If the effects of living a sedentary lifestyle were immediate EVERYONE would make the time to exercise.
But instead, they come on slowly...insidiously...which cause people to justify their lack of energy, enthusiasm for life and self confidence by saying things like "Who has time to work out?" and "It's not THAT bad." and "I don't have time to do something that is just for me...that's selfish."
If you choose not to incorporate physical activity into your daily life, you are running the risk of
But don't take my word for it. The American Heart Association offers the following...
Physical activity boosts mental wellness.
Regular physical activity can relieve tension, anxiety, depression and anger. You may notice a "feel good sensation" immediately following your physical activity, and most people also note an improvement in general well-being over time as physical activity becomes a part of their routine.
Physical activity improves physical wellness.
Reduced Risk Factors
Too much sitting and other sedentary activities can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. One study showed that adults who watch more than 4 hours of television a day had a 46% increased risk of death from any cause and an 80% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
Becoming more active can help lower your blood pressure and also boost your levels of good cholesterol.
Physical activity prolongs your optimal health.Without regular physical activity, the body slowly loses its strength, stamina and ability to function well. People who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about 7 years longer than those who are not active and are obese.
In addition to the health benefits listed above, moderate exercise, like brisk walking, can have other health benefits such as:
How to turn things around?
Commit. Get support. Follow through.
For a cost effective, health focused community to involve yourself in, check out your local YMCA or hit the trails in your area by taking a look at Trail Link, or join an online community like Spark People. You can find motivation, accountability, activity and diet ideas...everything you need with a click of a link.
It's up to you to take control of your health now so that you don't pay the price later. Doing this "one thing" will indeed change everything!
It can be tough to transition from a lifestyle that is not serving you (excess weight, lack of energy, feeling dumpy and bad about yourself) to a lifestyle which gives you vibrance, health, a clear head and a body you are proud of.
You can read books, scan articles and try the latest and greatest tools to get you going, but sometimes those just don't cut it. An actual "coach" is what you really need.
A coach will design a program based exclusively on your needs, goals and lifestyle. A coach will hold your hand, make sure you are following through and offer you the support you need.
According to Everyday Health - Hiring a health coach helps you to...
In other words...Get the Results You Want!
Living a lifestyle you are proud of and feeling great in your body is an incredible feeling!
In a recent article on WebMD
One doctor who has embraced the idea (of hiring wellness coaches) is Michael Lano, MD. Director of the Ridgeview Clinics, a group of primary care facilities in suburban Minneapolis.
"I'm a family physician and I always tell my patients that it's my job to help them live a long, healthy life," he says. "But 98% is their part, and that's what the life coach helps with -- everything from diet and exercise to emotional well-being. It's the same thing that we [doctors] deal with, but she deals with it from a lifestyle perspective."
And according to a participant of a health coach program at the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute
"My season of working with a health coach showed me my wellness program benefits and set the foundation for a healthier lifestyle, not just for me, but for my husband as well. It also opened the door for new passions and deeper relationships. I received way more than I bargained for when I first made the decision to move toward a healthy lifestyle!"
To find out if this is something that is right for you, click the following link to learn more about Kristina Sampson, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and how hiring a Health Coach can help you live a lifestyle that you've always dreamed of!!
Cancer finds us wherever we are in our lives. Cancer found Matt in the midst of a successful career and among a large, happy family. In the fall of 2009, Matt developed a cough that he couldn’t shake. He didn’t look sick. He didn’t feel sick. So he went on with his life without giving it much thought. Then one morning in December, Matt began coughing up blood. Within hours, Matt and his wife, Melissa, were told that he had late stage lung cancer.
They were told that without treatment, he would have eight months to live. With treatment, he faced a five-year survival rate of less than five percent.
“…A lot of fear sets in. It’s the fear of people you’ve seen suffer and lose their life to this disease. Also the fear of the unknown. I wanted to know everything I could about my disease.”
Matt and Melissa immediately reached out to their family, and the work to find a promising treatment strategy began. After an exhaustive and frustrating search, they found a clinical trial for his form of cancer in Houston, Texas. Matt spent five months living with family members in Houston while undergoing extremely aggressive treatments. Melissa divided her time between Houston and Sioux Falls, where their five children remained. Over the course of those five months, they faced not only Matt’s cancer, but multiple life-threatening illnesses and side-effects related to the treatment itself.
“…the worst part of my cancer journey was the wait. Not the pain from the cancer and treatment, but the wait from the time of diagnosis to when I began treatments. Many other survivors I talk to share the same experience.”
The experimental treatment in Houston was successful, and in 2010 Matt’s cancer went into remission. Since then, he has had three recurrences, all of which have also been treated successfully.
Today, Matt is effectively controlling his cancer with Xalkori, a targeted ALK+ gene therapy, and currently has no evidence of disease. Matt lives an active life that includes running and cycling competitions, endurance sports, speaking engagements, and exploring the world with his family. He serves as a spiritual mentor and national cancer advocate through his work with Celebrate Community Church, LUNGevity Foundation, Imerman Angels, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, and LIVESTRONG. He has been featured on SiriusXM Doctor’s Radio, the cover of BizNOW magazine, CURE magazine, and numerous PSA print, radio, and television broadcasts.
Since his diagnosis, Matt has found strength in his faith and in his family. He has also found his mission with SURVIVEiT®.
Matt has a dream of a world free from the fear of cancer and is committed to using what he’s learned from his journey, as well as his 28-year career in engineering and business development, to develop a series of tools to help anyone affected by cancer. In July of 2013, Matt founded SURVIVEiT®, a non-profit organization with web-based tools and apps to help people find the very best options in cancer treatment, strengthen their faith, research their disease, rate and share their care experiences, and support each other every step of the way.
SURVIVEiT® was born out of the fear and frustration that Matt and his family experienced while they searched for a solution. They learned that cancer doesn’t slow down for us to find the best treatment options. It doesn’t wait for us to find our spiritual centers. Cancer finds us wherever we are in our lives.
With SURVIVEiT®, we can meet cancer with a plan. We can be ready. We can be fearless.
SURVIVEiT is a nonprofit web-based platform developed by survivors for cancer patients. At surviveit.org, anyone affected by cancer can locate the very best in treatment, view ratings and reviews of cancer centers posted by survivors, rate their own cancer care experiences, research their disease, strengthen their faith, and support each other every step of the way. Survivors helping patients.
Our vision is a world free from the fear of cancer.
Our mission is to provide hope, knowledge, and resources crucial to surviving cancer.
The best way to get through difficult times is to help others get through theirs.
The information and support patients need is out there. SURVIVEiT® guides patients and caregivers to accurate information quickly and easily. Because time matters.
Start wherever you are.
Each patient’s needs are unique. Whether patients are seeking spiritual guidance or strictly medical information, SURVIVEiT® will guide them through their cancer journey.
Not just waiting. Acting.
Not just hoping. Living.
Not just battling. Surviving.
We don’t have to lose any more days.
With your help, SURVIVEiT® can empower anyone affected by cancer. Help us create a world free from the fear of cancer.
Let’s start today.
To view the original post, see MattEllefson.com
For more information on joining the community or finding care,faith and resources, see SurviveIt.org
Do you Podcast? If not, you should really check it out!
There are Podcasts on just about anything and everything you would like to learn about. Here's a great show from Valerie Groth, featuring Kristina Sampson.
Kristina Sampson is an integrative nutrition health coach and an accomplished author and speaker. During this interview, Kris talks about:
How to Leave Cancer in the Dust (Even if You’re Healthy!)
Click here to listen or download the show, and for more information about Kristina and The Vail Diet click here for everything you need to know.
Kim Peterson, CEO CommonSenseHealth.org
Psychologists have long noted that stress affects men and women differently. Women tend to seek out social support, while men are more likely to withdraw their emotions.
I am blessed to have so many amazing men in my life, and have always been intrigued by the dance between male and female energy, in both platonic and romantic relationships. Thanks to a handful of some my favorite men, I've thrown in a few quotes (from said men...unidentified, of course ;).
It seems as if there is a ton of information out there, addressing women and stress...the stresses of being a mother and managing a career, having a steamy relationship with your spouse or partner while managing a household and a bad body image...the list goes on and on.
But what about guys? They get stressed, don't they?
"I'm an expert on living with stress."
Medical Daily states...
Scientists from several international universities found that men under stress generally respond by becoming more withdrawn and acting more as an individual. Women, on the other hand, become prosocial. They share their stress with others, hoping to elicit empathy, and expect to be relied on when other members in their group are stressed, as well. Where men become more self-centered, thinking their emotions are universally shared, women often become more compassionate.
"I think there is a direct correlation in one's ability to deal with high levels of stress (and not have a complete meltdown) and one's ability to be a successful entrepreneur. The biggest (and most important) part is one's ability to hang in there and keep pushing forward, despite the brambles and bushes, until the Universe finally decides to cut you a break. (That sometimes can take a long time.)"
Every Day Health points out the health ramifications of the effects of stress on men.
High anxiety levels can be life-threatening. Major life events, including job loss, can be deadly; researchers at McGill University in Montreal found after analyzing data on more than 20 million people who had lost their jobs. Researchers found that men, particularly those in the early or middle portion of their careers, had a higher risk for death due to job loss than both women and men later in their careers.
“We know that major stressors, like job loss, marital separation, natural disasters, personal illness, or death of a loved one, can have serious physical and mental consequences,” says Dave Montgomery, MD, PhD, a cardiologist and internal medicine specialist in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Heart disease is known to increase in those with these major stressors. They can also lead to syndromes of anxiety or major depression, and some who suffer such traumatic events turn to behaviors that exacerbate the problem, such as substance abuse, physical inactivity, and poor dieting. Suicidal ideations — the thought or plan to commit suicide — can also arise from these events. Moreover, depression puts men at risk for heart attacks.”
Substance abuse? Depression? Suicidal thoughts? Heart attacks?
Time to stop keeping things bottled up inside, don't you think?
"Swearing - A good well executed tirade directed at nothing is particularly cleansing. If that doesn’t work, an hour or so of bashing drums until the voices in my head can no longer be heard will do it. After that liquor."
"Dealing productively with stress is actually something I think we're prewired to do (or not do)."
"Practical techniques that have helped me through some of my toughest times, I have three favorites: fishing (catch and release, of course), walking (for at least two miles at a pop) and taking a long, hot bath...with a notepad close by."
And, not to muddy the water...
Actually, when I read this, it caught me a little of guard. This could be an eye opener for both parties. Respecting one another, giving each other space and time as we try to manage the stresses in our lives...in our own ways...can make all the difference in a relationship.
APA or American Psychiatric Association covers the topic of how often married vs, single women experience stress.
An article from the UCLA Newsroom discussed a study of how couples address stress when dealing with each other
“Men seem to be different when it comes to managing stress,” said Thomas Bradbury, the paper’s senior author and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA. “When men are stressed, they are more likely to be critical in responding to a stressed partner and less likely to be positive, nurturing and comforting. And that’s especially the case when their partner expresses her feelings in more emotional terms.”
Major take aways?
Just kidding! Understanding how men differ with how they deal with stress can help you lower your stress levels as well...we are very different beings. Patience, understanding, and taking time to care for yourself (put of your oxygen mask before helping anyone else) can help you better deal with the stress of your loved one.
"Ok, in order to overcome stress and overwhelm, I don’t slow down or stop. I plow through it. I think rest and relaxation is overrated especially when you can solve the issue by confronting it. To do this, I do a few things. First, I clean the area / room where I am doing work. I cannot focus or work in a messy area. Once that’s done, I organize what needs to be done to solve the problem and list the steps in priority. Then, once the problem is solved I take a look at the likelihood of the problem reoccurring and put a plan in action to stop it from happening again. I always try to incorporate any kind of leverage I can in the solution, be it a virtual assistant or some type of software automation. I also look to see if solving that problem is making me money. If it isn’t I just get rid of it altogether and stop doing that."
Guys. Please take time to take care of yourself. Do what you need to unplug, recharge and regain your mojo.
Fish, swear, ride your bike, walk, take a hike, hang with your friends, run, read, push through, don't push through, take a nap, have some hot and steamy extracurricular activities with the one you love...
We love you!
Kim Peterson is a passionate Health & Wellness Advocate and the Founder and CEO of CommonSenseHealth.org. Since 2009, CSH has been helping to establish an online presence while generating leads and sales for Health & Wellness clients worldwide. Prior to CSH, Kim was the Founder of Light Force Therapy, a company that rapidly became a multi-million-dollar leader in the light therapy industry.
Kim has built a network of 120,000 + highly engaged subscribers, fans, and followers which produce consistent sales and expands daily; and speaks on how to build relationships via social media in such a way that will dramatically improve your (and your team’s) overall results while opening doors to opportunities you never knew existed as well as Living Up to Your Fullest Potential, TODAY!
To inquire about booking Kim to speak or lead a training, please click here and offer a few details in the message area. Kim will get back with you personally to discuss.
Happy October! It's time to put some preventative measures into your life and help those that you love do the same. Here's an extremely generous offer from Kristina Sampson - The Vail Diet you will want to share far and wide!
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