Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What's your excuse why you are not exercising??

Here is a top 10 list of the excuses that most of my patients provide to me when I ask them why they do not exercise.

1: I don't really care about exercising. I work hard enough every day.

2: I have a lot more responsibilities that take priority in my life right now.

3: I'm so out of shape. I am embarrassed and think people will laugh at me.

4: I have a bad back, bad knees, chronic pain etc... (But are you doing anything to alleviate the pain beside taking medications?)

5: I go to the gym but I soon get bored, so I'm taking a break for a while.

6: There just isnt a gym thats close enough to me.

7: It's just too expensive. I cannot afford it.

8: I've had a bad experience at the gym, (Poor trainer or guys harassing obnoxious members etc...)

9: I'm too tired to work out by the end of the day. I just dont have the discipline to commit to an exercise program

and the number 10 reason.....

10: I don't have TIME!!!

If these are some or all of your excuses as to why you dont make time in your life to exercise, please reconsider and make time to keep yourself healthy. You'll be glad you did once the toxins are flushed from your system and you find yourself full of extra energy and ability.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Beating The Heat

Here in NYC, the weather has been just brutal, with 4 continuous days of 94 degrees +!! Temperatures this high mixed with pollution causing humidity are very dangerous and should not be takin lightly. The most common illnesses from high heat are:
heat stoke, heat exhaustion and dehydration and high temperatures.

Those most at risk of getting sick as a result of high heat and humidity are preschoolers, adults aged 65 or older, people of any age who overexert themselves during work or exercise, and people who are sick or on certain medications.

Heat-related illness occurs when the body's temperature-control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating, but when the humidity and temperature are high, sweating may not be effective enough. Signs of heat illness include rapid breathing, headache, weakness or fainting, confusion and more tiredness than usual.

The most severe effect on health is heat stroke. A person suffering from heat stroke has a high body temperature -- above 99 degrees F; hot, dry skin and dizziness or confusion.

Similar in concept to winter's wind-chill factor, the humidex is a measure developed by meteorologists to describe how heat and relative humidity combine to make it feel hotter than it actually is. The humidex takes into account the two most important factors that affect summer comfort -- temperature and humidity -- and is therefore a better measure of how stifling the air feels.