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January 20, 2013

FIT FOR LIFE: Try these ideas to keep the common cold at bay

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Niagara Gazette — Tips for restful sleep: Turn off the television, cell phones and your entire collection of Apple merchandise approximately 60-90 minutes before bed. This will accomplish two things – it will allow you to relax and de-stress and secondly, today’s technology (most cell phones, iPods, Kindles, etc.) produce more artificial light than in years past … thus, keeping your eyelids open and making you stay up longer into the night when you know your alarm clock is about to ring just a few short hours away.

What do I do

if I am sick?

Clients are always asking if they should train when sick. I usually take a couple things into consideration before I give my suggestion.

If the client rarely misses gym time, works hard and can “afford” a day off, I’m more inclined to comply and give them the benefit of the doubt. I recently had one client (Sue) who has been absolutely killing it, losing 50 pounds in less than 6 months. She always works hard, her nutrition is on point and she is, overall, a real pleasure to have as a client. She showed up to our Monday training session and just didn’t have it. Flat out looked worse than the Buffalo Bills offense in the fourth quarter of most games this season! I realized nothing we would do could be productive and possibly risk injury. I stopped the session about five minutes in and sent her home. She argued and lost. I also told her to take Wednesday off. She argued and lost, again. To me, it made sense and I was satisfied with my decision, whether she was or not.

You have to listen to your body, or if you’re paying a professional coach, listen to them. She resumed light cardio on Saturday and we went back to our training routine the following Monday. She had a great weigh-in. You are not smarter than your body, trust me.

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