Is Exercise Preventable Medicine?

Is Exercise Preventable Medicine? This is the question for today! In today’s world where couch potatoe is the norm, where most say they don’t like exercise, or they don’t have time it’s a question that may make the difference between life and death for some.

I find that a visual sometimes has so much power to put us into action that I want to put up this video today. It is really awesome and in fact went viral on YouTube because it is so great to make the point of the Power of Exercise in Health. The question today is exercise preventable medicine and the feeling is that it is! What is exciting is that it is also simple.

“A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way.
Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.”

Now if you took the time to watch the video you will now know that it doesn’t take hours per day to change your health situation whatever it is right now. Time is our most valuable possession and using it in ways that provide us with quality of life for our entire life are worth it right? What do you feel? Is exercise preventable medicine for you? How will you add 30 minutes to your day?

If you have questions or I can help you get moving get in touch!

Think You Can or Think You Can’t Either Way You Are Correct

I heard this saying many years ago and have continued to hear it many times since.  For me it is a powerful saying and has impacted the results in my business and personal life.

I was remined of this saying a few days ago from a colleague.  It got me to thinking how this saying might affect health and wellness.  For me there have been many times I attempted to do something and the first words or thoughts have been ” I can’t”  (I was actually raised with the saying there is no such thing as can’t in the english dictionary) yet the saying has at times found a way into my way of thinking.

There have been mnay times when the “I can’t” way of thinking has been a part of my life.  When I wanted to reduce my weight yet I would tell myself I can’t stick with it.  I can’t exercise today because I have no energy when in fact my energy was just fine I just didn’t want to exercise.  So how does whether you think you can or can’t affect health/wellness results for you?

How can we change the “I Can’t” way of thinking to “I Can” way of thinking. 

Many years ago I was given a card the I called my “I Can” card because it was a 3×5 yellow card with a picture of an eye and a can.    Kind of corny but it got the point across that “I Can”.  It was a visual that reminded me I can see (eye) wha t” I Can”(the can) do in my life.   It then had a list of 3 things that I must do daily to get the results I was looking for.  It really was a powerful tool and corny at the same time.  That was the fun part of the card.  The list was effective in getting me into massive action.  This to do list is the thing that I have noticed that has allowed me to live with “I Can”.  Having “I Can”  attitude makes me:

  • Commit
  • Focus
  • Take Action

So how does this relate back to health and wellness?  We are living in a global health crisis.  Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, premature aging are out of control.    We must begin to have an “I Can” way of thinking to move forward with better health/wellness.  We must begin to practice “I Can”.   “I Can” exercise, “I Can” reduce my weight, “I Can” drink water, “I Can” enjoy drinking water,  “I Can” enjoy exercise, “I Can” give my body nourishment with good quality foods. 

For me anytime I have had an “I Can” way of thinking it has been positive for me, my health/well being . 

Where will you change your way of thinking  to an “I Can” attitude and Commit, Focus and Take Action?  Reduce in Weight, Exercise/Move, Eat quality food, Drink water…..

Where have you been telling yourself “I Can’t”   

What tools will you use to remind yourself  daily that You Can do anything you decide to do? 

Will you make your own 3×5 Eye Can Card with your 3 Take Action Steps? 

Will you get a friend to be your “I Can” supporter?  

What ideas or successes with an “I Can” will you share here? 

It’s just a thought

Seeing the Athlete and Champion

Vision Quest was started in 2001.  It was started because  of my passion for helping others live with the change that comes with wellness  and fitness in their life.  As I began the company I found that I naturally specialized in working with women and young people.   The women I have worked with range from an Olympic athlete, an international athlete to many middle age women who want to participate in competitive sports at a local level and to be healthier, to senior women that want to be as healthy,  active and independent as possible in their life.  Mostly the young people I have worked with wanted to reduce their weight and feel good about them self.  Both groups of individuals are very exciting for me to work with. 

I wanted my logo to represent my feelings about what we do at Vision Quest Wellness.  We are Change Makers.  Vision Quest is a Personal Training and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching company that works with people, who are truly inspired to reduce weight, get into shape, be healthy/vibrant and just don’t know where or how  to start.  We provide coaching, teaching and training for clients who are looking for real change.  Becoming an athlete and champion for their life whether they start out as an athlete or not.  Each human I believe has an athlete and champion in them . 

I see all of my clients as athletes and champions reaching for the stars, yet most of my clients did not see it.  Most of my clients did not see how awesome they are.    I see them standing on the championship  podium as they go beyond their potential and never say no.   My clients inspire me to move them beyond what they think is possible for them. I see athletes all the time raise their arms in victory and this is what I wanted to share with clients new and old. 

My logo is not necessarily a feminine looking logo yet I wanted women and youth to know that it is OK and a must  to raise their arms and celebrate being a champion/athlete in today’s world. 

Vision Quest Wellness.  We are Change Makers helping women and youth to become the athlete and champion in their life.  We do this through Life Coaching, Fitness Coaching/training, Nutrition/Holistic Coaching, Supplement Coaching, and Stress Management Coaching.

Are you living your plan?

Yesterday I wrote about having a plan.  In yesterday’s post I wrote about my planning a Weight Loss Program that I am putting together.

I just got back from a long bike ride around my area.  It is an absolutely wonderful morning with the sun shining, very little humidity and not a cloud in the sky.

I really enjoy getting on my bike and going for a ride.  Doing this is a part of my plan.  My plan to live a healthy, active life.  Exercise for me is a daily thing.  Whether it be living weights, doing body weight exercise, getting on my bike for a ride, boxing, yoga or reffing I do something 6 days a week.  I take 1 day to rest which is also a part of my plan.  Getting balance is very important and a challenge. 

To get out of doors and enjoy the beauty of the neighborhood.  Whether it is a short ride or a long one it is wonderful to be outside, seeing all the beautiful gardens, homes and even the people out on the street for their daily walks is a very enjoyable way for me to get exercise.  Yet it hasn’t always been this way.  There was a time when I didn’t do any kind of exercise, was overweight, tired,  sick and not feeling so good. 

Yet today it got me to thinking about planning life.  It seems most of us just let life plan us.  When I hear most  of my friends and colleagues speak about their lives it is from the standpoint of working at their jobs and then at some point in the future retiring and doing what it is they really enjoy. 

It got me thinking about planning and how important it is yet so little is done about it.  When it comes to health, weight reduction in today’s world it is even more important to plan.  Now for some when I discuss planning  it becomes this heavy thing that we are not supposed to discuss.  For some it is just too much, yet when I think about planning my life and how I want to live it I find it rather exciting.  I think about what I want and not what I don’t want.  I have been told that the mind doesn’t understand the concept of don’t want and so it messes with the plans.  For example if someone were to say “I don’t want to smoke”  the mind would understand “I want to smoke” so the reason to plan your wants.

Today it got me to wonder if so many people today are challenged with health and weight problems because they don’t plan.  Are we so stressed out as a society that we don’t take the time to think about life and what we want from it?  I don’t believe anyone wants to be overweight, suffering from low energy, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and any of the other many illnesses that people suffer from today.  Yet it is happening. 

So how do we turn this around?  How do we begin to plan our lives so we can feel better, look better, and have more energy and more fun in life?  Is the first step to ask ourselves “What do I want?”  Is that a scary question?  Is that the reason we don’t do it?  What if the answer is very different from the life we are now living?  What do we do then?  Then we start. 

It all starts with a decision.  So are you ready to ask the question?  What  do you want from your life?

My Weight Loss Program will be addressing the 6 Pillars for Wellness and how they benefit getting what you want in life.  We will work 1 pillar at a time to develop the Wants in Your life so change will happen and you will begin to put Your plan together while on the road to Wellness and Weight Loss. 

Sign up now and we will get you the introductory information so you can begin you plan.  

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Why do you need to take a multivitamin?

I hear all the time from people that if you were to eat right you don’t need a multivitamin and this is correct however who do you know that eats right?  In today’s world it is very difficult and those that are doing better than most still are challenge when it comes to getting all the nutrients necessary because of depleted soil, toxins, pollution and stress just to name a few.
Eating quality organic food is very important and must be our first line of wellness, then by adding a supplement ( I like Ultra Vitality and Genesis with X’Tranol 24) we can be confident that we are insuring our health daily.  Dr. Mark VP of Symmetry asks and answers the question,

Why do you need to take a multivitamin?
This is something that’s becoming more important as we go forward in time because what’s happened is that we’ve gotten away from small farms or people doing their own farming and ensuring that they’re putting good fertilizers in the ground. We’re using all kinds of herbicides and pesticides and then we’re processing the foods.  The US Department of Agriculture have looked at soil and found that it’s vastly lacking in nutrients. Much of the wheat that is grown or even the rice that is grown is going to be lacking in things like zinc because it’s simply not in the ground so it can’t go into the plant. And, because we process things, studies have shown that when you process food like rice (from brown to white) you lose about 81 percent of the zinc. Same type of thing, you lose 78 percent of zinc when you go from brown flour to white flour. And so we have very little if anything in the ground and then we process it and we refine away whatever was there. We end up with something that is really quite lacking in nutrition. It’s essential we put those things back in.

The three major causes of disease in the United States, I like to say, is breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We’re eating the wrong foods, too much of the wrong foods, and in some cases we’re skipping the meals that we need in order to be really healthy. So it’s essential if you want to be healthy that you’re taking a simple multivitamin. It’s a health insurance policy. It’s a life insurance policy to make sure that you feel good.

So if you still are not convinced that adding supplementation to your health program daily is not beneficial in 2002 JAMA said for the first time that we need to supplement for our good health.   Here, in part, is what the Harvard medical school researchers said:

“Vitamin deficiency syndromes such as scurvy and beriberi are uncommon in Western societies. However, suboptimal intake of some vitamins, above levels causing classic vitamin deficiency, is a risk factor for chronic diseases and common in the general population, especially the elderly.

Suboptimal folic acid levels, along with suboptimal levels of vitamins B(6) and B(12), are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, and colon and breast cancer; low levels of vitamin D contribute to osteopenia and fractures; and low levels of the antioxidant vitamins (vitamins A, E, and C) may increase risk for several chronic diseases.

Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. It appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.”

From: the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA,2002, 287:3116-3126)

Notice that it says ALL adults.
Just a Healthy Thought
Holistic Health Coach, Wendy Bottrell