Monday, July 12, 2010

... Just like novicaine: works EVERY time if you just give it a shot!

As a physical therapist and fitness pro, I have developed a neat little library of fun-terms or cliches that I use from time to time. You may already know some of the oldies but goodies like, "No pain no gain" or "You are what you eat".

One of my all-time favorites is: "Proper nutrition and regular exercise are like novicaine: each works EVERY SINGLE TIME if you just give it a shot!"

The idea is simple but most people never really give proper nutrition and regular exercise a fighting chance.

I URGE you and those around you to give it a shot. Take a good hard look at what you are doing now and dial it up for 8 ENTIRE weeks. That's long enough to see some very significant gains and hopefully propel you into whatever the next step of your training is. DON'T QUIT! DON'T STOP! DON'T LET UP! No matter what. Sick? Feeling down? "Tired?" Suck it up! Give this thing your BEST honest effort and accept all of the rewards.

I'd love to hear what you are doing to make the changes you need to be on top of your game. Post them here and help everyone else with ideas for how they can make real change in their lives.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Heating up!


Heat exhaustion is no joke. It can sneak up on you faster than you think. Know the signs and know how to reverse the tide before things become a lot more dangerous:

- nausea
- nausea/vomiting
- profuse sweating
- confusion
- rapid and weak pulse rate
- weakness
- cramping

What to do if you or a loved one is exhibiting these symptoms:
- move to a cool area
- cool, non-alcoholic beverages
- get out of the sun if possible
- get seated or assume a safe position in the event of lightheadedness

Even those of us who are accustomed to hot weather and vigorous exercise outdoors can be caught off guard with heat exhaustion so know and pass on the info.

Stay well.