Netflix and…get healthy?

Do you have health-related goals for the new year? You’re not alone. Over half of people each January make a resolution to improve their health. Netflix is notorious for binging goodness. We have all spent more time that we want to admit watching shows online. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon video, YouTube,

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Disney—all these and more are vying for our time and attention. Its so easy to plop down in front of a screen to veg out, but did you know that you can use those streaming service’s powers for good and not for evil? Here are some ways you can get healthy–or at least healthier–this year.

  1. Use it as a reward. Only watch after you have worked out.
  2. Play a healthy version of a “drinking game.” Set triggers for exercise, e.g., every time the scene changes you have to do 5 push ups, or every time a particular word is said you do 5 sit ups. Or you can run in place until the scene changes. You can also use these triggers to take a sip of water or other healthy drink.
  3. Watch documentaries. You can watch docs about diet, nutrition, exercise, inspiration from history and more to educate yourself.
  4. Work out while it is on. Don’t turn on the streaming service unless you are going to exercise.
  5. Use it to time your workout. Choose episodes that are as long as you want to exercise.
  6. Find new workouts on YouTube or another service to keep things interesting and challenging.

BONUS TIPS:

  • Refuse to watch while in bed. The electronic light from the screen can affect your ability to fall asleep.
  • Refuse to eat while watching a screen. Mindless eating can sabotage your health and wellness goals.

Well that explains it…

I went to the new Wal-Mart clinic earlier this week because they were running a special on a battery of tests for women (thyroid, fasting glucose, CBC, etc.) and I never go to the doctor, so I was overdue. I was glad I went.

Hemoglobin

I have been terribly tired lately. I mean tired to the bone, even when I first get up. And any heavy physical work just about did me in. I kept pushing through, thinking I could just “shake it off” and the tired would go away. Then the Nurse Practioner called last night and it made sense why I am so tired. I am anemic. My hemoglobin should be at least 13.2–mine is 9.6. Hgb is how your red blood cells get oxygen to your cells. If you can’t carry oxygen, you can’t burn energy. If you can’t produce energy, you are tired. Really tired. Really.

Iron deficiency anemia affects an estimated one in five women and as many as half of all pregnant women. The high level of incidence associated with females is due to the reproductive cycle unique to the gender. Women lose a variable amount of iron each month during menstruation and significantly greater amounts when pregnant due to the fetal requirements for the nutrient. (read more here)

This condition isn’t new to me (it’s not due to a disease or chronic condition). Off and on since my teenage years I have struggled with anemia. So to bring my Hgb up about 40%, I will take some Slow FE, eat more dark greens and maybe treat myself to a nice steak. And I’ll go easy on myself–at least for a few days. Any tips on boosting the iron content in my diet is greatly appreciated. And when I feel better I will have to tell you about that too. Now I’m off to talk my 3yo into a nap so I can lay down…