Health & Fitness Advice

9 tips that help me prevent an asthma attack while exercising

I talk a lot about my previous stroke and heart attack, so you would be forgiven for not knowing that I also have asthma–I have since I was about 10 years old. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has recently announced that May is “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month” so no better time than to share some advice for those exercising with asthma. Continue reading “9 tips that help me prevent an asthma attack while exercising”

May is Stroke Awareness Month so learn this F.A.S.T and help save lives!

FAST stroke awareness

May is Stroke Awareness Month.

Honestly, every month should be stroke awareness month, but I know there are many months, weeks, and days of the year where you’re asked to be mindful of some worthy cause or another. It can be a little overwhelming.

Hopefully, this quick video makes it easier, and F.A.S.T.er for you to learn how to spot the signs of a stroke–and potentially save someone from disability or death.

 

How walking can help you run faster & achieve a new PR (personal record)

It has been almost one year since I started running. When I first started I would have to mix in walking, simply because I didn’t have the technique, training, or stamina to run non-stop. Over time, I built up my experience to the point that I could run without walking.

I felt on top of the world!

Then I decided to try the run/walk method. Continue reading “How walking can help you run faster & achieve a new PR (personal record)”

25 ways to wear your kids out & make them sleep longer!

25 at home exercises for kids

At the beginning of all the “Stay at Home” orders the above headline would probably raise an eyebrow. Now that we’re on our second month of trying to keep our sanity while being stuck at home, hopefully, it raises a Grinch-like smile.

So, for all parents that are struggling to either keep kids* occupied and/or want to make sure they stay active, here are 25 ways to get them moving, courtesy of the American Heart Association’s Triangle chapter.

*of all ages πŸ˜‰

The “Stay at Home” full-body workout for us middle-agers

The β€œStay at Home” full body workout for us middle-agers

I know it can be difficult to find a way to keep your muscles toned if you can’t get to the gym or you don’t have the budget to buy exercise equipment for your home. Fortunately, you don’t need anything more than a couple of cartons of soup…and a good sense of humor. πŸ˜‰

These three different wall sit progressions will give your core, legs, shoulder, chest, and arms a great workout.Β If you do have some dumbbells you can bump up the weight with them or just look around your home for something else you can use.

The best $700 bike for mountains, trails, roads, AND commuting? Does it exist?

I’m at that age where I feel like I still have some of the fearless fire I had when I was riding in my twenties, but also know my body has gone through a lot and that I need to be a little more cautious. That raised multiple questions when I decided to get back into biking.

Road biking? I used to enjoy that a lot and would often cycle 25+ miles on country and city roads. These days? Whether drivers have gotten worse or I have just become more nervous, I like to stick to quiet neighborhood roads when biking.

Mountain biking? As a kid, I had BMX and mountain bikes. Wheelies, jumps, bunny-hops. I loved them all. I’m now no longer brave enough to tackle downhill rock-gardens or super fast berms.

Hybrid biking? I did once own a hybrid/commuter bike, but it was kind of like vanilla ice cream. Even when I added some sprinkles, I was still bored riding it.

So, fast forward to 2020 and I decided it was time for me to find a bike that I could ride on neighborhood streets, kick some dirt on a trail, or get some exercise on a paved greenway. Continue reading “The best $700 bike for mountains, trails, roads, AND commuting? Does it exist?”

Staying #HealthyAtHome during the Coronavirus pandemic includes your mental health

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.

Being stuck at home can lead to depression, stress, or bad habits–such as drinking, smoking, or over-eating. In turn, these can lead to higher blood pressure, lack of sleep, or higher blood sugar–all risks for a heart attack or stroke. So, here are a few simple things you can do to help exercise your brain while stuck inside. Continue reading “Staying #HealthyAtHome during the Coronavirus pandemic includes your mental health”

This simple first step will get your diet on track

How to see your diet like Neo sees the Matrix

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.

However, the most important step to losing weight starts way before you actually change your diet. It starts by knowing how your current diet is sabotaging your health. Continue reading “This simple first step will get your diet on track”