I’m so proud of the fact that I’ve got a blog to share fitness, nutrition and exercise advice to help you maintain a happy and healthy life. The blog covered a lot of ground and I thought I’d use the last post of 2017 to reflect on the tips covered over the past year.
I thought it would be fun to succinctly wrap up my favorite tips from the past year:
- Spend time in nature to improve your mood
- A little walking goes a long way, especially for those of us sitting at a computer most of the day
- Take an avalanche safety course when skiing in the backcountry
- Yoga and pilates can help treat low back pain
- If you run or cycle, you don’t need to stretch
- Mindful meditation can reduce pain and stress
- You’ll burn more calories doing high intensity interval training
- Peanut butter might just be the ideal exercise food
- Running actually helps your back
- Grab chocolate milk after a workout for the perfect recovery drink
- Music can help you generate more power, release dopamine, and reduce stress
- Make sure to tell your doctor the supplements you’re talking
- Physical activity and movement is showing an on our memory
- The Swiss ball is better than an exercise mat. Not convinced? Do this 15-minute workout.
And for next year, I’ve got a lot of fun topics planned.
Topics for 2018 will include:
- The benefits of being stronger (hint: pump that iron)
- Understanding sleep cycles
- Your love (or hatred) of running might be genetic
- Platelet-rich Plasma versus Amniotic Fluid injections
- Is being an endorphin junky good for your health?
- Favorite DIY energy bar recipes
Thank you for reading this past year and please share with friends, family, and anyone interested in fitness, nutrition and exercise. If there’s a topic you have that you’d like me to cover, let me know. Have a happy and healthy New Year!
I will be doing everything I can to eat holiday cookies and red/green M&Ms (they always taste better in holiday appropriate colors) in moderation while hoping for more snow. If you have questions or want to get a program started contact me. Sonja Stilp, M.D.