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Touch Your Toes Every Day

fit chick 4Damn! As we get older, we start to lose stuff. I don’t mean keys. I mean real, meaningful stuff like hair, eyesight, strength, flexibility, sexual interest. . . Oh my! But, yes, there is a but. Your really don’t have to lose as much as you think. Good habits aren’t enough. Those are what got you to where you are now. You need to cultivate great habits. You don’t have to spend a ton of money but making the right choices can make a difference. Sure, you can spend your money on vitamins and supplements but it may be more important to make certain you are eating a healthy, balanced diet. Some of you would rather die than put a vegetable in your mouth so you are willing to spend money on stuff like sea kelp tablets. You already know what I am going to say.

Beyond the metabolism things that happen as we age, we lose strength, fitness and flexibility. But just like having an aversion to green vegetables, many of us have an aversion to fitness. We practically break out in hives if we have to do anything more than carry groceries from the car. But just as we can eat better to supplement the vitamins and minerals our body’s need, we can reach and bend our way to greater flexibility. That certainly helps in assuming and holding that position you like.

So, after you empty your bladder, drink a glass of water and before you clutter your mind with the days requisites, touch your toes. I’m fond of going back to bed, so I pull up the covers, sit on the bed with my legs in front of me and reach down to touch my toes . . . and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat several times. Lay back and pull one knee up to your chest and hold. Then the other. Then both. Roll to your side and bring your leg across as far as you can. Repeat on both sides.

Sit on the edge of the bed and stretch your shoulders reaching up and then across. Twist at the waist and hold. Both sides. Bend over at the waist and try to get your torso on your thighs. Stand and squat as deeply as you can. Hold and repeat. Go take a shower, get some coffee or do whatever you do next. You’ll feel better, especially if you make it a habit. And if you can make it a daily habit, if you touch your toes every day, you will find that your holding off loosing stuff that is near and dear to you.

The Fit Chick

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How much water should I drink a day?

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It depends on the individual and there are many factors (both internal and external) that affect our need for water.

Health authorities usually recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule.

However, there are other health pundits who think we’re always on the brink of dehydration and that we need to sip on water constantly throughout the day… even when we’re not thirsty.

The best way to stay hydrated is to drink more water and drink less or stay away from coffee and sugary drinks during the day.

Drinking water before eating will also help to curb your appetite and may help you lose weight.

Do yourself a favor and drink more water if you are taking medications and are an older adult. The increased water will lead to better blood volume and help your body distribute medications, digest food and flush toxins.

Starting the day with a glass of water is a good way to start the day. After sleeping, it helps to gently get you digestive system ready for the day.

I’m going to work out. Come Back Soon!

The Fit Chick

Community Greens is very happy to welcome The Fit Chick as a contributor. She brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience about Fitness, Health and Lifestyle. If you have a question, please send it along. Thanks!

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CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute is an academic research and action center at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy located in Harlem, NYC. They provide evidence to inform municipal policies that promote equitable access to healthy, affordable food.

They have several informative seminars and discussions coming up. Get on their email list and stay informed.

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NFL Partnership with Big Pharma

In this age of instantaneous gratification giving someone pills to treat their illness is the absolute norm.  Most patients docilely accept these medicines and do not even think to question the doctor.  They do not question their motives and interests, they just accept their fate.  The widespread abuse of painkillers is a very big problem. We’ve all seen those commercials that promote a new drug and then you hear that long, obscure list of the dangerous side effects.  The thousands of dangerous side effects like organ failure, blindness, and quite often, even actual death.  Now how can death be a side effect? Death is actually an ultimatum if you ask me.  There is no coming back from death, but these doctors tell you it’s a side effect.  As a concerned citizen, I am now seeing that this painkiller abuse problem has trickled down to our top athletes.

Team doctors are also part of this sick machine and have no problem pumping players full of painkillers to help them stay on course during the season.  According to the Natural News, “The NFL has recently come under fire for violating federal regulations regarding prescription medications, ignoring the guidance of the DEA and lastly, filling players with painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs.”  These are temporary solutions to solving a chronic problem.  Addiction is not acceptable on any level and players are becoming addicted just like normal working people.  1,800 players have come forward to press these issues of non-compliance and of course the NFL has openly denounced these claims.  Just like the tobacco industry use to deny cigarettes being detrimental to your health, your doctors may be getting over on you because of misinformation.  Remember the end game for these corporations is always profit over people.

J. Brittany Ray
CHHC, Pro Chef
Former Pro Basketball Player
Smiling Bellies Health Consulting

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Fit Tips

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What did you give up for Lent? How about giving up 5-10 lbs? Don’t wait until June to start thinking about a “Beach Body”. Get started on a simple exercise and stretching program. Talk to your doctor. Ease into it. You don’t have to be fit in 30 days or limit yourself to 7 minutes a day. Find a program you feel comfortable with, join a gym, buy a wall chart or use an online resource to get where you want to go. Make a better you a habit!

  • Workout daily. Even a walk around the block is great and gets you going.
  • Eat post-workout carbs.
  • Eat breakfast and you’re more likely to stick to a smaller portions throughout the day.
  • Eating smaller portions more often, 5-6 times each day, speeds your metabolism.
  • Eat enough protein to help you build lean muscle and burn body fat.
  • Eliminate (reduce) refined sugar and white flour.
  • Eat whole grains and foods that don’t have added sugar.
  • Drink water throughout the day.

 

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