An incredible walk on beautiful Naples Beach - November 2022. 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 place at home in front...
Plumeria (above) and Gardenia's are in bloom in Lakes Park (Fort Myers), right now, for you to enjoy! They're smelling SOOO good! Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
Most people have suffered the excruciatingly painful experience of a leg cramp at least once in their life, often in bed at night.
A cramp is a painful spasm or contraction (shortening) of the muscle, usually in the calf, but sometimes in the foot or thigh muscles.
Cramps are involuntary – you have no control over the muscle spasm.
Fortunately, cramps usually only last a few seconds or minutes and usually get better when you stretch the affected muscles.
Walking around often helps relieve foot cramps.
After a cramp, the affected muscles may be sore and tender for a few hours.
Sometimes there is even mild swelling afterwards. Although they are extremely painful, ordinary leg cramps are more of a nuisance than anything else and are not usually a sign of anything seriously wrong.
Leg cramps (especially night...
A gorgeous April evening stroll in Lakes Park (in Fort Myers, Florida). Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
Participation in sports have long been recognized as an effective way to stay in shape, and a great start on the road to a healthy lifestyle.
However, organized sports and individual activities can also sometimes result in injury.
The American College of Sports Medicine has identified the most common sporting activities leading to injury, more specifically, heat-injuries.
Individual activities, such as running may also lead to a range of injuries while rollerblading and skateboarding spearhead the way in injury-causing culprits among children.
Of additional concern is the research warning that people who experience sports injuries (especially children) are at a higher risk of suffering from re-injury later.
Therefore, it’s important to take some sensible precautions to avoid injury in the first place.
Guitar strapped to his back, enjoying a nice December evening in beautiful Lakes Park (Fort Myers, Florida). Walk every day for 30 minutes to increase the quality of your sleep. Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
Ring in the New Year with Better Sleep — 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...
A brisk walk in the park on a beautiful Florida fall day is an awesome aerobic exercise! Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
‘Aerobic’ exercise refers to exercise that requires an uptake and consumption of substantially more oxygen than at rest.
It involves repeated movements of the large muscles of your body for a minimum of 20 minutes.
Examples of aerobic exercise include:
Because you need more oxygen to do aerobic exercise, you breathe more rapidly and more deeply to get extra oxygen into your lungs.
Your heart also beats faster to deliver more oxygen-carrying blood from your lungs to your muscles.
How fast your heart beats and how rapidly you breathe will depend on how intense the exercise is.
For general health and fitness benefits, such as reducing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancers and improving your stamina, it is recommended that you do some form of moderate...
What would your self talk look like as you walked or ran on this beautiful path in Lakes Park? Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
It’s been said that life begins at the end of your comfort zone and that certainly resonates in athletic and fitness pursuits.
Have you ever purposefully listened and been mindful of the messages you send yourself during a training session?
Our brains are more powerful than any muscle in our body and our thoughts can impact the effectiveness and enjoyment of our workouts.
To get the most out of each training session, negate any negative thoughts and put yourself in the optimal mindset for performance.
“I can’t do it!”
It is natural for our mind to tell us to back off when we are experiencing discomfort, fatigue or pain. It’s a survival mechanism the body uses to protect itself.
The challenge becomes recognizing which thoughts come from credible physical threats and which thoughts are simply there as we are...
Lakes Park, Fort Myers, Florida - Tues, Sept 28, 2021. Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
I’m sure you’ve heard the adage:
“life is a journey, not a destination”.
The same is true for fitness as well.
Often we see enthusiasts work towards a fitness or health goal, achieve it and then slowly slide back to where they started. Sound familiar?
This cycle is easy to break If you shift your thinking and training to cultivate long-term habits, rather than just ‘short-term fix goals’.
First, understand there are several reasons why maintaining a change in behavior is often more difficult than making the initial change itself.
Enjoy the cool water of a pool, while you exercise, even on the hottest of Florida summer days... Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
I recently found myself in a conversation with someone who believed his wife’s hydrotherapy was the equivalent of a water aerobics class.
I quickly set him straight by pointing out:
and he should give it a try.
Hydrotherapy is one of the most effective and therapeutic ways to exercise (and rehabilitate) in a calm and relaxing environment.
The water’s buoyancy decreases the load or impact which passes through weight-bearing joints by up to 90% allowing for more activities and movement with less stress and load on the joints.
Exercising in water can be just as intense as exercising on land but without the physical impact on your...
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.