Kudos to Coach Stacy who was featured in the February issue of Scholastic’s Choices Magazine. In case you’re wondering, Coach doesn’t fall for any of these excuses. So get up, get out, and get moving!
In honor of Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, I’m starting a MOVE-ment to encourage people to take ownership of their health. No need to join a gym, or start a new diet, or register to run a race. Simply make a promise to yourself to practice a healthy lifestyle by:
- Moving – incorporating 60 minutes of physical activity in each and every day
- Eating a healthy and balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, protein, calcium, and whole grains
- Drinking plenty of water (8 X 8 – eight 8-oz servings of fluid daily)
- Getting plenty of sleep (7-9 hours each night)
- Limiting your screen time to an hour a day
Log on to the Global Employee Health and Fitness Website to join the movement.
Click on “Sign Up,” to register. Then scroll down to the Activity Board and click on “MOVE-ment: Take Ownership of Your Health.”
Click on “Join” to do your part in taking ownership of your health and improving the health of the nation. Invite your family, neighbors, co-workers and friends to join too – together we can make America healthy!
Today we’re giving a shout out to Jillian Michaels’ Maximize Your Life Tour, which hits Denver’s Paramount Theater on Tuesday, March 11. Michaels, of course, catapulted to fame several years ago as the unforgiving trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Although fitness is her claim to fame – she has motivated dozens of Loser contestants through remarkable physical transformations – her true passion is life coaching.
Overweight as a child, Michaels was the victim of cruel bullying from junior high classmates. Until, that is, she developed an interest in martial arts, which not only helped her get fit – ahem, check out those biceps – but also helped her acquire confidence and self-respect. Now a best-selling author and Daytime Emmy nominee, Michaels is doing what she loves to do most – empowering people to harness their potentials, accomplish their goals, and live exceptional lives.
Michaels’ Maximize Your Life Tour is sponsored by Popchips™ ”, a lower calorie and healthier alternative to regular chips. Popchips are a family of delicious potato, tortilla, popcorn, and veggie chips that are popped, instead of fried or baked. Popchips are available in over 15 flavors – including Chili Lime and Salsa. But we did an informal post-workout taste-test the other day and our favorites – in order – were Original, Sweet Potato, and Ranch.
Now, we all have our cravings. For some, it’s sugary sweets – but for us, it’s salty, crunchy carbs (please don’t tell Jillian – she might make us drop and give her 10). But if you’re going to eat chips, Popchips are the way to go, with half the fat of regular chips, and none of the transfats, cholesterol, additives, and gluten that make snacking so unhealthy.
Click here for more information and tickets to Jillian Michaels’ 28-city nationwide Maximize Your Life Tour, which kicks off in Denver this Tuesday. And be sure to pick up some Popchips™ at your local grocer today!
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Now that we’ve rung in the New Year, it’s time for some resolutions. Instead of “Happy New Year,” let’s embark on a “Healthy New Year.” But be wary of setting Biggie-sized resolutions. Why? To avoid setting yourself up for certain failure. Research shows that six out of ten people quit their health clubs after the first 30 days of membership. Here are some guidelines for establishing goals geared for success:
- Start with “Bite-Sized” resolutions. For example, “Get my body in shape” is very broad and ambiguous. You need to break this goal down. Perhaps you want to do something about belly fat. Start in January by focusing on your abs and getting your 10,000 steps in.
- Next you need to equip yourself with the necessities for carrying out your goals. Join a gym, if necessary, or purchase some basic exercise gear.
- Establish a support group for yourself – find some workout buddies, or involve your family and friends in your exercise quest.
- Map out an entire year’s worth of healthy habits that you can take on alone or with the help of your support group. Choose activities that are enjoyable and attainable. Also, include both physical and nutritional elements, as well as spiritual and mental components. For example, our monthly resolutions look like this:
- January – Cut the “junk” and move to the tune of at least 10,000 steps per day, five days per week. Resolve to get plenty of sleep (7-8 hours per night).
- February – Play in the snow. Shovel it, snowshoe in it. Get outside on those brisk winter days and snag some Vitamin D. Increase our water intake.
- March – Focus on abs and back while strength training, and increase fruit intake. Get massages and facials.
- April – The weather’s still a bit “iffy” here in Colorado during April, so we’ll do circuit training in the gym and reduce our sugar intake by snacking on carrots and hummus.
- May – Get our arms and legs swimsuit-ready through gardening, landscaping and yard work. Increase our veggie intake, especially leafy greens.
- June – Bike to work and explore local biking trails. Substitute processed foods for fresh, locally grown produce at the Farmers Market.
- July – Entertain “actively” outdoors. Play badminton, volleyball, croquet, and bocce ball. Grill fresh fruits and veggies on the barbecue.
- August – Play tennis and golf with our workout buddies and snack on locally grown melons.
- September – Hit the local hiking trails and increase fiber intake with homemade, high-fiber trail mix recipes.
- October – Rake our leaves and wash our windows. Enjoy daily walks and runs outdoors while enjoying the fall foliage. Snack on pumpkin seeds and nuts.
- November – Indoor circuit training in preparation for holiday overload! Experiment with recipes for healthy treats to serve during the holidays.
- December – Cardio at the mall while shopping and ice skating at the local rink. Pace ourselves at the holiday buffet parties.
You’ll find that when goals are attainable and enjoyable, you’re much more likely to stick with your resolutions. Healthy New Year – here’s to a fit and happy 2014!
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