Today's Fitness Tip

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Flower Power

Flower Power  flowers1

Many people do not consider themselves a “morning person.” Participants of a Harvard behavioral study admitted that they feel least positive in the early hours. However, they reported being much happier and more energetic after seeing flowers first thing in the morning.

Keeping flowers around the home greatly reduces a person’s stress levels. Flowers are soothing to people, and keeping ornamental flowers around the home is a great way to lower stress and anxiety. People who keep flowers in their home feel much happier, less stressed, and more relaxed. Thus, the chances of suffering from stress-related depression are decreased as well. Overall, adding flowers to your home makes you feel more relaxed, secure, and happy. Flowers can help you achieve a more optimistic outlook on your life helping you increase your happiness.

Being around flowers also helps people concentrate better. Studies have shown that tasks are performed better and with greater accuracy when the person is near flowers.  Being outside in a natural environment can even improve memory performance and attention span by about twenty percent

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Increase Vitality with Qigong

QiGongThe National Qigong Association (NQA) states “Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.”
According to the NQA, The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.
The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.

I use Qigong to center and ground myself.  It helps with focus and concentration as well.

Many fitness clubs offer Qigong.  Why not take a class?

d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqAs we age many of us begin to gain weight. As adults, if we do not do strength training exercises, we lose muscle mass. Muscle is very dense and takes up less room than fat. Muscle requires fuel, fuel as in calories. Therefore in order to stay lean we need to keep some muscle.

It is recommended to strength train 3-4 times per week. If you are just beginning, start out with light weights. Don’t overdo it to cause injury. The goal is to strengthen slowly.

Check with your doctor to make sure you are physically able to do the exercises. Your doctor should be able to give you guidelines.

Hire a Personal Trainer if it is in your budget. Form more information on Personal Training email me at:   jackie@resultswellnesscenters.com or by phone 866-998-4100.

Coach Jackie;-)

 


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Reasons you should drink more water

water-bottle-537x402Many experts suggest drinking eight 8 oz glasses of water per day. Some suggest half your body weight in fluid ounces per day.
Make sure to drink more water when exercising. Muscles do not work as well when they are dehydrated. Fuel up with at least 8 ounces before you exercise and sip throughout your workout.
Water is calorie free. If you would like to lose weight, swap soda and other higher calorie drinks for water.
Make water your beverage of choice! It will not only keep you energized, water can help keep your skin looking youthful.

All good reasons why you should drink more water!:-)


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Today’s Fitness Tip is to “Dress for Success”

Yes..that’s right…”Dress for success.”!

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Wear outfits that makes you feel attractive. When we feel good about ourselves we tend to have more control in other areas of our lives. Often, when we feel gloomy or depressed we lose control and let our emotional state control what we eat. Look your best, feel your best!