Fit For Our Lives Blog by Leanne Bateman

Energy Drinks: Good, Bad or Dangerous?

Posted 6/10/2013 4:30:00 PM

Danger! Energy Drink HazardIt used to be that a convenience store had a small refrigerated section for dairy products, soda and sandwiches. Now the typical convenience store has a full wall (if not two) of just refrigerated items, the vast majority of which are drinks. Take out the water and soda and you have a dizzying selection of “energy” drinks (not to be confused with sport drinks used to rehydrate the body).

As I have gotten older and my job continually has me sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours each day, my energy level has definitely seemed to dip compared to how I felt in my 20s. I’ve always been a moderate coffee drinker and that has certainly helped, but I have often been drawn toward the colorful and flashy cans of the energy drinks that have flooded the market in the past 10 years in particular. The manufacturers of ...

Boston Strong: Resilience and True Grit in Action

Posted 4/22/2013 11:38:00 AM

Boston StrongWow. What a month. I had intended to write about energy drinks this month—the good, the bad and the unsafe—but that can wait until May. This month I will write instead about the resilience that Boston showed after the historical and tragic week of the Boston Marathon.

I recently read a business article that advised women in particular to “Develop resilience and ‘true grit.’ Be strong enough to do what is right.” I dedicate this blog to the entire Boston community this month, where we had to prove in body, mind and spirit what resilience and true grit are really all about: rising to the challenge in the face of adversity, and coming together to ultimately overcome it.

It was a tough week in our city as we dealt with the senseless tragedy that took the lives of four of our people and injured 176 others. The “Boston Strong” mantra ...

Music: The Great Motivator (or not)

Posted 3/11/2013 4:17:00 PM

Most of us have an mp3 player we listen to when we work out, whether we’re walking, running, at the gym, cleaning the house or, more recently, shoveling snow. But there are others of us who don’t listen to music at all during our workouts, either we don’t think of it or simply choose silence instead of a pounding beat to urge us on.

Music as a motivator was the topic of an interesting article in Runner’s World magazine a few years ago, where scientific evidence suggested different benefits from different types of music. But there were also benefits to no music as well, and in fact some people find music distracting to the natural flow of thoughts they experience when they work out. Another article pointed out that some of us are “associators” when we work out, which means we prefer to tune into to what we are doing ...

The 5 Foods You Must Eat

Posted 2/12/2013 10:37:00 AM

Tired of wondering what to eat next? Or tired of complicated diet plans that tell you what to eat? For those of us watching our weight, it’s a constant chore of making decisions and, most importantly, making the right decisions several times a day.

For myself, the less I think about food the better. The more decisions I have to make, the greater my chances are at making the wrong choices at least some of the time. And if I’m making those decisions while I’m actually hungry? Forget it, all bets are off—chances are I’ll just eat what I want, and that most likely won’t be a salad.

So less thinking means sticking to a list of the best foods available and making sure I include several of them in my meals every day. Then if I overeat, I am overeating on the best foods, not the worst.

The 5 Foods You Must EatHere are ...

My Most Important New Year’s Resolution: Balance

Posted 1/8/2013 11:17:00 AM

The last blog I posted was back in July when I was nose deep in work and completely out of balance. I was involved in an aggressively-paced project that demanded my full attention and left me running on empty but going a mile a minute. Exercise took a back seat, as did all the other activities I have come to enjoy that keep me active and healthy throughout the year.

Got Balance?Ironically but on purpose, that last blog was about managing stress in our lives. While it was certainly a stressful time for me, I also knew it was necessary in order to achieve a couple of professional goals I had laid out for myself. And most importantly, I knew it was temporary—I just needed to get through it. I did get through it and accomplished the goals I had wanted, and have no regrets. However, I’d make some different choices ...