According to some reports, by 2030 more than half the U.S. population will be obese. It’s an epidemic and there’s something you can do about it right now. Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, and live a healthy lifestyle, your limiting factor usually lies beyond just exercising. Nutrition is arguably more than 70% of the battle of getting healthy and I can help you.
In addition to my weekly Fitness Groups and Time For Change Mobile Personal Training I offer to my clients, I’ll now be able to even further assist you with your health and fitness goals. In April I passed my exam from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS).
My goal is to help provide you with:
- Up-to-date nutritional information, consult clients on proper food intake, weight loss/management strategies, recommendations of nutrients, and guidance to help you achieve your health and weight loss goals.
- Nutritional information so that it will become a lifestyle for you that you can actually stick with and enjoy at the same time.
- Information on how activity, energy, caloric needs, metabolism, and food choices can affect your weight.
Educating you on how to read food labels, recognize appropriate portion sizes, and make better food choices to complement your goals and nutritional needs.
What separates a good personal trainer from a great one is their ability to change their clients lives by changing their lifestyle habits in and outside of the gym. If you’re exercising on a regular basis and not seeing the results that you’d like, it’s a good indication that it may be due to a poor diet and poor lifestyle habits outside of the workouts.
Here are some of the services that I’ll be offering as part of my Nutritional Consultations & Packages:
- Weight Loss/Management
- Nutritional Meal Planning
- Grocery Shopping Learning Trip
- Kitchen Clean Out
I look forward to providing professional in-home personal training and nutritional guidance designed to meet your individual health and fitness goals. Click on the Time For Change Personal Training Services tab for details on my Nutrition Consultation Services.
We all know that sugar is not good for you, so the more you cut down on it or change the kind of sugar, the better. If you can eliminate sugar all together that would be the best choice, but for the majority of the population, they’re not there yet…so hopefully this article will help you make wiser choices.
The American diet is full of sugar and research shows that sugary liquids (soda and fruit juices) are among the worst. Drinking concentrated sugar causes your liver to convert the fructose into dangerous fats. We won’t even go into all of the terrible food choices that are laden with sugar.
People who often over-indulge in sugar may develop some of the following health issues: elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol, fatty livers, high triglyceride levels, have a greater risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, kidney stones, insulin resistance, cancer and more.
Here’s a short list of the artificial sweeteners to avoid at all costs: aspartame (brands NutraSweet, Equal), sucralose (Splenda), and saccharin (Sweet’N Low). Other sugars that cause problems mostly because of the way they are processed or converted in your body are: agave, beet sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, powdered sugar, high fructose corn syrup, granulated white sugar, and many others.
It’s much better to eat your sugars from natural sources like those in vegetables and fruits where the sugars are mixed with minerals, vitamins, enzymes, fiber, and phytonutrients. Your body knows what to do with these sugars and other beneficial nutrients.
One of the better sugar substitutes is Stevia, a herb derived from the leaf of the South American stevia plant. It has zero calories and is about 300 times sweeter than sugar, so you only need a very small amount (a few drops) to sweeten mostly drinks and some food. Powdered stevia can leave a bitter after-taste, so the liquid stevia drops are a better choice.
A sugar alcohol called xylitol is a good choice for cooking and baking with a 1:1 ratio. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can be extracted from plant materials like corn, and it comes with a benefit of fighting tooth decay. As a side note, xylitol is toxic to dogs and some other animals, so be sure to keep it away from your pets.
As with most things, stevia and xylitol should be used in moderation. Try getting into the habit of reading labels on all food and drink items so you know what you’re consuming. Again, no sugar would be your best choice, but as a stepping stone to a healthy lifestyle, these are some healthier alternatives.
If you need help with improving your nutrition and overall health, I’m here to help you. Click on the Time For Change Personal Training Services tab for more information on the Nutrition Programs that I offer to my clients.
Finding The Courage To Ask For Help
The society norm tells us that asking for help is a sign of weakness or failure. I disagree, asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, but a confidence in yourself knowing that you want to take the next step. It’s a vulnerability, and it gives someone else the opportunity to be a blessing to you.
When it comes to your health and fitness goals, don’t be afraid to ask for fitness and nutritional help from a qualified, experienced, Certified Personal Trainer. You’re asking for directions or a blueprint that will save you a lot of frustration, time, and money.
Most people don’t have the fitness knowledge or the consistent motivation to do it on their own and that is ok. All you need to do is admit that you need some help in this area and contact me to join one of my fitness groups or get personal training that will give you the blueprint you need, plus accountability and motivation.
How To Ask For Help
If exercise consistency and intensity is something you struggle with, you need to find a workout partner. A few of my closest friends attend my fitness groups 2-3 times per week and they challenge me to work harder and get stronger. They help push me and I help push them, we keep each other motivated and on track.
When you come to my fitness group, you matter, and you enter a place of FUN and support. If you miss a time, someone will notice and ask if you’re ok. If you don’t have a workout place of fun and support in your life, don’t just wish something will change, go and seek it out.
You can attend one of my fitness group session for free to come experience what all the buzz is about. My fitness groups are for women (and teens) only and we meet on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in Frederick, Monday and Fridays at 8:30am in Niwot, and Monday and Wednesdays at 4pm in Niwot. I’ve been asked to start a 6th group which may start soon, so I’ll keep you posted.
You may have questions swirling in your head like….what will happen if I’m the worst one there? will everyone think I am weird? or weak? what if I can’t lift a lot or move like that? and so on…no worries. No one is going to judge you and we all have been there. We all have to start somewhere and know that all fitness levels are welcome.
Several years ago I was at home as a mom with my two little ones and before I became a personal trainer, I couldn’t even do a push-up, so I know exactly how you may be feeling. Where do you start you might ask? Start by finding the courage to ask for help and I’ll meet you right where you are.
Find the courage to ask for help, push past the doubt and discomfort, and you will achieve transformation and success you never thought possible. I look forward to working with you in one of my fitness group classes or through personal training sessions one-on-one or in a small group. Click here on the Time For Change Personal Training Services tab or at the top of the page to find out more information on how I can help you reach your goals.
Your Actions Today Will Bring You Closer To Better Health Tomorrow
We know that we can’t predict our future, but we can control the habits and actions we do today to help make for a healthier tomorrow.
So let’s throw out the question: What kind of health do you want for your body 10-20 years from now?
Do you want a body that can walk around the block with ease, ski, hike, play games with the kids or grandkids, swim, bike around the neighborhood, workout and many more?
Or…do you want a body that will hurt with every step, one that gets out of breath with minimal activity, one that would rather sit on the couch, is overweight, maybe in a wheelchair or a motorized scooter, or you may not be around to experience life with your family and friends in 20 years?
I want to help you be the first set of answers and I hope you’ll reach out to me so I can help you.
Actions Today = Better Health Tomorrow
Here’s another scenario: As a mom you would do anything for your kids, right? You will make sure they have everything they need, stay up all night when they are sick, and you’ll make sure they get to the various appointments, practices/games, etc.
Once your baby is born and they grow up, the attention usually continues to stay on the child and that is when many moms begin to slowly lose the importance of herself and her health.
When you, as a mom, take care of yourself, you’re modeling healthy behaviors to your kids. We all know that your kids watch what you do and learn from what you do much more then what you say. Your kids will see that mom is taking the time to plan and cook healthy meals, read labels at the store, and workout with weights to increase strength, etc.
Of course this isn’t a 100% guarantee that your child will grow up to be healthy, but it’s a great start as many kids want to be just like mom or dad.
Moms, I would like to encourage you to bring your female teens (age 12 and up) along with you to one of the five ladies fitness groups I offer in Frederick and Niwot. It’s a time of getting healthy, fun, and mother/daughter time spent together. I’m also a mobile personal trainer that can come to your home and help you and your family workout together.
Other ideas would be for your family to do a fun run or 5K together. Pictured here you see me and my family together last year as we did the Carbon Valley Half Marathon Autism Race together.
If you have younger children, you can also incorporate your kids/grandkids into your activities or workouts at home sometimes, and let them see that you’re taking your own health and wellness seriously.
If you need help getting started or you’re ready to take action today for a healthier tomorrow, I’m here to help you through exercise and nutritional help. Click here or on the Time For Change Personal Training Services tab to start changing your life for the better today.
Good Fats vs Bad Fats
What foods should you eat that are good fats and which ones are bad fats, that is the question. It’s confusing, so I’m going to help you understand the basics so you can make better choices about what you’re consuming and your health.
There’s a misconception that cutting all fats completely out of your diet will lead to weight loss, this simply is not true. What does help in weight loss is cutting your calories, eating healthy foods, and increasing exercise.
There are several good fats that need to remain as an important part of your diet. When eaten in moderation, good fats can help the development and function of your brain, heart, and eyes, and can also help prevent stroke, heart disease, depression, and arthritis.
Fats can provide valuable energy to your body, are the building blocks of cell membranes, and assist in a variety of hormones and other functions. Good fats are carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins, aid in the absorption of minerals and the metabolism of sugar and insulin, and aid by slowing the absorption of nutrients into your system so you can go longer without feeling hungry.
The good fats considered to be the healthiest come from plants and are called unsaturated fats. This group of unsaturated fats are then broken into two categories, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. In general they help raise the good HDL cholesterol and lower the bad LDL cholesterol.
Monounsaturated fats include olive oil, safflower oil, avocados, nuts like almonds, peanuts, macadamia, hazelnuts, cashews, and pecans.
Polyunsaturated fats are also important because they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can decrease your risk of coronary artery disease. These include sunflower oil, walnuts, sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, non-GMO soy, and fish including salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, and trout (be sure to get wild caught, not farm raised to reduce mercury contamination).
The American Heart Association recommends that mostly unsaturated fats make up 25-35% of your daily diet, and only 7% of those should from the bad fat list.
Now for the fats that are considered bad fats. These fats are broken up into two different categories as well, saturated fats and trans fats.
Saturated fats need to be consumed in moderation as they raise good HDL cholesterol, but they also can raise bad LDL cholesterol. They can be found in animal products from beef, lamb, pork, and chicken skin, coconut oil, whole fat dairy (milk, cream), butter, lard, cheese, and ice cream.
Be sure to always avoid trans fats as they lower good HDL cholesterol and raise bad LDL cholesterol, a double negative that can increase your risk for heart disease. These can be found in processed baked goods (muffins, cookies, pie crusts, doughnuts, cakes, pizza dough), snack foods (crackers, chips, microwave popcorn), stick margarine, vegetable shortening, fried foods like French fries, fried chicken, chicken nuggets, and candy bars.
The bottom line is that you need to be reading the labels when you go grocery shopping…the good fats can make you healthier and the bad fats can increase your risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other serious diseases. Hopefully this information will help you make an informed decision on what good fats to consume and what bad fats to avoid.
Detoxify Your Body For Life
Learn how to detoxify your body for life. Maintaining a toxin-free body is more than just cleaning out your system just once. No, I’m not talking about a colon cleanse, I’m talking about full body detoxification. Detoxifying the whole body includes a healthy lifestyle of good nutrition, exercise, reducing stress, being watchful of the products you put in and on your body, as well as having a healthy non-toxic home.
There are many benefits of detoxifying your body which include improvement in the function of major organs, lowering your risk of many diseases, an improved immune system, circulation, metabolism, energy, and brain function just to name a few.
Whether you’re struggling with your weight, challenged with a health diagnosis, or you’re trying to improve your overall health, learning some easy steps that you can do on a daily basis to detoxify your body will help jump start you on a journey of improved health and wellness.
In September, be a part of our private Facebook group that will join in with a Certified Nutritionist for a FREE month long challenge that teaches you to detoxify your body for life.
How To Detoxify Your Body For Life:
Below are the key areas that will be discussed:
Nutrition: Fast food and pre-packaged snacks have become an easy go-to for many. You’ll learn which foods are toxic that can lead to inflammation and ultimately disease, and replace them with healthy alternatives. Find out about proteins, carbohydrates, fats, gluten, dairy, sugars, water, and more.
Stress: When you’re stressed you can’t live life to your fullest potential, so take time to recharge our body, mind and soul. You’ll learn ways to start reducing your stress, including exercise and more, so you can experience a healthy life from the inside out.
Toxic Chemicals Are All Around You: Your skin is the largest organ in your body and can absorb up to 60 percent of whatever is applied to it, and that eventually goes straight into your bloodstream and cells. You’ll learn what toxic, synthetic chemicals to avoid and what other options you have for a healthier you. Many EPA studies indicate that elevated concentration of household chemicals persists in the air, and long-term exposure to chemicals inside our homes may be harmful to us and our families. By reducing toxic chemicals in the home, certain respiratory problems like asthma, allergies and skin irritations can improve including our overall well-being.
Join us online for this free healthy challenge in September to learn some helpful ways you and your family can detoxify your body for life by transforming your health in the simplest way possible, one day at a time. Contact me by clicking the contact tab at the top of the page and I can get you added to our private Facebook group and you can join in on the challenge too.
How To Assess If You Are Making Fitness Improvements
You’ve been exercising and eating healthy for several weeks and now you want to see if you’ve made any progress since you started. There are many ways to check and see if you’re meeting any goals and getting the results you’re looking for.
Let’s get this out the way right off the bat….you can weigh yourself on the scale, but this may not be your best option. Scales measure your current weight and can’t tell the difference between muscle, fat, water, or food. It may take a month to start seeing results on the scale. This is when a lot of people will give up, thinking it’s not working, but this is when you must keep exercising and eating healthy. If you stay consistent you will see results, even on the scale in time.
Are You Making Fitness Improvements?
Listed below are a few better ways to see if your body is changing and if you’re making progress:
- First, find a picture of what you looked like before you started exercising, then take a picture of yourself today. Stay consistent with your workout and nutrition plan and then take your picture again. Make sure to wear the exact same clothes for these recent pictures so you can see the difference, and also try to take photos of the front and side view to compare both.
- It’s more about inches loss, so you’ll start to notice how your clothes fit since you started working out. Even if the numbers on the scale don’t change much at first, your clothes should start to feel looser and you’ll start to feel better. Muscle weighs more than fat and it takes up less space, so as you lose fat and gain muscle, you’ll be losing inches in no time.
- Measure your resting heart rate before you get out of bed every morning for the next 3 months. If you’re not sure how to find your pulse, you can do this easily by following one of these two ways. On the side of your neck, put your second and third fingers about 2-3 finger widths below your jaw bone under your ear, or on the palm side down of your wrist. Don’t forget to record your number every day. If you’re consistent with your exercise and nutrition regimen, over time, you should see a drop in your resting heart rate.
- Have an official fitness assessment done to see if you’re making the progress you want . A fitness assessment will help you establish your current fitness and health levels. It can also help provide you with the motivation you need to set new goals for you and your health.
At Time For Change Personal Training, you get a free fitness assessment and nutrition consult with the purchase of any personal training package. My clients also receive another fitness assessment every 4 weeks to see where they’re at with making progress and meeting their goals. It’s important to see what area’s you’ve been succeeding at and which ones need improvement, so I can help you adjust your fitness or nutrition plan according to your results and goals.
If you need help with improving your fitness, nutrition, and overall health, I can help you set up a plan so you can start seeing results. Click on the Time For Change Personal Training Services Tab to see what plans I offer and where to start.
Health Benefits of Reducing Stress
- Maintain a healthy diet by choosing a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy protein, plenty of fiber, and good hydration. These will provide you with the all important nutrients needed for your cells to run at full strength when you need it most. When you don’t have enough intake of these good nutrients, the body’s immune system is greatly affected and that’s when you end up getting sick on top of being stressed. It’s easy to turn to ‘comfort foods’ during these stressful times, so be sure to avoid the unhealthy foods made with white flour, sugary snacks and drinks, chips, etc.
- Keeping a food journal is a powerful tool to help you see what foods you’re eating, in what quantities, and when you’re having the most trouble (it maybe at certain times of day).
- Regular exercise helps to relieve stress and tension, thus reducing your cortisol levels. Try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every day, or higher intensity workouts 3 days/week. Join our fun fitness groups offered 4 times/week or I can work with you one-on-one at your home for convenience.
- Incorporate functional activities into your daily routines by walking to work if it’s nearby, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, park your car in the spaces farthest away from the store when shopping, take a morning or evening walk with your dog or friends, take the kids to the park, the list is endless.
- Try to get outside, enjoy some fresh air, and get some much needed vitamin D by getting at least 15 minutes of time in the sun. This will help boost your immune system too.
- Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night, especially during stressful times.
- Many of us are living a high stress lifestyle and trying to do more things in less time. One way to combat this is to try and keep your schedule as open as possible where you have control, so when something stressful does come up, you will be able to handle it better with less to juggle around.
- By increasing your general level of activity (such as walking, biking, taking the stairs, parking your car out farther, etc.) and specific types of exercise, you can affect your fat distribution and decrease your risk.
- Exercising and sports will help burn off the most calories and tone muscles throughout the body. To gain a firm abdomen and reduce your midsection circumference to a degree, specific exercises will tighten the core abdominal wall muscles, but if your body is still storing fat, that will continue internally behind the abdominal wall.
There is the saying that ‘abs are made in the kitchen’. If you want a smaller midsection, you must have a healthy diet in addition to exercising, which includes eating a balance of certain food groups, vitamins, and minerals.
- When your goal is to decrease your midsection measurement and decrease your weight, one way to simply understand it is this, you must have more calories being burned daily with exercising, than the calories you’re consuming daily. You’ll also need to exercise 3-5 times per week to reach your fitness goal.
If you think you’re carrying dangerous fat around your midsection and are looking to decrease your numbers and improve your overall health, I’d love the chance to work with you and help you reach your health and fitness goals. Click on the Time For Change Personal Training Services tab above to see how I can help you get started today.
What is your Body Mass Index?
Body Mass Index or BMI is a number calculated from a person’s height in inches or meters and weight in either pounds or kilograms, depending which measuring system you use.
BMI can be an alternative for direct measures of body fat, and can be used as a screening tool to identify possible weight problems. However, please note that Body Mass Index is not a diagnostic tool. To determine if excess weight is a health risk, you would need to see a healthcare provider that would perform other assessments.
Your BMI acts as an indicator of overall body health by classifying your weight into a certain category of either underweight, healthy weight, overweight, or obese. This number will help in letting an individual know how their weight may lead to certain health problems.
How Do You Figure Your Body Mass Index?
First, you want to measure your height and weight, then plug the numbers into the formula below.
How Does My Body Mass Index Compare To Others?
Next, check your personal BMI result in the following scale (this scale is only for adults over 20, for children and teens, the interpretation of BMI is both age- and sex-specific):
- A BMI of less than 18.5 indicates you are underweight for your height.
- A BMI between 18.6 and 24.9 indicates you are at a healthy weight.
- A BMI between 25 and 29.9 suggests you are overweight for your height.
- A BMI of 30 or greater indicates obesity. If you are overweight and especially if you’re obese, consult a doctor about starting a weight loss program and exercise regimen. Then start an exercise program and start losing weight with the help of Time For Change Personal Training services.
Body Mass Index does not account for muscle mass. For example, a short individual who has a large muscle mass would be considered obese. So use the BMI number as a guideline only, not an absolute.
The BMI ranges are based on the relationship between body weight and your risk for several diseases and health conditions, including some of the following:
- High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Respiratory problems and Sleep apnea
- Endometrial, breast, and colon cancer
The main thing you want to look at with all of this is what category do you fall into? If you are underweight, you need to see a physician to find out what is going on that you are not gaining weight or might have an eating disorder.
If you are in the overweight or obese category, you need to do something about your health. You‘ll be at risk for one or many of the unhealthy diseases listed above. It’s never too late, you can start at any time, and you just have to decide.
So give it a try and see what your Body Mass Index is on the scale, you might be surprised. And remember, its just a tool to use to give you an idea of what category you might fit into. What are you waiting for? See how you might need to make a change in your health.
For more info on how you could benefit from a personal trainer to improve your health, contact Tracy Rewerts, NASM CPT, and click on Time For Change Personal Training Services. It’s Time For Change – start today!
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