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The Voices in Your Head

Do you ever feel like you have voices in your head?  Like someone marching around with a megaphone saying things over and over again?  I do.  And no, I’m not crazy.  And neither are you!

I relate it to the angel and the devil on our shoulders.  The personalities living inside of our head that have a 3-way conversation with us about this or that, what decisions to make and what actions to decide on.  Whether you see it this way or as the person with the megaphone, you need to start listening.

These voices can either help us or hurt us.  They can cause us to make wild choices about which path to take or can make us live a life that’s stagnant.  But if we’re not listening, like really listening, we might not be taking their advice like we should.

Ok, are you still with me?  Let’s talk about how you can tune in and start paying attention to these voices.  Let me given you a few examples of how this whole thing should work.

Example 1:. It’s Friday night and your friends really want you to go out after work.  Part of you wants to but the other part of you wants to go home because you’ve got the early morning yoga class.  One voice [the angel] says to go home, get some rest and be ready for yoga in the morning.  The other voice [the devil] says you need to go out for a few drinks with your friends.  What do you do?

Example 2:  You’re on your commute to work and listening to your favorite radio station, a podcast or meditation mantra.  While that’s playing in the background, you suddenly get this urge to travel to a place you’ve never been.  You start to have this internal conversation.  You have no idea why you feel drawn to this place, but in your mind you go back and forth – do I stay or do I go.  Do you listen to the voice and figure out what it means or do you ignore it?

These are just a few examples that I’ve experienced and it took me awhile before I really started to listen.  How did I get there?  Meditation, self-care and mindful practices.  I just took 10 minutes a day to start and it has been a life changing!  I set aside just 10 minutes to be with me, myself and I.  I sat quietly, listened to music or day dreamed and things just came to me.  It even happens while I’m working out sometimes.  Only you can find the right place for you for those 10 minutes a day.

These voices can help lead you down a path that you never knew was open to you.  It definitely did for me.  I challenge you to start opening your mind more and paying attention to those little voices.  I’d love to hear what comes out for you!  

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Social Media Break!

Wow!  It’s the New Year.  It’s 2018!  Anyone else feel refreshed?  I know I do.  And it’s because I took a social media break over the holidays.

You’re probably thinking it isn’t possible to take a break from social media because it’s accessible EVERYWHERE!  And you’re right, it is accessible everywhere, but that doesn’t mean you have to access it.  I bet it’s a totally foreign concept.  At least for some of you reading this.  It was for me.  I check my social media every single day and it’s addicting.  But that was the problem.  I found myself grabbing my phone every time I heard the “ding” go off telling me there was a new notification.  I knew I had to take a break.

The holidays were coming up and I knew it would be a time where I was super busy with events, family stuff, shopping for presents and cooking.  I also knew, I would be really tired at the end of the day from running around so much.  I had always planned on “unplugging” for a bit and this was the perfect time to do so.  My husband thought I was totally nuts because I check my phone about 30 times a day for the notifications, the emails, the contacts from clients and business partners.  He didn’t think I could do it, but I did, and it felt so darn good!  Here’s how my day without social media went.


First, I scheduled the time I’d be disconnecting.  I set the days and the hours.  I decided to start on a weekend I knew we’d be busy with shopping and running around town getting ready for Christmas.  When I first got up, I checked my emails for the important stuff and then shut off the sound on my phone.  I knew, throughout the day I wouldn’t be able to hear the new notifications and it would make it easier.  I tossed my phone in my bag and forgot about it.

When we got home, I immediately brought my phone upstairs to our bedroom, plugged it in and left it.  I walked out of the room without my phone and got busy with other things.  I had to clean the house, do laundry…I knew I’d be busy.  And busy I stayed.  I kept myself occupied so I wasn’t thinking about it too much.

At the end of day, I went right to bed without even picking up my phone.  I had the BEST night’s sleep that night and I’d like to think it’s because my mind wasn’t running like a ticker tape with notifications, things to do, events to remember, etc.  It was peaceful.


When I woke up the next day, I didn’t immediately reach for my phone and I noticed that.  The experiment made me realize just how attached I was to my electronics and what’s going on on social media.  And I bet a lot of you are too.  But why?  Part of me says it’s because we all just want to be connected with each other in some way.  But the other part of me says it’s just because life has progressed that way.

Either way, it was a great experiment and something I plan to do again in the future.  I encourage you to schedule a day on your calendar and unplug.  When you do, report back and tell me how your experience went.

Top 10 Gifts for Asthmatics

Are you still trying to get those last minute gifts for the holidays?  It’s ok, I’m right there with you.  You might have people in your life that are super hard to buy for too.  Yup, me too.  You might even have some health conscious people in your life that want to improve their health.  Maybe even an asthmatic or two.  If you do, don’t worry.  I’ve got you covered!  Below I’ll give you my Top 10 gifts for the friends and family in your life that have asthma and are on a path to reduce their symptoms.

1. Winter Hat, Gloves & Scarf – $10-$25

You might be thinking this is so unoriginal, but trust me, an asthmatic will totally thank you!  During the winter, it can get very cold, depending on your location, and bundling up is one way an asthmatic can ward off colds and other illnesses.  You can get them for any asthmatic in your life – your brother in-law, your niece or even your son.  These three can be found on Amazon.com but you can go to your favorite store and find a set that fits your recipient.  One word of caution, many asthmatics have issues with certain materials so you may want to check on material preference before purchasing or just get a gift receipt.

 

2. Himalayan Salt Lamp – $20 and up

The Himalayan Salt Lamp is one of my favorite things in the house.  For one, it’s beautiful.  Two, it puts off a really nice soft glow that lights up the room perfectly.  And the best reason, it helps balance the air around it.  That reason may not sound like so much of a big deal, but balance the ions in the air is key for an asthmatic.  When heated, the lamp will emit negative ions that fight against radiation.  The air then helps you sleep better at night and lets you breathe easier.  This one I found on Amazon.com for less than $20.00 and even has Prime shipping so you can get it before Christmas.

 

3. Breathable Pillow Protector – $10-$25

Now hear me out.  Yes, a pillow case may not seem like the most wonderful gift, but for an asthmatic it is.  This is a zippered pillow case that blocks out bed bugs, dust mites and helps control allergies which in turn cuts down on respiratory issues.  This one happens to be made of super tight breathable cotton which makes for the perfect allergen barrier.  I have one underneath my regular pillow case and it truly does help me have a better night’s sleep.  Again, this one can be found on Amazon.com for less than $10.00 and has Prime shipping too!

 

4. An Indoor Plant – Varies

This one is for the asthmatic green thumb in your family.  Indoor plants can be a wonderful gift because they add beauty to the home and they help reduce symptoms.  The trick is choosing the right one.  The plants I recommend are the Peace Lily, Marginata and Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.  The Peace Lily and Marginata are easy to take care of because they doesn’t need too much water or light but still grow well.  The Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, also known as the Snake Plant, is my personal favorite because it’s the most efficient at removing toxins from the air.  But like the Peace Lily, it can be toxic when ingested so make sure the furry friends and children steer clear.  There are more to choose from so check out your local home goods or hardware store’s garden department.

 

5. Essential Oils – $10 and up

Essential oils are the up and coming trend, but they are amazing and have such wonderful powers.  Some asthmatics can also be very sensitive so you’ll have to do your homework first.  If it your recipient doesn’t have any issues, these will be a nice surprise.  My go-to oils are eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint.  The eucalyptus oil helps clear sinus passage and helps cleanse the body of toxins.  The lavender oil has calming properties and aids with sleep.  The peppermint oil also has a calming sensation but brings about energy and has a cooling sensation.  These oils can be added to lava stone jewelry or used in a diffuser.

 

6. Air Purifier – over $50

An air purifier is a more expensive gift but oh, so worth it!  These little machines can range in price and size but help to remove 99% of the dust and allergens from the air.  This one from Amazon.com removes the dust and allergens as small as 0.3 microns and even reduces common household odors.  For an asthmatic, breathing clean air is a wonderful thing to have and this would be a great addition to the home.

 

7. Asthma-Free Naturally – $12.10 (paperback) / $3.99 (Kindle)

As a health coach, and an asthmatic, I’m always encouraging natural remedies over medication.  Asthma-Free Naturally is a book that teaches the reader how to take control of their asthma safely and effectively.  The author discusses the Buteyko Breathing Method and provides guidance on diet, sleep, exercise and other changes that can be made to reduce or eliminate symptoms.  I can attest to the fact that making small changes will help you and I highly recommend this book.  You can find it on Amazon.com.

 

8. Inhaler Case – $5 and up

   

One thing I never leave the house without is my inhaler.  I’m sure the asthmatics in your life feel exactly the same.  So a carrying case might be the perfect gift.  After a quick Google search, I landed on Etsy.com and found TONS!  The version on Etsy range from simple to intricate and even have specialty ones.  I love this idea for a gift because it can be clipped onto a backpack, your key ring or even your belt loop and the recipient will always have it close by.  There are other businesses that sell them but when you can, I recommend shopping small.

 

9. Medical ID Bracelet – $3-over $300

As with the inhaler cases, there are variety of places to get these.  I purchased mine from American Medical ID and I even chose one that was a little more girly (see above) so it blended in with my other bracelets.  This is a great gift for anyone with a chronic illness because they can be customized with a name, telephone number, illness or something else.  Because these require engraving, they might not arrive for Christmas but are still a very special gift because it shows you care for the recipient.

 

10. Journal – $5-$20

A journal is not something for everyone, but it’s something I highly recommend.  A journal can be used for so many things, including recording good symptom days, bad symptom days and what the triggers are on those bad symptoms days.  Part of helping to reduce the symptoms of asthma is to know what the triggers are and for each person, it’s individual.  Recording the symptoms on a regular basis will help the recipient know what to stay away from to avoid attacks.  Journals can be found in so many stores and online and I love that you can make it personal.  Think of the person you’re buying for and make it special.

 

While these gifts are perfect for asthmatics, they really can be great for any recipient in your life that’s working toward living a healthier life.  Gift giving is a language of love so when choosing the gift, think of the person you’re giving to and make it special for them.  Enjoy your gift giving and love up your family and friends this holiday season! <3 🙂

Holiday Stress

We’re in the midst of the holidays and I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel it.  What am I talking about? Stress.  Anxiety.  Pressure.  It happens for a lot of us during the holidays.

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas, you might be feeling it too.  As we get closer to the end of the year, there are more parties to go to, celebrations with family and friends, shopping for the perfect gift and the cooking.  Oh, the food.  Everything seems to be more decadent during the holidays, doesn’t it?  So how do we get through it?  We all have our ways, but I thought it might help to share some of the ways I get through it.

My first step is to Schedule your Time.  When you schedule your time, you can look ahead and see what events or activities you have coming.  Scheduling also helps you to avoid overbooking yourself.  For me, I try to do only one or two things on each weekend day.  By doing this, I still have time for me and things around my house, like cleaning, laundry and food prep.  I use a few different means to keep my schedule.  At home and for work, I use the Day Designer.  It’s an old school way of keeping your schedule withe pen and paper, but I love this planner because it now only gives me a month view and a daily view, but it also gives me space to write a daily gratitude.  I also use my iPhone calendar so I have everything at my finger tips.  Try a few different ways and find a method that’s right for you.

My second tip is to Create a Habit.  I’m not talking about just any habit, but a habit that will help you stay in check this holiday season.  It can be anything you desire, but try to find something that will help you maintain calm and keep a balance.  For me, Monday through Friday, I take about 10 minutes to practice a guided meditation.  I practice this as soon as I sit on the train to go to work.  It helps me focus and get in the right mindset for the day.  Another habit that I’ve created to help me stay in my own version of normal is to make sure I hit at least 4 workouts a week.  Exercise keeps me healthy and helps me balance out all the extra calories that might hit my plate during the holiday parties.  I keep it short so I’m not spending a ton of time, but I’m getting in something good for my body.  What a simple habit you can create today?

The last tip I have to give you is about something I carry with me.  Have you ever heard about the power of crystals?  I carry or wear crystals with me almost every day and each crystal or stone I have has a different power. Carrying Crystals with you is something you can do without too many people knowing, if you’re worried about questions, and an easy practice to put in play.  One of my favorite stones to carry is quartz.  It helps break negativity, clear your mind and focus to stay calm.  Quartz amplifies positive intentions too!  Crystals have different powers so you’ll have to do some research to find out which is the right stone for you.  To help you get started, go to Energy Muse’s quiz to see what you’re searching for help with.  When I took the quiz, I got exactly what I was looking for.

Hopefully, one, if not all, of these tips will help you.  And if they don’t seem like a good fit, come up with one of your own.  If you already have a tip that you use to cope through the holidays, share it in a comment.  You just might be helping someone else! 🙂

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So What’s With Inflammation?

What is up with inflammation?  I feel like it’s a new buzz word that everyone is using lately.  Now, it might sound like I’m upset about that, but trust me, I’m not.

Inflammation is something that all of us have and it comes out in different forms.  Some of us experience inflammation in the form of acne.  Some of us in the of sinus issues.  Some of us stomach bloating and even gas. For me, it mostly comes out as nasal congestion, acne, bloating and there are a few others.  And these signs I’ve started to pay more attention to.  Mainly because over the past few years, I’ve realized that a lot of what I put into my body is causing these issues.

Yes, I’m talking about the food we eat.  America is such a fast-paced society that we’re aways on the go.  Because of that, a lot of our food comes from fast food joints and quicker versions of the “real thing” because we don’t have time to cook anymore.  I’m in this boat, so don’t feel like I’m casting a shadow on those of you reading this that feel like you have to stop at those restaurants.  Trust me, I get it.

What I’ve realized over the past few years, though, is that prepping goes a very long way.  That means prepping meals and snacks for the week so you’re not left stranded looking for food throughout your day.   Prepping can seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be that way.  But where do you start?  I say, start small.

If you’re out of the house only for the lunch meal, start there.  Prep meals for 2-3 days in advance to get you through a few lunches during the week.  Think of something easy that you can do a lot at the same time – chicken and vegetables, turkey burgers and a salad, greek yogurt and some berries.  Try to have a protein, a good carbohydrate and a healthy fat.  And don’t forget, you can use leftovers to prep too.  We do that in our house regularly.  Whatever is for dinner one night can be lunch the next.  Make it easy on yourself.

Now that you know how to prep, what types of food do you prep?  I just mentioned protein, a good carbohydrate and a healthy fat.  These are your targets.  You take it from there.  Just try to avoid a few things like fried foods, overly processed foods and foods with ingredients that you don’t even know what they are.  Here is a list of the Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to help you get started.

Educating yourself is the best way to learn about how to heal yourself and ease things like inflammation.  But starting is the most important part.  You just might get rid of that inflammation and ease some of those aches and pains you have.  🙂

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Breakfast with Buddha

I just finished reading a book and it had a very strong reminder for me.  The book is Breakfast with Buddha.  If you’ve read it, I want to hear your thoughts so make sure you comment below.  The book is about a man named Otto who’s parents died suddenly.  Otto has to travel halfway across the country to settle the estate and his sister asks him to bring a monk along for the ride.  Now, Otto has never met this monk and in the beginning, doesn’t necessarily believe in everything the monk stands for.  Along the journey, Otto tries to show the monk a little bit of the American lifestyle – tourist spots, the beautiful scenery and of course, food.  A lot of this book is how tasty food is or can be.  On the other side, the monk also tries to show Otto a bit about his practices.  They have to stop along the route at speaking engagements and while Otto resists learning, he comes around.  In the end, Otto learns a lot and realizes he needs to look at life differently.  Very differently.

The book had a very strong message for me.  And no, it wasn’t about practicing religion or becoming a buddhist.  The message for me was about gratitude.  That word is pretty big.  And most people, including myself, don’t take time to actually think about being grateful.  Think of the food you ate today.  Was it good?  Did it have flavor?  Do you even remember what you ate?  Were you grateful for the meal?  I remember what I ate, but. I definitely can’t say I took the time to be grateful for being able to buy breakfast and lunch and be fed.  Let’s think of it another way.

Most of us have cell phones.  Smart phones, at that.  We use them throughout the day, off and on, and some of us use them more than others.  When they stop working, we freak out!  The volume doesn’t work, the screen is cracked and your favorite app doesn’t open.  Ok, here’s the deal.  Why do we freak out?  This is a material thing and in all honesty, it’s not a priority.  Think of our parents or grandparents.  They didn’t have cell phones and they got by just fine.  I like to call this “First World Problems”…you may have heard of this phrase.  Do you use it?  I use it jokingly but it’s true.  This is a true problem.

Instead of thinking of all the bad or negative things that happen, let’s try to think of it differently.  With your food, savor every bite.  Experience all the flavors by eating slow and enjoying it.  But not too much.  With your modern day life, be grateful that you can have a smart phone.  Some people can’t even afford such a luxury.  With your friends and family, be present and live in the moment.  Enjoy your time with them.  Laugh a little.

My challenge to you is to start thinking of at least one thing to be grateful for each day and increase over time.  Start paying attention to the world around you – the colors, the smells, the senses on your skin.  And say thank you…a lot!  Start tonight!  Comment below with a moment of gratitude from today.  I’ll start…

Naptime!

Ahh, nap time!  It’s an amazing time, right?

But how many of us get a chance to actually take advantage of a nap?  I bet it’s not many.  The unfortunate thing about this is, we might not be taking full advantage of the benefits of taking a nap.

So what are the benefits?  There are actually a lot.  For starters, naps can restore and increase alertness.  You know that feeling when you just can’t use your brain anymore and want to turn it off?  That’s the point when your brain is not alert anymore and needs to rest.  Think of your brain like a muscle.  When a muscle gets tired or sore, it needs to rest.  When you take a nap, you’re resting your brain and helping it come back to normal.  According to a study by NASA, even just a 40-minute nap can increase alertness back up to 100%!

Another benefit of taking naps is that performance can be enhanced and mistakes and accidents can be reduced.  In that same study by NASA, the astronauts improved performance by 34%.  It’s a small increase, but hey, it’s an increase!  When you’re at work and you get that “2 o’clock feeling”, you just want to go lie down for awhile, right?  I get that feeling regularly and I know by just taking a 15 to 20-minute rest I’ll be able to bring myself back into focus and keep working.

The third benefit, and my personal favorite, is all about the psychology.  A nap can be seen as a luxury or a mini-vacation.  A lot of people don’t have the time or money for luxurious vacations, but a nap might be the next best thing.  It can be a quick way to get in some relaxation and rejuvenation.  When you give yourself time to take a nap, you’re allowing yourself to get some extra rest.  Maybe the rest you need to keep pushing through the day.  And even though it’s quick, you might even get a chance to dream of that luxurious vacation.

Why am I bringing up naps?  Because it’s getting closer to the holidays and it’s the perfect time to start making a habit of taking naps, even if it’s just on the weekend.  Whether you take a spontaneous nap or schedule one, it can be a good thing!  You might need that extra time for yourself and the extra rest to get through the rest of the year.  When are you going to take your next nap?

Keep Calm and…

Around the holidays, we all tend to get a little stressed and our lives tend to get out of control.  It’s because we tend to lose a little bit of our focus and deter from the path we’re on.  Sometimes a diversion is a good thing, but not always.  For some of us, we get wrapped up into the spirit of gift giving and spend beyond our means.  For others, we get excited about all the food that will be spread out on tables and overeat.  For me, I do both.

In our family, and I mean the extended one, we have a lot of children.  I love to see their faces when they open presents.  The joy on a child’s face is like nothing else in the world and if it doesn’t warm your heart, then I don’t know what will.  Over time, my husband and I have learned to shop early and save money by shopping the clearance or sale rack or online stores.  In the past, we have definitely spent beyond our means just to make the children in our lives happy.  But we’ve also realized, we don’t need to go crazy every single year.  It’s too much for our own sanity and for our wallets.

As for the food, God have mercy!  (Geez, I sound like Elvis.)  During the holidays, food is everywhere for us.  Thanksgiving is at my parents house and my dad is the chef.  He seems to think we are feeding an army so cooks for 25+ people.  We have a ginormous turkey, potatoes, green bean casserole and at least five other sides.  Of course there’s rolls too.  Why wouldn’t there be some type of bread on the table?!   Then there’s dessert.  Pies, more bread, cookies, brownies.  And the wine is flowing too.  Like most of you out there, you may say “Oh it’s only one day” and drink and eat until you’re ready to pop.  And no, one treat day may not totally steer us off course, but if eating until you’re ready to pop is never good for your digestion.  Where Christmas is the following month, Thanksgiving Day leads to a whole month of goodies and overeating…if you’re not paying attention…

This holiday season, try to remember everything you’ve accomplished all year or keep where you’re headed in perspective.  Yes, one day is not going to hurt you but during the holiday season, it may steer you off course.  Be conscious of your portions (both in your wallet and on your plate).  And of course, remember to breathe.  If you stay calm, you’ll have a smoother holiday season.  I can promise you that!

So…finish this sentence on what you’re going to do this holiday season!

I Stayed In My Pajamas Because…

Today, I stayed in my pajamas.  All day.  Yup…all…freakin’…day…

And guess what, I’m totally cool with it.  Why?  Because I was able to get a TON of stuff done.

I had a healthy breakfast.  I researched a topic for a few talks I have coming up in 2018.  I watched the Pats.  And I rested.

Rest is totally a part of the program.  And it should be a part of your life too.  Believe it or not, you can still rest while getting things done.  Life is never going to be stress free, but it can have less stress. The question is, how do you get there?  The first step is to make a decision.

Decide you want a change.  Decide you want to have less stress in your life.  Decide that you want to have one day a week, a full day, in your pajamas.  Once you do this, you’re on the right track.  What’s next?

Make it a habit.  Make the practice of taking one day a week to do what you want, even if it is staying in your pajamas.  Give the day a name if it helps you stick to it.  Get your family involved.  Over time, taking the day will become a normal practice for you…and your family.  Now what?

Now, sit back, relax and enjoy.  Enjoy your decision.  Enjoy your life.  And enjoy the new pajamas you’re about to buy for the next pajama day.

5 Myths About Exercise

Ever heard the phrase “Feel the Burn”?  Yup, I remember hearing that [A LOT!] when I first started working out.  I thought it meant that I had to feel the burn in order to see results.  Well, guess what…I was wrong.

Prevention Magazine recently did an article all about exercise myths and I just had to read.  I learned about these myths a long ago, but the reminder is always nice.  Sometimes we get caught up in things we hear in the media and just believe them to be true.  Like the saying “If I read it on the internet, it must be true.”  I’m not so sure about that whole internet saying.  I mean, not everything is true, right?  Hello, fake news!

To help you get a better feel for what’s true and what’s not, let’s go through the myths in the Prevention Magazine article one at a time.

Myth #1 – No pain, no gain.

If you’re experiencing pain either during or after a workout, it’s not a good thing.  True pain is different than muscle soreness.  Pain is our body telling us that we need to take a break.  Muscle soreness is a normal part of a good workout and is how our body grows stronger muscles.  If you’re hearing this phrase from a trainer, get a new one.  One that knows the body.  And if you’re experiencing true pain, you may want to see your physician.

Myth #2 – You can slim your belly with crunches.

Ummm, nope.  I’ve tried.  Doing crunches will strengthen your ab muscles, but it won’t necessarily help you burn the fat just in your abdomen.  That’s because you can’t target weight loss to one particular area of the body.  The real key to losing belly fat is through nutrition.  I’ve learned that weight loss is 20% exercise and 80% diet.  If you really want to lose your belly, take a hard look at your nutrition.  If you need help deciding what’s right for you, contact me and we can work together to make a plan.

Myth #3 – To see results, your workout has to be an hour long.

Another myth that I always thought was true.  I’ve done both long workouts and short workouts and both give me great results.  However, there’s just one problem.  Long workouts can be really long!  If you’re like me, you’ve got a ton of things going on and a shorter workout is better for you.  If you’re looking to get some time back, but still fit in nutrition, try a shorter, more vigorous exercise like high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

Myth #4 – Doing static stretches before exercise can help prevent injuries.

The truth is, static stretches, or long, slow stretches, can actually do more harm than good.  Static stretches don’t necessarily help warm up the body and warming the muscles is really want you need for a good workout.  Instead, try dynamic stretches.  These involve movement while doing the stretch.  Think of a lunge with small pulses.  According to the article, the dynamic stretches are spot on if they mimic your actual workout, just at a lower intensity.

Myth #5 – Strength training is better than cardio if you’re trying to lose weight.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love strength training but I wouldn’t necessarily use the word better when comparing it to cardio.  The article indicates that cardiovascular exercise burns more calories per minute than strength training and while this is true, I don’t think you should do solely one or the other.  I recommend incorporating interval training of some sort because it will increase your heart rate, keep the body confused and you’ll get in both cardio and strength training.  My favorite workout that does just this is P90X3 – it has cardio, strength training and is short.  For me, it’s the best of all worlds.

Now that we’ve gone through the myths, is there anything that surprises you? Or is there another myth that wasn’t mentioned in the article?  Share your thoughts below.  And remember, don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

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