Fit TV | Undersleeping and Overeating


VIDEO: If you’re running on too little sleep, here’s how it can affect your waistline. Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter, hosts this compact segment of men’s health and fitness news in The Men’s Health Minute.

Do It Today

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”  ~Karen Lamb

iStock_000020209230_ExtraSmall_CalendarGoalWhen the subject came up the other day, I realized that it’s been almost a year since my skin cancer diagnosis. It’s unbelievable that an entire year has passed. All is well, by the way, and I am grateful everyday for my dermatologist, Dr. Minh Dang, who found the nondescript lesion and performed my surgery.

Then yesterday, I received a reminder note that it’s time for my annual mammogram. How could that be? If you had asked me, I would have said I had my last one about five or six months ago… max.

Do your days zip by in the flurry of day-to-day activities? When you reflect on the past year, do you wonder where the time went? You vowed to lose 15 pounds a year ago, but ended up gaining 10. Sound familiar?

If you have goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill, and things you want to experience, then start TODAY. It doesn’t have to be anything monumental — just one tiny step closer to getting where you want to be. By doing so, a year from now you won’t wish you had started today.

If you want to lose weight, then add a scoop of whole grains to your plate TODAY. If you want to ‘get in shape’, then start a habit of putting your shoes, socks and sunscreen by the door TODAY. Whatever it is you want to do, start now… and enjoy the journey. =)

The S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Way to Lose Weight

BathScaleIf your New Year resolution this year was to lose weight, how are you doing so far? How many times have you resolved to lose weight at the start of each new year and the result just didn’t turn out like you had hoped? The key to making this year’s fitness resolution a successful one is to establish objectives that are  S.M.A.R.T.E.R. than before. In other words, your goal is…

Specific and Sets a Simple Health Habit: Oftentimes, goals are too vague and/or too complicated a process. “I will lose weight” does not focus on precise details. And when the process to lose weight becomes too complex, such as “drinking a freshly made veggie protein shake three times a day” when you’re out in the field all day, then the likelihood that you’ll stick with your goal is pretty slim.

Measuring Belly FatMeasurable and Meaningful: First, losing weight should be YOUR desire and not that of someone else and your goal should have measurable objectives. Be sure you have concrete criteria for measuring your progress. Aim for quantifiable results. It’s easier to assess whether your objective has been met if you commit to a specific number.   Continue reading “The S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Way to Lose Weight”