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IF THE SHOE FITS…DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD WEAR IT!

By: Ann Corwin Marix, ACE-CPT, LMT

When shopping for athletic shoes, most people are more concerned with the color, the brand, or whatever the latest trendy shoe is at time.  Albeit, there is nothing wrong with wanting to look good at the gym, or on the track or field, as long as it’s the right shoe for what you are doing!

Ill fitting or improper shoes can cause numerous issues with your feet, knees, hips, and even posture.  The physical fitness world offers a multitude of activities so there is a need for a multitude of proper shoes to go with those activities.  As the saying goes “You wouldn’t bring a knife to a gun fight, would you?”

Here are a few tips to get you into the right pair of shoes:

  • Do Your Research. With today’s technology, information on shoes is just a hop, skip, and Google search away! Research your activity and the apparatus needed.  With a little web surfing, you can find articles, blogs, and reviews on any and all shoes.  Be selective and objective when surfing the net, as you want to get the most helpful and credible information you can.  Once you have an idea of what to look for….
  • What’s your specialty? Seek out stores that specialize in your activity of interest.  Their staff is usually comprised of people who partake in the same activity and are very knowledgeable.  They can fit you properly and suggest the correct type and brand of shoe that would fit your needs.
  • What’s your history? If you have or had prior foot, ankle, or knee issues, take your search one step (no pun intended) further.  Make an appointment with a podiatrist or an orthopedic specialist.  Depending on the level of your injury/issue, they may run diagnostic test, x-rays, etc.  And from the information they gather, can determine the correct type of shoe and, if needed, any orthotics or other apparatus needed.

For more in depth information, The AOFAS (American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society) printed an article “How to Select the Right Athletic Shoes” http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/footwear/pages/selecting-athletic-shoes.aspx

Following these helpful hints will increase your enjoyment of whatever activity you choose, and offer injury prevention and safety!

About the Author – Ann Corwin Marix

annAnn’s start in health and wellness was (and still is) as a masseuse after, believe or not, hiring a personal trainer.  See athletics, exercise and activity have always been a major part of my life; but over time life seemed to take over – work; raising a child; keeping a household took its toll and my “Me-time” seemed to disappear.  Long story short, what was going to be a time to make myself feel better (by getting a massage after some a personal training session) became an eye opening experience and drove me to obtain my massage license and help others in relieving pain from injuries, trauma, or simply everyday life. Wanting to get back into exercise, I became a Jazzercise instructor and then wanting a closer relationship with clients, followed that experience by becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Certified TRX Instructor.  I love providing my clients with a unique and fun approach to help motivate and drive to obtain the results they want.

Why I Don’t Set Goals Anymore…

By: Ann Corwin Marix, ACE-CPT, LMT

Definitions:

Goal: object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

Habit: a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.

The definitions alone are pretty self explanatory as to why I have decided to nix the goal making and start on the habit forming. Do you see what I’m talking about?  Yeah, it’s that simple…I know, you are probably giving yourself the palm to head and saying “Geez that makes sense!”

If you don’t get it, that’s ok, it took me 50 years to figure it out, so I’ll cut you some slack.  Creating a goal (i.e. lose 10lbs for the beach trip, workout to fit into your new outfit for the company party, etc,) has its benefits. It provides a motivation to do better, look better, or feel better.  The challenge with goal making, however, is the end result is just that, the end.  Think back to how many times you “set goals” and once they were achieved, you quit doing what it was that helped you achieve that goal?  I can see you thinking and shaking your head because you know exactly what I mean!  No…that’s not you?  Really? Ok, then dig a little deeper and tell how many of your ‘goals’ are repetitive?  In other words, can you just go back every year to your Resolutions list and basically do a ‘cut and paste’?  I’ll pause here a moment as you have just been slapped by the reality glove.

Think about habits and we automatically add the word “Bad” to the front.  We generally think of habits as those acts that are bad for us.  Yes, there are some bad habits out there; smoking, excessive drinking, too much time playing video games, too many to mention. Once again, I ask you…think of your “bad’ habits?  Now, think about how often or long you have been doing them?  See where this is taking you?  Again, I’ll give you a break and say it plain and simple:  Start creating good habits that are in line with your ideas and dreams of a better life, better health, and better world and see what happens.   What are good habits?  Well, it can be anything that makes for a more positive, productive, and happier you.  Create the habit of drinking more water, walking 30 minutes 4 days a week, getting to work 15 minutes earlier, and so on.  Those three habits alone can result in meeting your desired goals.  How?  More water…flush the fat and lose weight, walking…lose inches and fit into the outfit for the party plus build endurance to dance the night away, arrive early at work…get a jumpstart on the job reduces stress and makes you feel better.  Good habits become second nature to what you do and who you are hence, your goals, dreams, and ideas are resolved by default…Ok, I think you getting the picture! I can see the light bulb shining brightly over your head…you’re welcome!

So the short of it…Goals are an idea, a way to define your dream…habits are something you do to put your idea into action, make your dream a reality forever, not just a day!

About the Author – Ann Corwin Marix

annAnn’s start in health and wellness was (and still is) as a masseuse after, believe or not, hiring a personal trainer.  See athletics, exercise and activity have always been a major part of my life; but over time life seemed to take over – work; raising a child; keeping a household took its toll and my “Me-time” seemed to disappear.  Long story short, what was going to be a time to make myself feel better (by getting a massage after some a personal training session) became an eye opening experience and drove me to obtain my massage license and help others in relieving pain from injuries, trauma, or simply everyday life. Wanting to get back into exercise, I became a Jazzercise instructor and then wanting a closer relationship with clients, followed that experience by becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Certified TRX Instructor.  I love providing my clients with a unique and fun approach to help motivate and drive to obtain the results they want.

Help, I’m Injured, and I Can’t Workout!

By: Ann Corwin Marix, ACE-CPT, LMT

In the midst of your workout, you feel it…a grind, a sharp pain, a pop…uh oh.  After you realize you’ve incurred an injury, your first thought is “UGH…I will need surgery…, there go my workouts for the next 6-8 weeks.”  That does not have to be the case!  I can say this as I speak, first hand, from my own experience.  My parents endowed me with bad knees as a trade off for a great personality.  I incurred a complete acl and partial meniscus tear in my right knee almost a decade ago and most recently suffered the exact injuries in my left knee.  The cliché holds true, if I only knew then what I know now, I would have had a better recovery because I would have continued to exercise.  A few modifications to your existing regimen is all you need to stay healthy and strong before, during, and after surgery.

First and foremost, do not ignore the injury as that will not make it go away and it will definitely make the injury worse.  Learn how to redefine your workout to create a ‘pre-hab’ game plan!  In the past, people have followed the rule of surgery first, physical rehabilitation second.  Research has shown the more we do prior to surgery in regard to maintaining our physical health and strength, the rate of recovery improves and, in some cases, surgery may be avoided.

Most injuries are isolated to a specific area, so injuring your knee will not affect you pumping out a chest press or some bicep curls, unless your knee is connected to your arm and if that is the case…well, there is no workout that can fix that! In fact, in the case of a knee injury, it is recommended to continue performing lower body exercises.  This will strengthen the musculature surrounding the knee, offering protection as well as prepare for better post surgery recovery.  It is important to know what exercises to do to assist in healing and which ones to avoid that could worsen the injury. So here are a few exercises to do and not to do with common injuries:

BACK PAIN:

Avoid: Running, overhead lifting, leg press machine

Try:  Walking, stretching, protected ab exercises, recumbent bike, yoga, Pilates

SHOULDER PAIN:

Avoid: Repetitive overhead exercises or lifts with free weights

Try: Front shoulder raises, lateral raises

SHIN SPLINTS:

Avoid: Running frequently

Try: Cross training combined with cardio such as swimming or biking

TWISTED ANKLE:

Avoid: Repetitive impact such as running, jogging, and cardio dance

Try:  Upper body exercises, stationary bike, swimming, drawing letters of the alphabet with your toes

SWOLLEN KNEE:

Avoid: Any exercise that recreates the pain, running, weighted lower extremity exercises

Try: Swimming, yoga, Pilates, hip/thigh/knee strengthening exercises.

NECK PAIN:

Avoid: Yoga positions that put pressure on the neck, running

Try: Walking, cycling, Pilates, yoga

PLANTAR FASCIATIS:

Avoid: Running, any lower body impact moves

Try: Elliptical trainer, bicycling

If you do have an injury it is important to talk to your doctor, personal trainer, or a physical therapist as they can recommend specific modifications, exercises, and stretches that allow you to continue your training regimen.  As always, you should consult a doctor prior to adding to or changing your workouts.

Injuries happen, but when they do, don’t let them keep you down. Instead, let them be the reason you educate yourself on how to work with them and how to avoid them in the future!

About the Author – Ann Corwin Marix

annAnn’s start in health and wellness was (and still is) as a masseuse after, believe or not, hiring a personal trainer.  See athletics, exercise and activity have always been a major part of my life; but over time life seemed to take over – work; raising a child; keeping a household took its toll and my “Me-time” seemed to disappear.  Long story short, what was going to be a time to make myself feel better (by getting a massage after some a personal training session) became an eye opening experience and drove me to obtain my massage license and help others in relieving pain from injuries, trauma, or simply everyday life. Wanting to get back into exercise, I became a Jazzercise instructor and then wanting a closer relationship with clients, followed that experience by becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Certified TRX Instructor.  I love providing my clients with a unique and fun approach to help motivate and drive to obtain the results they want.

 

You are what you eat…Why Food Journaling can make a difference in your health!

By: Ann Corwin Marix, ACE-CPT, LMT

The reaction clients have to keeping a food journal is comparative to someone forcing a person to watch every episode of “Barney and Friends” with 20 preschoolers hopped up on pixie sticks and sodas…not a fun experience (don’t ask me how I know!)

Food journaling is a major player in the quest for health and fitness.  We can’t out exercise good nutrition so we need to partner them for success.  If you need some good reasons to start writing, here they are:

LOSE MORE WEIGHT

Keeping a daily journal will increase your chances of losing more weight.  When you journal, you become very much aware of what you are putting into your mouth.  Most people do not realize what or how much they are eating until they see it written in black and white.  You become more mindful of what you are eating instead of thinking a few bites here and a few bites there won’t add too much.

DEVELOP A BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF FOOD

Writing down your daily intake will help you understand calories, proteins, carbohydrate intake and more.  You will also learn how your body reacts to the intake of certain foods and food combinations.

HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE

Knowing you have to write down your foods can make you start rethinking your choices.  Seeing more healthy choices in print boosts your determination to continue and encourages you to keep on the right track. If journaling can make you even 25% less likely to eat processed or fast foods, then it’s definitely worth the pen and paper!

NOTICE AND TWEAK PATTERNS

As you journal, you may begin to notice you are taking in too few or too many calories. Perhaps not getting enough proteins or overdoing the wrong carbs can easily show up when laid out before you.  From there you can determine the best placement of food and food combinations to provide more energy during workouts, or keep you from hitting the 2pm wall of woozie.   What you think is a good eating plan could very well become a great one just by making some simple adjustments.

So the next time a trainer asks you to journal, don’t think of it as your High School Social Studies teacher demanding a 500 word essay on the Cold War…consider it as an essential tool in improving your ability to reach the health and wellness goals you are working toward!

Hurrican Season: Pack Your Bags, But Leave Your Baggage Home

By: Ann Corwin Marix, ACE-CPT, LMT

As a child, I remember actually looking forward to hurricane season.  I put it in the same company as Christmas or Thanksgiving because you had days off from school, a sleeping late opportunity, and no homework.  You also had no lights and no TV but if you were ‘lucky’ and your streets flooded, you had a front yard water park!  As an adult, we lose time from work (and time is money), we can’t sleep because we are worried about the possible catastrophic results of the storm, and the thought of a ‘front yard water park’ instills visions of flood damaged cars, sinking property, and so on.

We have learned over the years how to prepare for storms.  We even create ‘hurricane totes’ that we pre-pack and have ready in the event of evacuation.  We put plywood on the windows or purchase protective storm guards for the house.  We have candles, flashlights, and non-perishable goods.  We even have smart phones that keep us abreast and up to date on weather conditions, etc.  We have our bags packed, are ready for anything, and feel like we have done all of the preparation we can. While all of that is great, what about our mental/emotional baggage?  For those of us who have experienced horrendous storms of the past, a heavy downpour can still trigger some unsettled emotions and anxiety.  So, how do we deal with this?

Here are 5 tips that can help:

  1. Be prepared!  As I mentioned earlier, it really is important to have the physical needs prepared in advance.  This leaves you feeling more secure and ready if and when a storm hits where you live.
  2. Know your plans:  know where you will go if you need to evacuate, even if it’s nearby.  If you plan to go out of town, make hotel arrangements (check for pet friendly hotels if you have fur-babies) or check with out of town family for lodging arrangements.  Be fluent on evacuation routes and prepare to leave early to avoid major traffic jams and frustration.
  3. Accept that storms are forces of nature and are temporary events:  getting angry or upset because of an impending storm will not lessen or make the storm disappear.  Understand that ‘this too shall pass’ and take the time to read to your children by candlelight, play games, reconnect.
  4. Take a break from the news:  don’t stay glued to the TV or smart phone 24 hours a day during a storm.  Information overload creates undue stress.  Pay attention as needed, but don’t overdo it.
  5. Keep in touch with friends and loved ones:  most important of all of the tips…stay connected with family and friends as they are your main support system not just during storms but always!  Whether they are riding out the storm with you or living out of the area, they can provide a major sense of love and support that is crucial during harrowing times.

Making use of these tips will give you an advantage in facing the challenges that can occur and keep you going strong not just for you but for your loved ones as well!

How to Pick a Personal Trainer

By: Ann Corwin Marix ACE-CPT, LMT

Are you looking to hire a trainer and start an exercise program? No matter the reason why, it’s often difficult to start this process or even know where or how to find the right trainer. Your health, safety and money are very important, so you want to make the best decision possible. So where do you start? The simplest rule of thumb, whether you use the phone book, commercials, or referral… don’t just talk to the trainer, interview them! Here are some key questions to ask along with the answers that can determine whether or not the trainer is a good fit for you and your health/fitness goals:

•What education, certifications or qualifications does the trainer have?
A background in fitness and nutrition is an important foundation to a trainer’s ability to provide you with effective and safe means to accomplishing your goals. A basic certification from NASM or ACE, for example, is a good start. Does the trainer have a background in kinetics, exercise science or demonstrates an understanding of how the body works? Another essential piece of education is a current CPR/first aid certification.

•Does the trainer require a consultation or a health assessment prior to beginning a fitness program?
A competent trainer will set up an initial consultation or a health assessment prior to your first session. The initial consultation should contain a fitness assessment covering your health history, cardiovascular risk assessment and exercise history. These are essential to ensure the safe development of an exercise program. An experienced trainer will also provide an exercise assessment to seek out weaknesses and inequality in your body’s alignment and performance.

•What is the trainer’s exercise and wellness philosophy?
Seek out a trainer that embodies a lifestyle that matches their expressed philosophy and training guidelines. While everyone has to provide for themselves and their family performing some kind of vocation, a focused trainer enters the training profession to help others. Many trainers choose their profession because of their own personal experiences, which usually are very similar to their clients’ present issues. Always ask the trainer why they chose this profession and learn how that experience is incorporated in their training philosophy.

•Is the trainer adaptable and willing to create a program that is truly well suited for you?
During your assessment, the trainer should take time to discuss your goals and expectations of the training sessions. Ask the trainer how they go about creating programs for clients. Be wary of a trainer that relies solely on magazines and periodicals created for the public. These publications do not provide the science or safety education required to successfully execute the program. A good trainer will utilize professional periodicals as well as text and reference books created for the fitness industry. Be sure to ask if they take continuing education workshops/seminars as the industry is continuously changing and providing the newest, most up to date techniques and information for trainers to utilize in their profession and for programming.

Be thorough in your questions and listen carefully to their answers. A professional trainer will be happy to take the time necessary to answer your questions and eager to instill an open, honest, and trustworthy client/trainer relationship. Your health and fitness is very important to you and the trainer who understands this and wants to assist you in making the changes needed to succeed is the trainer you want to hire!

Boomer Math

By: Ann Corwin Marix ACE-CPT, LMT

It’s time to change, Baby Boomers! Our generation was brought up thinking a few sit ups and a run around the block would help us slide into our straight leg jeans with no problem. Well, in essence, that did work because we were young and our bodies were quick to respond. Now…not so much.

It seems we need to work twice as hard to get half the results we did before. We blame that on getting older when in reality the blame lies in our former younger selves. You see, we ate as much and as often as we liked because we knew we could quickly ‘work it off’. We would exercise until we reached our goal, then quit because we were in the size we wanted. What we didn’t realize is this cycle set us up for failure by creating a non-sustainable lifestyle; when we should have been focusing on creating a LONG-TERM lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Think of your body as a brand new car…as long as it serviced and cared for properly, it will run at its best. As your car gets older, it will have issues that need attention, but those problems tend to be simple to resolve because you’ve taken care of the car. Now picture that same car without receiving the proper care over its lifetime, the likelihood of the car surviving well as it ages is small without some type of intensive repairs.

Now, take a deep breath and know that we can fix this! We can’t change the past; however, we can repair our future! As baby boomers, we have the resources available to educate ourselves on better nutrition and exercise. It is important to remember, what we choose to eat and what we choose to do as physical activity should be considered a LIFETIME choice, not a temporary fix.

Below is a MIDLIFE FITNESS EQUATION. As we age, the midlife issues will appear (these are just a few…sigh). If we stop there, they will not go away. In fact, they will get worse. If we add Exercise/Nutrition to the equation…voila! Great results!

MIDLIFE FITNESS EQUATION
MIDLIFE ISSUES + EXERCISE/NUTRITION =

Sleep Disruption + Exercise/Nutrition = Improved quality and duration of sleep
Weight Gain + Exercise/Nutrition = Improvements in body composition
Increased Anxiety + Exercise/Nutrition = Decreased anxiety
Fatigue + Exercise/Nutrition = Decreased feelings of fatigue
Depression + Exercise/Nutrition = Decreased depression
Drastic Mood Swings + Exercise/Nutrition = Enhanced feelings of wellbeing
Joint/muscle Aches and Pains + Exercise/Nutrition = Decreased chronic muscle pain
Osteoporosis + Exercise/Nutrition = Decrease or minimize loss of bone   density
Cardiovascular Disease + Exercise/Nutrition = Increased cardiovascular fitness

It is a basic math equation with a simple answer, so, do your math and get the benefits that the answer will provide.

Simple Solutions to Managing Perimenopause

By: Ann Corwin, ACE-CPT, LMT

Perimenopause …the nemesis I must deal with in the 4th decade of my life.  Technically, I’m closer to my 5th decade, but let’s not split hairs…most of mine are falling out anyway thanks to this phase.  It’s like puberty all over again but in reverse, something my mom never told me about.  In her defense, she didn’t go through menopause or  ‘the change’ so she had no helpful hints like “You will appreciate hot flashes in the winter time, they will keep you warm and toasty” or “ save the housework for 3am, that way you will have something to do when insomnia sets in.”

Yes…those are just a few of the many marvelous symptoms  to look forward to along with night sweats, irritability, anxiety, loss of concentration, headaches, vaginal dryness, weight gain and fluctuations, low libido, incontinence, mood swings, dry skin, skin conditions such as pimples or hives, and hair growth on chin, chest, and even the areola.  The menstrual cycle becomes irregular and eventually non-existent.

The good news, yes there is a bright side. Most of these symptoms can be lessened, if not eliminated with some simple solutions.

Diet:

Proper nutrition and diet is a crucial part of easing the frustration and managing the symptoms of perimenopause.  Most women use Perimenopause and Menopause as an excuse to not follow good nutrition.  One of the biggest misconceptions women have is by eating less they will lose the weight gain that occurs during this time of their life.  But by doing this women only amplify the problem because, a slower metabolism is also a condition of ‘the change’.  Forgive me for forgetting that tidbit of information; after all, forgetfulness is yet another symptom (sigh…).

It is important to have a proper calorie intake throughout our life, and although calorie reduction is a key element in losing weight, it should be done properly.  If the body does not get the proper amount of calories, it will slow down the metabolism and defeat the purpose. The best solution is to replace empty calories with quality calories.  Rule of thumb, if it comes out of a box or a drive thru window, it’s not a quality meal.  Eat fresh or fresh frozen, stay away from canned and over processed foods, and be sure your plate has a larger portion of protein and vegetables compared to carbohydrates which should be healthy, complex ones.

Exercise:

In addition to proper nutrition, it is very important to stay active during this time.  Especially during this phase of your life, it’s important to perform weight bearing exercise to improve or maintain bone density as well as assist in weight loss and improving your mental outlook.  Restful sleep, mental alertness, better mood, and muscle tone are positive results that come from exercise.  It doesn’t take much to see improvement, just 30 minutes of exercise per day is enough to provide an effective solution.  Set out for a brisk walk, or check out the local gyms and personal training studios.  The variety of 30 minute and 60 minute classes offered will keep you motivated!

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT):

There are many arguments on both sides of the HRT controversy.  In the past women who made it to menopause were not expected to live more than a decade past ‘the change’.  Now our generation will survive into our 80’s and so the question is posed.  Doesn’t it make sense to use medicine to maintain the quality of our health and life?

HRT is a replacement of hormones which our bodies normally produce.  With HRT you can have your physician prescribe a medical treatment or if you prefer you can work with your physician to determine natural methods and/or medical methods of hormone replacement.  HRT can lessen the symptoms to a tolerable level until the body becomes acclimated to the changes taking place.

Like it or not, ‘the change’ is a natural and inevitable phase we go through.  The biggest ‘change’ to be made is to accept the fact it happens but not accept the fact nothing can be done and we must suffer through the symptoms.  If I may quote: “I found menopause to be an unnerving, confusing time and was dismayed at the lack of clear, straightforward information available to answer my questions. It seemed like everything I read raised more questions than answers. That is the reason I chose to speak out – I did not want other women to go through the same confusion I did. With a little information, women can celebrate menopause as the transition to a new phase in their lives, and make it a less fearful time.”

Let’s Get Real…Creating a dietary lifestyle that works for you!

By: Ann Corwin Marix, ACE-CPT, LMT

We are a society of dreamers who wish upon a star for the quick fix, the easy way out, the ‘diet’ or ‘pill’ that takes all the work and worries out of losing weight and touts to make it ‘just happen’!  WAKE UP, the Get Real alarm has just gone off!  Now don’t get me wrong, there are some ‘miracle’ diets and pills that can help you shed weight quickly and there are many people going that route.  What people don’t realize, or choose to ignore, is the fact these quick and easy weight loss plans set your body up for disappointment and worse, detrimental health issues down the road.

Here are a few that top the charts in dangerously low caloric intake:

HCG diet:  With this plan, you are injected with the HCG hormone (or sublingual drops) which is said to assist in losing weight.  In the meantime, you are required to sustain a very low calorie plan (500 to 800 calories per day).  A diet below 1,000 calories is extremely unhealthy for the body.  Can you lose weight on this?  Yes, you can but the golden rule in weight loss- the faster it comes off, the more likely you will regain it.  In addition, the HCG has not been proven to provide any positive results, and furthermore, science has not confirmed if it is safe to inject HCG when you are not producing it naturally. And to reiterate once again, the low caloric intake is just not healthy.

Master Cleanse: This plan proposes 10 days of drinking a lemon/maple syrup/cayenne pepper concoction several times a day, a quart of salt water in the am and an herbal laxative tea in the evening.  Once again, we are looking at 650-1000 calories with NO key nutrients such as proteins, calcium, iron, or zinc.  A day or two to ‘cleanse’ the system (and I use the term cleanse loosely…no pun) may not do a great deal of damage but consider this; the body will devour itself and any lean body mass you previously had will be gone.  Once you start eating again, you will gain fat, not muscle and hence become a fatter version of your original self.

Zerona:  A cold laser treatment that penetrates the skin causing the release of unwanted fat from your hips, waist, and thighs. It is said to release via the lymphatic system.  Interestingly enough, it is required that 2 weeks prior to the treatment, you are given a daily regimen to follow.  Drink eight to ten 8oz glasses of water daily, exercise at least 30 minutes per day, and eat a balanced meal…so…I’m thinking if you follow the suggested regimen for 2 weeks or more, you can lose weight without spending the big dollars on the dancing laser lights…just a thought…

 Breatharian Diet:  Yes it’s real and yes I put it here because, well, I just needed a good laugh.  This diet promotes living on air alone…no food or water. It is believed by following this plan, you align yourself with the universe and there is no need for food… I hesitate to go further with this because I think we can figure this one out, but here goes:  in survival mode, the body can only go a few days without water and a few weeks without food…the world may be a rat race and the survival of the fittest, but there is food and water available no need to go without!  Again, depleting the body of calories and nutrition will not do a body good.

In summary, these are all low or no calorie diets so losing weight is inevitable but also an unhealthy and unrealistic way to do so.  You would not want to continue any of these as a long term lifestyle so why damage your body by doing them short term?  There are many healthy eating plans available and the ones that make sense follow these simple rules:

  • Eat 3 meals a day and 2 healthy snacks in between meals. Try to eat every 3-4 hours
  • Eliminate or reduce alcohol intake, white starches,  processed sugars and foods
  • Balance meals with proteins, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates
  • Ensure your vitamins and supplements are top grade and pertinent to your needs
  • Maintain a daily water intake with a minimum of ½ your weight in ounces
  • Avoid diets that eliminate healthy vegetables, proteins, etc.  unless you have been diagnosed with a particular disease/disorder that requires the elimination of certain food items.

So when it comes to healthy eating, GET REAL, and avoid the fast pass lane to weight loss.  The long term results are more permanent, and healthier than the short term, unrealistic options out there!

About the Author – Ann Corwin Marix

annAnn’s start in health and wellness was (and still is) as a masseuse after, believe or not, hiring a personal trainer.  See athletics, exercise and activity have always been a major part of my life; but over time life seemed to take over – work; raising a child; keeping a household took its toll and my “Me-time” seemed to disappear.  Long story short, what was going to be a time to make myself feel better (by getting a massage after some a personal training session) became an eye opening experience and drove me to obtain my massage license and help others in relieving pain from injuries, trauma, or simply everyday life. Wanting to get back into exercise, I became a Jazzercise instructor and then wanting a closer relationship with clients, followed that experience by becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Certified TRX Instructor.  I love providing my clients with a unique and fun approach to help motivate and drive to obtain the results they want