Aloha! Today I wrap up the 6 most common health hiccups many of my clients had experienced prior to our work together. As a Honolulu based virtual trainer and personal trainer, I help women find a sustainable food and fitness plan they can commit to long term.
Here’s our recap:
Health Hiccup #1: Forgetting About Muscle
Health Hiccup #2: Ignoring Your Body’s Cues
Health Hiccup #3: Scale Weight Obsession
Health Hiccup #4: Skipping Meals
Health Hiccup #5: Making too many big changes too quickly
The final health hiccup is NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. How much sleep are you getting?
Many people in their 40s face pressures as they juggle career stress and family obligations, which can result in limited sleep. I have found that most people don’t get the recommended seven hours per night. Lack of sleep will affect your energy levels, your mood, your willingness to exercise and the quality of your food choices. Sleep is the most often underrated factor when it comes to clients being stuck in a rut.
Lack of sleep actually alters the way your brain works. A lack of sleep can increase appetite by changing hormones, makes us more likely to eat unhealthy foods, and influences how body fat is lost if even though you may be counting calories.
Lee-Ann’s 3M Method Fast Fix: Along with eating right and exercising, getting quality sleep is an important part of weight maintenance. To make matters worse, lack of sleep can become a vicious cycle. The less you sleep, the more weight you gain, and the more weight you gain, the harder it is to sleep.
On the flip side, establishing healthy sleep habits can help your body maintain a healthy weight. Here are some two of the top strategies I explore with my clients to up their sleep game:
- Take This Magnesium Supplement. I personally take 3 heaping scoops of Thorne magnesium right before going to bed. Magnesium is an important mineral that is necessary for overall health. Benefits of these supplements range from fighting inflammation and lowering blood pressure to improving sleep.
- Protect Yourself From Junk Light. Junk light — the blue light that emits from your smartphone, laptop, and tablet screens — is wrecking our sleep. Too much blue light messes with our brain’s production of melatonin — the hormone that tells your body when it’s time to snooze. Blue light wakes you up and tells your brain that it’s daytime. Screens aren’t the only source of junk light — street lamps and LED lightbulbs are also to blame.The best ways to protect yourself from too much blue light exposure:
- Use blackout curtains
- Unplug unnecessary electronics in your bedroom
- Wear blue light blocking glasses
- Shut down electronic devices two hours before bed
- Increase the warm light setting on your phone (learn how here)
DON’T MISS OUT! You are invited to my FREE 21 day email series called 21 Day Fitness Fix where I train you to build your food and fitness program once and for all. Launching on November 21, 2020, my 21 Day Fitness Fix email series will give you a daily dose of education, a simple 3M anchor action to implement right away and a sense of community you’ll receive through my tribe.
What do you have to lose? Take 5 minutes out of your day for your well being!I I so look forward to seeing you when my 21 Day Fitness Fix launches on November 21st!!!
Questions? I’ll be happy to answer any!