Since Halloween isn’t scary enough…

…I thought this photo might REALLY frighten you!! 

Plus-size costumes sign Photoshopped
Sign in window of Halloween costume store near me

Please call me or email me for a "better butt" and to help you "move your assets" so you don't EVER have to purchase your Halloween costume at this store!!

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What goes forward must go backwards (and sideways, etc.!)

I’ve been telling you for scores of years (OK, maybe for years) to move your assets in any direction they can go, right?

I tell you to move those assets backwards and side to side because we move forward so much.

A lot of your hip and back issues are due to muscle imbalances in muscles of the hips, legs and core. In general, most of us have stronger quadriceps (the group of four muscles in the front of the thigh) because we move forward, and we have weaker muscles in the hamstring group, in back of the legs. 

Back sign 3And those poor, poor hip adductors (inner thigh muscles) are usually among the weakest in the lower body. This will consequently cause hip and back issues as well as ugly and unwanted fat.  Unless you ride horses, do plie' squats (wide, toed out), or squeeze things between your legs, I can guarantee you may be “imbalanced” as well as flabby there! 

The same forwards-and-backwards rule applies to your entire body.  What goes forward must go backwards (and sideways, etc.)!

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I’ve been saying for centuries, “What flexes (decreases in angle) must extend (increase in angle)!” So if you’re going to do 10,000 crunches every night (flexion) to strengthen those abdominals, you better be flipping over and doing 40,000 back extensions to compensate. 

OK, a little exaggeration on all my numbers (someone told me a million times not to exaggerate), but I think you get the gist of it. 

Crunches actually mimic that “forward head posture” that most daily activities, like sitting, cause.  So it would be very beneficial for you to work the back of the body even more than you do the front. One school of thought says that for every “front” exercise you do like a push up or a crunch, you should do 2 exercises for the back of your body like a back row or a back extension.

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I am all about anything that helps to lengthen and strengthen while correcting your posture. 

Another great tip, always look forward or up when performing any of these activities (or life activities). “Heart to heaven,” as my dancer buddy Diana would say!

Want more? Read this awesome article about taking your routine to the back of your body and in a 4 to 1 ratio: Taking the workout to the back of the body

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Still think you can’t be fit and 50-something?

Look at the shape of my students–and I'm the baby of this group at 45 years old!

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There's at least 1 person in the pix in her 50s–and 2 in their 60s!

And believe me, I don't go easy on any of them!!

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So we now have a “society” for obesity???

What’s next?? A month dedicated to Childhood Obesity? Oh wait, that was last month.

You know how I’m always “kvetching” at you to get up off your assets, even if it means standing up and reading this article on your laptop?

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And I’ve been warning you that 30 or even 60 minutes on the treadmill may not be enough to offset the “damage” that 10 hours of sitting on your assets can do to, well, your assets (as well as many other body parts!) 

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I even posted an article a few months back about "sitting as a disease" in hopes that the word “disease” would frighten you into moving your “tuchas” out of the chair and into the air!

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You’re still not convinced that you should spend the majority of your waking hours on your feet? What else do I have to do to convince you to Move Your Assets: From the Chair not the Bank? Oh, write a book with that as the title?? 

Ok, I’m working on it, but til it’s ready, I’m going to keep posting articles on my blog as “warnings” so that you won’t ever become a member of the Obesity Society, which actually met here in Orlando, Florida, last week!

Here’s what they found about fat-fighting—and they could have just read this blog and saved themselves the meeting! Duh, we all know this stuff already…

The average American sits nine to 10 hours a day, said Dr. Marc Hamilton, professor of inactivity [Wow, is there really a Ph.D. for inactivity??? Must be a huge field nowadays!!] at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. Most people underestimate how much they sit until they add up time spent sitting while driving, eating, working at a computer or desk and watching television.

In a study of 17,000 men and women comparing those who sat hardly ever to those who sat almost all the time, those who sat most had a much higher rate of death from all causes than those who hardly sat, said Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, an epidemiologist from Pennington who also specializes in inactivity.

Exercisers aren't immune. Even if you exercise regularly and vigorously, that doesn't offset the hours a day spent sitting.

The findings were so consistent, and convincing, that researchers think sedentary behavior, which for a long time has been linked to cardiovascular disease, should be classified as an independent risk factor.

Diet and exercise are still important, but they're not the antidote for sitting, Hamilton said. "Low intensity physical activity for as many hours a day as possible is the prescription." 

More here: Obesity Society shares latest fat-fight findings

DUH!! How long have we been talking about this, people!!

We don’t need fancy-pants doctors and surveys to tell us what we already know…we need to Move Our Assets if we want to able to play with our kids, walk up the steps (with a dozen eggs from Piggly Wiggly) without getting out of breath and not DIE from a man-created illness such as Type II diabetes!

So get up out of your seat and deliver that message! Don’t let me catch you emailing to the person in the office next to yours!!!

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(wow is there really a PHD for inactivity??? must be a huge field nowadays!!)

Please tell me this statistic isn’t true…

Did you figure out which “little tyke” was me in the pix in my last post?

Hint: I was tall, so I stood in both pics and I’m NOT in the top row!

We’ve come to the end of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month — and I hope this is the last year we ever have to “celebrate” this holiday.

Teaching kids at an early age how to eat right and keep moving is especially important because of a new study — and a horrible statistic.

It predicts the percentage of the US population that will be obese by 2030.  Can you guess what percentage that is?

a.  10%
b.  25%
c.  50%

The answer is c! If current trends continue, HALF the US population will be obese (not just overweight, but obese) by 2030! That’s 164 million Americans! And that’s just 19 years away!

"How do I know if I'm obese, overweight, or just fluffy?"

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy, and/or increased health problems. 

A great way to determine whether you are considered “normal” weight, “over” weight, or obese is to determine your Body Mass Index (BMI).

In general, if more than 30% of your body weight comes from fat, you are considered obese.

Since “you are what you eat,” I highly suggest that the total calories you consume have less than 30% of them coming from fat! Simply read your labels…

First look for the number of calories. Right next to (or under) it are "calories from fat." You want the "calories from fat" to be 30% or less of the "calories."

So if that slice of American cheese you're about to put on your sandwich has 90 calories, and 80 "calories from fat," that means 90% of those calories are from fat (80 divided by 90).

Startling statistics

Here are more startling statistics from the study:

  • 32% of men and 35% of women are now obese in the U.S.
  • Obesity raises the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, various cancers, hypertension, and high cholesterol, among others.
  • In the next 2 decades, obesity will add 7.8 million cases of diabetes, 6.8 million cases of heart disease and stroke, and 539,000 cases of cancer in the U.S. alone.
  • Among the world’s leading economies, obesity is most widespread in the US and the UK.
  • Obesity is fast replacing tobacco as the single most important preventable cause of chronic non-communicable diseases.

You can read more here.

Meanwhile put down that donut, PLEASE!!

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