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Isn’t It Too Hot To Exercise?

Too Hot To Handle?

As part of my workout routine-specifically for cardio-I have started walking. But lately, the temperature has been boiling hot. Walking outside is my favorite activity for keeping up with my healthy lifestyle and losing weight, but I am at a loss.

It’s way too hot to even get in the car and drive to a gym. There must be some exercises that I can do at home without spending money. I constantly hear about activities happening all around the area, the city, etc. but there are so many obstacles of actually having the will or strength to get out there.

I have so little time to exercise regardless and with the weather hindering my normal work out regime… I have to find a house workout. Even an office workout would suffice! Can I even do Tony Horton’s P90x in my computer room? Yoga? Zumba? Pilates? I’ve even heard of a “Yoga Booty Ballet” video…

It is frustrating to start something you can’t maintain. So if anyone has some great suggestions, I would love to hear them.

In the meantime, stay cool.

Mike Huckabee: Dying From Obesity?

Heaven forbid this is not the case as I personally am a fan of Mike regardless of his political views. Former Governor Huckabee and I met last year for our film when his weight was significantly lower.

Our Interview With Mike Huckabee

He and I met in regards to his book about his journey through weight loss and his success with implementing great new health initiatives in his home state as governor.

What an inspiration this man was.

Last night, the dreaded obesity curse reared it’s head as I watched Mike Huckabee on “The Jay Leno Show”. It looked as though the dream was over for Mike. His weight was significantly returning. I asked myself… had he failed? Did he disappoint all of his fans, let alone himself?

The answer is a resounding NO.

Mike and I suffer from many of the same problems with emotional eating and stress. We both at times felt that we had found the greatest success at dieting and weight loss, but ending up gaining a good portion back as more then 98% of Americans do when dieting.

I  wonder how devastating and embarrassing this is for a public figure of his stature. For a while, when I was gaining my weight back, I refused to return to any restaurants or places where people knew me.

On the other hand, Governor Huckabee  has not gone into hiding with his head down. He is out there on his show on Fox News every week and I respect him so much for doing so.

I truly believe that Mike and I will both find a way to rid our weight in a positive approach. The hard work surely will not have an immediate result, but it will be for our long term well being and happiness that goes along with it.

So Mike, if you are reading this… please know you are not alone and that I respect you more now than I ever have.

You will find your way in this battle of obesity, along with most Americans one day.

You have found thin once and you will again.

Best of luck to Mike and everyone out there who is in this battle as well.

American Beauty

A Special Guest Blog By: Courtney Mueller, Co-Producer

In the Academy Award winning movie, “American Beauty”, we meet Lester Burnham, a depressed man going through a midlife crisis. Reaching his breaking point, Lester- played by actor Kevin Spacey- decides to take control by changing chaos into finding his own true happiness… including his health.

“I wanna look good naked” Lester states.

When it comes to the the psychological term “midlife crisis”, men and women tend to rehash the passing of their youth and acknowledge of their old age.

And people react. They dye their hair to rid them any grays, buy expensive cars, and even seek a younger lover even if they are married. Many also tend to analyze their bodies, their looks, and health. Lester Burnham sure did.

The married Lester Burnham ended up developing a six pack in order to look sexy for a high school cheerleader…midlife crisis personified at it’s finest.

I question the ideology of the midlife crisis. Why does it take a milestone in one’s life to reevaluate their health and well being? Why don’t we, especially when America is facing the challenge if obesity, live in the now… in the moment? Why does it tend to take something big in our lives- whether it be a birthday, a tragedy, or an overall life-changing event- in order for us to focus our attention on what truly makes us happy and most importantly, healthy?

America is tortured by the obesity epidemic. Many are sitting and complaining. Many are waiting for something to happen. Something to ignite their will power, their strength, their “uumph” to jumpstart their health.

I ask you to look into that mirror. Look at that menu. Look into yourselves and process how you feel. If you aren’t happy, aren’t taking care of yourselves, or simply stuck in life, make today your milestone.

Don’t be a Lester.

Welcome to America, Would You Like a Grilled Cheese?

America.

Of all the things we associate with our ethnicity, food is probably at the top of the list.

American immigrants may be eager to eschew their ethnic dress, music, and language for the sake of acclimating to this culture… but their food? They’ll hang on to that, thanks.

The resilience of ethnic cuisine is much to our benefit, too. The choices in many
American towns used to be limited to ordering a burger or chicken wings  but now customers are in line for bibimbap or chicken masala coorg.

Unfortunately, a recent study suggests that this exchange between the U.S. and its newest residents is a two way street that might be leading immigrants’ kids to obesity.

The study showed that when Asian-American students were made to feel insecure about the American part of their culture- even if was only on a subconscious level-they tended to choose foods that were typically “American cuisine” (fried chicken, grilled cheese etc.) and shy away from traditionally Asian dishes.

The logic by the researchers is that the children of immigrants are so concerned with fitting in, that they are willing to order highly caloric foods to do it.

Getting fat to fit in?

They are willing to get fat to fit in.

I question that logic. American society looks down on heavy people far more than it does on people who enjoy the occasional plate of chicken feet.

Still, it is troubling that children perceive the unhealthy choice to also be the American choice.

So what’s your order?

Is The 21st Century Responsible For Obesity?

The lazy, overweight American

Is the new century helping us become lazier?

I hear so many people talk of how we were so thin years ago but so obese today. While it is true that there is more marketing and choices of food, human beings really have not changed all that much.

In fact, decades ago parents cooked with so much lard and an abundance of other unhealthy items that you would wonder how they ever lived past forty.

So I ask myself, “What has changed?” Diets and depravation have been around forever, so clearly they can’t be the causation of this epidemic? The economy is in the toilet now, yet even during the great depression most people were still thin.

I really believe that we are now taught that you can have as much as you want and you can have it whenever you want it.

Children overeating

How much is to much?

We now have the days of tons of marketing to children. Then there are the electric carts in the grocery store that are almost always filled with obese people. Please don’t get me wrong; if they need the carts, then we should have them. It is just the question of why we have gotten so big that we need them to begin with.

What happened to physical exercise? I mean children still go to gym class don’t they? Oops, I forgot that many states have cut that from their budgets. Well, at least they can go home and chat online for most of the day with their friends. Of course the sedentary lifestyle that comes with that could be another answer.

So what can we all do? Should we buy those weird looking people movers called “The Segway” in order to get from place to place? After all, Steve Wozniak of Apple drives around on one and he doesn’t have a weight problem, does he?

Biking is no longer needed thanks to Segways

Are segways the death to physical fitness?

The point that I am really trying to lead to is that we have been taught to eat much greater proportion sizes whenever we want to and then to live a life as sedentary as possible.

If this is how most adults today are conducting their everyday life, then how are they supposed to teach their children to be any better? If we look at the statistics and rising health costs, we could have the greatest threat to mankind since the creation of the atomic bomb.

So, my recommendation is to get out there and do something. Just one small thing. One extra step. Pick up a Jillian Michaels video if your afraid to go to the gym. Get into P90X or some other great exercise product so you can just take a little time a day to get some progress made. Just do something!

The next time you’re on the second floor of a building, take the stairs up and down. Forget the dreaded elevator lift, you will make everyone else riding the elevator happy and you will start to feel better both physically and mentally.

We can succeed if we just take on little step forward at a time. It is up to us.

Don’t expect fantastic changes in a single day. Though a month or so down the line, you might be greatly surprised.