Exercise or Movement, It’s All How You Look At It.

Loved this article about how the mindset we have about exercise as adults.  When did it become more “work” and less fun?  Read on…

“If you have ever been around young children, you know that they rarely sit still. Children are constantly in motion, exploring their environment and physical possibilities.

In a child’s world playtime = movement…lots of it.

Aside from a few guidelines (like…no, you can’t use the rocking chair as a catapult for your baby sister), there really are no rules to a child’s movement execution and they certainly do not seek permission from anyone on the appropriate mechanics or best “systems” for movement practice.

Children look at movement as a “get to” because it is fun, creative and engaging. Adults look at movement as a “have to” because they have made it such a complex thing with the systems, rules, equipment, and athletic apparel. Is it really any wonder that there is so much resistance around it doing it consistently?

At what point along the timeline of growing up did you decide to put movement in a pretty little box called “exercise” that you begrudgingly force yourself to do for an hour or so several times a week only under the guidance of an “expert”, and most often in a gym or a studio setting?

At what point did we decide to put movement in a pretty little box called “exercise”
I mean no disrespect to fitness industry here, or those who work in it (I have been working in the industry for nearly 20 years). But I do think the industry has played a role in creating some false beliefs about what movement is and we have allowed those beliefs to rob us of the simplicity of incorporating more movement into our daily life.

Instructors and classes can be instrumental in helping us to break bad habits, build effective programing for specific goals, or to reach goals more efficiently, but “exercise” is not the end-all-be-all to movement.

You don’t need a gym. You don’t need an instructor. You don’t need a fancy pair of shoes or a yoga mat to MOVE your body. You don’t need a laundry list of principals to abide by and you certainly don’t need permission from anyone other than yourself.

Movement is your birthright. You need a lot of it to thrive and bring out your happy.
Movement is your nature and your birthright. You need a lot of it to thrive and bring out your happy … just like when you were a kid.

According to the beloved bio-mechanist, Katy Bowman, “People have not exercised throughout history. Exercise is the modern man’s equivalent to nutritional supplements. In the same way supplements should not be bulk of your diet, exercise should not be the bulk of your movement profile.”

Exercise is the modern man’s equivalent to nutritional supplements.
Which basically translate to this:

You should be incorporating a ton of non-exercise related movement into your day to give your body all of the movement nutrition it truly needs and deserves.

So what the heck does that look like?

Well…it might look like:

  • Standing at work rather than sitting.
  • Hanging from things when you can because you can.
  • Walking as you talk (be it on the phone or having a meeting).
  • Squatting as you read a book or reply to emails.
  • Parking in the spot furthest away from the entrance rather than the closest.
  • Walking or biking rather than driving whenever possible.
  • Feeling the grass between your toes more often.
  • Having a picnic on the living room floor.
  • Going to a playground to PLAY with your children rather than observe them.
  • Taking a lunchtime walk around your place of business with a book on tape
  • Gardening
  • Stopping to swing on the swings at the playground, even if the kids are looking at you.

Get creative and have fun looking for new ways to inject more movement into your day. Your “exercise” sessions will probably improve because of it, and your mental and physical health will hugely benefit from just doing what you were born to do…move.”

How will you move today?

No Simple Cure for Obesity..no hidden secret solutions

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Lately it seems the media is bombarding us with articles about the every growing obesity rates our world is facing.  It is a bit depressing.  Where’s the hope?  We live in a society of instant gratification.  Let’s face it, we have learned to desire, even demand, immediate gratification.  How many of you loose it when you have to wait in a long line at a store?  Or when your cell phone doesn’t get good reception in an area?  So many of us want what we want, and we want it now!!!  The sad truth is it took our nation and world time to build up to the obesity rates we are hovering at right now and it will take change and time to bring those numbers back down.   There is not a pill or quick fix to sustained weight loss.

Point in case, is excerpt from Dr. Gabe Mirkin, MD entitled “No Simple Cure for Obesity(April 12, 2015)”

“More than 70 percent of North American adults are overweight, which increases risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and premature death. A recent review of 45 trials of 11 weight loss programs (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, HMR [Health Management Resources], Medifast, OPTIFAST, Atkins, The Biggest Loser Club, eDiets, Lose It! and SlimFast) showed that most had no good long-term data to show that their methods caused significant, sustained weight loss for more than one year (Annals of Internal Medicine, April 7, 2015;162(7):501-512). After one year, Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers showed 4.9 percent and 2.6 percent greater weight loss, respectively, than people who were given only dietary counseling. Nutrisystem and the very low calorie programs (HMR, Medifast, OPTIFAST) demonstrated 3-6 month weight loss but had no good data to show that the weight loss was sustained for more than a year. The author’s impression is that very low-calorie diets can help people lose weight in the short term, but they are so demanding that they are very difficult to stay on for the long term.”

The best approach to weight loss is a commitment and consistency.  Getting back to the basics of feeding your body what it needs and not what it doesn’t is a sure fire approach.  Finding ways to eat foods that are nutrient dense and taste good is a formula for success.  Eat to live.  Ready to get started?  Contact me at eatlivefit.net.

Boring Breakfast? Suggestion #2 Homemade Muesli

Here is the second installment in my “Boring Breakfast?” posts.  Make homemade Muesli that is low in sugar and full of beneficial ingredients.  Add additional protein to this breakfast bowl and you are starting your morning out with a good balance.  Recipe to follow:


Homemade Muesli

recipe by eatlivefit.net


2 cup whole oats (gluten free optional)

2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

1/.4 cup sunflower seeds or nuts (any variety)

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup chopped dates (soaked if dry)

Combine ingredients together and store in airtight container for 1.5 month.  Serving size 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup with Almond Milk or Milk.  (May heat for 1 minute in microwave if warm cereal is desired.)



Pass the salt shaker….on past your plate.

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Several of you have asked what is the big deal about salt in your diet.  Here’s the deal..

Added table salt WILL effect your body negatively if you don’t keep a handle on it.  The recommended amount of salt per day is 1500 mg or less.  I err on the side of less because I know that it, just like sugar, will change the way my taste buds respond to food and digestion.  Table salt, while it contains iodine a valuable mineral, is void of many other valuable qualities/minerals that aid our bodies in healing and support good health.  It is overused in processed and restaurant food.

  • Excess sodium will increase your thirst and thus require you up your hydration immediately.  For some of you, it will send you on a sugar binge soon after you eat it because you crave a sweet to counter balance the excess salt.
  • One of the biggest drawbacks to too much sodium is that sodium promotes turning cortisone into the hormone cortisol.  Excess cortisol in your body turns into belly fat, something we are all trying to fight.
  • Sodium also raises blood pressure levels, another negative.

A better bet is to add your own salt to dishes and in your cooking so you can control the amount you get.  I recommend you vary the sources of your salt to include alternating using iodized salt, sea salt and himalayan pink salt.  That way you are providing your body and palate with many different sources of salt and controlling the amount.

An aside fact.  Did you know electrolyte drinks, ie. gatorade, powerade, the like, contain ingredients that wreak havoc on your Adrenal Glands.  These glands are instrumental in the production and balance of many hormones in your body. Being an athlete, I was using those sources regularly to replenish my body during/after workouts thinking I was helping my body.   Once I was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue several years ago, I was made aware of this fact.  So, I switched from using a sport electrolyte drink during my long workouts (2 plus hours in duration) to a pinch of sea salt added to my bottle of water.  This way I am gaining the same replenishing electrolyte mix during my workout without added sugar and unnecessary additives and reducing the stress on my Adrenals.