Focused On Fitness - February 8, 2007

    There are two health news headlines from Reuters that help set the Valentine's Day theme for this week's newsletter. One is Helpful tips for employees to keep their sanity and jobs and the other is Pushing through the pain of new year workouts. I know that sounds odd but Valentine's Day isn't just about loving someone else, but also about loving yourself. February 14th is great if you have a spouse or partner or sweetheart, but if you don't, why not just love yourself, as it says in the article Fall In Love With Yourself. But what does keeping your sanity at work have to do with Valentine's Day? Why not make your workday just part of your energy expenditure and come home from work with energy left over for your loved ones or even your dog. If you are stressed and exhausted from work you will come home with nothing left for family and friends or yourself.

What does pushing through workouts have to do with Valentine's Day. Nothing. But within the article it says that, "January and early February is the busiest time of year for a fitness industry", which brought to mind another good article Health and Fitness Is Not A 12 Week Fitness Program. It is in fact a lifelong commitment to stay healthy for your own well being and to be able to be there for your family and friends and all of those people who want you to be around for a very long time.

Enough ranting for today and time to get in the spirit of next week. Why not think about preparing one of these Romantic Recipes for Valentine's Day and really win someone's heart!

In This Issue 
Featured Articles
Health News Headlines
In Parting


Featured Articles 
   Winter, Weather and Weight Loss - Tips on losing weight in the gloomy weather of winter.
   Dancing for Weight Loss - Lose weight and work on those six pack abs at the same time!
   4 Diet Tips - Change your eating habits and lose those stubborn pounds
   Test Your Abs IQ - Some of your notions about ab exercises could be myths

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Health News Headlines 
    Wal-Mart, union call for universal health care -Wal-Mart and one of its most vocal labor foes joined forces on Wednesday to call for universal health-care coverage for all Americans by 2012.
    Helpful tips for employees to keep their sanity and jobs - Tired of too much work and too little time to do it? Frustrated with the boss and stressed to the limit with no relief in sight?
    Kids who get less sleep weigh more, study finds - Children who do not get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight than those who get more, according to a study published on Wednesday.
    Human skin populated by veritable zoo of bacteria - Researchers on a safari for microbes have found that human skin is populated by a veritable menagerie of bacteria -- 182 species -- some apparently living there permanently and others just dropping by for a visit.
    Pushing through the pain of new year workouts - Panting behind the instructor, about 20 bankers, teachers and other professionals sprint across a field in London then drop to the ground for 10 push-ups.
    Obesity poses larger diabetes risk than inactivity - Although obesity and lack of physical activity both raise the risk of type 2 diabetes in women, obesity appears to be the more important factor, researchers report in the journal Diabetes Care.
    Staying active keeps seniors steady on their feet - Older people who have long been physically active, and remain so, have better balance than less vigorous seniors, while those who pick up the exercise after retirement fare almost as well, French researchers report.
    Americans have adopted heart-healthier diets - Over the past 20 years, the diets of American adults have become more consistent with most dietary recommendations for heart disease prevention -- but the trend may not be continuing, research suggests.

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In Parting 
   After practice yesterday, I was talking to one of the kids that I coach and run with and telling him about a story that I read about Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie and about opportunities. I was trying to convince him to help me help his mother to lose weight and get fit. I remember being told once that you only have three opportunities in life and you never know if you have missed the first two. I believe it is a conclusion that may have come from the Laws of Achievement that Andrew Carnegie commissioned Napoleon Hill to write. Perhaps he and his sister could help their mother get healthier and that would be their Valentine's Day gift to her. And perhaps you, too, could love thy neighbor and perhaps tell a neighbor or co-worker how being fit has changed your life and that will be your Valentine's Day gift to them...
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Be well and love,
    Richard Dafter