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August 15, 2016

Play Golf Forever | Suzanne Clark

Yes, we're staying on our “play” theme for just one more episode.  In episode 136, I explained how playing sports can help keep you motivated to workout as a way of improving your performance on the court, field, or in this case, golf course.  Our guest, Suzanne Clark, author of Play Golf Forever, shows you how to make sure that you're in shape for golf, but these lessons are applicable to any sport you choose to do.

Key take aways from this episode:

Sarcopenia is a muscle wasting that affects us as we age.  It can begin as early as age 30.  Most of us will lose 1% of our muscle mass each year, which means we've lost 30% or more by the time we're in our 60s.  Resistance exercise is the best way to slow or stop sarcopenia.

To avoid injury on the course, players should:

  • Get lessons: Taking golf lessons will ensure you're swinging the club properly and help you avoid injury.
  • Conditioning:  Having an “off the course” workout program can ensure your body is properly conditioned for the game.
  • Warm up: Have a regimen of warming up before you practice or play.  Having your muscles warm and primed for the work ahead does matter and so many golfers skip this step.

With attention to your body you can ensure you stay healthy and uninjured.  And then you can play golf forever.

Contact Suzanne Clark at: Fitter Forever

Can I get a good workout with a Wii?

The value of play part 3

 

August 12, 2016

The value of play part 3

This is part three of a three-part series on play.  In episode 136 we covered sports and in episode 137 we got into kids games.  In this episode, I want to go back even further to when we were babies and toddlers.

While you probably don't remember what it was like for yourself back then, I'm sure you've seen babies and toddlers.  But did you pay attention to the movements they were doing?

Being on the floor, crawling, squirming, standing and sitting.  These movements are primary for helping us build strength and balance and maintain mobility.  And the nature of children had us constantly working at a progression, getting stronger, faster, and more capable across multiple fitness modalities.

When was the last time you sat on the floor?

Just the practice of getting down and getting up are valuable movements.  I've developed a mini-course that I've opened up.  This Uncommon Exercises mini-course will help you go through some movements that are similar to what we did as kids.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

The value of play part 1

The value of play part 2

August 10, 2016

The value of play part 2

This is part two of a three-part series on play.  In episode 136, we discussed the value of sports.  In this episode, I want to go back a bit and explore some of the games we played as kids.

Be it hopscotch, foursquare, or kickball, the games we played as kids were integral in helping us build important fitness modalities.

Let's just go through hopscotch.  Tossing the rock to land on a square for hand-eye coordination.  Hopping on one foot for balance.  Bending to pick up the rock for mobility and balance.

Add to that, the joy of playing with children and I think you can see how playing kids games can be a great way to build fitness and live a more joyful life.

The value of play part 1

The value of play part 3

August 8, 2016

The value of play part 1

This is part one of a three-part series on play.  Play was an integral part of us developing fitness modalities as we grew up.  Unfortunately, we abandoned many of those aspects of our lives and as a result, have lost fitness.  In this episode, we are going to explore the value of sports.

What sports did you play as a child and teen?

Even if you weren't the best at it, do you remember the joy of playing?  How it kept you moving even when you were fatigued?  Competition, being on a team, having fun.  All this helped you keep you more fit.

Perhaps it is time to look for a sport you can begin playing now.  Or at the every least, start working on your fitness so you'll be able to participate in a sport soon.  Sports can be quite motivating and you deserve to play again.

The value of play part 2

July 18, 2016

The love diet | Dr. Connie Gutterson

Dr. Connie Gutterson is a New York Times bestselling author, a registered dietician, and nutrition instructor. Her new book, The Love Diet, talks about the importance of self-love for health.

Dr. Gutterson explains that self-respect and self-love is key to freeing one’s self from a cycle of shame and weight gain. Many patients in these cycles put themselves second, while making someone or something else in their lives the priority. They may find themselves in a state of unhappiness and poor health. This lack of self-love can make it difficult for an individual to make changes in their life for the right reasons. Negative thoughts can lead to self-sabotoge.

The first step to making a change is realizing that no one is perfect. You first need to realize your worth and commit to breaking the shame cycle, which involves a feeling of shame after eating, followed by poor sleep and stress. This can lead to a craving for sugar, overeating, and becoming depressed. The body can produce cortisol, which can lead to weight gain and a change in blood sugar levels.

The Love Diet explains that there are two components to fitness—the emotional and nutritional pieces. The program goes through seven stages, with each stage having a focus for each component. Stage one includes a moderate elimination diet to regain control of blood sugar levels. Stage two is called Veggie Boost and focuses on non-starchy vegetables. Stage three incorporates different sources of protein, not just meat. It also discusses how sleep and stress can affect the appetite. Stage four discusses portion sizes and introduces fruits. Stage five brings in a more diversified, varied diet that includes dairy. Stage six introduces legumes and discusses mindful eating. The last stage increases whole grains.

Though this is a methodical process, it has great flexibility. If something doesn’t work, this program offers alternatives. The key is to find your self-love for health, in addition to fine-tuning your diet. To connect with Dr. Connie Gutterson or learn more about The Love Diet, visit www.conniegutterson.com.

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