Lack of Sleep or Legally Drunk?

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Sleep is essential for your overall health and many times we don’t realize the significant impact that a lack of sleep has on our day and overall life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student or a busy executive, sleep is essential for your overall performance. The excuses about having a lot of work to finish, big exam or presentation just doesn’t fly. Plan ahead, prepare and get it done on time.  Once you get into a pattern of inefficiency and try to compensate by pulling all nighters, the vicious cycle begins. Lack of  sleep further disrupts your efficiency and you’ll find yourself plummeting further down the rabbit hole.  Take a look at how insufficient sleep can disrupt brain function during exams or during long days at work:

With continued lack of sufficient sleep, the part of the brain that controls language, memory, planning and sense of time is severely affected, practically shutting down. In fact, 17 hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05% (two glasses of wine). This is the legal drink driving limit in the UK.

via BBC – Science & Nature – Human Body and Mind – What is sleep.

Sugar Free Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday Solutions for Diabetics

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Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and we all like to enjoy the foods and flavors of the holiday season. This is the worst time of year for the average personal trainer when dealing with American clients. Increasingly people around the world are joining in to the holiday eating frenzy. This video did a great job of explaining some easy alternatives for people during the holidays with regards to food choices, moderation and activity. Here at Active Lifestyle, we don’t promote or endorse the sweetener featured in the video, however there are some great tips. As I have mentioned before, there are tons of alternatives to sugar out there, from using fruits like banana, to using honey or agave. Whatever you decide, enjoy your holiday and remember that making the right choices, practicing moderation and remaining active are the keys to making it through the holiday season without gaining an extra body fat.

Burgers, McRibs, and a Ban on Happiness: Buzz Week in Review – Yahoo! News

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Leave it to my hometown to be the city to set the trends for health in the United States. For as long as I can remember smoking has been banned in public establishments so when I arrive in cities or countries that have yet to ban this I tend to wonder how far behind are some of these places with regards to overall health and wellness.  I mean in San Francisco there was even a ballot measure to ban smoking in parks, pushing smoking even further away from those of us trying to enjoy fresh, clean air.

Interesting move by San Francisco to ban toys in happy meals. What’s significant about this is that the aim of the happy meal is children. As Whitney Houston said a long time ago (before her crack addiction) and I reiterate, “I believe that children are the future, teach them right and let them lead the way”. Well with regards to health and food choices we need to help our children make the right food choices.  The happy meal is no more than a marketing tool that targets children with fun toys as a lure to get them started on what will inevitably be their addiction to sugar filled fast foods…

Burgers, McRibs, and a Ban on Happiness: Buzz Week in Review – Yahoo! News.

Funny Fitness Fridays Episode 1: Fat people are harder to kidnap

FAT PEOPLE ARE HARDER TO KIDNAP

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It’s Friday and the weekend is almost here. We’d like to thank all of our regular readers, comment contributors and those of you who simply stop by from time to time. As our blog has taken shape over the past 4 months it has evolved, not only providing informative information, but sharing ideas and broadening awareness. Continue to follow us in the upcoming months  as we have something new and awesome lined up for the new year. We can’t let the cat out of the bag just yet, but we know you’re going to like it.

Anyhow, one thing we’ve decided to do is broaden this site a little bit. We take fitness very serious, but we do realize then need for a laugh or two along the way and so we’ve come up with Funny Fit Fridays. Today’s installment comes as a direct result of a personal training client and good friend. As he was walking home he spotted an overweight man here on the streets of Bangkok wearing a T-shirt that said “Fat people are harder to kidnap.”  My immediate thought was if this is the only reason to be fat then I’ll pass. Obviously this guy was content with himself, but I challenge you not to settle and strive to change your lifestyle, get active and be healthy.

However, I thought it was interesting so I went home and typed it into Google in search of a logo and up came tons of images and video.  This particular video is apparently from a Marriott commercial shot in Singapore advertising an all you can eat buffet. God bless Singapore because you could not get away with this commercial in the United States, but let’s learn to laugh a little more as humor is the best medicine for us all sometimes.

Humor is a major part of a person’s overall health. According to Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Here are a few links about the benefits of laughter…

http://stress.about.com/od/stresshealth/a/laughter.htm

http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

http://www.themedguru.com/20090721/feature/laugh-more-laughing-matter-86125496.html

Fit Ladies Rock! Frumpy & Domestic to Miss Bikini

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I picked Arnold Schwarzenegger, not as governor of California ( I voted for the other guy). But I did pick Arnold as a model for my fitness journey. As a kid, I watched everything involving Arnold, from the Conan series to Pumping Iron, if it had Arnold in it I was watching it. The funny thing is that after watching him on television I would go to my room and do push ups and flex in front of the mirror. That was me then…well I still flex in front of the mirror now. What can I say? I enjoy everything muscle. My point is that my model of fitness and my desire to change my body as a teen came from a fitness role model.

When it comes to ladies, who inspires you to go beyond and get better? There is a growing number of female athletes and fitness professionals and this is great because there is hope for the younger generations. No longer do young ladies have to scour the planet to find someone to inspire.  Check out Jennifer Nicole Lee as she shows how she lost 70 pounds and became Miss Bikini America.

Top 5 Fat Loss Shopping Tips

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Hey guys, I know shopping for groceries is difficult sometimes. What should you buy? What shouldn’t you buy? These questions always seem to plague us when grocery shopping. Here are 5 tips to help you better navigate the grocery store.

1. Have a Plan – that’s right. You should have a plan when you enter the grocer. Don’t just go in blindly and expect to come out with the right things. Remember, failure to plan is like planning to fail. You go into the store and forget what you came for. Some advert catches your attention and you get side tracked.  Have an idea of what you want to prepare for that week and write it down. It’s just like your workouts. Plan it…map your success!

2. Go on a Full Stomach – going to the grocery store on an empty stomach can be lethal. Studies have shown that people will buy more food when hungry. Also, we tend to make the wrong decisions on types of foods. This concept is the same for going out to eat. If you go out with some food already in your stomach, you’re less likely to pig out.

3. Take a basket not a cart – This is an important one. Unless you’re shopping for a large family there is no need for a cart. Filling your fridge is just a waist. You’ll end up throwing most things out. Save some cash and save your waste line.

4. Shop more frequently – go for fresher foods. If you shop more frequently you have less of a tendency to load up on packaged goods. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. I shop 2 or 3 times per week. I pick up some things to last a week and others to last a day or 2. For example I buy enough apples to last a week whereas I buy enough vegetables for 2 days or so.

5. Shop around the outside – stay away from the middle. There’s nothing in there for you worth consuming. Ok, maybe a few things, but they are specific items and should be mapped out on your trusty plan. Browsing the aisles is what gets us into trouble. We’ll see something that looks like a winner, but really it’s not.

Well, those are my top 5 tips. Try them out…Happy Shopping!

Good Stress, Bad Stress; Managing your stress

American biologist and author Robert Sapolsky.

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Stress is a word quite often thrown around, but we always look at stress being bad. Is stress bad? Well in this short video clip (2min 30sec) Dr. Robert Sapolsky explains some of the various types of stress and why some are good and some bad. He gives some great advice on how to manage stress.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9mIDshQPcc

Dr. Robert Sapolsky

Here are a few more ways to help manage stress:

  • Make time for regular exercise (not just a weekend thing)
  • Have a hobbie, sport or activity you like to do (swimming, yoga, pilatase, football, golf)
  • Drink plenty of water (3 liters plus)
  • Minimize or elliminate fast food (stress can tend to make you want carbs, but for the majority of the time, its actualy protein your body want. Protein & health fat helps the body cope with stress)
  • Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night.

By Todd Thornbery

Todd Thornbery is a Health & Performance Coach and Personal Trainer in from the United Kingdom, residing in Bangkok.  Co-founder of Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd. Todd is a Certified Personal Trainer and completed his Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition & Sports Massage with Premier Training International. He is also aCHEK Holistic Lifestyle CoachCHEK Exercise Coachand CHEK Golf Biomechanic Intensive coach.

Cold Stone Creamery Threatens Bangkok’s Health Too

 

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So I’m reading a write up on the worst drinks in America and the sad thing is while everyone points the finger at America, guess what? There are three fingers pointing right back at you. Point and laugh all you want, but there are two types of people in the world, those who had it easy and those who worked to get it. Let me explain:

I think back at my younger years of middle school and high school when all the other guys were a little leaner, a little stronger or a little faster. Some guys were just blessed with a physique similar to that of a cover model for a fitness magazine. For myself, I’ve had to work hard, year after year to get my body where it is today and it’s always a never ending work in progress. While some were running a sprint and have crossed the finish line, I’ve been running a marathon.

So obviously some people get complacent because they’ve always been a bit smaller, less fat and got away with eating whatever they want. But what people aren’t seeing is that the change is coming. The clothing sizes are changing in Asia. People are bigger relative to 10 years ago. Sure it will take some time to grow into those big fat shoes of the western world, but with the introduction of Krispy Kreme, Cold Stone Creamery and others I reckon it will be more sooner than later.

So what’s my point? Well this was just a round about way of getting to it, but Cold Stone Creamery has just just found a home in Bangkok‘s centerpiece mall, Central World and did you know that Cold Stone literally takes the cake for Worst Milkshake with their Gotta Have It Size PB&C Shake. Check out these stats:

  • 2010 calories
  • 131 grams fat (68 saturated)
  • 153 grams sugar

According to Men’s Health this is more calories than 12 ice cream sandwiches and more saturated fat than 20 large orders of McDonald’s french fries and Cold Stone doesn’t have any drinks less than 1000 calories.

Quickest way to get fat is to ingest large sums of calories in liquid form. Like they say when it comes to drugs, “Just Say No!”

By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT

Health & Performance Coach

Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd

With a degree in Physiology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Sports & Fitness Management, Rich combines his knowledge of rehabilitation and sports performance as well as nutritional studies to provide a complete and holistic approach to training clients. The focus is on lifestyle change which creates long term health.

 

Fat Loss Drugs more Harm than Good

OTC weight loss drugs

Another fat loss drug is taken off the shelves in the midst of possible deadly side effects. “Meridia pulled from shelves amidst serious health concerns”

On one hand they tell you that drugs are bad for you. On the other hand they say, well if we make them in our labs then they are good for you. In the red corner we’ve got all the banned and illegal substances and in the other corner we have the “ok” substances because they’ve been approved by the American FDA…at least temporarily. Read more of this post

Krispy Kreme in Bangkok, McDonalds, KFC, Starbucks and now this ?

A pair of In-N-Out cheeseburgers.

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I remember discussing the globalization of sports in graduate school and we discussed all the major sports that were globalizing their brands; all of the companies like Nike, Adidas and various others that were taking on the world in a major way. I recall sitting in class thinking, “Hey I’m in fitness. What in the world does this have to do with me?”  Well, sometimes as a coach you have to get down on the field before you can see what’s really going on out there. Now that I’m officially global, I can see what’s happening more clearly. Read more of this post

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