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12 Essential Reasons You NEED to Go to Bed Early to be SUCCESSFUL

We all do it.  We stay up late from time to time, burning the midnight oil.  Some of us are working on deadlines, others of us feel like if we go to bed before midnight then we’re turning into our parents, while others just have restless minds that keep us awake all night.  But going to bed early is not only a sign of a mature, confident, well rounded person, it’s the sign of a successful individual.  Going to bed early is a life changing habit that one must acquire to help them on the road to success and here’s why you need to get some Z’s if you plan on living a successful life: 1. Repair & Recovery. This one is obvious.  Your body needs to sleep for it’s physical repair and recovery.  You need 8-10 hours of sleep (and sometimes more) to stay functioning...

The Road to Good health is Paved with Good Intestines | Ask Trainer Dave

A healthy body yields a Positive Attitude! It’s very hard to see when we’re not there, but an optimistic / positive mindset and great health most definitely go hand-in-hand. You just can’t have one without the other.  Think about it! How could we have a positive mindset if: We’re tired? We’re hungry? We’re in pain? We don’t like the way we look or feel? When I meet with a personal training or health coaching client for the first time, they are often coming to me after years of inactivity and a hopeless look in their eyes of complete confusion.  “I don’t know how I got here or where to start…” … is usually the look on their faces, or the words coming out of their mouths. Most commonly, the fat loss, they so desperately ...

No More Sugar, Please!

  The average American eats about 82 grams of sugar a day.   Thats about 20 teaspoons.  Too much sugar has been linked to weight gain, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, memory loss and even cancer, among other health issues.  Here are 5 easy ways to help you cut sugar and stay healthier on a daily basis. 1. Keep a food diary. This is a great way to watch what you eat.  By making a list your sugar (and calorie) consumption becomes apparent and it will be very easy to tell when you’ve had to much, when it’s time to switch to a healthier option and when its just time to say “no.”  By identifying your biggest sources of sugar, soda or other beverages, candy or desserts, or even some cereals… you’ll be able to cut back easier. 2. Understand the difference between good and bad sugars and make the swit...

Postive Attitude Increases Exercise

Attitude is everything, at least for people with heart disease, a new study suggests. The research, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, shows that having a positive attitude is tied to a longer life and greater likelihood of exercising among coronary artery disease patients. “We should focus not only on increasing positive attitude in cardiac rehabilitation, but also make sure that patients perform exercise on a regular basis, as exercise is associated with both increased levels of optimism and better health,” study researcher Susanne S. Pedersen, Ph.D., professor of cardiac psychology at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, said in a statement. Pederson is also an adjunct professor of cardiac psychology at the University of Southern Den...

Everyone’s Favorite Legal Drug Addiction

With an average of 600 million cups of coffee consumed in the USA daily, by over 83% of Americans, caffeine is the world’s most wildly used legal psychoactive drug, and we aren’t even including the chocolate, soda and energy drink consumers.  An estimated 80% of Americans, men, women and children consume caffeine daily.    Caffeine increases alertness and energy by blocking a sleep-inducing chemical called adenosine and can cause many issues as well as have many benefits, especially when it’s typically consumed with a fair amount of sugar.  It can help with weight loss, and cause increased energy levels, but at the same time contribute to weight gain, poor concentration or insomnia.  Caffeine, addictive in nature, can have you crazing both coffee and sugary drinks to not only f...

An Hour a Day Keeps Heart Failure Away

The American Heart Association has just reported in a study that began back in 1997 that an hour of exercise a day could lower your risk of heart failure by 46%.    Males are at greater risk for heart failure, but increased physical activity was equally beneficial for both genders. You don’t have to run a marathon or become a body builder to prevent heart disease, but moderate to vigorous physical activity, will reduce your chances drastically… even more when combined with a healthy diet.   Studies had shown that even low levels of activity were more effective in reducing heart failure then no level of activity.  So next time, take the stairs, leave the car at home and go for a stroll, or join your local yoga class… every step you take is a step toward a a healthy heart.

Mood Foods: Eating Your Way to a Positive Attitude

Not many people know that the food you eat can affect your mood.   Key nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and B vitamins can help to lift your spirits.  These nutrients contribute to body functions by stabilizing blood sugar levels and improving neurotransmitter and nerve functioning.  Choosing nutrient-rich foods and getting active can help you to both look and feel your best, as well as boost chemicals in the brain that affect and enhance your overall daily attitude. Omega-3 Fatty Acids Omega-3 fatty acids are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that support normal development of the brain, eyes and nerves.  Three important forms of omega-3 fatty acids include docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and α-linolenic acid, or ALA.  These enhance the ability...

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