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Be Your Best Self: Include the Family

 

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A lot of people find themselves using family trips, catching up with friends, or other social events as excuses to skimp on diet and exercise. For most us, family dinners are followed up with TV watching, and catching up with friends consists of downing empty calories at happy hour. Finding ways to stay active, however, is important. Sitting or lying down for prolonged periods slows the metabolism, decreases the effectiveness of insulin, and simply makes time with the family more boring than it needs to be. Also, the blood sugar from a meal is released after 60-90 minutes, so utilizing this window to exercise ensures that any pounds you take back home with you will be muscle and not fat.

After a family dinner, for example, WellnessFX practitioner Dr. Jeffrey Edman suggests a family walk around the neighborhood. Not only will it burn calories and get the metabolism going, but it can also lead to memorable conversations and maybe even a tradition.

If an old friend’s in town, suggest a walk through a park or a leisurely hike in the woods. Offer to take them to your rock climbing gym or go salsa dancing. Such activities will not only make for more active and memorable experiences, but can help expose loved ones to healthier habits as well.

How do you include others in your active life?

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Holiday Recipe Series – Vegetarian Dishes: How to Make Your Guests Forget About Meat

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There is still on-going debate about the health benefits of excluding animals from your diet. We’re not going to go into that today. Our goal is to supply our readers with healthy recipes for the holiday season, regardless of their eating beliefs.

In this post you’ll find recipes that range from loosely vegetarian (includes eggs, for example) to strictly vegan. If you’re trying to convince a friend or two during the holidays this year that getting rid of the meat doesn’t mean getting rid of the taste, you might want to try one of these!

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Healthy Winter Activities for the Family

Wintertime is notoriously a season of hibernating, but it is also a great time to catch up with loved ones. For this oft-hectic season, make sure you don’t put too many stringent limits on yourself, and allow yourself a bit of fun and games. Jim and Brent, our co-founders, are both active family men, and they inspired this post with some of their favorite family activities during the holidays – whether skating, strolling or skiing.

Even though it may be harder to get up the gumption to exercise outside when it is freezing, there are sports that are meant to be played on ice. Ice-skating is a perfect example of an outing that the whole family can enjoy, while burning up to 600 calories per hour! And it is gentle on the joints for grandma and grandpa. The more adventurous among you will love speeding around, while others can opt for a gentle glide across the ice. It’s the perfect winter wonderland-themed activity for people of all athletic abilities.

If there’s an ice shortage in your neighborhood, you can always motivate the family to get outdoors and take a stroll to gaze at the winter scenery, or take the dog out to enjoy the shortest days of the year! Maybe suggest that stroll around the neighborhood as a way to kick off those New Years weight loss resolutions? The more people that you involve in your outings, the more likely you are to hold yourself accountable. Plus, it is more fun to make conversation as you go, and you can catch up on all the neighborhood or family gossip! Just be sure to bundle up and stay safe if you are walking at night.

Always try to maintain a baseline level of activity. Buy a pedometer so that you can measure all the steps you are taking as you zip to the mall to return presents or take relatives back to the airport. And, as always, when you shop try to park in those deserted, distant spots that force you to walk further to your destination. We should all aim to take about 10,000 steps (or 5 miles) in a day and striding across that giant department store parking lot can put a dent in your daily total. Or, take laps around the perimeter with a few heavy bags before heading back to the car.

Finally, if you are lucky enough to get to a mountain, there is nothing more fun then taking the family skiing (or snowboarding or snowshoeing) for the holidays. Even recreational snowboarders can burn 250 to 630 calories per hour for a 110-200 lb. adult, although it depends on skill, duration, weight and mountain conditions. Skiing accomplishes a comparable 420 calories per hour, and a whole day of skiing means many hours on the slopes. Snowshoeing is another family-friendly activity that burns 45 percent more calories than walking the same pace on the same terrain. In fact, Fitness Magazine states that a 150-lb. person will burn 551 calories per hour while snowshoeing — sign me up!

Bonding while whizzing down slopes and around mountain lakes is only one of many other on key benefits of taking your family on a winter wonderland vacation this spring. And who doesn’t love a hot chocolate in the lodge at the end of the day? Whatever activity you pursue, at home or on vacation, outdoor activities will always contribute to keeping you energetic and enjoying the winter splendor, while maintaining your body’s conditioning and cardiovascular baselines.

Above all else, try not to lose focus of all the hard work that you put in so far since the new year began! Stay calm, sane and enjoy the post-holiday respite!

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.