SiloFit Wellness Blog

Aug 21

Trackers, Trackers Everywhere!

Have you gotten your steps in? Today’s fitness trackers still track your steps, but go far beyond the function of a basic pedometer, tracking all types of physical activity, sleep, and linking with food journal apps to provide a full picture of your health and wellness. The pedometer’s cooler cousin has been rapidly growing in popularity, and there are several options to choose from. Some of the more well-known trackers come from Jawbone, Misfit, Fitbit, and Nike, but there are many more on the market and you can find something to suit almost every need and preference. Some attributes to consider when shopping for a fitness tracker are: What It Tracks: Fitness trackers can measure your activity in a variety of ways, including by steps, active minutes, and elevation changes. Many trackers can also track your sleep and be programmed to wake you up at an optimal time based on your sleep cycle. You can also find fitness trackers that will measure your heart rate, or sync with popular food journal apps like MyFitnessPal. Choose

Jul 28

Battling the Obesity Epidemic

  Most of you are aware that the United States is facing an obesity epidemic. According to US News and World Report, America has the dubious distinction of being the most obese country in the world. Almost 33% of US adults are considered obese, a 13% increase since 2010. This equates to a $150 billion dollar problem annually given the healthcare costs required to treat weight-related issues. However, less than $1 billion is dedicated to obesity-related research.   There are both direct and indirect costs associated with obesity and obesity-related conditions. Directly, inpatient and outpatient services related to obesity are very costly. Those extra pounds put you at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, some cancers, breathing problems and sleep apnea.   Indirectly, there are plenty of less obvious resources spent as a result of obesity, including lost work time and productivity.  According to a Harvard statistic, obese employees miss more days of work due to short-term absences, long-term disability, and premature death than those at a healthy weight. Additionally, obesity

Jun 05

Why Breaking a Sweat is Essential

Everyone has heard the saying “your body is a temple,” but unless you are committed to a healthy lifestyle made up of eating right and staying fit, the walls of your temple may begin to crumble. The reality of everyday life can make working out and eating perfectly seem like a bothersome chore. It is important to focus on the ways in which you can slightly alter your lifestyle to accommodate for those habits that will strengthen the walls of your temple. One of the most essential elements is breaking a sweat every day. Is it realistic to say that everyone should be running a marathon, lifting their body weight, stretching enough to twist their bodies in unimaginable ways? No. But it is reasonable to challenge yourself enough to break a sweat every day. The beauty of working out and trying to stay fit is that it means something different to everyone, making it a positive, engaging and personal experience. Whether you enjoy the relaxation that comes with yoga, the challenge of mountain biking, or

May 16

Is the Paleo Diet a Good Idea?

The Paleo Diet, also known as the “caveman diet,” is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of the lean, muscular and athletic Paleolithic humans.  Sounds great, right?  I mean, who has ever seen an overweight caveman?  Facts are facts – the evolution of human eating habits has contributed to a world where over 65% of people are considered overweight or obese, with those numbers only getting worse. Of course, making the switch to the Paleo Diet, just like any other, is not an easy one.  Committing to the Paleo Diet means you must remove those things from your diet that weren’t around in mankind’s “hunter-gatherer” days.  The Paleo Diet pushes for a return to natural eating habits, consisting mostly of fish, grass-fed pasture-raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts. The diet excludes what are perceived to be agricultural products – grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils – from your daily diet in an effort to return to all-natural eating habits. The Paleo Diet largely removes

Apr 11

The Truth About a No-Carb Diet

Everyone has heard of the Atkins Diet – cut out carbs and you’ll lose 100 pounds, right? The results truly are undeniable; people lose weight and show results quickly. But can these carb-less consumers keep the weight off? “Carbs” are a misunderstood food group and, as a result, are often underutilized as a beneficial part of ones’ diet. Carbohydrates are a major source of energy because the body uses them as glucose (sugar). This glucose serves as fuel for both your muscles and your brain – making carbs a very necessary part of ones diet.  Carbs are one of three macronutrients, a macronutrient being a food that is required for the body in large amounts. This puts carbs in the same category as fat and protein. There are three different types of carbohydrates. Carbs are either sugar, starch or fiber. Sugar can be found naturally in some foods but is oftentimes a heavy component in processed foods. Starch is a carbohydrate consisting of many sugar units that are bonded together and can generally be found

Mar 21

Throw Away Day ?

You’ve been eating right and working out regularly.  You are slimming down, sleeping better and feeling great. But today was different. Today, you really wanted that cheeseburger (with all the toppings of course), and you didn’t feel like substituting your fries for a side salad. And what better way to wash down that burger than with a sugary sweet soda? As sinfully delicious as it was, your splurge was a whopping 1500 calorie one – pretty close to your daily intake in just one meal. For most, that Golden Arches’ fueled sense of satisfaction quickly erodes, leaving you stuffed, lethargic and defeated. As easy as it may be to throw in the towel afterwards, don’t do it! Everyone suffers from the occasional splurge on those foods that health magazines often equate with death sentences.  Even Hilary Swank (just Google her post-Oscars photos at In-n-Out Burger circa 2005). The key is waking up from that fast-food coma and getting back to a healthy, balanced diet that will make you feel full in the right way (minus the lethargic aftermath). When

Jan 31

How to Fight the Winter Blues

Let’s face it, the winter months are challenging.  The holidays have passed.  The epic New Year’s Eve Party is but a distant memory.  You gained five pounds (read:  ten pounds), seemingly overnight.  It’s dark and dreary outside, and the chances of you jumping out of bed every morning and screaming “carpe diem!” are slim, at best. That’s just the way it is for most of us.  People generally feel better in the spring and summer months, when the days are longer and the sun is shining.  We are exercising more and eating less.  But for some, the winter doldrums are more severe, taking the form of depression or seasonal affective disorder.  Fortunately, there are some easy ways to combat the winter blues. Exercise:  Nobody likes walking to the gym when it’s freezing outside, but intensifying your workout regimen might be just what you need to pull you out of your funk.  If you don’t want to leave the house, try yoga, or do some push-ups while you watch TV. Light:  While the root cause of

Dec 05

Have Yourself a Fit and Festive Holiday Season

Today I received my first holiday party invitation in the mail. Office parties, family get-togethers and Thanksgiving are just around the corner. And so it begins…the yearly battle of the bulge is on. According to Fit Day, every year for the past three decades, Americans have gained weight. Researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging have discovered that 51% of annual weight gain occurs during the holiday season. So how can we enjoy the fun and festivities of the season without the accompanying dread and remorse come January? Over the years I have crafted my own short set of rules that get me through the season happy, healthy – and relatively unscathed: 1. Indulge occasionally 2. Don’t eat out of obligation 3. Cook healthy at home 4. Hit the pavement Most websites and magazines out there suggest moderation as the key to successfully navigating the holiday eating season. I agree this is a good strategy, but what really works for me is to allow for indulgences I care about. And simply skip the rest.