You can roll the dice on a lot of things without much serious risk. Leaving the house without an umbrella, for instance, on a day with a 50 percent chance of rain. But when it comes to maintaining good health, you should never leave your body to chance. Effort and knowledge play huge roles in your overall health and how you choose to eat or stay fit.
Continue reading Maintaining Good Health Isn’t About Luck
We get a lot of who we are from our parents or family tree. Maybe it’s our dad’s nose, our mom’s hair color, or that personality trait we saw in them when we were kids that we swore we’d never do when we grew up. The point is, we chalk a lot up to genetics, including our health, and often we feel that we can do nothing about it. Yet, out of all the above attributes, it may stun you to learn that through a healthy lifestyle, we actually do have the ability to manipulate or even turn off genes that put us at risk for afflictions like diabetes or heart problems.
The adage, “never judge a book by its cover,” can be tough to put into practice, especially when construed with fitness and health. For example, is it possible to look healthy and be unhealthy? If you pay attention to TV, look at magazine covers or follow social media, it’s possible. The media would have you believe someone thin or muscular, in a general sense, is healthy and fit, while someone not as toned or perhaps considered overweight is often looked at as unhealthy.
Can looks be deceiving? Is there more than meets the eye to health than a number on a scale or a size on a store rack? Absolutely.
Continue reading Can You Look Healthy and Be Unhealthy?
By Dory Karinen, Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club-West Brookfield
I believe that fitness should be just as much about how you feel physically (increasing your energy, sleeping better, decreasing anxiety) and emotionally (self-esteem, confidence, determination), as it is about how you look. Continue reading Why You Should Stop Comparing Yourself to Others