SUP People? Why Stand Up Paddle Boarding Is Beneficial To Your Health

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It’s all the rage here in Colorado. Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP as it is affectionately called is popping up on lakes and rivers everywhere. I first tried it in Costa Rica and was immediately hooked when we started doing yoga poses on our boards. A combination of beauty and bliss on a board. What could be better?

I still consider myself a novice, but at the ripe old age of 55, this is a sport that I can take on with the enthusiasm of a 20yr old and still remain in one piece. Perfect!

So as I move forward with my SUP love affair, I began to think about the benefits of SUP and what I can get out of it besides endless fun?

As a health coach I immediately considered the health benefits.

SUP provides a full body workout-Pretty much every muscle can be used during a paddle boarding session. You need your legs for stability and balance. Your arms, shoulders and back get a great work out since they are used to propel the board. Your core gets a work out since it is helping your legs maintain balance.

Paddle Boarding Reduces Stress-You’re out in nature and on the water. Water naturally reduces stress. Exercise releases endorphins which improve your energy and mood. The feeling of being on the water and the rhythm of your stroke helps melt stress away.

It’s low impact on your body- You still get a great workout without beating up your body. You can simply paddle at your own speed, do some yoga, jump off and take a swim. It actually can be very healing for your muscles and joints.

Improves Cardiovascular Health- SUP is a great aerobic and cross training workout, it helps to lower the chances of heart attack or stroke.

With any activity make sure that you are eating the right foods. Pack some nuts and fresh fruit for your SUP adventure and make sure that you recover with a healthy meal when finished.

I will continue to write about my SUP adventures and let you know how it goes. In the meantime, why not try it on your own? Most lakes and reservoirs across the country have SUP programs. You can usually rent one for about $10 and hour. Also, there are many groups and clubs that you can connect with.

Good luck out there and I hope you’re having an amazing summer!

Namaste Y’all!

Bruce

Hemp Seeds – Amazing Crunchy Goodness

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I’ve been eating hemp seeds for awhile now. They taste great and they provide a blast of nutritional power that far exceeds almost any food available today. I’ve written about the benefits of hemp before, but hemp seeds need their own special shout out, because they are truly one of nature’s powerful foods. Here are 5 reasons that you need to be adding hemp seeds to your healthy diet.

They are a superior source of vegetarian protein. This high protein percentage strengthens the immune system and fends off toxins in the body.

Hemp seeds improve cardio vascular health. They contain the highest source of botanical fatty acids and a perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 linolenic acids.

Hemp seeds are the richest known source of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. They contain phytonutrients that ward off disease throughout the body.

Hemp seeds contain all essential amino acids for our body including 9 amino acids that our bodies don’t produce.

Hemp seeds will lower your cholesterol. They produce phytosterols which helps remove fat from your arteries.

Yes, hemp seeds are a member of the cannabis family, but there is no need to be concerned that they will get you high. Hemp seeds contain a very low amount of THC, plus they contain a substance that counteracts THC.

If you’re looking for an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, then hemp seeds are the way to go. Here are some delicious ways to add them to your diet.

-Sprinkle them over salads.

-Add them to scrambled eggs or pancakes for breakfast.

-Put them in your smoothie.

-Throw a handful in your mouth.

This is just one way to take advantage of the power of hemp. I hope you find other ways to use this amazing plant in your healthy life.

Have more questions? “Contact me” for an “Empower Your Health” strategy session.

Make it a great week!

Namaste,

Bruce

My Experience With Intermittent Fasting

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I’m not a diet guy. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been on a diet in my life. But the science behind intermittent fasting has intrigued me to take a look at it for my own health and the health of my clients.
Fasting has been around for thousands of years as a spiritual practice. so this is not a new diet fad. Now science has the data to back it up. So what is intermittent fasting? It’s really just another form of calorie restriction, but with more healthy benefits than just weight loss.

Here are some healthy benefits of Intermittent Fasting:

*Your body was built for periodic cycles of feast and famine-Constant feasting causes the body to skip it’s natural repair an rejuvenation process, therefore increasing the chance of disease.

*It’s the most effective way to shed unwanted fat and reduce sugar cravings-Fasting provokes the secretion of the fat burning hormone HGH. Your body burns fat instead of sugar as it’s primary fuel and reduces sugar cravings which normalizes your insulin levels.

*Reduces oxidative stress-Fasting reduces the accumulation of free radicals in the cells which can increase the chances for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

*Fasting slows down the aging process-Fasting increases energy levels, it lowers the risk of chronic disease, it repairs genes and increases longevity. It has also been linked to the prevention of aging diseases like dementia and Alzheimers.

These are just a few of the benefits of intermittent fasting. The list of benefits is a long one and I encourage you to learn more.

Most Common types of Intermittent Fasting:

16/8-This is the one I like because it’s so simple. You simply set your eating window to 8 hours. The easiest way to do this is to stop eating at 8pm every evening. Instead of breakfast, you have your first meal at 12pm. You then continue a healthy diet until 8pm in the evening. Rinse and repeat.

24 hour-Stop, eat, stop. You simply fast for 2 non-consecutive 24 hour periods per week.

Intermittent fasting is a healthy process for most people, however, diabetics and people who are hypoglycemic should exercise caution. I always encourage you to consult your doctor when beginning such a process.
Are you interested in learning more? Why not “contact me” for a complimentary Health Strategy session.

Have a healthy and happy day!

Namaste,

Bruce

No Time To Meditate? Try This!

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When I talk to my clients about the benefits of meditation, the most common response I get is, “I don’t have enough time.” Although I disagree with that premise, I’m going to show you how easy it is to make time for meditation and to reap the benefits immediately.

Bruce’s Quick and Easy Meditation

-Get Comfortable-Sit in a chair with your feet on the ground, sit on the ground, lie down, you can even go for a walk. Whatever makes you comfortable.

-Just Breathe-Keep your eyes open, or close them and just focus on your breath. Notice how your breath enters and leaves your body. Follow it.

-Focus-Continue following your breath. If thoughts creep into your mind(and they will) just acknowledge them and let them go.

-Relax-Move away from your breath and just be present. Remind yourself that there’s nothing more important than now.

-Be Grateful-Think about the great things in your life, think about how great your body feels when you’re in your meditation. Let go of the negative.

Let go and move on with your day!