The Daily Five with Leigh Weissman

Leigh Taylor Weissman is a Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach born and raised in NYC. She started her fitness career in the group fitness industry and through it, found a passion for bodybuilding; the foundation of her training. She uses her background in group training and bodybuilding to help her clients achieve a stable, strong and mobile body, as well as an "aesthetic" one. Her health coaching provides her clients with tools they can implement in order to create sustainable habits; emphasizing longevity over instant gratification and short term results. She is also a certified glute specialist, working with women and men to strengthen and grow their glutes.

1. Sleep

Prioritizing sleep is one of the most important things you can do for overall health and longevity. The list of benefits are endless from supporting and maintaining a healthy body weight, improving brain function (Studies show good sleep improves problem-solving skills and enhances memory), helps regulate blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, and can support a strong immune system..

2. Adaptogens

Keeping cortisol levels in check is crucial for overall metabolic health. It has been shown to help aid in weight loss and indirectly help with digestive issues and insomnia. Try adding Adaptogen powder into your coffee or tinctures in your water. Adding turmeric and goji berry to a shake is a tasty way to incorporate stress reducing ingredients and will even help your body recover after a strenuous workout.

3. Resistance Training

There are a myriad of benefits to incorporating resistant training into your workout routine. Strength training is crucial for longevity and is proven to increase bone density, improve joint health, and reverse aging factors in the skeletal muscle. It is also the best form of exercise to implement when weight loss is the goal.

4. Carbs with Fat

Adding quality fats to a meal can help slow down the body's absorption of carbohydrates and prevent a post meal spike in blood sugar and potential crash.

5. Fiber

A diet that is highly processed lacks fiber, an important carbohydrate for gut and hormonal health. We need fiber to create balance in our microbiome and expel excess hormones our body does not need. A diet deficient in fiber can lead to a variety of issues such as unstable blood sugar, constipation and dysbiosis all of which can have a domino effect on the body.

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