| Greeting humans and Happy 2011! Here in the Mojito household we have a full slate of activities planned this year - all of which require good health, good spirits, good family and good friends. To that end, we expect to stay in tip top shape, eat right and get plenty of rest (we kitties are especially good at resting). We also know that this will be a family affair and we will support and encourage each other to stay on track and make good decisions in the pursuit of healthy living. Since Ms. Trish is a personal trainer, we can count on her to stay on the cutting edge of emerging exercise trends. And since I am an adolescent kitty cat, I can be counted on to patrol the house at 2am and get right up in everyone's face at that hour to ensure they are sleeping soundly. Rest assured, Mr. Mojito takes his night watch duties very seriously. So seriously that I think I should probably go take a nap now so I can be fully prepared to prowl tonight at the midnight hour. Nighty night, humans!|
| Fit & Fifty|
Sounds like Mr. Mojito still has a lot of "kitten" in him which is great. Whatever he can do to slow down the aging process is fine. Speaking of aging, we want to start 2011 by addressing fitness for the 50 and over set. |
Men and women manifest the signs of aging in radically different ways. Typically, men get smaller as they age by losing muscle mass and women get bigger as they store body fat. This may be a natural process, but it is easily and necessarily reversible. Weight training at least 3 days/week is a must for all people but essential for the over 50 set.
The experts at IDEA Health and Fitness list 10 excellent reasons for women to weight train. They correctly suggest regular weight training improves mental and physical health and decreases the likelihood of suffering typical age-related deterioration. The Center for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov) also weighs in noting that regular weight training for men significantly reduces/reverses typical age-related issues such as arthritis, obesity, diabetes, etc.
As always, check with your physician before embarking on a weight training regimen and feel free to consult with your personal trainer as well.
|Best Foods For Your Heart|
Great news! One of the healthiest foods for your heart is oatmeal (http://www.health.com
). This is great news because a steaming bowl of oatmeal is a perfect start to a winter's day. Plain oatmeal begs for accessorizing so add some bananas, berries, cinnamon or nuts on top.
We want to eat heart-healthy morning, noon and night so be sure to incorporate foods like avocado, olive oil, nuts, berries (the brighter, the better), beans and spinach into your diet as well as ...
- Salmon Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Flaxseed (ground) Omega-3 fatty acids; fiber, phytoestrogens.
- Red wine Catechins and reservatrol (flavonoids). Toast your good health! A glass of red wine could improve "good" HDL cholesterol.
- Tuna Here's lunch: Salad greens, fresh fruit, canned tuna. Keep "Salad Spritzer" - a light dressing -- in your office fridge.
- Tofu Niacin; folate; calcium; magnesium; potassium.
- Brown rice B-complex vitamins; fiber; niacin; magnesium, fiber. Microwavable brown rice makes a quick lunch. Stir in a few chopped veggies (broccoli, carrots, spinach).
- Soy milk Soy milk is great over oatmeal or whole-grain cereal. Or, make a smoothie with soy milk.
- Carrots Alpha-carotene (a carotenoid); fiber. Baby carrots are sweet for lunch. Sneak shredded carrots into spaghetti sauce or muffin batter.
- Sweet potato Beta-carotene (a carotenoid); vitamins A, C, E; fiber. Microwave in a zip-lock baggie for lunch. Eat au naturale, or with pineapple bits.
- Red bell peppers Rub with olive oil, and grill or oven-roast until tender. Delicious raw, in wraps, salads, sandwiches.
- Acorn squash Baked squash is comfort food on a chilly day. Serve with sautéed spinach, pine nuts, raisins.
- Cantaloupe A fragrant ripe cantaloupe is perfect for breakfast, lunch, potluck dinners. Simply cut and enjoy!
- Papaya Serve papaya salsa with salmon: Mix papaya, pineapple, scallions, garlic, fresh lime juice, salt and black pepper.
- Dark chocolate Reservatrol and cocoa phenols (flavonoids). A truffle a day lowers blood pressure, but choose 70% or higher cocoa content.
- Tea Catechins and flavonols (flavonoids). Make sun tea: Combine a clear glass jar, several tea bags, and hours of sunshine
|Starve a Cold? Feed a Fever? Workout when sick?|
Recently, Medical News Today addressed the issue of working out when under the weather. First the good news...folks engaging in regular moderate exercise effectively reduce the amount of time off from work because of cold symptoms. So get a flu shot if your doctor recommends it, and keep working out to stay healthy! These are both very effective at preventing illness.
Additionally, by visiting http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/AN01097
, you get some great tips about how to decide if you should head to the gym or stay home when you are not feeling well. Perhaps the old "feed a fever" advice should be modified to "heed a fever". This is your body's alarm system and should be taken seriously, particularly as it often includes dehydration. Keep in mind that you also may be contagious the first day or two you have symptoms so stay home from work and the gym for those first couple of days.
) also has some sage advice. First, they acknowledge that for many people, working out makes them feel better every day so if you are able, by all means get up and so something. The best sign to watch for after your workout is if it did, indeed, improve your health. This is kind of a variation of "if it feels good, do it" but is a simple and easily interpreted rule of thumb to use. If you feel worse after working out, rest is probably indicated. Trust your judgment and make the same decision for yourself that you would make for a friend or loved one.
And now I think I will take a page from Mr. Mojito's handbook and catch a quick catnap. 40 winks is good for the heart and the soul.
|Stair Climbing Workout|
Join the American Heart Association for a workout to benefit the Go Red For Women movement and kick off National Heart Month. Fitness trainers Trish Chard of TV Fitness Pros and Joyce Ferngren, owner of Orange County Fitness and Sports, will lead a heart-healthy stair climbing exercise. A $10 donation is requested to benefit women and heart disease research. Go Red tank tops will be given to first 100 women who register. Refreshments and red dress pins will be provided. 8-9am Jan. 29; Amway Arena, 600 W. Amelia St., Orlando - 407-481-6307
|Happy New Year everyone!Please don't text and drive! Sincerely,
Trish Chard Personal Training
PO Box 541050
Orlando, FL 32854