Whether you're in the early stages of changing some habits to improve your health or trying to keep a new year's resolution on track, it's always a good time to ask yourself if you're setting SMART goals. Our best intentions to create new habits sometimes fall short of success simply because our plans lack thoroughness. They may be too vague or unrealistic. So what can help? SMART goals, … [Read more...] about Setting SMART Goals for Success
MOVEMENT, EXERCISE AND REST
When I started going to a gym regularly and lifting weights, I remember thinking: I don't want to bulk up. I simply want to be a little bit stronger. Would I bulk up, like the Incredible Hulk? What benefits would weight training, or resistance training, give me? Why should I do this? And how did this fit into my health goals? As I wondered about all these questions about women and weight … [Read more...] about Women and Weight Training: Will I Bulk Up?
The health benefits of walking are numerous. Many doctors cite moderate physical activity, including walking, as a "magic pill" for better health. It burns calories, improves cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles, enhances mood, boosts energy, and improves cognition. But most Americans don't get enough regular exercise, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. … [Read more...] about Health Benefits of Walking: Is it the Magic Pill?
We all flop from time to time, but how can we bounce back and use our failure as fuel? From the time we start school, we're taught that failure is something bad. But failure can be the wake-up call that takes us to the next level - if we approach it with the right mindset. Even recent research bears this out, but I didn't know that this spring when I created my own failure and then an … [Read more...] about Messed Up? Using Failure as Fuel
With small habit shifts, we can reset our brain's circadian clock operating in the background and affect our sleep cycles and energy levels. In fact, you've reset your internal clock unconsciously if you've traveled across time zones or stayed up late a few times to watch an important sporting game or attend an event. But that circadian clock is sensitive to other internal and external … [Read more...] about Can I Reset My Circadian Clock for Better Sleep?
Sometimes the doctor delivers a diagnosis and says we must make changes now, or else. And other times, we simply know we need to do some things differently to improve our health. But maybe it's hard to get moving in the right direction. Changing how we eat feels burdensome. And starting an exercise routine seems overwhelming. So we procrastinate. Because it all seems so big. But guess … [Read more...] about Take Small Steps to Create Habits