One Quick Change for Healthier Workouts

You’ve been faithfully working out for a few weeks or months now, or maybe even longer. You’re seeing great results from exercise, you feel more energetic, and you’re happy with your progress overall. These are all positive outcomes. But on the negative side, you’re feeling a bit bored with your workout routine. Sometimes you really have to push yourself to get started, and you feel a bit less enthusiastic overall.

What if we told you there’s one simple change you could make, that would rejuvenate your workouts and help you feel more motivated to get going? It’s really very simple, but many people haven’t thought about it before: Take your workout outside!

Obviously, you can’t haul heavy gym equipment into your yard (that would be a workout of its own). But you can abandon the treadmill for a real-life walk or jog, swap the stationary bike for a regular one, or even grab your free weights and head out to the patio. You might even design a new workout, with a jump rope or some Pilates bands, or try out a new Youtube video via your phone or laptop. Most types of exercise can be adapted to the outdoors, and you’ll reap the following benefits:

Get more Vitamin D. Our bodies synthesize Vitamin D from sunlight, and most of us don’t get enough. This nutrient is important for building healthy bones, and might help to prevent problems such as diabetes and obesity. Sunlight also helps your body to regulate its circadian rhythms, so you can get better quality sleep.

Fight depression, anxiety, or simply the “workout blues”. Time spent outdoors can help you fight depression and anxiety. Or, if you simply feel less motivated to exercise these days, moving outdoors can feel rejuvenating.

Prevent boredom. Of course, the primary benefit to outdoor exercise is to prevent stagnation in your workout routine. If you always work out inside a gym, trying something new can help you switch up your regular program. You’re less likely to skip workouts or quit altogether when you keep things fresh and exciting.

As always, remember to consult with us before beginning a new workout routine. We can screen you for underlying problems that can make some forms of exercise dangerous for you. We can also help you put together a nutrition plan, if weight loss or maintenance is your goal, and help you stay motivated as you progress.

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On the other hand, we all have issues in our lives that can affect the amount or quality of sleep that we’re getting. As you pursue a healthier diet or weight loss plan, keep these dietary tips in mind – not just for your waistline, but for your sleep habits and overall health. Read more

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For patients with diabetes, their blood sugar levels are a daily concern. But the rest of us rarely (or ever) even consider it. That might be a mistake.

Your blood sugar levels can consistently run on the high side, even if you aren’t diabetic. The problem with this is that over time, high blood sugar can lead to insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes. Over time, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) can also damage your nerves, organs, and blood vessels. Read more

The 15-Minute Workout

Ask 100 people why they don’t work out regularly, and you will receive a variety of answers.  However, one reason will probably be more common than all the rest:  many people will tell you that they simply don’t have time for exercise.

When we think of “exercise” most of us picture long jogs, a minimum of an hour spent in the gym, or fitness classes that don’t always (or ever) work with our schedules. The truth is that you can actually cram a workout into just 15 minutes! Read more

Should You Tweak Your Strength Training Workout?

If you’ve added strength training to your workout routine, we’re happy to hear it. Building lean muscles is one of the best ways to boost metabolism and weight loss, and also benefit your health overall.

However, it’s possible that you’re making a common mistake. Many weight training newbies set up a prescribed workout (such as one recommended by a friend or featured in a magazine) and then they never change that workout. This is a mistake, because over time your muscles will get stronger. They need more of a challenge, and you’re probably getting bored as well. Read more

Sneaky Ways to Boost Your Fiber Intake

Whether you’re trying to eat a healthier diet and prevent disease, or you’re actively pursuing a weight loss plan, adding more fiber to your diet should be one of the cornerstones of your strategy. Most people eating a typical American diet aren’t consuming nearly enough fiber, and it’s important for several reasons: Read more

3 Ways to Protect Your Cardiovascular Health

Often, when we talk about healthy lifestyle choices, we’re talking about diet and exercise tips that help you lose weight or maintain your weight. After all, being overweight is linked to many serious health conditions, so it makes sense to focus on that. Read more

Two Things You Need to Know About Weight Loss

If you have made the decision to overhaul your lifestyle, and make a commitment to weight loss or fitness, we congratulate you on taking the first very important step to a longer and healthier life. This is a decision that no one ever regrets! That’s true whether you’re on a weight loss program due to doctor’s orders, because you’re warding off serious health problems, or simply because you want to look and feel healthier. At the end of this journey you’re going to be so glad you did it. Read more

How to Avoid Dietary Dangers at Restaurants

If you’re planning to travel this summer, you might find yourself dining in more restaurants than usual. This can pose a risk to your weight maintenance or weight loss plan, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on positive results until you return from your trip. If you’re aware of the dietary dangers that lurk in restaurants, it’s actually not too difficult to avoid them. Read more

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