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Summer BBQ’s and Staying on the Health Wagon 

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Summer vacations, family bbq’s, and informal get-togethers with friends are abundant. Here are a few tips to stay on your health and fitness wagon amidst pulled pork, potato salad, apple pie, bloody mary’s and other summer treats.

Tip #1:

Get it in! Get your workout in on the day of or the day before and after your social gathering. Cardio and strength training are excellent ways to burn calories during and AFTER your workout. The more muscle you build, the more calories you burn when RESTING and eating a veggie burger in the sun.

Tip #2:

Mindfully eat. CHEW. SAVOR. ENJOY. Eat until you are satisfied and not to the point of feeling stuffed. Also, gravitate towards the veggies! Take it easy on the condiments.

Tip #3:

Be actively social. Who says you have to sit and be sedentary when hanging out with others? Bring a frisbee. Bring a ball. Stand and talk. Take a short walk around the outdoor venue. Volunteer to watch/play with children, if present.

Tip #4:

Bring something you know you will eat. We’re often asked to bring a dish to the event. Why not bring something you know you want to eat? This guarantees something healthy-ish at the event. (smile)

Tip #5:

Remember, oftentimes the food present at these get-togethers are usually exceptions to your daily nutrition norm. If you are a social butterfly and go to all kinds of bbqs, happy hours, and such, you might want to consider eating a healthy meal beforehand or packing one on-the-go for your event.

Learn, Explore, & Taste: Grocery Store Tour [Sunday, 2/21]


C.E.b. Fitness & Wellness will host groups of 4 people for personally guided tours of MOM’s Organic Market located in Woodbridge, VA. MOM’s staff will provide an overview of the importance of buying organic and sustainable products, and share unique in-store services and products. Dr. Candice Elaine brooks will discuss how to read food labels, shopping-on-the-go, saving money and eating healthy, and share quick meal ideas.

All participants will be given a MOM’s reusable bag, MOM’s coupon book, food and beverage samples, and a ticket to enter a drawing for a $20 MOM’s gift card.

Contact us by 12 noon on Thursday, February 18 to schedule your group for a one hour time slot on Sunday, February 21, 2016.

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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 52 trips to carry that many people.

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5 Ways to Add More Physical Activity into Your Workday

Okay, which one is it? Is sitting slowly killing us? Or is it the lack of physical activity (and NOT actually sitting) killing us? Or is it a combination of several other factors?

Photo credit: Alejandro Escamilla

Several of us sit for short and often extended amounts of time tending to various computer tasks at work, home, and school. It’s easy to get caught up in a task, phone conversation, or productive meeting and the next thing you know, you have been sitting in the same chair for over 3 hours! And don’t forget, many of us have long commutes and sit behind the steering wheel, on public transportation, or in a carpool. Let’s not even talk about sitting when we eat, go to the bathroom, watch TV, or read our little techie gadgets. Regardless of what it is, all of this sitting time adds up. 

A recent 2015 British study that followed 5,000 people for 16 years completely debunked several prior studies about the detrimental impact sitting has on our health and longevity. It stated,

Long periods of sitting may not be as bad for health as previously thought. [The study] did not find any increased risk of early death from prolonged sitting. The results of this extensive study run counter to previous research claims that even regular exercise does not fully overcome the damage of too much sitting. The study did not cast any doubt on the benefits of exercise or the dangers of overall physical inactivity, but its results did suggest that prolonged sitting is no worse than other forms of inactivity, at least for risk of early death.

Find this study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology

The moral of the story is MOVE! Add more physical activity to your day period!

Here’s a quick list of five things you can do at work.

  1. MOVE YOUR TRASH CAN:  Your trash can may currently be conveniently located near your desk. Stop what you’re doing. Pick it up. And move it to the other side of your office space. This will force you to get up more frequently throughout the day; hence, integrate more physical activity into your workday and burn more calories!
  2. STAND UP- SIT DOWN – STAND UP: I remember learning this trick while listening to a nerdy exercise physiology podcast. One of the presenters gave this excellent tip. Here it is. Every time you are seated and wish to stand up to go do something, stand up, then sit back down, and then stand up and complete your task. This forces you to incorporate move movement–especially, squats to your day.
  3. SIT DOWN – STAND UP – SIT DOWN: Similar to #2, every time you are standing and choose to sit, sit down, then stand back up, and then sit down. 
  4. DRINK MORE WATER: One of the most common complaints about drinking more water at work or even when flying is getting up to use the restroom more frequently. Well, consider this a blessing. Drinking more water AND getting up more often during the day is a WIN-WIN scenario. You are hydrated and incorporating more physical activity into your day. So what are you waiting for? Take another sip of H20!
  5. DITCH THE ELEVATOR: This is a no brainer. Take the stairs!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Numbers 2, 3, and 5 assume you have the ability to stand up, sit down, and walk up/down steps on your own. Please contact me to explore ways to modify these activities for anyone who may have a physical limitation.

[The study’s] co-author Melvyn Hillsdon said, “Policy makers should be cautious in recommending a reduction in the time spent sitting without also promoting increased physical activity…Our study overturns current thinking on the health risks of sitting and indicates that the problem lies in the absence of movement rather than the time spent sitting itself.”

A Mother’s Strength

Photo Credit: Gustavo Del Castillo Photography (Oakland, CA) @gdcphotography

Today is THE day for all mother’s across the globe. It’s Mother’s Day!

Let us remember…

  • several of us may no longer have our mother here on Earth to celebrate this special day
  • some mother’s may be mourning the loss of their only child or children
  • some of us may have mothers who do not recognize us or remember who we are
  • some of us may have mothers fighting for their dear lives
  • some of us are unable to have biological children
  • some moms may be separated from their children and families
  • acknowledge that today is an emotional day for many

The physiological definition of strength is “the ability of the neuromuscular system to produce internal tension to overcome an external force,” (National Academy of Sports Medicine, 2014, p. 312).

I couldn’t have defined the strength of moms any better. Day in and day out mom’s use their God-given strength from within to overcome every external force imaginable on behalf of their children and families.That takes extraordinary STRENGTH.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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