Energy And Health Exercise and Nutrition Go a Long Way
By: Live Lean Nutrition
We are a society that struggles with nutrition and exercise which leads to fad diets and overeating. We are also, collectively, getting poor sleep or not enough sleep. The impact of these problems impact us individually but it also impacts us collectively. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 police reported crashes each year are caused primarily by drowsy driving and that such crashes result in more than 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses
The impact of these problems impact us individually but it also impacts us collectively as well.
Individually, with poor diet and sleeping habits, sleep apnea cases have increased along with our waistlines. The medical condition afflicts at least 25 million adults in the U.S. as of 2014. It is now estimated that 26 percent of adults between the ages of 30 and 70 years have sleep apnea, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
But, sleep apnea is only part of the problem. Poor sleeping habits are now common in day-to-day life. Americans currently average 6.8 hours of sleep at night, down more than an hour from 1942.
Combine that with diets and long hours with work and family related demands, we are a nation of zombies.
Now we can’t fix this overnight. Changing habits must be a long term approach. Introducing exercise into your daily routine, no matter how short or moderate, is the first steps to long term change. Exercise has shown to increase energy levels, improve sleep, reduce stress, and help with depression. When bogged down with work and stress, exercise is the first victim to be removed from the schedule, but results have shown that it might be the best thing for you when life becomes stressful.
Where to start
If you are severely overweight, light impact exercise is best. Swimming is a great activity and easy on your joints. If you would like to incorporate a fitness routine in the pool there are several online sites that can help you with this.
For San Tan Valley residents, some communities have pools available to you such as Johnson Ranch and Encanterra. For those without access to a pool, the YMCA in Copper Basin has a pool and fitness classes for the pool available.
If you are carrying a few extra pounds, or looking to get back into shape, you have plenty of options available. From bodyweight exercises to develop a basic foundation of strength to weight lifting routines. Additionally, we are lucky enough to have San Tan Mountain Regional Park located close by that enable you quick access to great hiking. The hiking trails range from easy hikes to long, vigorous hikes. As we progress with our column we will touch upon different activities and how to begin your path to fitness, local trainers, local classes, and local fitness centers within the San Tan Valley area.
This is a hot topic with some. From low carb, to avoiding certain foods, to food timing, there are diets for nearly every belief out there. We aren’t going to tell you which you should do, but we will try to provide a straight forward approach about what nutrition is and what you can expect from certain diets to allow you to make the best decision for what would work for you.
A great starting point is meal prepping. This will allow you to have meals ready ahead of time which will minimize your desire to go out for breakfast or lunch that usually results in fast food that tends to be packed with calories while low on nutritional value. Preparing your meals a week in advance seems daunting at first, but with a little planning, it can be quick and easy.
This is harder to do than just simply going to bed early. Schedules and responsibilities can be time consuming. Even after everything is done, many of us have picked up bad sleeping habits such as keeping the TV on or having a mobile device within arms reach that results in us being detracted even once we get into bed.
Start with keeping the TV off if you have one in your bedroom and placing your phone, tablets, or laptops away from the bed. If you use your phone as an alarm clock, think about purchasing an alarm clock to minimize the temptation of using your phone.
When to Start
Changing your lifestyle doesn’t need to be a massive undertaking. Even small changes can make a difference and help you move to a long term goal.
We look forward to helping you make the changes you want to improve your quality of life. We look forward to taking this journey with you!
With each article we will also provide an incentive. We believe in what we preach and would love to see everyone make the progress they desire for themselves no matter how small or grand.
Whether you are interested in meal planning, meal replacement, weight loss, strength and muscle development, or any other nutritional hurdle you may have, we would be happy to help you along your path.
We encourage you to stop in and chat with us. As we grow we will have fitness and wellness classes available along with partnering with a few other businesses in the area. If we are lucky enough to have your trust when it comes to helping you with your goals then we would like to start you off with with something to get you along your way.
This week’s offer:
Half off any Energy Drink!
Our energy drinks are a little different as they are low in calorie, low in sugar, and provide all around energy without crashing later in the day. We look forward to seeing your progress!
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Live Lean Nutrition
2510 E. Hunt Hwy, Suite #22-23
San Tan Valley, Arizona 85143
Monday – Friday: 6 AM – 2 PM
Phone: (918) 734-1178