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Sleeping with Zeo

My secret is out. I love my Zeo sleep monitor. In fact, I’ve slept with my Zeo device for a full year now. I even have a t-shirt announcing it (scroll to the bottom if you want to check it out). Sure, it’s an impressive gadget. More importantly, however, it’s helped me better understand how my body recovers from exercise, handles stress and adjusts my need for sleep.

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Are You Sitting Yourself To Death?

Many of the blog posts on this site relate to food and its effects on long-term health and weight management. When most people think of managing their weight, it’s usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, there’s more to managing weight than food alone. Many lifestyle choices play into our long-term health outcomes and can lead to unwanted weight gain.

Exercise certainly helps in improving long-term health outcomes. Managing stress and getting enough sleep is important too. However, there’s one thing the average person does more than anything else throughout the day that could result in a significantly increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, weight gain and many other ailments. In fact, most people spend the majority of their waking time doing this. What is this deadly activity? Sitting!

Before you continue reading, whatever you’re reading this blog post on – a desktop computer, laptop, phone or tablet – stand up and read this instead of sitting if you’re sitting right now. You should be able to get through this article without needing to sit down. It just doesn’t seem right to have you read this article on the detriments of sitting while you’re sitting down.

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Quality Sleep and the Zeo

Please do not overlook the next two statements. Quality sleep is critical to your health. Quality sleep is critical to your ability to manage your weight.

Sleep is one of those things that many people know they should do a better job with, but they let other things in their life get in the way. Even writing that statement, I can recall some recent instances where I let the clock move past 9 pm and didn’t make myself go to bed.

In the following article, I’d want to point out how significant quality sleep is to your health and your ability to manage your weight, as well as discuss what we’ve found to be the best way to easily track the quality of your sleep. For full disclosure, we will be offering the sleep device I’m going to discuss at Life Time.

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October 2011 Nutrition & Fitness Bites

The following is a brief collection of interesting studies that came out last month. They’re written in “bite sized” paragraphs and can serve as good reminders of some of the healthy habits you should be pursuing...

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Sleep: Get at Least Seven Hours a Night

Only one in three Americans get adequate sleep—classified as seven or more hours of sleep per night. Sleep may seem to be a privilege but the costs to your health are far greater if you consistently undercut your shut-eye.

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Turn off the lights! And make sure the kids do too!

Like many other lifestyle issues, sleep problems are on the rise. Stress, late-night television, extended work days, late night athletic practice…the reasons are numerous. A poor night’s sleep may make you less productive the next day, but the long-term effects are more severe than that. Lack of sleep can cause a number of problems for kids as well. A new study on 14 to 16 year olds in Canada provides an important reminder of the importance of sufficient, quality and regular sleep.

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