Focused On Fitness - February 1, 2007

    There was an article in the New York Times last week that I didn't include that makes a great theme for this newsletter. When Resolutions Fail, the Fitness Buddy Steps In came to mind as I set out for my solitary run in the darkness last Saturday, an hour earlier than usual so that I could spend more time with my girls. Although I didn't see many other people, those that I did see were all walking or running with another person (or a dog), either, I presume, to get them motivated to get out the door or just to have someone else to pass the time with.

    I decided that this would give me a chance to find some articles for you on the benefits of having a "fitness buddy". In my search, I came across Pair Up for Walking for a Better Walking Workout, which suggests "stepping out with your spouse", "connecting with kids", "walking on the job" and partnering with your pooch." In Seven Ways to Stay on Track and Fit Workouts into Your Busy Schedule, it suggests that, "On those days you might want to slack off, a friend can give you that extra push to get you going." Then there is How to Make Working Out and Fitness Fun which makes the case that having a workout buddy makes trying new fitness activities and sports a lot easier. If you have kids, they are always looking for something fun to do with Mom and Dad, so why not make Family Fitness Fun. Finally, there is always Fido who never says no. For some advice on making your furry fitness buddy comfortable, try reading Tips on Running With Your Dog.

    And if you don't have a friend to workout with, kids or a dog, why not just keep someone in your heart, like a loved one or perhaps a cancer survivor and you will be motivated more than ever to get out the door and your time will pass by so much faster, like mine did thinking about getting home to the little one!

In This Issue 
Featured Articles
Health News Headlines
Dealing With Change
In Parting - Be A Coach


Featured Articles 
   4 Supplements to Watch Out For - Be aware of false advertising from weight loss supplement manufacturers
   10 Urban Food Myths - Debunk some of the myths that are circulating around the grocery store.
   Test Your Strange Food Facts IQ! - Find out what the ingredients cochineal and carminic really are!

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Health News Headlines 
    Workplace secondhand smoke ups cancer risk - High levels of secondhand smoke on the job can double nonsmokers' risk of developing lung cancer, and those who inhale it at work long-term face a 50 percent higher risk.
    Binge-eating is a major health problem - Cholesterol-raising trans fats may be disappearing from supermarket shelves and restaurants, but one type of fat taking their place may be no healthier, new research suggests.
    Dancing video game helps kids avoid weight gain - West Virginia, which has the worst childhood obesity problem in the United States, is stepping up plans to use Konami Corp.'s "Dance Dance Revolution" to battle the bulge in its schools.
    Exercise may neither help nor harm older knees - Middle-aged and older adults who exercise may not be reducing their risk of knee arthritis, but they aren't increasing the risk either, research published Wednesday suggests.
    Diet, exercise take off equal pounds - Eating less and exercising more are equally good at helping take off the pounds, U.S. researchers said on Friday in a study that challenges many of the popular tenets of the multibillion dollar diet and fitness industry.
    Grape juice good for the heart - Grape juice seems to have the same protective effect against heart disease as red wine, French scientists said on Wednesday.

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Dealing With Change 
    Five Ways to Welcome Change in the New Year - Raise your hand if you've had a crazy year with lots of changes--good, bad, or otherwise. Ok! Just as I thought; we’re all in this together. The most difficult change I've been dealing with is my sister’s cancer diagnosis and treatment. Sitting by her bed in the oncology unit the other day, I came across words by the great Sufi master, Hazrat Inayat Khan: "Walking on the turning wheel of the earth, living under the ever-rotating sun, man expects a peaceful life."

Reading them, I had an a-ha moment--I let go of demanding that life be predictable, easy, peaceful. Such a relief! I decided to make my New Year's resolution be about welcoming change with a willing heart. If you want to join me in this, here are some helpful ways to proceed. . . Continued...

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In Parting - Be A Coach 
    I have always said that I am the worst salesman. I would rather give something away than try to sell it to someone. Because of that, I would like to offer some advice for those of you who would like to make a difference and you can take it or leave it. As I have mentioned in previous newsletters, I have become involved with Million Dollar Body as a coach. It has been free to sign up and get a Coach Career Kit, but in the next few days, the program will begin in earnest and the cost will then be $39.95. If you do choose to sign up to be a Million Dollar Body Coach, why not email me at howtobefit@aol.com and I will explain the program to you.

    You will have an opportunity to mentor others and to tell them how you have become fit and healthy. It is an opportunity to make a difference. Ironically, I saw a quote from Jimmy Carter this morning, which says, "My faith demands--this is not optional--my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference." I hope that you, too, whether it is through Million Dollar Body or whatever means you choose, will try to make a difference...
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Persevere and be safe,
    Richard Dafter