Managing Your Stress During The Coronavirus Scare

People are very stressed out right now with the Coronovirus pandemic. People are worried about getting sick and/or infecting their older loved ones or those at-risk with a compromised immune system. In addition, you have businesses struggling to figure out how to offset the massive losses in revenues and whether they will survive. You have employees wondering how they are going to pay the bills if they can’t go to work. It is definitely scary during these unchartered times.

But guess what – stress is not good for your immune system. It makes you more vulnerable, so let’s initiate some steps to manage everyone’s anxiety.

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Should You Workout During The Coronavirus Outbreak?

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, many are asking whether they should be working out and heading to the gym?

First, let’s make sure you’re not using the outbreak as an excuse to skip your workouts! It’s important to note that exercise actually strengthens your immune system and those who are healthy and fit, typically experience less illness.

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Do You Really Need a Training Program to Garden?

Many consider gardening as a peaceful, meditative activity and rarely consider that they may require a training program to prepare for the activity.

If you break gardening down into its most fundamental movements, you’re basically pulling, pushing, bending, squatting and lunging the entire time requiring muscular strength and endurance, core conditioning, mobility and flexibility.

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Are You Staying Up With The Fitness Trends?

The American College of Sports Medicine surveyed 3000 health and fitness pros to determine the top fitness trends for 2020.

If you’re in a rut with your fitness routine, perhaps you need to try one of these hot trends!

 

Wearable Technology

Wearable technology was again the #1 trend and includes smart watches, fitness trackers, HR monitors, and GPS tracking devices. Examples include activity trackers like those manufactured by Fitbit®, Polar®, Garmin®, and Apple®. I know I am obsessed with my Apple Watch and its ability to track calories expended, heart rate, steps, sitti

ng time, movement time and more. It provides additional accountability and fun challenges to keep you motivated and inspired.

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Why Are You Eating So Late?

One of the worst habits people can get into is eating late at night. Think about it this way. You’re just going to bed. Why do you need all that energy and calories when you’re just sleeping?

Generally, when people are eating late at night, their choices aren’t healthy. They may be eating chips or ice cream while watching TV, popcorn at the movies or mindlessly snacking on candy while scrolling through their digital devices. Read the rest of Why Are You Eating So Late?

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Are Carbs Really the Bad Guys?

It seems like everyone is cutting back on carbohydrates making it seem like carbs are not a healthy choice. It’s important to understand the science of nutrition to help you make an educated decision on your nutrition plan.

We survive on three primary macro-nutrients which include carbohydrates, protein and fats. All serve a critical function to our overall health. Any diet that severely restricts any of these nutrients has consequences and is often not sustainable for the long-term.

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Getting To The Finish Line Of Fitness

“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” — Cavett Robert

It’s been a month since the world set their New Year’s Resolutions. Many resolve to make some major changes in our lives. Maybe we’ll decide to start an exercise program, start eating better, quit smoking or lose a substantial amount of weight. Regardless of the goal, have you ever wondered why most people set the same New Year’s Resolutions year after year? That’s because by now, most have thrown in the towel on their original ambitions. Most people set themselves up for failure before the clock even strikes midnight. When it comes to health and fitness, your chances for success will improve dramatically if you approach things differently.

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Choose Your Friends Wisely To Be Healthy

You’ve probably heard that you are the sum of your five closest friends. It is indeed true that you are influenced by the people that you spend your time with and the research backs it up.

A study of 12,067 people followed over 32 years concluded that obesity spreads through social ties (Christakis & Fowler).

If a friend of yours becomes obese, you yourself are 45 percent more likely to gain weight over the next two to four years. It doesn’t stop there. If your friends smoke, you are 61% more likely to smoke. It even transfers to a sense of happiness. If your friends are happy people, you’ll be more likely to be happy!

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CBD 101

You’ve probably seen CBD products everywhere! CBD topical ointments, drinks, skin care and even chapstick, smoothies and pizza! You can buy CBD products at grocery stores, spas, pet stores, coffee shops, local gyms and even USA Triathlon has recently partnered with a CBD company.

So what’s all the recent buzz about?

CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, has been touted for curing a variety of heath ailments. It’s important to note that CBD will not get someone ‘high’ or intoxicated. It does not contain any (or contains trace amounts) of THC (the intoxicating component of marijuana).

Ancient healing doctors have been using Cannabis to treat ailments for thousands of years but Western medicine seems to just be waking up to the potential benefits.

Despite the rampant availability and usage, more large-scale research on humans needs to be conducted.

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50 Days for 50 Years

Soon I’ll be turning 50 years old. I’ve spent over 30 of those years working as a fitness trainer so I feel like there’s no better way to celebrate my 50th Birthday than a 50-day ‘Shape up with Sherri’ challenge. All I’m asking is for you to give me 50 days of clean eating and healthy living and see how you feel at the end of it.

We’ll start on Tuesday January 21st and finish on Tuesday March 10th – my actual birthday. You can do this challenge from anywhere and regardless of whether you are following a vegetarian, paleo, keto, intermittent fasting, low carb, high carb, low protein, high protein, low fat, high fat nutrition plan. We will focus on the concepts that are consistent with most plans, move our bodies regularly and put our health and fitness as a priority for 50 days.

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