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People In Early Times Had To Be In Great Shape!

I was watching a movie set in pioneer times and I just kept thinking that these people had a hard life! And I’m sure that Hollywood didn’t scratch the surface in depicting just how tough it was.

As I continued watching, one thing that kept coming to me was, just how good of shape were these people in?? Seriously, it would be challenging to compare strength to today’s standards where you lift a set amount of weight, or run a certain distance, however I would argue that those men and women would push anyone today to tears.

Everything they did was what we consider today to be a workout. You needed to get some water? You walked to the water supply, you didn’t reach into a refrigerator and get a bottle. Wheel on the wagon broke? Fix it yourself and figure out how to prop up the wagon while the wheel is off. Now we sit in the car, dial a tow truck and that is that. And you can guarantee that the kids were pitching in to help out on that one. How about just getting from one place to another? You might have a horse and wagon, but if you didn’t you were walking. Do you want shelter?? Build it yourself. Do you want to take a boat on a lake or river? That’s great but guess where the motor is coming from? That’s right, your body! There wasn’t really anything they did on a regular basis that wasn’t some for of workout. And we complain if we don’t get a parking spot close to our destination!!

I don’t think anyone today could hold up to what our ancestors did. We workout for 45 minutes and have to make sure it is posted on Facebook for all to see! Their whole day was a workout and I’m sure there wasn’t much complaining. They just had to do it. I bet if the majority of people who are sedentary did some simple walking, which was a mode of transportation back in the day, they would make a tremendous impact on their health and would notice a huge change!

Until next time…

That Banana Isn’t The Problem!

Too many times, certain diets call for not eating particular fruits because there is too much sugar in them. There are times when you may want to limit your intake of fruit but for the most part the nutrition we get from the food far outweighs the natural sugar that is in them.

When a diet calls for eliminating a food group, or particular foods, a red flag goes up for me. Sure, we want to limit processed foods that have a high amount of added sugar. Label reading, and learning what to look for on a label, is something to work on. For that matter, if it comes in a package that you have to read an ingredients list, be on guard!

I get the feeling when dieters read about the sugar in a banana , for example, they equate it to a candy bar. It isn’t their fault, it is usually the fault of those promoting a certain diet. Instead of touting all the benefits of a banana, they go directly to sugar. If you do any 5K, 10K and so forth, think about what they have at the end of the race for the participants. Bananas are always there because they are a powerhouse of nutrition! Even when you start your workout, having something in your stomach that isn’t filling but will give you a ton of energy will make your workout so much better and fruits such as bananas and apples are ideal!

If you are looking to make changes to your diet and have to focus on weight loss, keep the banana and take a closer look at the really bad stuff. You will find long term success!

Until next time…