Winter in the da' UP is never easy, especially as it relates to keeping fit. Even the most dedicated to fitness among us struggles to stay active when it is cold and the ground is covered with snow. It is easy to keep those extra pounds resulting from the holidays and binge watching your favorite old TV show on Netflix.
Now that the snow is gone (at least for now) and the weather is warming up, now that you'll be trying to fit back into those shorts or swimsuit soon, I thought I'd give you a few reminders, links and resources to help you get back into shape. You'll be glad you did.
I recommend a lower carbohydrate, lower sugar type diet. I recommend Dr. James Surrells' book, Stop Only Sugar. I have never met Dr. Surrells or even spoken with him and I don't get any remuneration for recommending his book, but his book is based on solid medical science. Everyone I've recommended it to over the years who put it into practice has lost weight. Here is the book summary from Amazon,
"Other diets are way too complicated! The SOS (Stop Only Sugar) Diet has only three simple rules: Rule 1. Low Sugar, Rule 2. High Fiber, and everybody's favorite is Rule 3. No More Rules! The short and simple SOS Diet, by Digestive Health expert James A. Surrell, MD, involves only a minor lifestyle change. You too will soon become a "Label Reading Detective" and easily and almost effortlessly lose 5 to 8 pounds per month. Check out the many SOS Diet success stories at www.sosdietbook.com. Like so many others who have never lost weight on any other program, you too will be very successful on the SOS Diet." Here is the link on Amazon.
I recommend walking as the best way to get and stay active. Sure, there are many other activities and those are great. Do something active that you enjoy, but I still recommend walking. Walking seldom causes injuries, it needs no special equipment or locations and can easily be enjoyed with a friend. Watch my video at the link below for more details on how many days a week, how long and so forth.
Of course if you're not feeling well, having any unusual pains in joints or chest, etc. or if it's been awhile since you last saw a doctor for some routine blood work and a check-up, I would recommend setting up an appointment before getting too active again.
More Information I think you'll find helpful:
Heart Rate Check Up - Marshfield Clinic.
Great Walking Digest of Articles - American Heart Association
Understanding the American Obesity Epidemic - American Heart Association
Click on the box below to watch the video.
Ok, now get out there, get active and enjoy the weather !
Mayo published an article I think is a helpful reminder that it is not just one thing we do that can keep us healthy, but a combination of many. From exercise to eating to less commonly talked about things like laughing, there are many factors that can help us keep well.
Click here to read the article from Mayo.
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