Winter hibernation is over, but not without it's effects. Maybe you noticed recently like I did that "waking up" from a long cold winter makes us a bit sluggish in the Spring. Not only do we realize how unconditioned we've become for our favorite outdoor activities, but despite eating properly and exercising, a few pounds crept on without our notice. It seems that people go into a power-saver mode over the winter. We don't hibernate like a lot of creatures, but we do slow down to some degree over winter. You are not alone. Thankfully, the sunshine and warm temperatures beckon us outside! So, if you are at work looking out the window wishing you were outdoors, plan to get out. It's good for you!
While you are outdoors, I want to bring a looming threat to your attention. The Zika virus has the potential to affect us with the rise of mosquitoes during warmer weather. Wear an FDA-approved insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites. While we are on the subject of infectious pests, ticks are also a concern. Lyme Disease is not old news. If you spend much time out in tall grass or wooded areas, you are at a higher risk of being bitten by a tick. Wear an insect repellent that protects against ticks. These illnesses can drastically affect your health.
My son posted on Facebook first-aid for people with epilepsy who have a seizure. This brought to mind the misinformation still circulating in the general public. Visit the Epilepsy Foundation to learn more about this disorder and how to help someone having a seizure.picture from www.epilepsy.com.
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I will be out from April 26 through May 3 on our anniversary trip with my husband. We are doing this a couple of weeks early to get the better deals for travel. I promised I would not bring my work with me! Well, sort of. I plan to pre-post for the week. Not all of the apps are predictable though. So, while I am away, please take the time to email me or fill out the contact formon this website ideas for fitness/weight loss challenges you would like to see in the fall. If you want prizes there will need to be a charge to participate so we can cover the costs of prizes. I am currently working on a summer challenge to help you through the weddings, graduations, and other food-laden celebrations. Watch for more info.
In Case You Missed Them:
The squat is an indispensable exercise in all its variations. But people often do them incorrectly due to muscle imbalances. The Cooper Institute shows how to correct knees caving in, protecting the knees, hips, and ankles from long-term damage. Check it out here!
Nutrition Tip of the Week: Is Caffeine Helpful or Harmful?
Coffee connoisseurs and caffeine fans, there are benefits to having that espresso! It stimulates the brain to boost memory (especially short-term), cognitive function, and better concentration. Who knows, it may ward off liver cancer and disease, Alzheimers, Parkinsons disease, and type 2 diabetes. But Red Bull fans, watch out! Mega doses are linked to high blood pressure, arrhythmia, and high blood sugar, insomnia, plus a bit of edginess. But researchers suggest limiting consumption to no more than 3-4 cups of coffee's worth of caffeine (300-400 mg). Why? It mimics adenosine, by locking in on the receptors for adenosine causing a stress response in the body through tremors, elevated blood pressure, edgy nerves, and heart palpitations when taken in high doses. The bottom line is caffeine in moderate doses can boost mental function and energy drive for sports performance. It is important to remember that caffeine is addictive, so be aware of hidden caffeine in weight loss supplements, some foods, and even decaffeinated coffee. They can boost the levels in your body without your notice. It's best to leave the energy drinks on the store shelves.
Note: This site sells supplements, which I don't advocate; however, the article is very good. Thanks, Jake!
Have a blessed week!