The Truth About Heart Disease And The Importance Of A Healthy Lifestyle Versus Great Genetics!

It only makes sense that if heart disease is the “number one killer” that we ALL should be interested in doing something about it.

Right?

What if I told you that nearly 80% of all heart disease is preventable?!?

I imagine a good number of you are saying; “What did you just say?”.

THE MAJORITY OF HEART DISEASE IS PREVENTABLE!  (Sorry, it doesn’t come down to good or bad genetics)

Cardiovascular Disease Does NOT Need To Be The Number One Killer Of Men And Women In The United States! Honestly, it’s a shame!!!

Well, if you have been following me at “The Get Healthy Club,” “The Healthy Omnivore” and even here at “The Get Healthy Hub” you know this to be TRUE!

Honestly, I hope this isn’t the first time that someone is telling you that in the majority of cases it can be said that “we” are solely responsible for the quality of our health.

Yes, it is true that a “healthy lifestyle” is the primary factor when it comes to your cardiovascular health.

The Mayo Clinic now has a very simple program that will help “move” you in the right direction when it comes to the health of cardiovascular system.

Now I will tell you, these recommendations are not complicated, but just four simple steps to attaining and retaining a high quality of cardiovascular health.

#1:  Eat 5 or more vegetables or fruits per day. It’s not just the protective nutrients they supply, but also that you’ll have less room for junk.

Personally, we teach that “fibrous” vegetables are the most important for your overall health as fruit does contain the simple sugar fructose.  But please look at the additional reason to increase your fibrous vegetable intake; “you’ll have less room for junk”.  Yes, “eating” as a “hunter-gatherer” gives you no chance to consume “fast,” “convenient” and/or “junk” foods!

#2:  Move 10 extra minutes each day. Recent studies show that a sedentary lifestyle may increase your risk of heart attack as much as smoking does. It’s as simple as standing instead of sitting as much as possible.

I always stress the importance of understanding the challenges that the “Technology Era” puts on our overall health.  In matter of fact, I am such a big fan of “moving” like a “hunter-gatherer” that I am actually STANDING as I am typing up this post.  Quite simply, we need to move daily, and hopefully that everyday movement will turn into a “safe and effective” exercise regimen!

#3:  Sleep at least 8 hours per day. Chronic sleep deprivation has devastating effects on your heart. It is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Most people underestimate the value of a “high quality” sleep regimen.  The truth of the matter is that you can’t get away from the degenerative process to the human body if you don’t allow the body to heal/recover/recuperate while sleeping!  And obviously, a good nights sleep is absolutely free!

#4:  In addition, enjoy life. Discover what brings you joy and satisfaction. Your mental and emotional state influence heart health just as your genetic makeup and lifestyle habits can.

See the entire article HERE.

Clearly it must be noted that we are much more than just “physical” beings.  If you don’t prioritize your “mental” and “emotional” health now, you will be greatly reducing your cardiovascular health in the future!

I can’t stress enough how important it is to prioritize a healthy lifestyle.  There has been FAR TOO MUCH misinformation regarding the role of genetics on our health.

My major concern with this approach to “health care” is that takes the responsibility of “our” health and puts it in the hands of those producing the DRUGS and doing the PROCEDURES.

I don’t buy it and you shouldn’t either.

When it comes to degenerative and chronic health problems, the “truth is in the pudding,” and in 3/4 of all cases, we are the responsible party.  Yes, these diseases can be prevented, but you need to have a proper nutrition regimen, an safe and effective exercise regimen and a healthy lifestyle.

It isn’t really that difficult, but there is work to be done…

At “The Get Healthy Club” we work hard to create an environment for the human body to attain optimal health.

If you would like to know how to eat, exercise and even live to increase the quality and quantity of your life.  Please let me know!

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Are Prescription Drugs As Safe As You Have Been Led To Believe?

It seems more and more I am hearing that doctors are saying that the prescription drugs that they are prescribing have NO side effects.

Hmmm.

Thinking out loud:  “Shouldn’t the doctors be on OUR side?“.

Is that even possible?  Actually, “side effect” is probably the improper term, because a side effect can actually be beneficial as well as detrimental.

We are talking about “legal” drugs being detrimental to your health within this post.

So, Western Medicine doctors study “Toxicology” (root word:  toxin) and then come up with the conclusion that you can consume these toxins with no side effects (good or bad).  Interesting.

“Adverse Drug Reactions” are very real! Please… be informed!

I have to wonder if there is some type of “Pharmaceutical Company” slant there.  ;)  ;)

Somewhere Hippocrates is rolling over in his grave.  I just can’t see “do no harm” in this approach to medicine.

In matter of fact, the whole approach of pharmaceutical drugs within Allopathic Medicine is pretty disgusting.

Have you ever heard of “Adverse Drug Reactions”?  Because this is the term that your doctor is getting to when they say, “no side effects.”

Well, this is what Wiki has to say about the term “Adverse Drug Reaction”:   An expression that describes harm associated with the use of given medications at a normal dosage during normal use. ADRs may occur following a single dose or prolonged administration of a drug or result from the combination of two or more drugs.

I hope you noticed the phrases; “normal dosage during normal use” and “prolonged administration of a drug or result from the combination of two or more drugs.”

Yes, these drugs that are creating “harm” and “death” are not only legal but they are hugely detrimental while taken properly.

It gets worse…

In the following link (Medical Errors) you will find the following information regarding adverse drug reactions and the impact they are having on our health:

According to information we have received, a statistical study of hospital deaths in the U.S. conducted at the University of Toronto revealed that pharmaceutical drugs kill more people every year than are killed in traffic accidents.

The study is said to show that more than two million American hospitalized patients suffered a serious adverse drug reaction (ADR) within the 12-month period of the study and, of these, over 100,000 died as a result. The researchers found that over 75 per cent of these ADRs were dose-dependent, which suggests they were due to the inherent toxicity of the drugs rather than to allergic reactions.

The data did not include fatal reactions caused by accidental overdoses or errors in administration of the drugs. If these had been included, it is estimated that another 100,000 deaths would be added to the total every year.

The researchers concluded that ADRs are now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

LINK:  Prescription Drugs-Leading Killer In The United States

Ugh!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but who would have ever thought that a serious drug reaction would be the fourth leading cause of death in the United States?

Sure, people concern themselves with the following “Big Three”:

1.  Heart Disease

2.  Cancer

3.  Stroke

But…

4.  Adverse Drug Reactions

Plus, the media can’t be enough about “Heart Disease” and even “Cancer,” but when was the last time you heard or saw anything of value on how detrimental prescription drugs can be on your health?  Well, there is good reason for that…

The reason for this is simple.

Pharmaceutical Drug Companies “sponsor” a big percentage of what is going on in media.  Most television today is INUNDATED with Prescription Drug Commercials.

Please, don’t be fooled!

Don’t believe me?

Watch 30 minutes of one of the top rated shows in the morning and tell me what you see?  You got it.  It’s going to be all about “selling drugs.”  Of course, we might “giggle” at the “Disclaimer” but it really is NO laughing matter!

Trust me, these ads are misleading, don’t comply with the FDA and certainly DO NOT give you the accurate information that you will need to make an informed decision.

So, here is my suggestion to you.

Please, do not go on ANY drug regimen without doing your due diligence.

Get second and third opinions.

Look into “Complementary Medicine” as an option.

But you must know this… Adverse Drug Reactions are real, so no the facts before you embark on any prescription drug regimen.

 

Ask your doctor if there is any way to be weaned off a specific drug (You CANNOT quit taking any drug without a doctor’s approval!).

Ask your doctor is they can give you a drug with less negative side effects.

Look, the choice is yours, but you need to be informed.

At “The Get Healthy Club” we work hard to create an environment for the human body to attain optimal health.

If you would like to know how to eat, exercise and even live to increase the quality and quantity of your life.  Please let me know!

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What Is The Number Three Killer In The United States? You Might Be Surprised!

Let me ask you a very simple question.

Where do you feel safest?

A.  Driving on the highway

B.  Seeing your family doctor or physician

If a visit to your doctor makes you feel all “warm and fuzzy,” I have bad news!

What are you more likely to die from?

A.  Breast Cancer

B.  Aids

C.  Medical Errors

Here is a tip.  Staying healthy and steering clear of your doctor and the hospital is easily your best bet!

Far too many people are blaming their poor health on their parents or poor genes. Please, don’t believe it! In most cases the state of your health is directly related to how you eat, move and live!

You may be asking, “what in the world are you talking about?”.

Great Question.

Let’s get to it…

Have you ever heard of the term “iatrogenesis”?

Well, here is what Wiki has to say about Iatrogenesis:

An inadvertent adverse effect or complication resulting from medical treatment or advice, including that of psychologists, therapists, pharmacists, nurses, physicians, and dentists. Iatrogenesis is not restricted to conventional medicine; it can also result from complementary and alternative medicine treatments.

And yes, the numbers are much greater than you would have ever believed:

In the United States an estimated 225,000 deaths per year have iatrogenic causes, with only heart disease and cancer causing more deaths.

It’s true… ONLY heart disease AND cancer cause more deaths.  Ouch!

It’s true, these ERRORS are much more prevalent than you might have thought and is shouldn’t be acceptable.

But, it is, so we suggest you get yourself as healthy as possible and stay as healthy as possible!  It is the best way to steer clear of ALL of these errors.

That is why we at “The Get Healthy Hub,” “The Healthy Omnivore,” and “The Get Healthy Club” urge people to take responsibility of their OWN health so they don’t have to endure the opportunity of the “Iatrogenesis Artifact” to actually take your life!

More and more I am hearing of people going to the hospital for one symptom and dieing a few months later from some type of infection (i.e. Staphylococcus) that had absolutely NOTHING to do with the reason for their original hospital visit.

This is truly unfortunate indeed.

At this point, you might be in shock and be wondering exactly what I am talking about…

Well, it turns out that Medical Errors are the THIRD leading cause of death in the United States.

The JOURNAL of the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000 article written by Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, shows that medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States.

The report apparently shows there are 2,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery; 7000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals; 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals; 80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals; 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medications – these total up to 225,000 deaths per year in the US from iatrogenic causes which ranks these deaths as the # 3 killer. Iatrogenic is a term used when a patient dies as a direct result of treatments by a physician, whether it is from misdiagnosis of the ailment or from adverse drug reactions used to treat the illness. Drug reactions are the most common cause.

You see, the best medicine is PREVENTION.

Yes, get healthy and stay healthy!

Look, this information is from the Journal Of The American Medical Association, so this is isn’t “hack” information.  You need to take it seriously!

Maybe this statistic will give you more perspective on the situation:

Number of physicians in the U.S……………………………………700,000
Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year…………….120,000

This information was sent to us indicating that it came from the Benton County News Tribune on the seventeenth of November, 1999

The quotes above came from this LINK.

A proper nutritional and exercise regimen combined with a healthy lifestyle will move you towards optimal health and will help greatly reduce the opportunity for any of the above errors to take your life. [Read more...]

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Supporting Farmer’s Markets is an ALL YEAR Endeavor… But Your Health Is Worth It!

You know me, all about supporting local small farmers!

So, I wanted to “remind” all of my readers and followers of the importance of getting behind eating locally and seasonally and NOT supporting BIG FOOD.

I just came across a nice little post entitled “10 Reasons To Support Farmer’s Markets All Year Long” and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you.

Do You Know Where And How To Find The Best Food Available?

Support your local small farmers at a Farmer’s Market in your area!

Plus, I wanted to introduce you to the term “Agtivist,” which I thought was kind of clever.  :)  Obviously the author is talking about being an “activist” within the “agriculture” industry, so it is pretty clear what the word is meant to mean.  My spell check didn’t like it though.  ;)  If you are interested in your “food freedom,” you might want to check out the movie entitled THE AGTIVISTS.

Here are a few points that I want to make about Farmer’s Markets:

Farmer’s Markets, and YOUR health, are not about convenience.  The days of thinking that “fast” food and “convenience” food as far as your nutritional regimen is concerned have nothing to do with improving your health.

Nothing!

But, by making a simple effort on a weekly basis you can greatly improve the quality of food in your home and on your plate.

Local farmers don’t take the winter off. They’re out in the cold planting and harvesting. If they can do that 365 days a year, we can take one day a week to go out in the cold to support them.

Pay a little more and support who matters!

Why not put your hard earned money into the pockets of those who are producing the best food available?  By the time you purchase a product at your favorite “chain” grocery store, think about how little the farmer is receiving and how much the “middle men” are bringing in for profit.

Let’s be honest here, how high can the quality be for these MASS produced foods?

Think “Farm To Table” and you will be fine!

Farming is hard. I grew up on a farm. My grandparents and dad and his siblings did backbreaking work everyday just to live in a shack to feed themselves and others. There is no easy ride in farming and for that alone we should support them because without them, there’s no food!

And, think about the ability to talk to your local farmers.  You now, actually “pick their brain” about their product!

This is the one thing that I really, really miss about moving away from Texas and not being able to partake of some of the best Farmer’s Markets in the country.

I really looked forward to seeing and “chatting up” the farmers who provided me with amazing eggs, poultry, beef, pork, and lamb on a weekly basis.  And, let’s not forget about produce as well!

Social time. I’ve grown special relationships with my farmers. Seeing them every Saturday and asking about their farms and families is a highlight of my week. I use it as a chance to get out of the house and visit with friends.

You can find the rest of the article HERE

So, let me give you the challenge of visiting one of your local farmer’s markets.

To me, it is a “win-win” situation, and there are not many of those around anymore.

Also, if you are interested in benefiting from working with your very own online nutritionist, personal trainer and lifestyle coach, please check us out over at THE GET HEALTHY CLUB!

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Brain Fog? Dump The Drugs And Supplements And Just Start Exercising!

As a health and fitness professional I work diligently on “discovering and deciphering” the very latest in scientific research.

And, as I have mentioned numerous times, I am always on the “look out” for misinformation that will lead my followers and clients astray!

Unfortunately, this is much more difficult that one might think.

Let’s be honest…

The MONEY is all on the side of the BIG GROUPS (with HUGE corporate interests); BIG FOOD, BIG PHARMA and even BIG AGRICULTURE! (and not you being healthy!)

I am pretty tired of the “doom and gloom” approach to our health in the United States!

I am confident in saying that without the “propaganda” models created by BIG food, pharma and agriculture, that our health would NOT be the worst of any of “developed and industrial” countries in the world.

To be fair, some of what is going on within the food, drug and agriculture industries should be considered illegal, and it is certainly unethical!

And think of it… all at the expense of our health.

Brutal!

What am I saying?

Most people receive their health information via ADVERTISING and MARKETING campaigns.

And though, there may be a glimmer of truth in these campaigns, the majority of the information gleaned from most corporate and advertising programs is truly deceptive.

There is good new though!

The truth is that the MAJORITY of us can live a high quality of life with proper nutrition and exercise, plus a healthy lifestyle.

For example:

  • How is your brain working these days?
  • How is your mental acuity?
  • Are you as “cognitive” as you once were?

If you are having challenges, have you already begun taking supplements, over the counter drugs or even prescription drugs to deal with the problem?

When in the world did the quality of our health come down to profit margins, shareholders, and lobbyists?

Did you try to modify your nutritional regimen before “jumping the gun” and start relying on some supplement or  worse yet, some drug?

Why?

Achieve Optimal Health With A Proper Mental Attitude

Looking to improve your “brain activity”? Exercise will be a better option than “this,” as well as supplementation and drugs!

What about exercise?  Do you understand the benefits that come with exercising when it comes to brain health?

Part of the reason exercise enhances cognition has to do with blood flow. Research shows that when we exercise, blood pressure and blood flow increase everywhere in the body, including the brain. More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brain perform better.

This isn’t “brain surgery” people.  It is really pretty simple.

Don’t you think your productivity at work, or even your child’s results at school could benefit from an improved exercise regimen?

Yet another study found that students who exercise perform better on tests than their less athletic peers.  See the entire article HERE

Duh, right?

In a great book, entitle “Brain Rules,” the author recommends having children wearing gym clothes to school and exercising throughout the day.  By doing this, the brain would never become inactive and the child’s results would be greatly improved!

Duh, right?

Let alone all of the other improvements exercising 20 minutes 3 times a day would have on your child, as well as you!

Look, the majority of us should be healthy (most diseases are not genetic, but created because of a poor lifestyle).

We should be having a high quality of life far into our senior years (sorry, not talking about high school here).

Please, don’t believe the hype produced by the propaganda models of BIG INDUSTRY and their corporate influence (remember, all marketers are liars?).  You, and we, can do better!

Seriously, are you eating, moving and living in a manner that will reap benefits to your health and fitness levels.  If not, why?

Do you really believe that a supplement or worse yet, a drug is going to magically make  everything better?

Hmmm.

Something to think about!

Also, if you are interested in benefiting from working with your very own online nutritionist, personal trainer and lifestyle coach, please check us out over at THE GET HEALTHY CLUB!

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Get Healthy Tip #23: The Four Square Breathing Technique!

Stressed Out?!?

Looking for a simple approach to help you with those simple “acute” stress challenges?

Well, it may just come down to one simple thing!

Yes… BREATHING!

Take a look at this short little video and start implementing this stress reducing breathing technique.

Most people can’t believe the difference it can make.

Give it a try!

The Four Square Breathing Technique

Are you a shallow breather? Do you breathe through your mouth?

If so, we can improve upon that and here is how.

Let’s take a quick look:

The Four Square Breathing Technique

Okay, Health Tip #23! What do you think of the ” The Four Square Breathing Technique”?

Any thoughts?

Ever thought of working with your own personal trainer online? What about a nutritionist and lifestyle coach as well?

Having your very own nutritionist, personal trainer and lifestyle coach at your fingertips will help you attain the health goals that you set for yourself.

“The Get Healthy Club” site is all about helping you get healthy and stay healthy with a proactive lifestyle prioritizing nutrition and exercise. Plus, this is real proactive health care and I have priced it in a manner that no one should be left out!

Once again, let me know if I can help you in anyway.

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Get Healthy Tip #14: Sit Correctly And Improve Your Energy Levels And Health While Doing So!

Hey look, if you are having to “sit on it” pretty much all day, you better know how to do it… right?

Well here are some tips that might just help you in how you feel and look!

 

Sit Correctly And Improve Your Energy Levels And Health While Doing So!

We are “smack dab” in the middle of the Technology Era and this long term sitting is literally killing us!

There are a few things to know when you have to sit throughout most of the day.

I hope that this short video has some suggestions that can help you be more productive as well.

Sit Correctly And Improve Your Energy Levels And Health While Doing So!

 

Okay, Health Tip #14! So, starting tomorrow, are you going to make some changes in the way you sit throughout the day?

Let me know if there is any other ways I can help you while you are at home or work. That is what I am here for!

Remember, proper posture (standing and sitting) is not a mental thing, it is a physical thing… so if you do not have the strength to hold you in the proper position, you will NOT be successful!

Do you have any interest in developing the strength in the proper areas to help create perfect posture? Can you see the benefit of working with your very own online personal trainer?

If so, that is what “The Get Healthy Club” is all about. Having your very own nutritionist, personal trainer and lifestyle coach at your fingertips will help you attain the health goals that you set for yourself.

This site is all about helping you get healthy and stay healthy with a proactive lifestyle prioritizing nutrition and exercise. Plus, this is real proactive health care and I have priced it in a manner that no one should be left out!

Once again, let me know if I can help you in anyway.

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Get Healthy Tip #13: Can You Stand It? All About Proper Posture While Standing!

What is the easiest and fastest way to lose two inches on your waist? Add two inches to your height? To look ten years younger and even ten pounds lighter?

Well, it is to simply create perfect posture!

Can You Stand It? All About Proper Posture While Standing!

Seriously…

What does your posture look like? Are you happy with it or did you just say, “ugh!”?

Are you the same height today that you were thirty years ago? (I am, and I can show you why!)

Another benefit of proper posture is being able to move correctly. Does that sound like another benefit that sounds good to you?

Here is a short little video to help you get on the right track when it comes to improving your posture.

Can You Stand It? All About Proper Posture While Standing!

 

Okay, Health Tip #13! What is your standing posture like? Is this going to help? I hope so!

But remember, proper posture is not a mental thing, it is a physical thing… so if you do not have the strength to hold you in the proper position, you will NOT be successful!

Do you have any interest in developing the strength in the proper areas to help create perfect posture? Can you see the benefit of working with your very own online personal trainer?

If so, that is what “The Get Healthy Club” is all about. Having your very own nutritionist, personal trainer and lifestyle coach at your fingertips will help you attain the health goals that you set for yourself.

This site is all about helping you get healthy and stay healthy with a proactive lifestyle prioritizing nutrition and exercise. Plus, this is real proactive health care and I have priced it in a manner that no one should be left out!

Please let me know if I can help you in anyway.

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Get Healthy Tip #12: Okay, Okay, When It Comes To Your Health, Let’s STOP The Insanity!

Okay, okay, what in the world does that title mean?

Well, let’s take a look back at what Albert Einstein had to say about “Insanity.”

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Einstein’s thoughts on the subject are pretty self explanatory, so let me apply this definition to what I see a real challenge in the health and fitness industry.

What is that challenge you might ask?

Not achieving the health you desire and not reaching the fitness goals you desire because people just keep doing the same thing over and over again!

Please, tell me that this isn’t you. Hey, in some shape or form, it is ALL of us!

But let’s move on and let’s get better. NOW!

How…

By “Stopping The Insanity”!

Watch this very short video and see some of my thoughts on the subject.

When It Comes To Your Health Let’s Stop The Insanity!

Okay, Health Tip #12! What do you think?

Are you having a tough time stopping the insanity?

If so, that is what “The Get Healthy Club” is all about. Having your very own nutritionist, personal trainer and lifestyle coach at your fingertips will help you stop the insanity when it comes to your health and fitness goals.

This site is all about helping you get healthy and stay healthy with a proactive lifestyle prioritizing nutrition and exercise.

Please let me know if I can help you in anyway.

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Is It Possible That Any One Of These Health Misconceptions Could Be Destroying Your Health?

As time goes by, there seems to be more and more health misconceptions about people’s levels of health and well-being.

I would like to list a number of concepts that are considered as completely factual, but in truth, are just marginally accurate (just enough accuracy to lead you astray), if accurate at all. This type of misinformation is what is keeping America not only unhealthy and unfit, but also extremely diseased.

Do you adhere to any of the following health misconceptions?

1. “Jogging is the best exercise for losing weight”
This thought goes hand in hand with other health misconceptions that to become healthy and fit all we have to do is burn more calories than we consume. Jogging is very hard on the body’s joints and can create all sorts of over-training and repetitive stress syndrome issues (physical therapists and orthopedic specialists love runners and joggers). Fast-walking and short-duration running are far better approaches to improving your health and fitness levels.

2. “Sports are a great form of exercise”
Sports were created for fun and entertainment, not improving your health. If you take a good look at the majority of the sports, you will see a “high-risk” involved. Proper, or smart exercise, should have little to no risk involved and you should receive long term benefits, which normally are not attained with sporting/athletic activities.

3. “The best way to work the heart is to do something aerobic”
As someone who has been in involved in the health and fitness industry for over thirty years, I couldn’t pass on listing this with one of the many health misconceptions. The best way to improve the strength of your heart is through a well thought out resistance training program that has a balanced approach, including functional movements, body-weight and strength training exercises. The cardiovascular/respiratory system gets all sorts of beneficial work when we squat, lunge, lift, pull and press, plus proper resistance training movements transfer over into everyday life.
4. “I don’t lift weights because I don’t want to get bulky”
To me personally, this is by far the funniest of all of the health misconceptions. This may be the most humorous of all of the misconceptions, because most people don’t understand how difficult it is too put on muscle. The problem occurs when people add muscle and fat while they begin working out. If the nutrition is not dialed in properly, people have a tendency to gain weight which is made up of some muscle and even more fat. This leads to that “bulky” look that nobody seems to like. The truth is less than 2% of all women have any chance of ever looking overly muscular because of their estrogen to testosterone ratios. Plus, after the age of 30, the majority of men and women have to work very hard just to hold on to any muscle they have, let alone, to continue to put it on (hypertrophy).

5. “Increased dietary cholesterol intake leads to an increase in serum cholesterol levels”
Focusing on one variable to determine the level of your health is a very scary health misconception. The big pharmaceutical companies are making a “killing” on this type of misinformation.
You can look this one up yourselves, but you will find that there is no relationship between increased dietary cholesterol intake and increased serum cholesterol levels. I think you will find that the majority of cholesterol issues in America are caused by damaged metabolisms created by the increased intake of damaged fats (saturated and unsaturated) and refined carbohydrates/sugars that increase insulin responses. This misconception is quite unfortunate, as it causes a large portion of our society not to eat eggs. In my opinion the egg produced by the free-range (eats bugs/exercises/receives sunlight) organically fed chicken is one of the best foods available today.

health misconceptions6. “If I look fit, I am healthy”
Unfortunately, of all of the health misconceptions, this one is really taking our country by storm! The way we look, and our well-being, are not necessarily directly related. Sure, most of us are over-fat and under muscled. But, being obsessive and compulsive to attain that rail thin look (fit at all costs syndrome) is how many people create accelerated aging and degenerative disease. You should only work on becoming fit, only after you have developed a high level of health and well-being.
7. “Type II diabetes is hereditary”
The truth is we are just damaging our metabolisms at a faster rate than ever before, thus children now have Adult Onset Diabetes. This disease is a lifestyle disease and the only reason it “runs in the family” is because of the poor habits that are passed on from one generation to another. (Some people who don’t want take responsibility for their lives and doctors who love medicating disease over teaching real prevention of disease will disagree with me here, but the “proof is in the pudding”/please, Look it up)

8. “The best way to lose weight is to prioritize counting calories”
This health misconception is probably my biggest pet-peeve! If you have been been on this site in the past you realize that the supposed “Law of Thermodynamics” is a real pet peeve of mine. It seems every fitness professional with a two day personal training certification is going to tell you that your major focus in losing weight is to cut the calories and increase your exercise level. I beg to differ, as I believe that it is a real mistake to make something so complex so simple. So I believe that this approach will only lead to long term health problems.

9. “If I eat fat, I will get fat”
This health and fitness misconception may be destroying more unassuming people’s health than any other. We actually need fat intake to burn fat. Also, there are no essential carbohydrates, but there are plenty of essential fatty acids. Fats keep you satiated and have been severely and incorrectly demonized by western media and medical factions. These fats will kill you though: trans-fat, rancid and excessive omega-6 fatty acid intake (vegetable oils).
10. “The more abdominal exercises I do, the smaller and leaner my waist will become”
The fallacy of spot-reduction is one of the worst and most horrendous of all of the health misconceptions, but is more than alive and well in most health and fitness magazines today. Quit following such rubbish and force the marketers to focus on another way to swindle your money away. We all would be much better off focusing on improving their posture with core exercises than working on an abdominal routine.

11. “Taking a one-a-day synthetic vitamin and mineral supplement will take care of any inadequacies in my everyday diet”
A proper nutritional program is the most important thing you can do in improving the state of your health. Taking a synthetic supplement once a day is not. Health misconceptions that move people away from consuming high quality real foods may be the most maddening to me, as how could a cheap synthetic supplement full of all sorts of fillers and indigestible micro-nutrients make up for poor nutrition habits that take place 24/7/365? It can’t! And, it doesn’t!

Unfortunately the health and fitness industry is full of misinformation that has become known to many as fact, or major health misconceptions. If any of the above health misconceptions ring true to you, please make a real effort to change your mindset and behaviors today!
There you go… eleven health misconceptions that could be greatly effecting your health negatively.
If you have any questions or comments about these or any other health misconceptions, please leave them below.
If you have interest in getting healthy and staying healthy please let me know your area of interest and I will put together a post on it.
Kevin McCauley (The Healthy Omnivore), is a Lifestyle and Wellness Coach that prioritizes attaining optimal health with real proactive health care. Kevin is the sole operator of the “THE GET HEALTHY CLUB,” an online Health Care Solutions site that enables people to work with their own Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, and Lifestyle Coach to attain their personal health and fitness goals. If you would like to Feel Great, Look Amazing and even Live Longer… look no further! The Healthy Omnivore has numerous affordable options for you to attain optimal health at the THE GET HEALTHY CLUB.
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