Archive for September, 2009

An Easy Method to Eat, Move and be Happy

Friday, September 11th, 2009

“Treat your body today like you would if you were going to live in it forever.”

~ Uche O.

“Muscle tissue adapts and grows stronger by having larger demands placed on it each workout. The human brain also loves being challenged. Doing the same things every day, makes your brain lazy. Going to the same restaurants every week is too easy. Fish on Wednesday, chicken onThursday….every week, gives your brain no new information. Drive a different route to work; eat at a new restaurant once a week; don’t use your GPS for simple trips (look at a map and use your memory instead).”

Taking risks is good for your body. Adaptation and new growth comes from taking risks. What can you do today that scares you a little?

Do something that scares you every day. Here Uche wears a Corn snake at a birthday party where Zoo-to-You were a part of the celebration

Do something that scares you every day. Here Uche wears a live Corn snake at a birthday party where Zoo-to-You were a part of the celebration

If We Only Knew…

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

If people only knew how damaging the long term impact of overeating each day; living a sedentary lifestyle; drinking more coffee/alcohol/juice, etc (than water), we are sure they would not do this to themselves every day.

But I think for some strange reason of how we all think; “It will not happen to me.” “Heart attackes, stroke, cancer, dementia, diabetes, happens to other people. ”

If you look at the stats, 1in 2 people will die from a heart disease; 1 in 3 will die from cancer.

What is easy to do is easy not to do. Living healthy lifestyle habits is like developing a muscle. Muscles love adapting to new tasks. And after a while, the new tasks/habits become a way of life.

We were in one of our certification courses for our personal training and we heard the lecturer say it takes about 12 times trying to exercise before someone makes it a real life part of their schedule. The challenge we feel for most people is that, they give up after 3-5 tries and report: “I tried 1,000’s of times to workout; it  just doesn’t work for me!”

Hummmm….something to think about

Have a great week… a short one with the recent long weekend

The Power of Your Body Language

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Hey here wellness adventurers!

Did you know your physical fitness influences how you communicate with people? It is not just about having a six pack to look sexy on the beach. There are so many real advantages to having good core strength.

“The quality of your life is directly related to the quality of your communication.”

~ Tony Robbins www.tonyrobbins.com

How does your fitness level influence your communication?

Research has shown that:

55% of your communication is done by BODY LANGUAGE
38% of it is from your tone of voice

7% is from the actual words you chose to say

Therefor 93% of your communication is NON-VERBAL!

Can you see the link? If you are tired, hungry, injured, depressed, etc, it will effect your energy levels. If you have low energy or a sore back or sore throat, you will have less personal power for your communication.

Walking is man’s best medicine

~ Hippocrates 300BC

The father of medicine, Hippocrates was so right. Physical activity uplevels every part of your body-mind-spirit.

I did a 10 minute sprint on my stationary bike upstairs here in our home. I will be going to the gym later for an intense leg and core workout. www.extremefitness.ca

 

An empty hotel pool at The Hilton Hotel in Houston ~ April 2009

An empty hotel pool at The Hilton Hotel in Houston ~ April 2009

 

What is the best exercise? The one you enjoy and you will do every day. It could be swimming. Above image from a recent trip to Houston.

Swimming, walking, running, weight-training, it is all good. Aim to move most days of the week

All the best in your fitness quest

Uche

Kill Your Cravings

Friday, September 4th, 2009

One of our pizza creations made with a brown rice base, organic tomato sause, free range chicken pieces, soy cheese.

One of our pizza creations made with a brown rice crust, organic tomato sause, free range chicken pieces, soy cheese.

“We enjoy lecturing on a variety of health and wellness topics. We like to tie in different formats, cultures and books for our audiences. In the Ayurvedic tradition (an ancient Indian healing practice) , there are six tastes: sweet, salt, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Anytime you are missing entire food groups from fad diets or overeating junk food, you will have imbalances. Imbalances in your diet will lead to cravings.”

Look for more complete meals with foods from a variety of sources. Learn to enjoy the different tastes and savour them. You will find including more variety will lead to more satisfaction when you eat. More satisfication will take you in the direction of eating a little less by choice.

Bon appetit!

 

Making Fitness a No Brainer

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

 

Most people make health and fitness complicated. We feel that by creating more complexity, execution becomes even more daunting for the average North American.

“What is easy to do - is easy not to do” ~ Jim Rohn, American’s business philosopher

The highest level of ability is attained when one has unconscious competence in an area. This means you no longer have to think about what you are doing in a conscious manner (ie for most people…walking down the street).

Read The Miracle of Health (Wiley 2009) and see how we have cracked the code when it comes to health and wellness. We want to help you.

Your Thoughts can Make You FAT!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

“  As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” James Allan

Recent research on the body’s response to perceived stress shows that the fight or flight creates a cascade of reactions that make the heart race, increases platelet stickiness, increases sugar in the blood - all to help your body respond to a threat (REAL or IMAGINED).

Result over the long haul? An overall heightened nervous system and a body that has fat reserves increased in the mid-section (among numerous other disasterous processes).

Anyway you slice it - if you react to events in your day and do so in a dysfunctional manner (mobilizing your body for a fight when you are not a UFC champ or getting your body for a quick sprint and you are sitting in your car on the highway stuck in traffic jam) your body will age faster than it was designed.

Breathe, smile, think, respond  (we know, easier said than done: but you know what - simple awareness of your over-reactions, can bring healing to a body/mind on fire with stinkin’ thinkin’).

Uche

First Step to a Leaner Healthier You

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” Lao Tzu

 Getting lean & healthy begins with a desire. Action is next. Consistent daily action is next.

Kary Odiatu Inspiring Women at Nottasawaga Inn

Kary Odiatu (third from left) Inspiring Women at Nottasawaga Inn