Making changes to your diet and exercise is hard. Very hard! In fact, if you read most articles about this topic you’ll come away thinking you need to go an extreme diet, exercise for an hour or more a day, and give up everything you currently enjoy. That’s not going to be this article. Instead, I am looking at heart attack and stroke prevention advice from a practical standpoint. I want to share with you small changes that motivate you, not scare you, and can be added to your daily routine.
Not only do the tips below include small daily changes, but you can even start by just picking one of them to make over the next few weeks. You probably inherited many of your risks for a stroke or heart attack or built them up over many years, so don’t feel the need to rush to make extreme changes quickly. Make small changes to achieve big goals.
Even if you’re not quarantined for having the COVID-19 virus, you are likely being politely, yet firmly, asked to stay at home as much as possible. While I could talk to you about how important physical activity is for your heart health, this is also the time to talk about the importance of taking care of your mental health.
The Coronavirus–aka COVID-19–is certainly something serious, but at the same time, when it comes to your gym workouts, you should treat it just like any other flu season. If you’re worried about how the Coronavirus might affect your gym sessions, here are the best tips to follow: Continue reading “7 ways to avoid Coronavirus COVID-19 at your gym”→
March is National Nutrition Month. That’s a new one on me, and you may feel that the advice you read on diets, clean eating, and even balanced macros can be overwhelming.
The good news is, if you’ve been following my advice, you’ll know I’m not a fan of making dramatic changes that are daunting and unsustainable. When I started my weight loss journey, I had just one daily diet goal: eat no more than 100 net carbs per day. That was it. That was eventually maintainable and has helped me lose over 80lbs of body fat.
“The personal training is not really a business. It’s more of a giving back,” said Andy, who also is a reputation management consultant. “There’s so many people that don’t know their own risks, and I just want to be that person that is just gently prodding, ‘Hey, get your cholesterol checked. Watch your blood pressure. Watch for these types of foods. Don’t smoke.'”
Besides eating healthy and working out, Andy maintains his health through a combination of medications and a heart monitor. He and Sheila also check in with each other if they don’t feel right and talk through their options, including whether they should go the emergency room.
Sheila urges people to not be afraid to act.
“Be proactive. Don’t sweep things under the rug,” she said. “I’m glad we erred on the side of caution that morning even though Andy felt perfectly fine. I’m so glad we were in the emergency room when the stroke happened, the big one.”
I’m committed to helping spread the word about stroke and heart attack prevention and the important role family members play.
Going to the gym to workout can be intimidating. You look around and you see many folks lifting some crazy-heavy weights. You feel a sense of pressure that if you don’t lift a heavy dumbbell or you select a low weight on your favorite machine, you’ll look weak, feeble, and maybe even suffer a snicker or eye-roll.
Do not worry about how you look at the gym. Focus on how you feel.
I’m sick and tired. But not of working out and eating healthy. After a quick overseas trip, I returned home with a heavy cold.
I want to work out. I even tried to play some tennis. But, I’m both physically and mentally fatigued. That’s generally a good sign (oxymoron?) that your body is diverting all available resources to fight the illness. Your body needs to focus its energy on fighting the virus, so don’t divert your body’s limited resources to cardio and weight training.
Should you always give up exercise when you’re sick?