Posted by Andy Petranek : Thursday, Feb 16, 2006
How would your bank account look if you only made withdrawals? You’d have absolutely zero in your bank account – any additional checks written would bounce and you’d have to exist on credit.
Now picture your personal “Health and Fitness Bank Account.” When you get less than 8 hours of sleep, practice poor eating habits, get stressed out at work all day, and don’t regularly exercise, you are constantly making withdrawals on your account. Without making any deposits, you will eventually start "bouncing checks" - the road to disease and sickness.
Get yourself on the road to health and vitality – make a daily deposit into your health and fitness bank account. Here are some ways to do it: go for a walk, take a yoga class, get a massage, work out, get 8 hours of sleep on a work night, eat healthy meals all day long. Make deposits into this account a habit!
Posted by Andy Petranek : Thursday, Feb 09, 2006
Knowing how to read and understand food labels is the first step toward improving the quality of the food in your diet. Two words that show up all the time on labels are the words "Natural" and Organic." Ever wonder what the difference is?
"Natural" on a label is NOT a term defined by the government for foods - it is used by food companies for marketing purposes only!
"Organic" on the other hand indicates that it is a food that has been produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or GMOs (genetically modified organisms.)
Look for the label "certified organic" on the food eat, after all, you are what you eat!
Posted by Andy Petranek : Thursday, Feb 02, 2006
One of the best things you can do when going for a walk, run or bike ride is to know both where you’re going, and how far the route is. Even smaller details like where the mile markers are can be really helpful! In the past, I’ve done things like drive the route in my car, or bike, or even walk the route with a hand-held measuring roller.
Thanks to Google and a few great web sites you no longer have to do that. Check out http://www.favoriterun.com. Membership is free, and with it, you can map any route of any run, walk, or bike-ride you’d like, save it, and then have it for future reference.
Now get out there and go for a run – even if its just around the block!
Posted by Andy Petranek : Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006
Did you know that you can accomplish the same thing in half the time by upping the intensity of your workouts? For years, you’ve heard about things like “fat burning zone” and moderate intensity for 45-60 minutes, right?
As it turns out, when you do high intensity workouts for 20 minutes or less, you put your body under such a high load/stress that it burns as much or more energy to recover than it would going at a moderate pace for an hour or more! Check out the results of a study done on this subject by McMaster University here…
Try this: Speed sit ups. Get a partner and hold their feet. Take turns sprinting in sit up intervals. Go as possible in each interval, and make the switch between partners FAST – 15 sec, 30, 45, 60, 45, 30, 15.
Posted by Andy Petranek : Thursday, Jan 19, 2006
When you’re going food shopping, do you ever compare the prices of the free-range, grass fed meats, animail products, and eggs with just the regular ones? Ever wonder if there’s a difference and why bother paying the higher cost?
Check this out – www.themeatrix.com. As you’re watching, remember that you literally are what you eat. The quality of the feed that is given to the animals that we eat, directly influences our own health and well-being.
If you already get it – the video at the site above is a great reminder, if you don’t, consider making the regular investment in your health and well-being!
Posted by Andy Petranek : Thursday, Jan 12, 2006
How much of your health and fitness depends on what you do? Does it really matter? There are a TON of diet books and fitness programs out there, and every single one of them is filled with success stories and testimonials of people who have had great results. Well, if they all work, then how do you choose which one to follow, and does it really matter which one?
Since you do need to make a choice, I suggest you use the following 3 criteria: Is it fun? Is it convenient? Will I actually do it? Of the 3 criteria, the last one is the MOST important. The program or system you choose will ultimately be the one you actually do - so make sure its one that really floats you boat and excites you!
Your health and fitness is MOST dependent on you making it a habit.
Try this: Go for a 21 minute run. Every 3 minutes, pick a different exercise to do 10-20 reps of from the following list: push ups, sit ups, flutter kicks, burpees, squats, walking lunges, tuck jumps, bicycles, star jumps, bird pickers, pull ups, dead bugs.