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FitnessExercises to Help You
NATASHA ALI THOMAS
Every week, we show you one exer-
cise, whether it be yoga or aerobics,
that can help you with a problem
area or assist in alleviating pain.
This week Fitness Plus host and
trainer Natasha Ali-Thomas focuses on an ex-
ercise to help strengthen the chest and arm
muscles - Push ups!
Push ups require no equipment other than
your own body weight, and can be done an-
ywhere where there is a irm surface with
enough space to stretch out flat on.
Get down on the floor and assume a plank
position. Keep the palm of your hands flat
on the floor. Lower your torso to the floor
bending your elbows. Keep your head facing
forward. Do not drop your hips, and do not
raise your butt in the air. Keep your body as
straight as possible and remember to breathe.
Raise yourself by pushing the ground away
from you, and breathe out as you push. Make
sure not to lock out your arms.
If you're new to this try ten push ups, then
gradually increase as you become more com-
Natasha Ali-Thomas has been a personal trainer for
the last 9 years and has always been involved in sports
and fitness. Natasha is also a massage therapist and
can currently be seen on Fitness Plus, which airs at
530am, 1030am and 430pm every weekday on CNC3.
Follow her on Facebook, Instagram: babybeast7677 or
at the Health Plus Facebook page.
Food can heal
The human body is made up
of 11 important organ sys-
tems, over a trillion cells
along with bones and mus-
cles. Scientists have said that
it is very powerful and unique. Health
coach Kaylan Bartholomew also holds
that view. She also goes with the belief
that the foods we eat play a major role
in not only helping the body function
but healing it as well.
Health Plus caught up with Bart-
holomew in St. Joseph at the New
Fire Festival after he conducted a
workshop entitled "Heal your Body
Through Food". She said while food
is needed to sustain the body it can
also act as a medicine.
"Our bodies are designed to heal
themselves. They know how to heal,
they want to heal but often we, just
take in so much junk in terms of the
food that we're eating, in terms of
the chemicals that are in the air, the
toxins that we're breathing in, things
in our cleaning products, things in
our makeup and so on, that our bod-
ies just get overwhelmed and over
worked. And so really, it's about ind-
ing a way to use food to cleanse our
body and to unleash its own healing
The health coach said it is critical
that people pay attention to what
they eat, since the type of food con-
sumed can heal and cleanse or harm
"So we wanna go back to foods in
as close as possible to their natural
state, so foods as close as possible to
the earth. Am, lots of fresh fruits and
vegetables, whole grains, provisions,
even meats are okay. But you wanna
go for organic farm raised meats
rather than conventionally produced
meats, which have a lot of human
growth hormones in them. And
avoiding all processed foods, things
with arti icial colors, lots of added
sugars and salts and things like that."
The health coach, who is also a
certi ied yoga instructor, stressed the
body can give signs as to how it is re-
acting to the foods consumed.
She added it is important to listen
to your body and understanding what
it is trying to say to you regarding
"We might get headaches, we might
feel tired, we might get little joint
pains here and there and sometimes
we bad talk our bodies, saying 'this
ole knee, this ole back', you know
things like that. But really once you
start to connect with your body and
listen to it, because it often tells you
the foods that work and the foods that
don't work. You might feel bloated,
you might feel uncomfortable, you
might feel nauseous but we don't
often listen to those signs and so start-
ing to listen to those signs that your
body gives you really helps, it goes a
long way in doing what would work
for your body."
But Bartholomew admitted it may
be challenging for most people to
move away from fast food and not
watching what they eat.
She said it is a case of mind over
"It really starts with the mindset, I
think. Because processed food is con-
venient and so it's very easy to grab
something have a doubles that's avail-
able all the time or stop by the bakery
to get something to eat. So it starts
with the mindset of choosing to nour-
ish your body with something else."
She suggested taking baby steps
when it comes to eating food that can
cleanse, heal and nourish the body.
"So what I try to tell people is that
I try to think of what nutrients I am
gonna get with every meal that I eat.
So if I'm gonna eat crix and cheese,
maybe I put some spinach with that.
So I cut up some tomato and add
some more nutrients to that meal.
So it really starts with making small
steps, to making those changes. I
think one of the most powerful things
you can do for your own body is to
cook your own food. That's not al-
ways easy, because I know people are
busy and there's traf ic and there's a
lot going on but taking time to pre-
pare your own meals, even if it's one
meal for the week, one new meal I'm
gonna prepare for myself this week,
than I did last week, that's gonna
make a world of difference and every-
day taking the steps every week to do
something to improve on that."
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