Autumn is nearly here and many people are contemplating what they will do for fitness now that their favorite outdoor activities will have to be shelved due to weather changes. Most are inclined to begin shopping around for the best health club membership deals, while others are determined to set up the infamous “home gym” that is equipped with eveything you’ll need to stay in shape through the off season. Realistically, fitness represents just a small piece of the puzzle when analyzing health and wellness for humans. Fall is important because it is a time when the human body recognizes the changes in the temperature and begins to consider going into storage mode, like a grizzly bear preparing for a long winter. Cosmic shifts and planetary alignments accelerate changes in liver function and metabolism that will undoubtedly sidetrack anyone expecting to keep their summer results.
When considering the best health plan for the remainder of the year, it is probably best to think of how we can support the body through this season, rather than merely think about where you’re going to exercise. A great starting point is in the vitamin department of your local health food store. There are dozens of supplements designed to enhace, support, even nourish liver function. I believe that because the liver is the main detoxifying organ, it requires attention in these times where systematic changes are bound to create stress. I often go in the direction of Milk Thistle herb, which supports the liver’s detoxifying properties and is vital to overall liver health. It’s very easy to take. No more than 1-2 softgels daily will ensure that your liver is well supported through its seasonal shifts. Be sure to check http://www.gaiaherbs.com/ for the best up to date information on herbal medine/support. A good multi-vitamin will also guarantee that the body receives the daily requirements for minerals, which are crucial for proper functioning muscles and strong bones. Multi-vitamins should be taken at meal time with food because they will absorb with solid food for maximum retention of nutrients. People often feel nauseous when they take vitamins on an empty stomach because they require enzymes to break down. Avoid this by taking them with food. A standard multi-vitamin that recommends 1-2 pills daily will likely fill the body’s necessary amounts of vitamins and minerals. Where minerals support the musculoskeletal system, vitamins are vital for building a strong immunity to germs as the seasons change and school starts up. We can’t say enough how important a strong immune system is this time of year. In my nearly 8 years working the sales floor at a prominent health food store in Boulder, Colorado I couldn’t help but be bombarded by scores of teachers who got ill within the first week of school because they were systematically unprepared for the barrage of germs they were exposed to. Check http://www.bluebonnetnutrition.com/ for details on high quality multi-vitamins available in capsule as well as tablet form.
Hydration and sleep become paramount this time of year. As temperatures begin to drop, especially at night, we’re not far from the time we’ll be using heat to warm ourselves while sleeping. Most people are aware that turning on the heat means drying yourself out overnight. Keeping up with proper hydration throughout the day will put you on the right side of that dilemma. Keeping in mind the fact that cooler temperatures bring drier air, our daily fluid intake levels should be increased to 100 ounces daily in the Rocky Mountain areas where altitude also contributes to dehydration. Sleep is necessary to repair damage done to the body as well as recharge our reserves and give cells a chance to gear up for the next day’s demands. Without proper rest, it becomes very challenging to bounce back from illness, repair from exercise induced stress, and recover from long hours of work. Putting effort into consuming enough fluid and sleeping enough hours will always benefit you in the long run.
Exercise is activity that indiviuals choose to engage in to promote health along with reducing stress and maintaining vitality. Exercise doesn’t need to be done in a gym or health club solely. For instance, at Functional Fitness and Wellnes Centers in Boulder, Colorado fitness professionals design strength and fitness programs that may only include 1 piece of equipment and can be performed anywhere. The beauty of programs like this is they are perfect for folks who travel extensively and spend a lot of time in hotel rooms. Some people prefer to exercise in the privacy of their own home and our programs will adapt to that also. Whether you’re a new mom, a frequent traveler or the average office worker, check www.livefunctional.com for more information on home/travel exercise programs. For those interested in health clubs and don’t find the conventional scene as apppealing as they once did, check out www.functionalfitnessusa.com for membership information at either or both of our state of the art facilities located in Boulder, Colorado.
Following these guidelines will be the key to maintaining your results gained this summer and then you won’t head into the new year with a long list of resolutions that you probably won’t accomplish. Do something good for your body. Contact Functional Fitness today and get scheduled for a functional analysis with one of our fitness professionals. You’ll learn more about your body in 75 minutes than you may have ever known in relation to movement and muscle balance/symmetry. Thank you. Rich O’Neill