Tips for fitting exercise into a busy schedule

These days, it may feel almost impossible to find time to exercise in an already busy schedule.  We all have the same 24 hours in a day.  So, why is it some people find time to exercise daily, despite a busy schedule, and others not at all?  Here are suggestions to help incorporate exercise or movement into your day.

  1. Workouts don’t need to take up a large part of your day. Instead of thinking you need to spend hours in the gym, make your workouts short and efficient. You can accomplish the same amount of work in 15 minutes at a high intensity that you can in 30 minutes of moderate intensity.1  An example of a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) session is a Tabata, which is done by setting a timer for 20 seconds, and safely performing any cardiovascular exercise that you enjoy, such as spinning, jumping jacks, or sprints for the entire 20-second duration.  Rest for 10 seconds and then repeat 20 seconds of activity with 10 seconds of rest for eight full rounds.  You can do one exercise, or switch it up during each interval.  Repeat this 3-4 times and you have completed your workout for the day.
  2. Turn your commute into a workout by walking or riding your bike. Stash a clean pair of clothes at work and take only your essentials, such as identification, keys, and phone on your commute. If this is not possible, get off the bus or train a few stops before yours and walk the rest of the way.  Every calorie burned counts!  Be prepared and bring an extra pair of shoes to keep at your desk.
  3. Schedule your workouts and set reminders in your mobile device, computer or write it down on your calendar. Be very precise, including dates and times.  If working out first thing in the morning, set your clothes out the night before as a visual reminder. To save time, wear clean workout clothes to bed. Treat this appointment just like important doctor or dentist visits. Chances are, you wouldn’t miss other scheduled appointments, so make exercising one of those important appointments, too.
  4. Workout at work. Bring exercise tubing or dumbbells and incorporate 12-15 repetitions of bicep curls, triceps extensions, and overhead presses throughout your day.  Bring in a stability ball to address your core and lift your legs up and down (as if you were marching) as you sit at your desk.  Take advantage of your lunch break and fit in some physical activity by going for a brisk walk or jog, if time allows.
  5. Make family time active time by exploring creative ways to include physical activity. Instead of watching television or going to a movie, play an active game, go for a walk, try out a water park, or explore a new activity together.  You still have all the benefits of spending time with each other while creating new memories.  Also, try scheduling an active date with your significant other — find a new park to explore, go for a jog together, or find a sport you both enjoy.
  6. Get moving no matter what your age. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that exercise can improve memory and reverse muscle loss in older adults. As people age, they don’t get enough physical activity. According to Thomas Gill, a professor of geriatrics at Yale School of Medicine, showed in this study that walking reduced subsequent disability episodes.2

Ready to turn back the scale?

Rally28 is a weight loss program offering a simple, yet effective way to help you change your body and your life. This winning combination of our proprietary Craving-Control Technology and sustainable fat-burning ingredients support weight loss while you develop healthier habits for real, lasting results. Learn more at www.rally28.com.

Always be mindful and understand your own limits and always speak with your doctor before starting any exercise regimen.

This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease. Highlights taken from studies should not be viewed as scientific fact, but rather as the author’s interpretation of a scientific study. The validity of study information is not guaranteed nor are the author’s views guaranteed to be aligned with those of the researchers that published the study. 

References

  1. Gibala, M. J. et al. Short-term sprint interval versus traditional endurance training: similar initial adaptations in human skeletal muscle and exercise performance, J. Physiol. (Lond.) 575, 901–911 (2006).
  2. Thomas M. Gill, MD. Effect of Physical Activity on Mobility Outcomes. http://annals.org/aim/multimedia-player/13496180

Winter and weight loss go hand in hand

exercisewinter_0217Weight loss in the winter may seem like a misstatement. After all, hearty casseroles and stews always hit the spot as you warm your toes by the fire. But winter can be an ideal time to shed extra pounds when you exercise and make Whole Health part of your lifestyle.

Let the temperatures do the training

Get outside and play in the snow. You may be tempted to stay indoors to exercise on your stationary bike, but exercising in the cold can jump-start your metabolism which causes your body to burn more calories. Run or walk in the afternoon, being cautious of wet and icy patches. Studies have shown that we expend five times more energy when shivering, compared to when we are resting.1

Benefits to exercising outside during the winter

  • You’ll burn more calories. As the body works harder to regulate its core temperature, you’ll burn more calories during your wintry workout compared to exercising indoors.
  • You’ll make your heart muscle stronger. Cold weather makes the heart work harder which isn’t necessarily good for someone with heart trouble. But, regular exercise in colder weather can make the heart stronger, better preparing the body for more strenuous workouts in the future.
  • You’ll drink more water. You can still get dehydrated in the wintertime, so drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout. You may not feel it, but you still sweat when it’s cold outside; it just evaporates quicker in dry, chilly air.
  • You’ll get your vitamin D. Yes, even in the wintertime. But remember, too, that you still need to apply sunscreen.
  • You’ll feel more energized. Cold air is stimulating and can boost your mood. As the body works harder to stay warm, the amount of endorphins increases.
  • You’ll lessen your chances of the winter blues. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may be caused by lack of sun, activity and proper nutrition.3

Fuel your fire with Rally28. The expert-approved, 28-day program works and will keep you going strong right into spring. Replace that hot chocolate with a fresh cup of PURE Café. You’ll suppress your appetite so you can limit the amount of calories you are eating throughout the day.

Dress appropriately. Wear water-resistant clothes and dress in layers so you can take pieces off as you get hot. Your body loses a lot of heat from your head, so a hat is a must, as are gloves. If you are into winter sports, cross-country skiing and ice skating burn the most calories.2

This infographic lists calories burned by Olympic winter sports activities. Find a friend or neighbor to run or walk with and be sure to create a goal. For instance, commit to 20 minutes of exercise three times a week. Use an app on your phone. There are many fitness apps, from calorie counters, to distance trackers, and more.

Make exercise a priority in the winter so you stay fit and healthy year ‘round. Always talk with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program. You need to make sure the exercise you choose is safe for you.

1http://www.cell.com/trends/endocrinology-metabolism/fulltext/S1043-2760(14)00010-1

2http://calorielab.com/burned/?mo=se&gr=19&ti=winter+activities&q=&wt=150&un=lb&kg=68

3http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/causes/con-20021047

Healthy change is within reach

thumbnailIt’s a lot easier than you might think…that is, participating in Rally28. We hear about what we “should” be doing in order to manage our weight, but in this hectic world it’s nice to know that there are things we don’t have to do. Phew, right?

And, guess what? It’s a short list.

You don’t need to give up your favorite foods. The Rally28 system allows one cheat day per week when you can eat whatever you like. Enjoy your favorites butfav_foods_vegpizza switch it up. Have a burger but make it a turkey burger and skip the mayo. Enjoy pizza but make it a thin crust and add some veggies. Have a sweet snack but make it a frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. What you don’t want is six cheat days and only one day of proper nutrition; it won’t make your cheat day quite as exciting, and you won’t form those good habits.

You don’t have to go without sweets. Reread number one. Go ahead and cheatday_sweetsenjoy your favorite candy bar on your cheat day if you want to. No one is judging. And it won’t set you back if you follow the program correctly on the others days. Besides, you deserve the reward.

 

You don’t need to join a fancy gym. It’s not necessary, if you don’t want to. That applies to the personal trainer, too. You can do it all by yourself. Take a walk_dog_nogymbrisk walk, do some pushups and planks in your living room, or take a bike ride. Just remember that whatever the activity, consistency is key.

 

Say no-no to the yo-yo. Forget the diets, they just don’t work. Strugglnoyoyodietsing with repetitive losses and gains is for the birds. No more! With the Rally28 system, you will learn how to eat and exercise correctly, for results that last.

 

You don’t have to starve yourself. When you do, the body panics and retains every last calorie it can, storing them as fat cells. Your energy levels drop, too. With the Rally28 system, you’ll enjoy eating a lot of whole, natural, healthy foods that are delicious! You may find that after your firdontstarvest couple of cheat days, the cheat isn’t quite as exciting. But it is ok to have a cheat day a week with six days of staying on target. The trouble is when we have six cheat days and one day of proper nutrition.

 

You don’t have to live on salad alone. Unless, of course, you want to. Don’t get me wrong, salads are delicious, they are rich in fiber, are tasty, and easy saladto make. But you will deprive your body of the essential nutrients you need to feel and look your best. You need protein in your diet to provide amino acids, which your body uses to maintain healthy tissues, to boost your immune system and to help transport oxygen via your blood.

You don’t have to measure everything. Portion size is important but as you follow the Rally28 system, you will lmeasure_foodearn to recognize how large a cup is (the size of your fist). This will become routine and you’ll find that you don’t need to weigh your food every time.

You don’t have to feel ashamed anymore. We’re all in this together. It noexcusesdoesn’t matter if you’ve failed in the past. It doesn’t matter if your goal is to lose weight, eat healthier, or exercise more. No more excuses. Rally28 is easy, anyone can do it and you have tons of support. There’s a community of like-minded people who are just waiting to inspire and motivate.

You don’t have to suffer with insomnia. Whenmorningenergy you start Rally28, you will begin to feel more energy which, believe it or not, will help you sleep like a baby. A brisk 30-minute walk every day can make a big difference.

 

You don’t have to deal with low energy. You know that rundown, I-don’t-want-to-get-out-of-bed-in-the-morninr28_communityg feeling? Well, say goodbye to that because once you start Rally28, you’ll be revved and ready to conquer the world.

 

You deserve the best. Don’t think of making a change as something you need. More importantly, living a life of Whole Health is something you truly deserve. Your body deserve the best food, your body deserves to be active, your body deserves Rally28!

Get ready to rally!

Rally28 is a lifestyle, not a diet. During the 28-day program, participants consume products daily, eat small portions throughout the day, and are encouraged to exercise, drink plenty of water, and get adequate sleep. Participants also receive support from a community of ‘ralliers’ around the world, along with access to helpful resources, including a meal planner, recipes, a customized journal, and more.

Take a turn, get results. Order your Rally28 system today!

 

Be consistent on your journey to Whole Health

beconsistent2017_0117You snack on chips at the Mexican restaurant while patiently waiting for your cheese-topped chicken enchiladas to arrive. It’s already the third week in January and your resolution to eat healthier has already gone down the drain. Oh well, you think. January was just practice, I’ll begin my “real” resolution on Valentine’s Day.

Sound familiar? We make thoughtful resolutions only to falter and then try again. It’s an up-and-down struggle, a guilt-ridden ride that doesn’t seem to end. Don’t despair. That one set-back at the restaurant is not going to put you into a downward spiral. So you had a few chips. Enjoy them and move on. Rather than blaming yourself and preparing to starve on day two, think about the basics: nutrition, exercise and sleep. That’s really all there is to it.

The following strategies are very effective in keeping you consistent on your journey to a Whole Health lifestyle.

  1. Start every morning with a 360 Complete Shake. Proprietary Craving-Control Technology and fat-burning ingredients. Add your own frozen fruit, raw vegetables, Mila, and favorite milk alternative for a fast, filling meal replacement that will keep you going all morning.
  2. Hydrate throughout the day. Around 70% of the body is comprised of water.1 Drink half your body weight in water ounces to stay lean and healthy. An adequate intake for women is approximately 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of total water — from all beverages and foods — each day, and men an average of approximately 3.7 liters (125 ounces daily) of total water.2 Start with a big glass mid-morning and carry a bottle to sip throughout the day.
  3. Eat fiber. An adequate intake of fiber helps with bowel movements and offers other health benefits. If you are not consuming the proper amount of fiber, try increasing your daily intake gradually with plenty of water. Genesis PURE Mila has plenty of fiber as well as healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. 360 Complete Shake also contain a good source of fiber with other beneficial nutrients. Other fiber sources include raw nuts, seeds, raspberries, non-starchy veggies, and avocado.
  4. Move it. Get out of that chair and walk around the building during your lunch break. Go to the gym after work. All you need is a half an hour. Invest in a good workout video you can wake up to every morning. Take the dog for a walk. Try a new exercise class. Just move.
  5. Get creative. Try a new vegetable or fruit you’ve never had before. Or prepare your favorite’s a different way. There are plenty of uncommon fruits and vegetables. For instance, dandelion greens are edible and delicious. The jicama is a vegetable similar to a potato or water chestnut. Ever tried a kumquat? It is a sweet, citrus fruit whose skin can also be eaten.
  6. Get proper sleep. Sleep is one of the basic needs of the body, and here at Genesis PURE we believe in giving the body what it needs to thrive. Prepare for sleep an hour before you lay down by turning off electronics, diffusing a calming essential oil, enjoying a cup of tea, or taking a hot bath.
  7. Clean out your pantry. Throw out anything tempting to eat that is not healthy, or donate it to a soup kitchen. When you’re at the grocery store, pass on the items you know will set you back, or buy healthier alternatives instead. You may need will power, so create a mantra and say it aloud. It could be simply, “I don’t want this in my kitchen.”
  8. Be happy. Schedule time for you. Go for that massage. Plan a date with a friend to see a movie. Play a board game with your kids. Check out a new book from the library. Paint something. Take a free online course. Write in a journal. Volunteer your time.

Enjoy those chips in moderation but promise me that you’ll do the other eight things in this list. Do them consistently and you’ll discover that they will change the way you eat in the long run.

1http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290814.php

2http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Reports/2004/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-Water-Potassium-Sodium-Chloride-and-Sulfate.aspx

6 reasons to embrace a healthier lifestyle in 2017

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“This year I’m going to exercise and lose weight.” Sound familiar? We say it every December, only to fall short a couple of months later. How is 2017 going to be any different? Well, listen closely. Hear that sound? Feet against the pavement during a peaceful jog. The steamy sizzle of a stir fry cooking on the stove. Someone calling your name. It’s the sound of change…healthy change.    

1. It improves confidence.
When self-esteem is high it’s easier to ask for that raise, you feel comfortable wearing that little black dress, and you know you’ll catch the attention of that important date.

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2. Your body will be stronger. You’ll be able to carry that load of laundry up the stairs with breath leftover at the top, and feel like a champion when you can double up on the grocery bags.

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3. You’ll be happier. You’ll want to pay it forward at the coffee shop and you just might be caught singing in the shower.

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4. You’ll save money. Imagine the cash leftover when you stop buying those sodas, when you walk instead of drive, and when you leave the processed food where it belongs, on Isle 4.

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5. You’ll set a good example for others. People will notice that zip in your step, and they’ll likely want to join you in that 5K.

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6. You’ll increase your energy. You’ll wake up in the morning wanting to go to work. You’ll want to take that evening walk with the dog. And, you’ll be more apt to eat a healthy breakfast.

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You can have it all when you commit.

So let’s do it, together. Rally28 is the weight-loss system with ingredients that are proven to work. You will understand where Rally28 got its name when you look in the mirror and see a new you, when you learn how to eat healthy again, when you discover how easy it is to keep exercise and sleep in your daily life.

Do you hear the rallying cry now?

Ready for a healthier lifestyle?

Determining your fitness “why”

fitness_why_1116 Whether you’re starting a new fitness routine or you’ve been working out for years, we all struggle at some point to find the motivation – our “why” – to continue pursuing our goals.  What happens when we hit that proverbial wall or can’t seem to get started?

There are several paths toward finding your fitness motivation. Extrinsic motivators, such as winning a weight loss competition, a beach vacation, or fitting into a smaller dress or pant size before an event, are great for getting started on your fitness journey.  However, finding the intrinsic motivation to continue with your program after having some success may take self-exploration or a coaching session to discover your inherent reason for continuing your routine. Do you enjoy it, or are you doing it simply for the reward?

What do you see yourself doing years from now?

Along with health and fitness goals, be sure to envision your career, hobbies, responsibilities, and desires along that path toward Whole Health. Capture the elements in your life that will bring you joy. Today, determine if the fitness path you’re currently on will allow you to achieve those goals, or if there are changes you can make that will help you engage in future hobbies and activities.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Who are you exercising for?
  • How will making a fitness routine help you achieve your long-term goals?
  • Will an exercise routine help you move easier or make activities more enjoyable?
  • What are the end results you are looking for, and how will they change your life?

Over time, when exercise becomes valued for its personal worth and utility, you may discover lasting behavioral changes. 1

The Self-Determination Theory (SDT)

SDT is based on an assumption that individuals make choices, such as whether or not to exercise, by self-determined motives.  It also recognizes that there are other forms of motivation that may still serve a purpose, but may not be as lasting.1 For example, studies have shown that when exercise participants, especially women, have their results driven solely on physical appearance, there is less inclination to continue.2

SDT makes the argument that the need for competence, such as the feeling of being fit or skilled enough to exercise; receiving positive feedback; joy in reaching personal goals; or achieving fitness success, are important factors to finding and maintaining motivation.1 This could mean succeeding in a new personal challenge or completing a new fitness class. Enjoying new experiences, creating social connections, and finding your comfort zone, are all essential to the development of internal motivation.1

Most exercise participants have both extrinsic and intrinsic motives that can go hand in hand. Find your external motivation to get started and your internal motivation to stay on track.  You will find yourself on the path to a successful and suitable fitness plan!

Ready to turn back the scale?

Rally28 is for you! This weight-loss program offers a simple, yet effective way to help you change your body and your life. This winning combination of Genesis PURE’s proprietary Craving-Control Technology and sustainable fat-burning ingredients support weight loss while you develop healthier habits for real, lasting results.

Rally28 also incorporates group benefits and peer coaching that can help you stay  motivated. Having friends cheering you on might be all you need!

Learn more at www.rally28.com.

As always, consult your doctor before starting any fitness routine.

References

  1. Teixeira, P. J. Carraça, E. V. Markland, D. Silva, M. N. & Ryan, R. M. Exercise, physical activity, and self-determination theory: a systematic review, Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 9, 78 (2012).
  2. Kohlstedt, S. S. Weissbrod, C. S. Colangelo, A. M. & Carter, M. M. Psychological Factors Influencing Exercise Adherence among Females, PSYCH 04, 917–923 (2013).

Tips for fitting exercise into a busy schedule

thumbnail These days, it may feel almost impossible to find time to exercise in an already busy schedule.  We all have the same 24 hours in a day.  So, why is it some people find time to exercise daily, despite a busy schedule, and others not at all?  Here are suggestions to help incorporate exercise or movement into your day.

  1. Workouts don’t need to take up a large part of your day. Instead of thinking you need to spend hours in the gym, make your workouts short and efficient. You can accomplish the same amount of work in 15 minutes at a high intensity that you can in 30 minutes of moderate intensity.1  An example of a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) session is a Tabata, which is done by setting a timer for 20 seconds, and safely performing any cardiovascular exercise that you enjoy, such as spinning, jumping jacks, or sprints for the entire 20-second duration.  Rest for 10 seconds and then repeat 20 seconds of activity with 10 seconds of rest for eight full rounds.  You can do one exercise, or switch it up during each interval.  Repeat this 3-4 times and you have completed your workout for the day.
  2. Turn your commute into a workout by walking or riding your bike. Stash a clean pair of clothes at work and take only your essentials, such as identification, keys, and phone on your commute. If this is not possible, get off the bus or train a few stops before yours and walk the rest of the way.  Every calorie burned counts!  Be prepared and bring an extra pair of shoes to keep at your desk.
  3. Schedule your workouts and set reminders in your mobile device, computer or write it down on your calendar. Be very precise, including dates and times.  If working out first thing in the morning, set your clothes out the night before as a visual reminder. To save time, wear clean workout clothes to bed. Treat this appointment just like important doctor or dentist visits. Chances are, you wouldn’t miss other scheduled appointments, so make exercising one of those important appointments, too.
  4. Workout at work. Bring exercise tubing or dumbbells and incorporate 12-15 repetitions of bicep curls, triceps extensions, and overhead presses throughout your day.  Bring in a stability ball to address your core and lift your legs up and down (as if you were marching) as you sit at your desk.  Take advantage of your lunch break and fit in some physical activity by going for a brisk walk or jog, if time allows.
  5. Make family time active time by exploring creative ways to include physical activity. Instead of watching television or going to a movie, play an active game, go for a walk, try out a water park, or explore a new activity together.  You still have all the benefits of spending time with each other while creating new memories.  Also, try scheduling an active date with your significant other — find a new park to explore, go for a jog together, or find a sport you both enjoy.
  6. Get moving no matter what your age. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that exercise can improve memory and reverse muscle loss in older adults. As people age, they don’t get enough physical activity. According to Thomas Gill, a professor of geriatrics at Yale School of Medicine, showed in this study that walking reduced subsequent disability episodes.2

Ready to turn back the scale?

Rally28 is a weight loss program offering a simple, yet effective way to help you change your body and your life. This winning combination of Genesis PURE’s proprietary Craving-Control Technology and sustainable fat-burning ingredients support weight loss while you develop healthier habits for real, lasting results. Learn more at www.rally28.com.

Always be mindful and understand your own limits and always speak with your doctor before starting any exercise regimen.

This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease. Highlights taken from studies should not be viewed as scientific fact, but rather as the author’s interpretation of a scientific study. The validity of study information is not guaranteed nor are the author’s views guaranteed to be aligned with those of the researchers that published the study. 

References

  1. Gibala, M. J. et al. Short-term sprint interval versus traditional endurance training: similar initial adaptations in human skeletal muscle and exercise performance, J. Physiol. (Lond.) 575, 901–911 (2006).
  2. Thomas M. Gill, MD. Effect of Physical Activity on Mobility Outcomes. http://annals.org/aim/multimedia-player/13496180