exercise Articles

It Doesn’t Take Much, Part 1

05/29/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Do you ever feel guilty that you just don’t feel like pushing yourself extremely hard during workout sessions? I’ve heard this from patients before, and I want to make sure to help more people understand that exercise doesn’t have to be extremely intense to produce results. There are plenty of benefits that come from all kinds of intensities of exercises, but if you don’t enjoy high intensity activities…you don’t have to do them! Especially if you are a beginner…

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News article: Pedometers may be key to preventing obesity

05/28/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Have you ever walked around with a pedometer before? I can be super competitive and I know that when I wear a pedometer I am more likely to get up and move around while I'm in the office instead of remaining sedentary all day. This article just proves that this little tool (which is relatively inexpensive) can be a great way to help remain more active throughout the work day. What do you think? Do you have a pedometer you use regularly? Are you more willing to buy one now? They don't have…

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Revving Your Cardio Engine

05/20/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Your heart is the engine that keeps your body going. Exercise is the best way to keep your heart healthy and to get maximum performance out of all the functions your heart provides. The stronger your heart, the healthier your entire body will be in effect. Your heart is the most important muscle in your body, and we all know that if it doesn’t run well…then our whole body suffers. Everything depends on the heart and its performance. Exercise, specifically cardio exercise, has the ability…

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Join the Fight!

05/19/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

If you need that extra boost of motivation to keep up with exercise, I always recommend joining an online group or challenge to keep up the fight for your health. These online programs have forums to discuss your workouts, places you can log your activities, and much more! Here are a few options that you might be interested in. Check them out if you get a chance! President’s Challenge http://www.presidentschallenge.org/ SparkPeople www.sparkpeople.com America on the Move www.americaonthemove.org…

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Enjoying Exercise, Part II

05/15/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I stumbled upon a book by a psychologist named Suzanne Brue called The 8 Colors of Fitness. At first I was surprised to see a psychologist with mainly personal exercise experience writing about fitness, but after I started reading…I began to see the importance of her book. She came to the conclusion, after a lot of research, that our personalities are undoubtedly connected to how much we enjoy the activities we choose to do, where we choose to do them, and who we do them with. Our personalities…

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Enjoying Exercise, Part I

05/13/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

This past month, I touched on the important topic of “Enjoying Exercise” in Supervised Weight Loss classes. It was kind of a personal topic for me, because for a long time I began to slowly dislike my exercise program and it was driving me crazy! As an exercise professional that has all the knowledge about exercise at my fingertips…I always thought “I should love this stuff—ALL the time!” But that wasn’t the case. I was using all the knowledge I gained over…

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“Post-Bariatric Fitness is GREAT!”

05/08/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I received an email the other day with those words in the subject line…and it made my day! One of our patients wrote to me about the impact that regular exercise has made on his life after surgery. Not only has it helped him continue his weight loss journey, but he is now able to do many physical activities that he hadn’t dreamed of before. He can now spend an entire day working on his yard, take walks with his family, compete in races, and much more! He is living proof that exercise…

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Time management: Tips to reduce stress and improve productivity

05/06/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all you have to do in a day, not only for others but for yourself? Often we do for others before we take care of ourselves. Here are some tips that might help you manage your time more wisely so that you can do things for yourself like go to the gym, plan a meal, pack your lunch with healthy foods, etc. Realize that time management is really a myth….. there are always only 24 hours in a day. Time doesn’t change. We can only manage ourselves and what…

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Fueling for Bariatric Fitness

05/04/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Since our bodies burn our nutrition choices as fuel, it is important to fill ourselves with the best fuel available. And since food is our fuel, it has a strong affect on our energy levels during exercise as well! I have received a few questions about what choices would be best to help boost energy levels during exercise sessions—so here are a few examples for post-surgery exercisers looking to keep their tanks healthy! Low-calorie, electrolyte-enhanced beverages like Powerade Zero and SmartWater…

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Are you running?

05/01/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I received this e-mail earlier in the week from a former patient who will be participating in the Mini-Marathon this weekend: Almost one year ago, you helped me change my life. Now I am inviting you and all of Clarian Bariatrics to join me for my next life changing event, as I finish JOGGING my first 1/2 marathon Saturday, May 2nd, with the Indianapolis Mini Marathon. Even if you are unable to be there as I cross the finish line, I wanted to say thank you for helping me, help myself. Almost 100 pounds…

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