The Baby Boom generation is the generation that will never grow old. Or at least that's what we keep telling ourselves. So how did so many of us manage to get so overweight and out of shape? Even if you were an avid athlete in your youth, chances are your life, your career and your family managed to crowd out the physical activities you used to find enjoyable. You may also find that you now have aches, pains, or more serious medical conditions that make exercise difficult or even painful.
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This video came to my attention through Facebook, and I'm on a mission to share it as widely as I can, because the message is simple, clear, and right on the money.
Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you get less sleep than you need or does the quality of your sleep suffer? If so, you have lots of company. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 25% of Americans report occasional lack of sleep, and 10 % of the population experiences chronic insomnia.
Your job may be a pain in the neck, especially if you have a sedentary desk job. As more and more Americans spend 8-10 hours a day sitting at a desk staring at a screen, the incidence of poor posture and chronic neck and back pain is rising. Our bodies were designed to stand and move, not to sit for a third of our lives.
The premise of The Biggest Loser is pretty straightforward. Take a group of morbidly obese Americans, isolate them on a ranch and put them through a rigorous diet and exercise program/competition to see who can lose the most weight and win the curiously backhanded title of Biggest Loser. With approximately 34 percent of US adults classified as obese and an additional 34 percent classified as overweight [source CDC], you would think that anything that inspires people to lose weight would be a positive thing. I’ll talk about the positives in another post, "Why I Love The Biggest Loser," but today, let’s look at what’s not to love.