BUSTED: Health & Wellness Myths
As January draws to a close, chances are you (or someone you know) has put in a few weeks of work towards better health and wellness in daily life. Chances are also good that throughout the month there’s been a bombardment of “do this” and “don’t do this” in regards to those same health and wellness decisions.
How do you know what’s right? How do you know what’s a myth? Or what to consider a truth?
DHS Group’s team of wellness specialists, registered dietitians and health coaches are here to help – breaking down a few common myths and what you need to know about them as you continue on your health and wellness journey.
MYTH: Eating healthy is too expensive.
Fact: Incorporating healthy foods can fit into any budget.
· Frozen or canned produce provides the same nutrients as fresh produce, often with a lower price tag (a cup of frozen broccoli costs about 25 cents).
· Look for low sodium canned vegetables and canned fruit packed in water or 100 percent juice.
· Fresh produce that is in-season can usually be found at a lower cost (and always look for sales!).
MYTH: Snacking is unhealthy.
Fact: Not all snacks are created equal. Snacking can have a bad reputation, but if you choose a nutrient dense snack like fruit then it can be a part of a healthy meal pattern.
· Healthy snacks are a big part of providing your body the fuel it needs during a busy day
· Aim for one to two healthy snacks during the day between meals – it can help prevent overeating at the next meal.
· Look for snacks that have a healthy carbohydrate and a protein source together – this will help keep you fuller for a longer period of time. One example would be an apple (healthy carb!) with one to two tablespoons of peanut butter (protein).
MYTH: As long as I go to the gym 30-45 minutes per day, I can do whatever I want the rest of the time.
Fact: Weight management is a mixture of a balanced diet and regular physical activity.
· Enjoy your favorite foods, but be mindful of portion sizes (like one scoop of your favorite ice cream instead of three scoops).
· Be mindful of your food choices – it’s easy to make decisions that can quickly lead you to consume more calories than you burned during your workout.
MYTH: Lifting weights will make you look “bulky.”
Fact: Lifting weights and incorporating resistance training can help speed up weight loss.
· To increase muscle mass, try lifting weights with more repetitions – this will help you build and maintain muscle tissue without creating that “bulky” look.
· In order to speed up your metabolism, build more muscle mass by incorporating weight lifting into your exercise routine at least 2 days per week. Bodyweight exercises (push-ups, squats, planks, lunges, etc.) have been shown to help increase needed muscle mass.
MYTH: Health coaches don’t have your best interest/overall wellbeing in mind.
Fact: Health coaches have dedicated their life and studies to helping others achieve their optimal wellness!
· Health coaches use a personal approach to goal setting and behavior change techniques – helping each person succeed in reaching and going beyond their goal.
· Health coaches are well-rounded advocates – they have skills in nutrition, exercise and behavior counseling – that study their client’s motivation and use that to help their clients succeed.
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