'm on a conference call.
I love batch cooking as a time saver. Cooking large batch meals on the weekend and packaging them up in single servings frees up time during the week, when all that's left is to warm up the meal.
We all find ourselves in front of the television from time to time. Consider doing some squats or better yet, burpees during commercial breaks. Or set up a treadmill or stationary bike and walk/ride during your show.
Circuit training is where you go through a series of exercise, one right after the other. This can allow you to get a series of strength training exercises done in a short period of time. And you get a metabolic boost.
Many people go much harder and longer than they need to get results. To improve fitness you need challenge, feeding and recovery. There is an upper limit to how fast you can improve. More of a good thing isn't always a good thing.
Seems simple, just go faster and you get the work done in less time. This strategy works, but you have to be careful. As you get more fit, you may be able to move faster, for example adding a jog to your daily walk.
When I go into the gym, I have one thing on my mind, get the work done and get out. Having a plan and focusing on the work will keep you working at pace and not wasting time.
Choosing foods that require minimal preparation can save time. I'm not talking about microwave meals, but rather pre-washed salads, single serve nuts, etc.
If you sat and wrote down what you do in a day, I imagine you'd find many low value activities. Could you eliminate them?
I will use ketosis to manage my body composition, which invariably leads to fasting for weight loss. In the new book, The Complete Guide to Fasting, Dr. Jason Fung (77)and Jimmy Moore (18, 23, 28) explain how we can use fasting to improve our health and lose weight. Fasting for weight loss can be done in a healthy and safe way. Dr. Fung uses fasting in his clinic to address obesity and type II diabetes. Jimmy Moore has been experimenting with fasting and shares his experiences in the first and only complete guide on fasting.
Virtually half of our medical conditions today are caused by obesity and type II diabetes. Fasting for weight loss can be an effective protocol to manage obesity and type II diabetes.
Intermittent Fast – By pushing your normal nighttime fast to 16 to 24 hours, you'll get many of the benefits of fasting in a very manageable way.
Alternate Day Fast – This style fasting is where you eat every other day, which leads to a 36 hour fast.
Extended Fast – An extended fast goes from 3 days, but most people find that the first three days are the hardest. Jimmy is currently on day 11 of a 21 day fast.
Most diets focus your attention on eating. You're told to eat from the time you wake up until you go to bed. If you're adding energy to your system as you need it, you won't lose weight. Fasting is an approach that will allow you to lose weight.
Fasting is a normal part of the human condition. Today it is mostly associated with religious rituals. When it is brought up as a way to manage weight and health, some will complain that this will cause an eating disorder. This logic would tell you that instructing your children to wash their hands before dinner will lead to OCD. Eating disorders are associated with body image, not triggered by someone doing a fast.
After I stopped recording the call, Dr. Fung, Jimmy and I kept talking and some wonderful gems came out that we wanted to make sure we captured it for you.
When you fast, you'll lose weight. When you stop fasting, you'll gain some of that weight back. This happens for two reasons:
When you lose weight from intermittent fasting, it isn't due to calorie restriction but rather from hormone changes. Insulin is reduced and eventually, you begin healing your insulin resistance.
We discussed that Jimmy was on a 21-day fast. Up through day 11, Jimmy had had only had one cup of bone broth. I asked Jimmy for an update on his fast and here is what he said:
I made it the full 21 days and had two meals (one at the end of Day 12 and one at the end of Day 18). I lost 27 pounds in the 21 days even with these meals, saw many of my skin tags shrivel up and fall off (a sign of insulin resistance healing), and became more abundantly aware that my need for eating as often is likely unnecessary. Will be continuing to implement lessons from this fast into my everyday lifestyle moving forward as I continue to pursue healing the insulin resistance. 🙂
I asked members of the 40+ Fitness Podcast Group what topics I could cover and one of them was about macros (macronutrients). Having a good general understanding of macros is important for maintaining good health and fitness.
1) Building block – This macro is something you must have in order to rebuild. But this is not a “more of a good thing” is good macro. You need to get just enough protein to allow your body to rebuild.
2) Essential amino acids – Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are some amino acids that our body cannot make. We must eat them to have what we need.
3) Complete proteins – A complete protein is one that has all of the amino acids. An egg is often referred to as the perfect protein because it is a complete protein. Vegetarians should be very diligent in their food choices to ensure the way they mix and match their protein sources gives them all of the amino acids.
4) Mono/Poly/Saturated – Saturated fat has been demonized and recent science seems to show this to be unfair.
5) Omega 3 / Omega 6 – When animals are permitted to live their lives the way they choose, their meat tends to have a 1 to 1 ration of omega 3 to omega 6. This is a healthy ratio. When animals are feed grains, their omega 6 goes up, breaking this ratio. As a result, we are not getting enough omega 3. Eating fish or taking fish or kreel oil can help you rebalance if you're not able to get grass fed and finished beef.
6) MCT – This is a medium chain triglyceride. Your body cannot use MCT for anything but energy.
7) Bad fats and oils – Fats and oils can go rancid. Make sure you're properly storing fats and oils to avoid this. You should also be sure you're avoiding partially hydrogenated oil. This man-made oil is very bad for us.
8) Simple carbs and sugar – These carbs are turned to blood sugar (glucose) very quickly. Where there is more than you need, your body produces insulin to protect the brain from excess glucose. It stores the glucose as body fat.
9) Soluble fiber – This fiber is digested very slowly. It is also referred to as a slow carb. These are good sources of energy and should be focus of your consumption of this macro.
10) Non-soluble fiber – This fiber cannot be used by your body so it just passes through you. This can help you keep regular.
11) There are no essential carbs – While our body needs protein and oil, it does not need this macro. Carbs can be part of a healthy diet, but they are not essential.
Dr. Michael Brues introduces the chronotype in his new book, The Power of When. In his practice as a sleep doctor, he realized there are more than just night owls and early birds. He based the chronotypes on mammals.
His curiosity on this came about when he was working with a tough patient. She told him she felt like she needed to go to bed at 1am and sleep until 8 – 9am. In an effort to help this woman, he called her employer and asked if she could shift her work day back two hours. The results were tremendous.
He took this further and found that based on chronotype and hormone cycles there were optimal times for certain activities. By being true to your chronotype will help you sleep and perform better. It is also valuable to know the chronotype of the people in your life so you can understand where they are in mood and performance during the day. For example, if you know your boss is a wolf, you wouldn't want to schedule an early morning meeting with her.
You can determine your chronotype with the quiz at the Power of When Quiz.