We all think of the New Year as the time to get healthy, but really we should be celebrating our health year round. Specifically during the holidays you should be celebrating health and happiness moving into the New Year. What better time of year to start preparation for a fresh start on a new track to attaining a healthier lifestyle? As you start preparing for the New Year, you should make health insurance an important part of your conversation. With open enrollment season upon us it makes sense now more than ever to consider your options and set yourself up for your best possible chances of achieving good health in the New Year.
We are all busy buzzing around making lists and buying gifts in preparation to celebrate another year with the ones we love. The thing that should be at the top of your list is keeping yourself healthy so that you can be there to celebrate many more holidays with those you love. What a better gift to give to them then healthy and happy you?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
“The United States spends significantly more on health care than any other nation. In 2006, our health care expenditure was over $7,000 per person, more than twice the average of 29 other developed countries. We also have one of the fastest growth rates in health spending, tripling our expenditures since 1990. Yet the average life expectancy in the United States is far below many other nations that spend less on health care each year. As a nation, more than 75% of our health care spending is on people with chronic conditions. These persistent conditions—the nation’s leading causes of death and disability—leave in their wake deaths that could have been prevented, lifelong disability, compromised quality of life, and burgeoning health care costs.”
Chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, respiratory disease, and oral conditions, all have contributing factors that can significantly lower the chances of a condition developing if a contributing factor is prevented, handled, or treated properly in advance of illness. Preventative factors that can contribute to chronic conditions are lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption.
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Depression is very real and if you think that it could not happen to you or someone you love then you are very wrong. Millions of people suffer from depression. Life is hard, and it can suck at times! Don’t be afraid to ask for help. But to assist you along the way I recommend that you download the Moodivator app to help you as you manage depression.
Every once in a while I find myself in need of pulling out my proverbial “soap box; it’s every once in a while. For those who follow my writing know that I made a significant lifestyle change 23 months ago. That lifestyle change I believe saved my life and made me a better person physically and spiritually. Losing nearly 100 pounds in those 23 months has been nothing short of hard work, sacrifice and digging deep within my soul finding a degree of mental toughness that I didn’t know I had. Knowing that this lifestyle change is not just about weight loss but rather a combination of work that involves the mind, body and soul it is I believe necessary to acknowledge that there are sometimes adverse effects of that weight loss. Those adverse effects, I believe, are outweighed by the positive effects brought on by physical weight loss. Continue reading
Do you worry about your health? I think we all do. I think we listen to our bodies and then we ask Dr. Google. We thought you would love ot know these health facts.
* Your kitchen sink is dirtier than your bathroom: There are typically more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch in its drain; the faucet, basin, and sponge are crawling with germs as well. Keep your sink clean by scrubbing it with cleanser or bleach; remember to clean the handles, faucet, and nozzle. Soak sponges in bleach, or zap them in a bowl in the microwave for 2 minutes daily.Continue reading
*Disclosure: I am a NSNation blogger, and receive 3 months of Nutrisystem Meals free of charge to facilitate this review, no other form of compensation was provided, and as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own 🙂
Another week of Nutrisystem has come and gone and I am still feeling great! I can’t report any weight loss this week, but I can report that there was no weight gain, which I think is just as important! Now I know that my body is getting used to what I should be eating, and next week I will be kicking my workout up a notch to try to start losing weight again! I can’t believe that in only 2 more weeks I will be done with my Nutrisystem Nation’s 3 month program! One thing I did want to share, lately I’ve been “experimenting” with some of the different food options, and this week I discovered the the Sloppy Joe mix tastes awesome with a little sour cream rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla, yum!Continue reading
We all struggle at times or daily with our weight, self image, and possibly health. I thought everything my weight was fine. That was until I looked at a picture and realized I was skinny. I mean how could one be too skinny in today’s society? Well, I looked at my picture and realized that my lifestyle and healthy eating had taken off any weight I had. I only had two choices eat food that put on weight or go work out.
I decided to work out. I started working out about eight months ago. I put on ten pounds on purpose. I made sure to take any class at the gym that was offered at 9:00 since that was a time I could attend everyday. I didn’t let the names of the classes scare me off, because I knew I could do one of the three options the instructor provided and sometimes that was just walking in place. I walked in place a lot the first couple weeks. I mean they could have just called the class walking in place class because I spent a lot of time doing that. I decided actively trying was better than being at home watching people on TV exercising. I did try that method. I turned on fitness shows and participated for a minute or two until I got a Facebook alert. I currently go to the gym 4 days a week because I need someone to motivate me and it has really changed the shape of my body which has also been an interesting transition since apparently having leg muscles makes it harder to find jeans that fit. I recently gave away several pairs that no longer fit.
I would rather have my new legs than old jeans anyway. Working out has also allowed me to be able to keep up with my kids which was so important to me. I have a sedentary job so training my body to be able to exercise for 60 minutes wasn’t easy. It was well worth it. I gave myself the string bikini challenge as my motivation to get fit. I decided by the end of the summer I would be in awesome shape and wear a string bikini. I believe I was given a string bikini at a conference. I took the thing and I put it on and was amazed at all the areas that squeezed out. I was “skinny” but I didn’t have any muscle tone of anything so when I put on the string bikini it wasn’t pretty. I did however meet my goal after numerous Pilates, 20/20/20 classes, body pump, body blitz and core, Zumba, cross trainer time, and fitness classes.
I exercise daily because I feel better. It helps me start my day and give me the burst of energy I need. It helps me make healthy meal choices because I do not want to ruin the work I put in at the gym. I do however have a treat everyday because I have a huge sweet tooth, but all in all I try to make healthy meals and snack choices. I am challenging you to take some time to focus on you.
I am offering you the 30 day at home plan that I used a couple of months ago. It isn’t easy. It was worth it! Yes, you can break the exercises down and do them through the day. I challenge you to complete each day anyway you can. If you have to break up the 50 squats into groups of 10 go for it. Just get them done and then the next day try 12 in a row. I challenge you to improve on what you have done each day. We will be gathering on social media to inspire one another. This isn’t an easy challenge for me but I believe that taking the time to work out is an important part of my life now, I hope that you include it in your daily routine. I encourage you to set a goal. That goal can simply be to get the challenge done daily. I suggest putting it on your phone or following our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MadameDeals and looking for the image of the challenge to add your two cents.. I mean you can do this! You can put your mind and body to accomplish any goal you chose, the only thing stopping you is you! Well, that was yesterday today you are a no excuse, powerful person, who wants to make a change. Let’s get this party started!
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