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Screen Time is Bad for Your Health

There’s been tons written about the negative effects of too much digital screen time on children. Research has shown that it’s bad for their developing brains, increases their risks of  childhood obesity tenfold and can even damage their social development. So, it’s not that big of a stretch to assume that the same can be said for adults.

I think we all intuitively know that too much screen time can’t be good for us. But as a gym owner, I wanted to know more specifically about how our health and fitness might be impacted by all the time we spend staring at a screen.  Here are the basics of what I found.

  • First off, here’s a scary statistic. The average adult in America spends about 11 hours a day looking at a screen and checks their phone every 10 minutes. That means that we spend much more than half of our awake time on a computer or mobile device or watching TV. Wow! For some, much of that screen time is related to work, so it can be hard to bring those numbers down. But many others are consuming all that digital media as part of their leisure time.

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If you don’t write it down, a goal is just a dream…

Earlier this month, Synergy member Lori Unver set a goal for herself to lose 10 pounds by May 15th. She already had all the tools she needed to be successful. Lori was consistent with her small group training workouts and together we tweaked her nutrition plan to support her efforts. But perhaps the most important thing she did to ensure her success did not involve changing her diet or even breaking a sweat. She took her goal and the tactics she would need to achieve it and she wrote them down.
There is research to support that the mere act of putting your goals in writing increases the chances that you’ll actually achieve them dramatically. In fact, a study from the Dominican University in California revealed that you are 42% more likely to hit your goals if you write them down. Dr. Gail Matthews who ran the study says, “The likelihood that you’ll transform your desires into reality goes up even further if you share your written goals with a friend who believes in your ability to succeed.”

What accounts for the difference?

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Eat These Carbs Every Day!

Are you one of those people who has been conditioned to believe that carbs are bad for you? If you are, you’re not alone. For years the media has molded our perception of carbohydrates leading us to think that if you want to lose weight or get fit you should avoid them at all cost. But, carbohydrates are the number one, most important source of energy for your body. They are essential. And in fact, eating certain carbs is critical to losing weight.
The truth is, you should avoid certain types of carbs if you want to slim down. But, there are actually some carbs that you should definitely not avoid – in fact, you should embrace them!
First, let’s cover the carbs that should be on your list of foods to steer away from.
  • Refined, white flour, and processed carbs like bagels, breads, muffins and other baked goods
  • White pasta, white rice and white flour foods
  • Candy, sweets and sugary treats
  • Sugary drinks like soda, juices and blended coffee drinks
You’re probably not surprised to see any of those items on the “avoid”

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