What a title, huh?! Don’t worry – we’ll get to the men’s health part…and don’t be wierded out by that. I think everyone can relate to this article, not just men!
It felt strange on a workday, but I let myself sleep in this morning!
Since I didn’t want to work Teddie today and had oats chillin’ in the fridge, I figured why not give myself a couple extra minutes to kill lying in my cozy bed? I mean, after all – I had to stay up oh-so-late to watch the Next Food Network Star, after all. And yes, by oh-so-late, I do mean 10:00.
Oh, the horrors.
I simmered some nectarine in a bit of almond milk and maple syrup, which went wonderfully with my cranberry overnight oats:
- 2 T. steel cut oats
- 1/4 c. rolled oats
- 1 T. Ruth’s Chia Goodness (Cranberry Ginger)
- 1/2 c. almond milk
- trail power
and this morning I stirred in some chopped nectarine, maple syrup and a spoonful of plain greek yogurt.
I have sold my soul to overnight oats.
I still left earlier than usual (and it would have been even earlier if I hadn’t driven to the end of my road before realizing I forgot my purse at home. And I needed it today so I could send all of my hard-earned money off to be turned into a new dressage saddle) to play with Mr. Pony, and just loved on him for fifteen minutes before heading off to work all pony-grungy.
They must love me for it.
A peek at the rest of the days nommage:
And dinner –
- fresh chopped tomato
- salt and pepper
and a yogurt dipping sauce:
- greek yogurt
- lemon juice
- garlic salt
- black pepper
- diced tomato
But this was, sadly – the last of my bulgur 😦 I should probably use up some more grains/side-type things before I buy more, too. Oh, well – I have been neglecting quinoa lately anyways. For some reason I find rinsing it to be too much of a hassel, even though it takes five seconds.
Sort of similar to how I hate cleaning the blender/processor, even though it takes just as long as a pot or pan?
p.s. – A couple of you asked for the muffin recipe. Maybe I’ll do up a quick post tomorrow – just keep in mind it’s not perfected yet!
In leiu of the Teddie Chronicles, I have a guest post from Steve Jasper, a blogger from Gymsource. This may be geared towards men, since men’s health week and father’s day is up and coming – but I think it’s good advice for everyone, or maybe you could share it with the men in your lives!
Men’s Health Week
By Steve Jasper
Every year, Men’s Health Week falls on the seven days prior to Father’s Day. The significance of this event would mean nothing without first realizing that one’s health is not only a measure of the lifestyle you lead, but how you stay in shape as well. A fraction of men are regular gym-goers who work out tirelessly with exercise equipment in order to keep their bodies healthy and active. Men realize that working out serves a more important function than just building muscles. Working out can help you improve your body image, self confidence, and even add years to your life.
Men’s Health Week (June 14-20th) is a week of awareness involving health issues and diseases for men that easily can be averted with early action, treatment, and healthy prevention. It’s no coincidence that Men’s Health Week leads right up to Father’s Day because Father’s Day is where we celebrate a man we love and wish nothing but health and happiness to. Yet, how can more men be proactive in staying healthy and avoiding illness and heath issues? Well, a good place to start is to be educated about how to use the gym, and exactly how important it is to do so. A better knowledge of how to properly exercise is integral to fighting obesity and improving your health.
The list of ailments that go along with obesity is almost endless: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, respiratory problems, and even cancer all have higher incidence rates in the obese. This is scary enough, but looking at the statistics, it’s even more frightening. The Journal of the American Medical Association states that 72 percent of men over the age of 20 are considered to be overweight or obese while 32 percent are dangerously obese. This is too much- especially when studies held by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have shown that physical activity may greatly reduce the risk of both obesity and most health conditions in men.
Depending on who you ask, going to the gym may either seem like a hobby or a chore, but following those routines are important to staying fit and healthy for men everywhere. Now, we all come up with excuses as to why we can’t work out. When polled, the biggest reason men gave for not being able to exercise is, “not enough time.” The best way to overcome this hurdle is by getting your hands on one of your own personal home gyms. When you factor in the time it takes to travel back and forth from your fitness center, the gas money spent to do so, and the various membership fees, a home gym starts to look like a very reasonable option. And if you are more likely to work out regularly on your home gym than you are at your club, then all the more reason to pick one up.
Steve Jasper is not a medical expert. If you have any serious medical concerns, please consult a qualified medical professional before undertaking a new fitness regimen. Steve is a contributing blogger from Gymsource who writes an all topics related to fitness equipment and more.