The Cornerstones To Better Health

How would you rate your own overall health on a scale of 1-10 right now (10 being top marks, 1 being lowest)?

I can tell you personally after coaching with more than a thousand people the average is between 4-6. The lower of those scores being the folks with aches, pains, weight or other issues, running through to the higher grades that gave answers such as; ‘I used to be really fit, but then I just got a bit lazy’, or ‘I know I should do something about this (pain/flab/headache, etc) but I never get around to it.

The big ‘W’ weight.
Above all, being overweight and unfit are the two biggest culprits that can then open the door to so many other conditions and illnesses. According to a report by the Royal College of Physicians, the Faculty of Public Health, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health over half the UK population are either overweight or obese (with a body mass index of more than 30), which breaks down to 70% of men and 63% of women.

Currently, one in 5 adults and one in 20 children under the age of 16 are obese, and if current trends continue it is estimated that at least one third of adults & children will be obese by 2020 – and these figures are more or less similar in other developed or developing countries around the world. I’m not writing this simply to shock you, but to impress upon you the absolute importance of maintaining your body in as good a shape as possible.

People come to me in coaching to help them create a great business plan, to move forward in some area of their life, to stoke up their motivation in a project. Yet, the one most solid basis for any of that is to be as healthy as possible. In creating a healthy life plan, to be in optimum health, is the one sure-fire way of achieving that success. Most experts believe there are 4 basic areas to achieving a better quality of health.

* Belief systems.
* Food & eating habits.
* Exercise.
* Support.

Belief Systems.
Simply, what goes on in your head creates who you are and what you do with your life. That’s wonderful if all is well. If however, something is not as you want, whether it is health, career, finance, etc, one of the first areas to look at should be belief, because what you believe you generally create.

Food & eating habits.
You already know this! There has now been so much information on nutrition, diets, slimming, weight loss, optimum health and the like published that unless you’ve been living on Pluto the last few decades you must have been aware of at least some of it. What those articles don’t tackle however, is what might be right for you. We are all different; we all enjoy, and dislike different things. Therefore, taking an individual approach, one that works for you, is key to achieving success.

Exercise.
Exercise should be tailored to your own body, age and lifestyle. It’s like saying ‘everyone likes ice cream’ sure, some people do, though even with those, some would prefer chocolate, vanilla or strawberry.

Exercise can be so much more than going to the gym. If you have a fabulous gym near you that fires your imagination, then that’s great. However, if not, then ask yourself ‘what would be a fun way for me to raise my energy with?’ A couple of my friends bought inline roller skates and spend Sunday’s rolling around the park. Another rents a bike and takes a day trip to the country.

What would it be for you, because if you do find the fun in exercise it’s the one area that’ll affect all others?

Support.
This doesn’t mean someone doing all the work for you. It doesn’t mean that if you don’t have the support of your partner or best friend it can’t be done, and it certainly doesn’t mean that if you can’t afford a personal trainer or nutritionist, better health & fitness are impossible.

What it DOES mean is that you can begin today to support yourself better and more systematically. Do whatever you need to do to take ownership of your own well-being and begin the journey to achieving better, more vibrant health for you.

Top 10 Health And Fitness Tips – Get In The Best Shape Of Your Life

Below are our top 10 health and fitness tips, in no particular order. From healthy eating habits to exercise programs, these health and fitness tips will help you get smarter about weight loss, wellness and healthy living overall.

1. Drink more water. You hear this all the time and there’s a reason for that – because it’s important! Drinking water curbs your hunger, hydrates your body and nourishes you from the inside out, including your skin. Aim for half your body weight in ounces per day. i.e. if you weigh 150 lbs, you would aim to drink 75 ounces of water per day.

2. For faster fat loss and a stronger heart, try sprint interval training. The basic format of sprint interval training is sprint/walk/sprint/walk, etc. Pick a stretch of road that is flat for 50 yards – sprint the 50 yards, walk back slowly, repeat – do this 10 times. Make sure you’re warmed up before you start sprinting and that you warm down when you’re done. Sprint interval training boosts your metabolism, burns more fat, and takes less time to complete.

3. Stay away from sugar! When you consume sugar, it causes your body to release insulin – and insulin causes your body to store fat. That’s why those fat-free cookies with extra sugar are actually causing you to gain weight. Read the ingredients label and stay away from products heavy in sugar and high fructose corn syrup. “Healthy” breakfast cereals and bars are notorious for being high in these two ingredients.

4. Add more of the following foods to your diet: whole grains, olive oil, eggs, natural peanut butter, fish, poultry, berries, apples, almonds, protein powder and water. These foods will help you burn more fat, stay in shape and better your health.

5. Add weight training to your exercise routine. Adding muscle to your body increases your life span, makes you stronger and burns fat. If you’re looking to tone up, use a weight that you can lift 8-12 times; if you’re looking to add bulk, use a weight you can lift 4-6 times. Weight train 2-3 times per week and keep your weight training sessions to 45 minutes max.

6. At a minimum, add a quality multivitamin to your diet and fish oil softgels (omega-3 fatty acids). Most people don’t get a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals from foods alone so it’s important you compliment your healthy eating habits with a strong multi. The fish oil softgels are important because most people’s diets are severely lacking in omega-3 fatty acids and this is suspected to be a contributing factor to many health diseases, including obesity. Fish oil softgels are the easiest way to add omega-3′s to your diet – consume 2,000 to 3,000 mg of omega-3′s per day.

7. Add more Wild Alaskan salmon to your diet. It’s extremely high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and low in fat – an incredibly healthy combination. And Wild Alaskan salmon is very low in mercury, the one problem with regular salmon.

8. Stay away from foods that contain hydrogenated oils and processed foods altogether. Hydrogenated oils, or trans fats, wreck havoc on your body and some states are even banning them. Read the ingredients of the food you are eating – it will indicate if it contains hydrogenated oils – and if it does, toss it! Processed foods are the chemically-altered, packaged foods like many of the foods targeted towards kids nowadays. Usually you can tell a food is processed if the ingredients show a list of chemicals a mile long.

9. A simple way to keep your weight under control is stop eating before you’re full. Portion control is an easy way to make sure you don’t over eat and gain weight. If you continuously eat until your uncomfortably full, you’ll consume too many calories and stretch your stomach out, causing you to eat more often.

10. Give yoga a try because you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes when your body is limber and flexible, plus it will help reduce your chances of injury. Yoga consists of 15-20 minutes of deep stretching and usually meditation. Your body will feel younger and you’ll have less stress – combine this with cardio, weight training and a healthy diet, and in 12 weeks you’ll be in the best shape of your life.

Health And Fitness, The Basic Story

First of all, let me say that you and you only have the power to influence how healthy you want to be. Your diet should at least be 1/3 fruits and vegetables. The daily food intake should be this category of food and the resulting health benefits will include lowering your risk of having high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. Diabetes can happen also, once you pull the trigger on that, there is no going back. Keep in mind that you should limit the starchy carbs you eat (bread and pasta).

Health insurance plans “fee for service” is where the insurance company pays a fee for the services offered to the insured people. So with that said make sure and do your research of the various plans in order to see what other medical services are available. Also note what restrictions are in place, respective to the plan you are thinking about purchasing. A health care plan that offers full or partial coverage for those additional services may be worth paying a few extra dollars for each month in the health insurance rate.

In the event that you do get ill and need their services of your health plan they will then scrutinize your records with the hopes of finding a reason not to pay your health insurance related claims. Other things to be taken into your decision while picking out a health insurance policy are how the plan handles medical care like physical. Is there vision care or dental services? What is the care and counseling for mental health? What are the services for drug and alcohol abuse; is there ongoing care for chronic and long-term diseases. Is there alternative medical care like acupuncture; does it cover experimental treatments and therapies.

Diet and lifestyle (fitness) play important roles in keeping you healthy. Exercise is so important that it requires a special emphasis. Lack of exercise is very bad for your health. There are so many other benefits of exercise but they are well beyond the scope of this article. Your healthy lifestyle can easily help you in bringing down the health insurance premium. Detecting an illness early on can vastly improve recovery rates whilst the process itself can help identify unhealthy lifestyle habits which can be remedied.

Private health insurance is one of those lifestyle choices all us of face. If you are not doing so already, I encourage you to consider practical new ways to start a healthy lifestyle for you and your family today. There are preventable things that you can cut from you life like tobacco. Obesity from a poorly planed diet and lack of exercise in your life is something that can be prevented.

In closing remember these few things to improve your health, eat more raw vegetables and less junk food. See your doctor more often and the biggest tip of all is having a meeting with a Nutritionist/Dietitian. This person will and teaches you so much about the foods you eat, you will be so surprised.