Archive for September, 2014

Words CAN Bring You Down – How to Stop It

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

Take a minute to answer this question honestly: When it comes time to motivating yourself to workout, eat better, and make overall healthier decisions – do you tear yourself down, or build yourself up?

Time.com recently examined how positive thinking can make all the difference in an article titled “The Reason You Make Unhealthy Choices.”

The author explains:

People often think that they are motivated by self-criticism, but a burgeoning area of research suggests the opposite. Being kind to yourself, as opposed to tearing yourself down, leads to fewer bad feelings and, in turn, healthier actions.

One research example they give is an analysis 15 different studies and discovered a link between self-compassion and four key health-promoting behaviors:

  • Eating better
  • Exercising more
  • Getting more restful sleep
  • and Stressing less.

Conclusion: People who were more self-compassionate, practiced the above habits more often.

So what are some of these ways to practice self-compassion? Another Time.com article – 10 Ways to Gear Up for Weight Loss – gives some excellent tips.

  1. Don’t Beat Yourself Up:  We all make mistakes, we all break a rule or two. We’re human! Acknowledge it, move on.
  2. Celebrate Every Success, this includes all the small milestones along the way to your goal.
  3. Don’t Focus Solely on Your Weight – examples improvements in sleep quality, mood, blood pressure, etc. (Check out 5 Reasons to Eat Healthier that Have Nothing to Do with Weight.)
  4. Find positive support – don’t let others tear you down either!
  5. Don’t set unrealistic expectations – just like in number 1, focus on progress.

Apple’s New Products Focus on Health

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

Source: Apple

Source: Apple

As  Apple unveiled its new iPhone and smartwatch today, one thing stood out to us tech-geeks here at Rock Creek Sports Club – the company’s focus on tracking health and fitness.

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for instance, includes the M8 motion coprocessor “that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer, which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation.”

In short – it offers the user motion data that will appear in the health app  so you can see how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed, or how far you’ve walked or run.

The new Apple Watch, which comes out next year, “unites the capabilities of an all-day fitness tracker and a highly advanced sports watch in one device you can wear all the time.”

The Activity app on the watch will measure three aspects of movement. The movement ring-  the calories you’ve burned, the exercise ring measures the brisk activity you’ve done, and the  stand ring shows how often you’ve stood up to take a break from sitting.

Even if you’re not a fan of Apple, we have to say, it’s exciting just to see the many different types of innovations being created to help people take an interest and control over their health.