Spring is here, NOW SPRING BACK TO LIFE
Posted by Dr. Doron Katz in General on 30 March 2009
It has been a rough winter with cold temperatures and a frigid economy, but little by little, things are beginning to turn around! Individuals are beginning to purchase again, banks are starting to lend and homes are being built - we are even starting to hear faint whispers of companies hiring again. Trust me, things are still tough - I have seven good friends out of work each with 3 - 5 children - and many of the patients that I am seeing daily in my medical offices are requiring intensive counseling to deal with their financial and familial stressors.
Life stressors often push fitness and nutrition to the side. But why do we do this to ourselves? The weight battle often results in feelings of helplessness and depression - which is the last thing we need right now! In tough times, we need to recognize that there is nothing more important than our health; Without it, we're in trouble. So pick yourself right up and get outside and exercise, go meet with your nutritionist or your doctor, and get back on the path to success and healthy living. And don't forget to log your progress in our Facebook application.
For the record, about three months ago, I got tired of telling patients to exercise without doing it consistently myself. I was tired of feeling bloated and being out of shape - it had been a year since I last exercised - I started slow walking a mile or two every other day and am now walking/running 5 - 6 miles four times a week! Over and over when I "prescribe" exercise, I hear that "I have no time." One thought on this point - Once you get into a rhythm of exercise and healthy eating you will make sure to find time because of how good you'll feel. Amazingly you'll be more energized and will require less sleep - you'll feel less sluggish and all of a sudden there will be time you did not know you had. Not to mention, better interpersonal relationships, more confidence and a brighter outlook on life!
Doron Katz, MD
The chill of winter is now gone..
Posted by Deborah Vineberg in General on 31 March 2009
The chill of winter is now gone and spring is upon us. The days are getting longer and it is the perfect time of year to "unpack" and "stretch out".
By "unpacking" I mean taking a look at those issues that you may have been holding onto all winter, and consciously deciding whether to keep them or let go of them. Spring is a time for new things and shedding old grudges, old promises or old hurts may help you to feel much lighter.
I use the term "stretching out" to refer to doing things outside of your comfort zone. This means trying something new; an activity you've always wanted to participate in or a piece of clothing you never had the guts to wear. Spring is the perfect time of year to 'try on' a fresh, positive and hopeful outlook.
Weight loss can be extremely difficult. If you can start off by feeling a little lighter by "unpacking" and "stretching out" you have already jump-started the process.
Deborah Vineberg, Psy.D.
A Clean Slate-PRESS RESET
Posted by Cathy Lang in General on 8 April 2009
Show of hands:
How many of you had a New Year’s Resolution to exercise more?
...my hand is in the air.
How many of you have fallen short of that goal or abandoned it all together?
...my hand is in the air.
Yes; professional personal trainers get a little off track and have to set fitness and weight-loss goals, and yes; even trainers get caught up in the day to day of life and have a little trouble sticking to our fitness resolutions.
2009 got off to a bumpy start for many of us so I say it’s time to PRESS RESET!
Spring is a time of re-birth…out with the old, in with the new…spring-cleaning…whatever cliché you want to use applies.
PRESS RESET on not only your resolution, but also the way you approach fitness altogether. Stop thinking of ways to exercise and think of ways to move. Every little bit helps-even the fun stuff! Clean out those negative connotations of fitness as a chore.
Some people need the solitude of dedicated time to walk, run, dance, meditate, hike, swim, etc on their own. For those of you who don’t have the inclination or perhaps just don’t have the time to be away from your family play tag with your children, go bowling, look up a walking tour of your city that a tourist would enjoy and explore your city as if you were visiting for the first time.
The same way that every forkful of food or ‘I’ll just have 1 bite’ can add up to extra pounds, every minute you spend moving your body adds up to a fitter, trimmer, healthier you.
I am pushing RESET for Monday. Hugs, Bobbi Jo