Exercise The Stress Away At Gold’s Gym Douglasville, GA

STRESSED – A frame of mind or…DESSERTS spelled backwards

The negative effects of stress can be devastating, not only mentally but also physically. Over time, if not dealt with, the effects of stress get worse and can develop into more serious health conditions.

The positive effects of stress are something that can help motivate us to accomplish something good by making necessary changes in our lives. Stress can push you to grow, change and adapt.

Alleviating stress may not be possible or always desirable yet there are ways to better manage the stress in your life.

 Sleep – A good night sleep isn’t a luxury; it’s absolutely vital. Sleep improves memory, lowers stress hormones and repairs body tissues at a cellular level.

Eat a Balanced Diet – Reducing sugar, carbohydrates, caffeine and alcohol in your diet can go a long way towards getting your body back into a healthy balance. night sleep isn’t a luxury; it’s absolutely vital.

Exercise – 20 minutes per day can change body chemistry in a way that calms the nervous system and reduces stress levels.

Laugh – Humor releases emotions and stimulates the immune system.

Some level of stress will always be in our life.  Make it work for you by sticking to your healthy lifestyle habits.

Reduce your holiday stress and try a new Group Exercise Class at Gold’s Gym.  ZUMBA your cares away. Get your free pass here and start your experience!

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Exercise Raises Energy Level – Gold’s Gym, Douglasville and Austell

More Energy All Day Long

If your typical day is so draining that you’re practically comatose by dinnertime, then try this all-day-energy makeover from Health.com.

Recharge while you’re awake with these seven simple tips from Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., author of Fight Fatigue: 6 Simple Steps to Maximize Your Energy. This almost
hour-by-waking-hour guide helps you power through your killer schedule and may
even help you sleep better when you finally get the chance.
8 a.m.

DO BREAKFAST RIGHT

Skip the French toast sticks and hash browns – a quick rush of simple sugars that can leave you tired hours later—and reach for six ounces of Greek yogurt. Mix in a cup of
fruit and a few tablespoons of granola for a light meal that’s rich in protein and healthy fats.

10 a.m.

FILL YOUR WATER BOTTLE

Staying hydrated fends off sluggishness by moving nutrients through the body. Plus,
water has no problem ingredients like sugar (extra calories) or caffeine (a
diuretic that can leave you jittery), so make this the first of several fill-ups.

11 a.m.

CHECK IN WITH A FRIEND

Mentally changing focus at least once a day fights brain fatigue. Now’s the time to take a break and call or email a friend. (Don’t feel guilty about it.) Try to keep
the conversation upbeat.

Noon

SELECT SMART CARBS

When you’re slammed, it’s tempt­ing to sub an instant-energy candy bar for a real meal. Not so fast. “The carbs in sugary foods will give you only a short burst of
energy,” Bauman says. Instead, try a dose of energizing complex carbs,
perhaps some turkey and light Swiss cheese on whole-wheat bread, plus a few
apple slices.

2 p.m.

LET THE SUNSHINE IN

Our bodies are synced to the circadian rhythm of daylight and darkness, so taking 10 minutes to soak up some rays offers a natural wake-up call. Even cloud-filtered light
can stave off sleepiness. If weather permits, add a brief, brisk walk to get
your blood circulating.

4 p.m.

PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK

About now, it’s easy to fixate on unfinished tasks. But beware of these “energy
thieves,” Bauman’s term for thoughts that annoy or disappoint us. Make a
quick list of today’s accomplishments—even “I got to work on time!”
counts.

6 p.m.

DODGE THE COUCH

The energy-wise will get their 20 minutes (or more) of jogging, strength-training, or yoga now. Exercise can actually help you sleep well, which, Bauman says, is the key to starting the next day with power to spare.

Group Fitness classes are a great way to start and end the day. Gold’s Gym, Douglasville and Austell.  Three locations conveniently located to serve the West GA area. Go to the website for your Complimentary pass.

 


 

 

June 13 – 19 Men’s Health Week

 The week preceding Father’s Day is Men’s Health week. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Congressman Bill Richardson stated “Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.”

What can you do to stay healthy and prevent disease? You can get certain screening tests, take medicine if you need it, and focus on some new, healthy habits.

Screening tests: What you need and when

Screening tests, such as colorectal cancer tests, can find diseases early when they are easier to treat. Some men need certain screening tests earlier, or more often, than others. Talk to your doctor about which of the tests listed below are right for you, when you should have them, and how often. The Task Force recommends the tests listed below as some of the best ones you should have. They are:

•           Cholesterol (fats in blood) checks: Have your cholesterol checked at least every five years, starting at age 35. If you smoke, have diabetes, or if heart disease runs in your family, start having your cholesterol checked at age 20.

•           Blood pressure: Have your blood pressure checked at least every two years.

•           Colorectal cancer tests: Start getting screened for colorectal cancer at age 50. Your doctor can help you decide which test is right for you. How often you need to be tested will depend on which test you have.

•           Diabetes tests: Have a test to screen for diabetes if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

•           Depression: If you’ve felt “down,” sad for two weeks straight, or have little interest in doing things you used to enjoy, talk to your doctor about whether he or she can screen you for depression.

•           STIs (sexually transmitted infections): Talk to your doctor to see whether you should be tested for any diseases, like HIV, that can spread by having sex with a person who also has a disease.  

•           Prostate cancer screening: Talk to your doctor about the good reasons to get this screening and other things you should know before having a PSA test (prostate-specific antigen test) or a DRE exam (digital rectal exam).  

Should you take medicines to prevent disease?

Aspirin: Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin to prevent heart disease if you are older than 40, or if you are younger than 40 and have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or if you smoke.

Shots (vaccinations): Stay up-to-date with your shots:

  • Have a flu shot every year starting at age 50.
  • Have a tetanus-diphtheria shot every 10 years.
  • Have a pneumonia shot once at age 65 (you may need it earlier if you have certain health problems, such as lung disease).
  • Talk to your doctor to see if you need hepatitis B shots.

What else can you do to stay healthy?

Don’t smoke. But if you do smoke, talk to your doctor about quitting. You can take medicine and get counseling to help you quit. Make a plan and set a quit date. Tell your family, friends, and co-workers you are quitting. Ask for their help.

Eat healthy. Eat a variety of foods, including fruit, vegetables, animal or vegetable protein (such as meat, fish, chicken, eggs, beans, lentils, tofu, or tempeh) and whole grains (such as brown rice). Limit the amount of saturated fat you eat.

Be physically active. Walk, dance, ride a bike, rake leaves, or do any other physical activity you enjoy. Start small and work up to a total of 20 to 30 minutes most days of the week.

Stay at a healthy weight. Balance the number of calories you eat with the number you burn off by your activities. Remember to watch portion sizes. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about what or how much to eat.

Limit alcohol. If you drink alcohol, have no more than two drinks a day. A standard drink is one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.   

SourceMen: Stay Healthy at Any Age—Checklist for Your Next Checkup. AHRQ Publication No. APPIP03-0011, Revised February 2004. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. ahrq.gov/ppip/healthymen.htm

Gold’s Gym, Douglasville GA and West Cobb

Douglasville Get Active!

Are you a sports fanatic? I know I am. I keep up with all sports, even the sports that I am not as into.  I can talk sports with anybody. Call it crazy, but, yes I think I’m a sports “guru.”

I always wanted to play professional sports, specifically baseball. I don’t think we, as sports fans, realize how much hard work and dedication professional athletes have to put in during their off-season just to keep their edge. These professionals are the best athletes in the world; performing in front of millions of people.

Sometimes, I think all we sports fans see is the “glitz and glam” of the game and the players. We see the end results of their dedication and hard work. But, in order to perform at the level they perform at regularly, the work ethic of a professional athlete is impeccable on the field or in the gym. They work hard and they know the importance of staying fit and on top of their game.

We all can’t work out with the intensity of a professional athlete; however, we can give it our best efforts when we exercise or hit the gym. Whether you are an athlete striving for your ”big break’, or just a regular ‘Joe or Jane” trying to stay healthy, participating in sports, working out at the gym is important.

If you are a parent or grandparent, let your children see you exercise and have fun.  Better yet, involve them, have some fun, get active, play sports, get healthy, stay healthy. NO EXCUSES! What do you think?
Article Contributed by:  Will Hunter, Membership Counselor, Gold’s Gym, Chapel Hill

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Want to Stay Mentally Sharp?

Commit To: 45 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio three times a week. 

Result: A brain three years younger.

For a bigger boost: Take a dance class like Zumba.  Physical activity helps new brain cells grow and enriched environments help them survive.

Gold’s Gym has the programs to help you stay mentally sharp.  Find out about us today and get a FREE Mini-Membership!

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