10 Things Americans Waste Their Health on… Part 2 of 2

The conclusion of 10 THINGS AMERICANS WASTER THEIR HEALTH ON.

6). Supplements. By definition, A dietary supplement is intended to provide nutrients that may otherwise not be consumed in sufficient quantities. The problem is folks use supplements as a meal replacement and skip out on the actual meals. Similar to the protein bar point (#1). Once you consistently eating a minimum of 3 LEGIT meals a day, everyday, then maybe we can consider some supplementation.

7). Eating Too Late. I used to believe that your body doesn’t have a clock and all you needed was the right kinds of food and not worry about the timing. Well when you are close to bed timing does make a difference. To rest, your body needs to calm down and prepare itself to sleep for a long period of time. Eating close to bed time gives your body one more thing to do, breakdown and digest. Key point, eat earlier and sleep better. 

8). Lack of Exercise. Our body is designed to move, DAILY. Not sit. Not watch TV. Not surf the internet. Not sit in cars. As humans we will always gravitate towards convenience if available. And we live in a world of far too many conveniences. Your body looks and feels the way it does today based on all of your previous activity. If you are not happy with it. You probably need to move more.

9). Skimping on Sleep. You know that falling short on sleep is a major no-no, but why—what’s the big deal? Research shows compromise your immune system, your judgment and ability to make decisions (you are also more likely to make mistakes) and your heart health. Being sleep-deprived may fuel depression and make it harder for you to lose weight and more likely that you’ll give in to that sweet temptation tomorrow. A big excuse is “I can’t fall asleep.” I say, “Work on the habits you can control to promote sleep.” Pitch black room, wynd down time, no TV/internet/LED light 1 hour prior to bed. Your body is in a routine to promote or permit sleep. You have chosen it. You can change it.

10). Sitting All Day. Even if you exercise regularly, habitually sitting for prolonged periods, whether at a desk or in a car, is being increasingly linked to a variety of health problems. According to Alberta Health Services-Cancer Care in Canada, inactivity is linked to nearly 160,000 cases of breast, colon, prostate, and lung cancer every year, about two-thirds as many cancer cases caused by smoking.

Take a look at your strength, waistline, energy (and even happiness) and see where your health might be getting away from you. It can happen easier than you think. Most often, it does.

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The O-Board Says…

A. Every 3 min for 5 rounds
1 Press
3 Push Press
5 Push Jerk

B. 3 Rounds for Time
Run 400m / Row 500m
12 Burpee to Plate
21 Box Jumps

Post by Chris; @cmoknows