Canadian study looks at dance to help Parkinson’s disease

Canadian study looks at dance to help Parkinson’s disease

I just came across this article and wanted to share – it’s an awesome study that is looking at dance as a means to help Parkinson’s disease.

I’m confident the results of this study will be positive and I’ll be looking for any updates! Have a look…

Take a Walk

Walk in the park

I’ve always enjoyed walking. Long before I began taking my fitness and health seriously, I walked regularly. Going for a leisure walk should not be underestimated, nor should it be considered boring. It provides many health benefits and is great for those who cannot, or do not like to run.

I won’t get into all of the benefits of walking (great for heart health, blood pressure, stress relief, and more); I just wanted to share my love for this simple act. Whether you take a stroll on a warm sunny day, or a cool fall evening, or even in the rain, it may just give you a new perspective on things.

I am pretty good at overwhelming myself with thoughts that ultimately do me no good. Thoughts related to work, money, relationships, and god knows what else. However, these thoughts seem to dissipate as my walk goes on, and by the end it all seems so miniscule.

Take a second to look up at the sky, at the clouds, and the swaying tree tops. Look at the grass, the flowers, and all the little creatures along the way. Breathe in the air and appreciate the beauty this earth has to offer. After doing so, you may just realize that the world is so much bigger than your concerns.

Even if you don’t feel up to the trek, go anyways. I can almost guarantee your max 5 minutes will turn into 10, and then maybe 20. Take your music with you, or invite a friend if you like company. I’m lucky enough to have my best friend (Laska, my dog) come with me every time.

Take a walk.

I’m keeping it short and simple today. Thank-you for reading!

Tips Towards Good Health

So far I have 28 tips towards good health! I plan on adding to it as they come to mind, and if you would like me to elaborate on any of them, as I know they are very general, feel free to leave a comment! Thank-you for reading.

  1. Drink lots of waterWater
  2. Consume more fibre
  3. Whole grains only, not white
  4. Relax on the dairy
  5. Fill up on vegetables
  6. Use healthy oils
  7. Move more than you sit
  8. Skip the sauces and condiments
  9. Processed foods suck
  10. Prepared frozen meals also suck (in most cases)
  11. Deep fried foods really, really suckNo fast food
  12. Learn how to cook
  13. Make most, if not all your meals at home
  14. Take a good multivitamin everyday
  15. Omega 3s are your friend
  16. Exercise regularly
  17. Adopt/keep a good attitude
  18. Don’t use food as a reward
  19. Eat breakfast every morning
  20. Try new things
  21. Eat frequently & never starve yourself
  22. Know your body and how it responds to certain foods
  23. Light & healthy snacks before bed onlyKnow thyself
  24. Have healthy snacks on hand, always
  25. Alcohol = excess empty calories
  26. Even too much of a good thing is still too much
  27. Work on controlling portion sizes
  28. Find physical activities you enjoy

Positive Change

Re-shaping your life through the removal of bad habits and the introduction of positive habits is an excellent goal. For the most part we are all aware of our bad habits, but few have the will power to make and/or sustain change. This can be due to a number of reasons (or excuses) and I would like to tackle this issue by sharing my point of view and suggesting methods for making positive changes permanent.

First off, trying to change everything all at once will likely set you up for failure. I’ve spoken to dozens of people who claimed to have lost weight just to gain it all back. They go on to tell me that they gave up all their favourite junk foods, went on a “special diet”, kept up with exercise, and saw success. However, old habits eventually came creeping back along with the weight.

Frustrating isn’t it? To work so hard, just to end up where you started. From my point of view good things take time, and changing multiple components of your life at once results in stress and the return of old habits. Instead, why not take on one thing at a time? Start small and build from there. For example, if you drink soft drinks and juice every day, start here. Replace it with water and work on keeping that up until the craving for high sugar drinks have vanished (and they will). It is then you can move on to your next challenge towards a better you.

Be realistic, I am not insinuating that you are incapable of making multiple changes at once, I am simply suggesting that you come to terms with the weight of your bad habits and prepare accordingly. Through small successes larger ones are accomplished, and the longer one can maintain change the more likely it will become habit.

The Transtheoretical Model’s 5 stages of change suggest the time span of 6 months before one should consider themselves in the maintenance phase of change. However, it is important that we are aware of situations that may tempt us to return to old behaviours, because as with any addiction relapse is always possible.

This brings me to my next point, we must get to know ourselves and understand why we do the things we do. Are there social situations, or stresses that provoke us towards negative behaviours, including poor food choices? If you can recognize these things the chance of success increases considerably. Learn how to control your mind; don’t let your mind control you.

You will make mistakes and screw up a few times, but don’t let this deter you from trying. If you caved at lunched and couldn’t help but drink that large soft drink, it’s okay! However, don’t use this as an excuse to keep screwing up; forget about it and get back on that healthy bandwagon. So long as you keep trying and keep the importance of positive change fresh in your mind, the sooner and more likely you are to find success.

Positive re-shaping of your life is possible if you want it bad enough (like anything else). Be realistic and take on what you can handle, get to know yourself and what makes you do the things you do, find healthy alternatives, and keep trying!

Thank-you for reading.

Haley

Stickn’ to it!

So, you’ve made the decision to start exercising. Thats great! Perhaps this isn’t your first go at it, but this time you really mean it! Right??

Sticking to any sort of new regimen can be challenging at first, but the more you do it the more routine it becomes. Here are a few tips I would like to share that may help you stick to this life long journey!

Be Specific: Saying your going to start working out is great! However choosing specific activities is better. Instead, say you WILL go for a brisk walk after work everyday. Or, you WILL follow a specific exercise program at least 3 times a week.

Be Realistic: If your a complete couch potato and suddenly decide your going to run 5k, you may wind up frustrated and on the verge of passing out. This is something you should plan on working on for the rest of your life, take baby steps. You’ll see little improvements in no time, and before you know it you’ll be working on your 10k.

Don’t Obsess Over Weight: Sure, numbers do matter! Blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and heart rate are all very important numbers; pounds/kilograms are not. Your body naturally fluctuates a few pounds everyday. Also, as you loose fat and gain muscle you may not see a significant change on the scale. Eat well, exercise, stay active, and it will show.

Educate: Take time to learn about your body and how it works. The more you learn about this amazing system, understanding how to take care of it becomes easier. Pick up a text book on basic anatomy and physiology or nutrition; watch food documentaries; talk to credible trainers at your gym; and get some of your questions answered by your health care provider.

Find Things You Enjoy: If spending an hour in the weight room isn’ t really your thing, that is no reason to give up on exercise. Maybe you’d enjoy kick boxing? Or how about yoga, spin classes, hiking, rock climbing, or jogging? Only one way to find out! stairs

Do Not Compare: Focus on yourself and don’t let anyone intimidate you. It doesn’t matter how much weight Jenny can squat, or how heavy Jack can bench, that won’t help you reach your goals. Unless you view these people as motivation, forget em…this is about YOU!

Be Patient: It’s cliche but true; good things take time! As I mentioned earlier, this is a lifelong commitment so there is no need to give up because your not seeing what you want right away.

Positivity: It may sound silly, but try removing the words “can’t” and “won’t”, or any other negative word or phrase that holds you back from accomplishing your goals. More importantly, surround yourself with positive people who support you and understand the importance of being active. If you have a a bunch of lazy friends, or a family that eats poorly, invite them to the healthy side! If they resist, well they’ll soon be kicking themselves once they see how great you look and feel.

Get Involved: Is there a sport you used to play as a kid? Or an activity you always wanted to try? Consider joining a team or group of some sort. Running groups, boot camps, or a team sport could be what you need to stay committed, with the added benefit of meeting others with similar goals.

MotivationFind Motivation: We all have days when even the thought of exercise makes us tired. Having something to motivate us on these days makes a difference. Personally, I sit and think about how great I feel after a good workout and how blahhh I’ll feel if skip it. Sometimes I even look up exercises online, because seeing people working out makes me want to get ‘err done too! Find something that works for you.

If even one of these tips helps you out, I’m glad! Try your best and don’t give up!