According to National Geographic’s 2014 documentary, Sleepless In America, the average American sleeps just 6.5 hours each night, with 40% of all U.S. adults sleeping less than 6 hours per night, and many more getting less than 5 hours throughout the week—this despite The National Sleep Foundation’s recommendation of at least 7-9 hours per night for adults.
What does this data imply for our overall health and well-being as a society?
Well, being chronically sleep deprived can lead to a whole host of problems for us—cognitively, behaviorally, and metabolically.
I’ve been lifting weights now for almost 20 years; and I’ve been studying nutrition and exercise science for just about the same amount of time.
One of the many mistakes I made when first starting out as a personal trainer 8 years ago was that I often gave new clients too much, too soon.
I would forget that not everyone was like me; and while this stuff may have come easy to me over the years, for most people it was complicated and extremely challenging, especially later in life—and even more so if they were severely overweight.
One of the great things about my line of business is that I get to work on a personal level with folks from all walks of life.
While the majority of my time is spent instructing and making sure exercises are done correctly, I do take the time to engage my clients in conversation about their lives and thoughts on a variety of issues.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best :
“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”
One of the biggest dietary myths floating around out there is that you should eat as soon as you wake up, and consume most of your calories in the morning and early afternoon.
Anyone that has ever tried this, however, will tell you that about an hour after eating their chicken breast and steamed broccoli for dinner, they soon find themselves raiding the freezer for that half pint of Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked that they were supposedly saving for “Game of Thrones” on Sunday. #CheatDay
If you know me personally, then you know that if there is anything else in the world that I love as much as health and fitness it’s film.
I’m at the movies at least twice a month, and I have been mesmerized by “movie magic” ever since I can remember.
I am fascinated by the process of character development, and to me, watching a great actor perform is like a looking through a window into the depths of the human soul – some performances can make us cry, while others can make us laugh.
Once or twice in a generation, however, there comes an actor that can make us do both; and for over 30 years Robin Williams was that actor.