Enjoying a beautiful sunset in Lakes Park, Fort Myers, Florida, after a 2 mile run on a beautiful April Florida evening. Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
Undeniably, we have had to deal with a lot of changes over the last few year.
Looking forward, it is likely that these changes will resonate for weeks, months or even years, changing the way we operate.
Navigating the lifestyle changes can be difficult and disruptive and keeping up with good habits can fall to the wayside.
Many may even have given up on the idea of trying to exercise at home entirely due to lack of equipment, space, time or motivation.
Some experienced the “quarantine 15”.
Whatever your status, it is especially important during times like these to look after our health and well-being and to consider the role of physical activity in managing various health risks.
Exercise is a mainstay in preventative management of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Physical activity is also essential for...
It's important to take time to rest, rejuvenate and recharge - Naples Beach, Florida is a GREAT place to do just that! Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
On average, most of us spend a third of our lives at work. Making sure that workplaces nourish mental wellbeing seems like a no-brainer.
Although the conversation has started, let’s avoid any confusion by defining mental health and wellbeing.
Per the World Health Organization, mental health is a ‘state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to her or his community.”
I don’t know about you, but I think that sounds superbly fabulous.
As the shroud of stigma around mental illness gradually starts to lift, we begin to recognize mental wellbeing or positive mental health as more than the absence of mental illness, but rather a state of flourishing mental health.
Take a walk in beautiful Lakes Park to reflect, connect to source, renew, rejuvenate and train your brain. Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
Some people think that a strong body is the biggest strongest asset we have.
I beg to differ.
You can have the strongest body, the healthiest heart or the biggest biceps BUT if you don’t have a strong mind, you will fall short every time.
If you want to make positive changes in your life, your fitness and/or take your training to the next level, you need to think about training your brain.
Training the brain does not involve any Jedi mind tricks. It does however require a desire to change, the right beliefs and a solid plan of action.
First, decide what’s holding you back?
Decide what needs to change.
Enjoy a beautiful walk in the trails of Lakes Park, in Sunny Southwest Florida! Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
If you haven’t exercised in a while, or are looking for something easy you can do every single day, give walking a try.
It’s easy to do, there is no equipment required and anyone can start regardless of their fitness level.
If it’s been a while since you exercised, start by going for a 10-minute walk around the neighborhood and gradually build from there. Maybe your doctor suggested that you move more, or maybe you just want to be proactive about your health and well-being.
In either case, walking is the perfect way to start.
Begin by finding a pair of comfortable shoes, put them on and go for a stroll through your neighborhood.
You could also find a local park with a nice path or head to the beach. If the weather doesn’t permit walking outside, head to the mall to walk or hop on a treadmill.
No treadmill? No problem.
You can even walk in...
Take the extra time to reflect on what's real - do the research & learn. Enjoy & reflect on this beautiful February sunset on Naples Beach. Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
With so much information available on the Internet and social media, it can be hard to decipher what's real from what’s … not.
Qualified personal trainers hold professional degrees in fitness-related fields, including exercise science and kinesiology, plus years of experience training clients to reach their fitness goals.
When you’re seeking answers, seek out a professional. Don’t be fooled by misinformation.
Get quality information from a qualified professional so you may realize your goals.
MYTH #1: You need to be in the 'fat-burning zone' to burn fat.
You might have heard about the 'fat burning zone' and how you need to run for long durations in this zone to burn fat.
Though there is truth to this, the same desired outcome can be achieved through a...
Get out and walk, concentrate on your posture, and flow. Take elongated steps, and breath! A beautiful day for a walk in January, in Lakes Park, Fort Myers. Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
Having adequate mobility and stability is essential for your health and function.
This is especially true when it comes to avoiding injury. When your joint mobility is restricted, your movement is impaired, meaning the risk of injury is increased.
Therefore, you need full mobility when strength training or performing any other form of exercise.
When we are born, we are generally graced with full mobility but as life progresses, our mobility slowly deteriorates due in part to injuries and our lifestyle choices.
A perfect example being sitting for long periods of time.
On the other hand, we are born with no stability. Stability is developed as me mature throughout our childhood and enhanced through exercise and lifestyle choices later in life.
Therefore, placing a large focus...
Enjoy the mesmerizing waves of Naples Beach (Southwest Florida) as a way to calm your mind, and prepare your body for sleep. Video courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
Well here’s an oxymoron...
An article about sleeping on New Year’s Eve!
While it may see counterintuitive to talk about sleeping on the one night most of the world doesn’t sleep enough, it’s worth a conversation.
The health costs that arise from sleep deprivation include over $2+ billion spent treating conditions associated with sleep deprivation including:
Accidents result in the loss of a further $3.5 billion, and economic inefficiency costs more than $400 billion.
The study titled ‘Why sleep matters..’ as reported in Fortune magazine determined that lack of sleep or poor sleep habits is costing the US workforce approximately 411 Billion dollars is lost productivity and 1.2 million work days annually.
There is no denying that we live in the ‘technological era’.
Consumers are constantly on the go, looking for new and improved ways to maximize time, energy and enjoyment. Whether this means streaming music, capturing that ‘award-winning’ picture, engaging in the latest Twitter debate, or texting friends/family, it’s all done on technological devices of one sort or another. In fact, most of you reading this article will own at least one technological device.
Take a second to add up the number of hours each day that you spend on your device. Is it one, two, five, or even ten?
That calculation isn’t of any real benefit for this discussion, but your posture is, and the awkward positions we find ourselves in while using these devices will not help.
I would like to introduce to you the term the ‘iHunch’.
iHunch is a term used to describe the common spinal problem at the level of the cervicothoracic junction (CT junction)...
Example resistance bands, easily found on Amazon or anywhere workout equipment can be purchased.
Whether you're rehabilitating a specific muscle group or just want to get more out of your workout, don't overlook the humble resistance band.
Resistance bands are an extremely common piece of equipment that you can find in most gyms, but many people are unsure of what to do with them.
Just like the weights around the gym, resistance bands come in all different sizes and intensities to suit you and your training.
Resistance bands are great for people in all stages of their training needs.
They can be great for beginners learning how to move, people recovering from injuries, elite athletes needing help engaging certain muscles or simply people wanting an extra burn.
Read on to learn some of the top benefits and practical applications of resistance bands.
Resistance Bands for Rehabilitation
A lot of clients still in the rehabilitation phase of their training can benefit from using...
Enjoy a beautiful fall day in Lakes Park, Fort Myers, Florida - where I've run with many from our beautiful GearedUp family. Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
Sometimes life is just plain busy.
Some people work long hours while others do shift work or travel often.
Regardless of your situation, your health and fitness training don’t need to suffer, nor should they.
As one who has the tendency to work more than I probably should, I know how hard it can get to find the energy for a workout, never mind the time to get outside and go for a ride or a run.
However, I always find time.
With the proper intention, anything is possible.
Be purposeful with each practice
Often we see people who want to do it all – golf, tennis, bike, run, yoga, weight train – and with the inability to fit everything in, they end up doing nothing. Instead of trying to do everything, focus your attention on your goals and purposefully spend the time you do have directed at...