Change your posture and add years to your life!

Is this what you look like when you’re watching TV?

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Is this you when you’re sending emails or posting on Facebook?

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What do you look like right now as you’re reading this?

Read on…I’m going to tell you something that can help add years to your life.

I’m always ranting and raving about the importance of practicing good posture and lifting techniques in real life and outside your fitness routine. (And if you’re not a client or student of mine, you may not have heard one of my infamous rants yet, but you’ll sure read a plethora of them in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!)

For example:

  • Do you have the strength to lift yourself up from a sitting position?
  • Do you have a tough time getting out of bed in the morning?
  • Do you creak and crawl out of the car?
  • Does your body feel the worst after you’ve been on your couch, in your car, your chair at work, or your bed?

I’m always warning my students about the complications of sitting in a poor posture for long periods of time on your couch, in your car, chair, or bed.

Duh! Your muscles are not meant to sit in poor posture for long periods of time. That’s why you hurt more when you get out of your car than you do after a 30-minute walk!

I don’t care if you exercise for 2 hours a day, 7 days a week…you must be mindful of your posture when you’re performing any task, even sitting.

The less awareness and strength you have carrying your own body around, the more difficult it will be to get up, especially as you age.

When you’re sitting, instead of using that time to practice poor posture, you can use it to practice good posture — and strengthen your core.

Here’s how to watch TV with good posture :

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or this way:

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And here’s what you should look like when you send emails or post on Facebook:

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Or even better:

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I’ve written a lot of my book exactly like that — standing at my laptop.

Why is this important?

This is soooo important because:

1. You’ll eliminate needless aches and pains. (Sorry, I’m not referring to the one you’re married to, ha ha.)

2. You’ll look so much better.

3. You’ll be able to get up a lot more easily as you age and you won’t be trading in your G-d given body parts for a slow-moving motorized scooter. (Don’t get me started with those right now!)

And drum roll please…

4. You’ll lower your risk of death!

Research shows that the ability to sit and rise from the floor with one hand or no hands was closely correlated with a lower risk of death from any cause. You can read more here and also the original study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.  I am worried about you and want you to be able to get off the freakin’ toilet in your “oldster” (the opposite of youngster) years. And by the way, (Bethy Tangent) because your such a germaphobe, you shouldn’t be sitting on a public toilet anyway! So practicing your sqatting now (like we did in Turkey and other countries) will not only keep you germ free but will help strengthen your assets (literally your “glutes”) as well as your thighs. And remember, stronger glutes means less work from your joints, especially you knees, hips and lower vertebrae.

 

So not only am I teaching you ways to feel and look so much better than you ever dreamed, but I’m also helping to add years to your life!

 

Better Butts by Beth—Apparently my butt is a national security threat

You’re always asking me how to get a better butt by Beth, right?

Here’s how (and how you’ll know you have one):

                          

Stay tuned because I’ve got more to say on this subject. And just as I promised I’ll show you some great exercises that will make your butt a lethal weapon, too!

 

 

Human sweat: A natural antibiotic???

That got your attention, didn't it! You know I don't shy away from any subject LOL. I mean, who else is gonna tell you about sweat? Sweat 1

Since I’ve been an avid asset mover, I rarely get sick, even when I’m around sick people. (That's another of my awesome motivations for writing my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank.)

If I do get sick, it's very short lived. It seems that most of my clients and other avid asset movers have the same claim to fame.

Hmmm…!

I always sensed there was a really “scientific” basis for feeling awesome after sweating out the sickness.

I just knew there had to be some logical reason, besides just some good mood-producing drugs, that people like my client Robin Lerner tell me her workout with me last week cured her of her ills.

Why, I wondered, do I (and so many others) feel like we sweat the sickness out? 

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And then 1 week ago an answer came to me in the form of an email from Diana Scimone, one of my amazing clients, friends and the person who kicked my assets to write this book. 

The subject line read, “Human Sweat: A Natural Antibiotic” and she prefaced her email by saying, “This is amazing — and one more reason why it's so good to sweat when you feel icky!”

She included a link to an article in Science Daily that quoted doctors and scientists doing research on human sweat. They found that sweat acts as (wait for it) an antibiotic and it's called Dermcidin.

Yes, that sweat that pours off you when you're moving your assets actually fights off "bacteria, fungi, and, viruses."

Pretty amazing, isn't it?

You know me by now…I cannot get enough of this stuff! Here are some excerpts from this amazing report:

"An international team of scientists has discovered how an important natural antibiotic called dermcidin, produced by our skin when we sweat, is a highly efficient tool to fight tuberculosis germs and other dangerous bugs…

"Sweat spreads highly efficient antibiotics on to our skin, which protect us from dangerous bugs."

When I stumble across research that substantiates all the findings that Grandpa Sol and I just seem to inherently get, it makes me so excited to be able to share with you!

What, you don't know who Grandpa Sol is? Oh, you'll meet him in my book — and you'll love him!

Meanwhile, here's the amazing article that will tell you why, when you feel sick, you  need to move: Human Sweat: A Natural Antibiotic

Bottom line? When you feel sick, move those assets and sweat! You'll feel a lot better!

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“No” to the dreaded New Year’s resolutions!

 

Happy New Year 4Happy New Year! If you MUST make a resolution for 2013…vow to NEVER diet again!

I'm always telling you that it's the CRAP not the CARBS that are making you fat, but many of you still refuse to buy into it — and you have the high cholesterol and lots of dimply fat all over your body to prove it!

You forced me into writing Move Your Assets: From the Chair Not the Bank to "smack you upside your head" and debunk your myths and misconceptions about what it means to be a healthy eater — and, of course, how and why to move your assets!

So this awesome article supports my entire eating healthier philosophy with a bunch of documented studies.

Wow, all you had to do was read my book and you would already know all this.

Oh wait, my book is not ready yet…but you can read my blog posts, which give you all the ammo you need to move your assets daily and be a healthy eater daily!

That is the absolute best way to begin 2013 — and you don't need a resolution to do it!

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“We’re not going to take this anymore!”

You know the scene in the movie Network where Peter Finch leans out the window and yells, “We're mad as hell, and we're not going to take this anymore!”??

That’s how I am!

Screaming 4I’m mad on behalf of fitness professionals as well as fitness enthusiasts everywhere who want to slap you upside your head and wake your assets up!

I constantly overhear–and people tell me to my face–the most illogical and skewed views about food and asset moving.

People, I don’t know where you get your "logic" from but the fact that you have more body fat than you know what to do with, you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, low energy and many unexplained aches and ailments tell me that this "logic" just “aint workin’ for ya!”

I could write an entire book about some of the crazy excuses you have for not moving your assets as well as the total confusion you have about what foods to actually avoid.

Oh wait, I am writing that book.

For example, you’ve told me:

1. “I can’t lift weights. I’ll look like Arnold.”

2. “You’ll be so proud of me. I started walking.”

3. “You’ll be so proud of me. I didn’t eat the tortilla on my burrito!” (But you scarfed a cup of sour cream instead!)

You’ll read more about your gripes (excuse me, your “concerns”) in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair Not the Bank. For now I want to focus on just one of them because of a new study just released:

4. “You’ll be so proud of me. I’m once again on the latest and greatest starve-your-assets diet and I’m going to lose 20 pounds in the first week!”

What you forgot to add is, “I will probably gain it back and lose it again and again, but don’t worry. I'll go on the latest and greatest fad diet again and again and lose and gain weight again and again. My bones, muscles and connective tissue will just love the stress that I’m repeatedly placing and then removing from them!”

I want you to picture something.

Picture your favorite exercise socks. The go-to ones that you could wear every day and never get tired of.Socks 7What would happen if one day you went to put on said fav socks but your size 8 feet were suddenly size 12? You could probably make the socks stretch to fit.

Socks 7And what if a few months later your feet were back to an 8? Then down to a 4?Socks 7Then back up to a 10?

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How do you think those poor socks would react? After a while the elastic (hmmm, maybe the muscles, bones and connective tissue I was previously referring to) would give out and not function properly resulting in pain and (duh) dysfunction.

Okay, maybe elastic doesn’t suffer many aches, but wake up people: I’m referring to your body!

Here are some excerpts from a research study released just last week that proves how absolutely dangerous this is to your health:

When you’re postmenopausal and overweight, losing weight is a good thing, but gaining back just a few pounds may actually be detrimental to your cardiovascular health. [Note from Bethy: Did you catch that? "Just a few pounds"!]

New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that gaining weight back after intentional weight loss is associated with negative long-term effects on some cardiometabolic (CM) risk factors in postmenopausal women.

“For women who had regained weight in the year after their weight loss,” said Dr. Kristen Beavers, “several risk factors were actually worse than before they lost the weight."

When postmenopausal women lose weight and gain it back, they regain it mostly in the form of fat, rather than muscle. [Note from Bethy: Don's miss that last part!]

“Our data suggest that for postmenopausal women, even partial weight regain following intentional weight loss is associated with increased cardiometabolic risk. Conversely, maintenance of or continued weight loss is associated with sustained improvement in the cardiometabolic profile,” Dr. Beavers said.

“The take-away message for overweight older women ,” she added, “is to approach weight loss as a permanent lifestyle change, with weight maintenance just as important as weight loss."

Note from Bethy: DUH! This is the whole reason you’ve forced me into writing Move Your Assets: From the Chair Not the Bank!

You can read more results from this study here.

So to fitness instructors everywhere who are leaning out their windows this very moment yelling, “We’re not going to take this anymore!” I say, "Don’t worry, comrades! I feel your frustration! The purpose of my book is to slap the skewed and ignorant (as well as unsupported and unsubstantiated) thoughts, gripes and behavior upside its ugly head…"

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and to get assets moving in every way, shape and form!

Dear University of Florida…

Dear University of Florida,

I am a Gator's wife. I willingly put up with statues of Gators all over our house:

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Our furniture is decorated with Gators collected over the years by my Gator husband, Jeffrey:

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Gator helmets are everywhere:

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Dead Gator carcasses line our bookshelves:

 
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Our family photo albums are filled with pictures of Jeff wearing his beloved Gators apparel all over the world. Here we are in Turkey:

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And in England a few months ago:

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I have no problem with this. It’s part of being a Gator's wife. (I think it was in our marriage vows.)

I do, however, have a big problem with this:

University of Florida’s Institute on Aging receives a $64 million grant to study if physical activity helps seniors be more mobile!

Are you kidding me?

To spend $64 million on a study is crazy -– and we already know the answer just by watching the seniors at Club Health at Century Village!

"The five-year grant will fund studies to better understand the biological and behavioral processes that lead to physical disability in older adults and help them prevent it."

Really? You need 5 years to tell you that? Just come to one of my classes and you’ll know in an hour…or just read my book, Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank! (okay, so it’s not out yet, but it will be)….or just talk to Dick and Dottie. They move their assets with me and are in their mid 70s!

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But wait, there's more!

"[The study] explores whether physical activity helps seniors be more mobile as they age."

What? You mean some people think it’s better for seniors to sit on their assets all day?

"Already researchers at the Institute have found that higher levels of physical activity are associated with greater longevity, better mood and improved strength among older adults, said Dr. Marco Pahor, principal investigator and director of the UF Institute on Aging."

Duh! How much did you pay to find that out? You could have saved a lot of money by hiring me.

Next time just call me, okay? I’ll tell you what you need to know for a mere million.

Love,
Bethy

Bethy’s thought of the day: Do we have to “celebrate” this event again?

Here we are again "celebrating" Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. I ranted about it, I mean wrote about it, last year and sadly America did not listen to me because here we are, once again, marking this gruesome event.

When I see parents dropping off their kids at bus stops that are a mere 2 blocks from their homes, I know we're enabling the horrific trend in childhood obesity in our country. Later in the afternoon they drive the same 2 blocks to the bus stop to pick up their kids. And this is in sunny  Florida where it's beautiful 360 days out of the year! Man, I can just imagine what goes on in rainy Seattle or
freezing, snowy Buffalo.

Get out of the car and walk to the bus stop…

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Or ride your bike…

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Or roller skate…

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You'll help your kids and yourself.

I understand that in this day and age you don't want your kids waiting alone especially before the sun comes up. So stand with them instead of waiting in your car (what is that??). I don't care if you play Patty Cake but just get the heck off of your assets!

 

 

Making healthy eating choices: Harvard adds its “two cents”

Oooh, you’re in trouble now…big, big trouble! Harvard has edited “My Plate” and recommends that we make it EVEN MORE healthy! (I think most Americans already have a tough time following the government’s version!)

The US government has given us great basic guidelines on what and how much to eat; you can find this info at  www.choosemyplate.gov. Of course you will read more about this drop-dead gorgeous plate in my book Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!

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Basically, this pic tells us that ½ our plate should consist of fruits and vegetables, ¼ should be grains, and the other ¼ should be protein. It also leaves a little room for a serving of dairy.

Sounds reasonable enough, right? If you go to the website and click each food group, you’ll get examples of each and which ones to modify or avoid.

Let's face it: Most American’s DO NOT devote ½ their plates to fruit and veggies (unless maybe it’s on one of the four plates they just devoured at the OK Corral Buffet!).

Harvard's tweaks

Now Harvard University has come up with their own “healthy eating plate” (click that link to enlarge the plate–because you're going to want to read it to understand what I'm about to say!):

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There are a lot of things I do like about the Harvard plate…but I have to say it looks like we’ve gone and pissed off Harvard because they won’t even let us eat a good old plain baked potato anymore!

See, America, we had to go ruin an awesome healthy, nutritious potato by drenching it with cheese, bacon, sour cream and other crap (aka empty calories.) So now Harvard won't even let us call them “vegetables” anymore! Instead they group plain potatoes with French fries and call them foods that “don’t count.”

And because we’ve smothered fatty cheese all over healthy foods like potatoes, as well as on not-so-healthy foods like hot dogs, we’re not even entitled to a dairy serving with our meal; ok we’re allowed 1-2 servings of dairy per day. (And, no, throwing on 9 or 10 healthy chives on your fat-laden potato doesn't counteract the damage all that fat has caused you.)

Who stole the sweet potatoes?

Oh my, there is no "ok" for sweet potatoes on Harvard’s plate, either. That's probably because we've also ruined them by turning them into waffle fries!

I love Harvard’s plan (it lets me drink coffee), but is it realistic for most Americans?

I do agree with Harvard’s limits on dairy because I prefer you have water with your meal rather than milk, and put avocado instead of cheese on your sandwich, and high fat empty calorie foods must be greatly limited.

I also love that Harvard’s plate tell us to avoid bacon and processed meat. I will say this till I’m blue in the face, but you know who you are…the ones who will not eat the healthy brown rice, but will eat a high-fat processed food like “turkey sausage.” You are doing yourself a huge injustice by ingesting “crap” that would normally be tossed in the trash, instead of wholesome and nutritious “healthy” carbs.

Even Harvard says so!

How the healthiest, happiest, fittest people eat

There are so many crazy diets for you to chose from, but the healthiest, happiest, fittest people I know eat meals with plates that resemble one of those above. They are happy because they don’t have to go on a “deprivation diet” every few months!

Take a look at what the healthiest people are eating at your favorite restaurant. I can almost guarantee you’ll see a huge resemblance to these plates.

And you think I vent now, wait till you listen to me in my book, Move Your Assets! I pull no punches!

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Since Halloween isn’t scary enough…

…I thought this photo might REALLY frighten you!! 

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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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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!!)