Fitness Is A Balancing Act

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http://youtu.be/nNHePOZb7sY Is balance a sign of good fitness or is it a matter of practice makes perfect?    The fact is, balance is not necessarily a reflection of fitness.  Sure, it helps to have the muscle strength and eye-hand coordination that develops with exercise, but when it comes to balance, if you don't use it you lose it.  We have an incredible ability to balance built into an equilibrium monitoring system in our inner ear, but the effectiveness of that system can deteriorate with disuse. Why do older folks have more problems with maintaining balance?  Is it loss of a center of gravity, nervous system control, inner ear problem, diminishing eye sight, or simply if … [Read more...]

5 Minute Rundown On Current Health Research

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Imagine spending 3 days, walking from one room to the next, every 20 minutes, listening to some of the world's leading authorities speak on current health issues.  I had the honor of attending such an event at the Ancestral Health Symposium in Atlanta, this past weekend.  I tweeted @HlthCoachPenny as fast as my fingers could type, to relay morsels of info across the airwaves. Below is a brief synapsis of my most popular tweets: 'Presenter from New Zealand told me he respects us Paleo/Primal/Real foodies from the USA because we are bombarded with crap food.' 'Intermittent fasting, carbohydrate restriction & intermittent intense exercise - protocol for cancer patients'- … [Read more...]

I Challenge You!

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Do you need a challenge to stay motivated, to keep moving forward in life, to not slip into complacency? It could be as simple as deciding to use the stairs instead of the elevator, or as rigorous as completing an obstacle race.  Whatever you choose to be the force that propels you forward out of the doldrums rest assured, that by simply taking action, you will be better than you were before. By challenging yourself to reach a new goal you will have progressed. You will no longer be stagnant.  It really doesn't matter if you win or lose, either way, you will have initiated change.  You will have initiated growth.  You will be victorious. That is why I decided to do an obstacle race … [Read more...]

MovNat: REAL Fitness

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  I recently took a survey for ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), the most highly respected personal training certification in the world.  It was to determine the fitness trends of the future, what are the fads, and what is here to stay. Of course, it mentioned Crossfit and Zumba, plus some really unusual trends such as Hula-Hoop and Prancercise. I was shocked to see that they missed the oldest form of exercise that is making a roaring comeback: MovNat. Moving Naturally. If you haven't heard of MovNat, it's only because you have forgotten. I'm here to refresh your memory. The man on the cover of this magazine is the founder, Erwan Le Corre, here is an excellent interview … [Read more...]

What Do I Eat?

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    The question I get asked most frequently is, "What do you eat?".  So below is a sample of some my favorite quick and easy 'go to' meals along with the macronutrient breakdown of one day via www.paleotrack.com.  I've also included one of my favorite grocery shopping lists here: MarksDailyApple.com and an excellent fat/oil usage chart here: BalancedBites.com . These seem to be useful for my clients when they are trying to decide what to buy in a grocery store and what oils to use when cooking.     Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs* 2-3 eggs 1/2 diced onion or any other veggie you prefer or have leftover or purchase fresh salsa from … [Read more...]

Eat Bugs, Everyone’s Doing It!

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Americans pride themselves on being on the cutting edge of science and new trends, but in the case of ancestral nutrition North America and Europe are way behind the times.  As a matter of fact, 80% of the world population is ahead of us when it comes to eating what many consider to be, now and throughout history, the most nutritious food on the planet: insects.  A United Nations report, "Edible insects, future prospects for food and security", which was released in 2013, states that the benefits of getting back to our ancestral roots of eating bugs could be the answer to feeding the over populated human race.  Not only as food for humans directly, but also indirectly as feedstock for … [Read more...]

My Recipe For A Lean, Fit, Happy, Healthy Life

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I recently received an email from a client asking what I recommend most for staying lean and fit. I posted the answer on my Facebook page 'Health Coach Penny', and got more 'likes' than any other post, so I thought you might like to take a look at my recipe for staying lean, fit, happy and healthy. 1) It starts with sleep. I need at least 8 hours, yours may be a little less or a little more.  Read to learn why sleep is so important.  2) Eat veggies, fish, meat, fowl, eggs, nuts and seeds, and a little fruit (mostly berries). That's it. You can't exercise off the weight. If you believe in the 'burn off the calories with exercise to lose weight' theory then you will have to run 35 miles … [Read more...]

Paleo Goes Mainstream

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Just as I embark on my nutrition seminar tour for Mark Sisson the Primal/Paleo/Ancestral movement comes out of the shadows and hits center stage.  The recent press it received on Dr. Oz catapulted the ancestral health "craze" into mainstream popularity.  The only problem I have with all of this attention is that it isn't a "craze" or a fad diet.  It is the way we are genetically designed to eat, and have been eating for the past few million years, until the advent of agriculture which occurred about 10,000 years ago.  Click here to learn how in 2007 I embarked on my journey and watched my health improve while eating according my genetic blueprint.  I don't consider myself a 'Paleo … [Read more...]

The Water-Hydration Myth

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During a recent seminar someone asked me, "How much water do you drink each day?".  They gasped when I said I drink one glass a day, sometimes two.  I also mentioned that it depended on the day.  If I sweat, exercise, or feel thirsty, I drink more.  Also, that is 'water' ingestion...I drink other fluids in the form of green tea, coconut milk, and kombucha.  No, I don't get thirsty. No, my urine isn't totally clear. No, I'm not going to die of dehydration!  As a matter of fact, it is a MYTH that we all need 6-8 glasses of water per day. That got me wondering, where did this myth come from?  To me it makes perfect sense to drink when I'm thirsty and that our ancestors survived just … [Read more...]

Is Your Desk Making You Fatsickandnearlydead?

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How many hours each day do you sit?  Now, I don't like being the bearer of bad news, but you may want to stand up while you read this.   Did you know that sitting all day can literally kill you! In a recent study it was found that women who sit 6 hours a day were 37% more likely to die, and men 17%, during the course of the study.  It has also been linked to dramatic increases in colon cancer, type II diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and depression.  It's not just the ergonomics of it, it is also the metabolic and systemic damage that occurs because of the slothfulness of sitting.  It all boils down to, 'If you don't use it you lose it'.  So why not just head out and do a … [Read more...]