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Crisscross Your Way To A Better Life

Finding the Unexpected Connections of a Healthy Lifestyle

-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
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The fitness universe always talks about Nutrition and Exercise as if these are the only two options for getting in shape.
 
Want to lose the post-pregnancy padding? Nutrition & Exercise.
Want to look 10 years younger? Nutrition & Exercise.
Want to make everyone jealous at the high school reunion? Nutrition & Exercise.

Whatever happened to good old Sleep and Stretching? That’s right. Regular sleep and staying limber are just two ways you can take advantage of the Crisscross Effect to lose weight.
 
The Crisscross Effect is what happens when life’s building blocks hinder or help each other.
 
Weight loss is just a single part of your dynamic, intertwined life. You also might have kids, a demanding boss, car problems, a nagging cough, magazine subscriptions, sports teams, fishing trips, traffic, high blood pressure, music practice, cranky relatives, noisy streets, babysitting, card night and the daily comics to contend with. Weight loss has a real impact on – and is impacted by – all of these and more.
 
There's more to weight loss than Nutrition and Exercise. Weight loss is linked to everything else going on in your life. Programs that ignore this connection are doomed to be interruptions and stress producers. Continued ›

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  • Didn't realize this effect had a name. Just had a conversation this morning with my fitness buddy about this very thing!

    Sufficient sleep and proper hydration have no doubt boosted my progress. It also appears that my choices have impacted others' choices. - 7/2/2014 5:46:58 PM
  • I have read this twice in December, searching my life for the crisscross options. It is helpful for me to recognize life's overlaps. - 12/26/2013 11:21:13 PM
  • Excellent article! - 6/7/2013 1:03:23 AM
  • CLARAELIZABETH1
    I wish I could think up stuff like this -- it's really simple, but I've never looked at it this way! - 3/18/2013 5:07:59 PM
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this article! There should be a like button the articles so that we can send/spread the word through facebook and twitter! I know there are for other features with sparkpeople but i've not seen it for the articles. - 10/10/2012 5:28:38 PM
  • I loved this article and came back to re-read it today. Every 4 weeks in my Journal I write "Criss-Cross Effect" and note all of the positive changes that I have noticed - besides losing weight. For example, this weekend after Week 24, I noted that housework is much easier and I seem to just zip through it, where 6 months ago I thought maybe I needed to hire it out! I also noted that I was joining in P.E. games with my students - played Ultimate Frisbee yesterday! What a great way to model the pleasure of physical activity for kids! - 10/7/2012 3:44:46 PM
  • STACYZZ
    great article, never made the connection between enough sleep and better health habits. - 9/24/2012 12:37:58 PM
  • great leaned a lot and its also a good reminder how everything is linked together and shows us losing weight is a diet but a way of living a healthy life style - 9/23/2012 2:49:49 PM
  • Thanks for giving this a name! I have noticed it ... and love it ... but had not labeled it. Each little change makes other changes easier and more exciting ... it's like "getting more bang for your buck!"

    - 5/20/2012 10:28:59 PM
  • Such a HUGE part of the whole journey. And SO often forgotten.

    Thanks for this!!

    - 5/20/2012 9:58:24 PM
  • I've been living--and loving--this since beginning Spark last July. Thank you, Spark! - 5/20/2012 7:09:28 PM
  • I found the print button!
    YAY!!!! - 5/20/2012 4:51:43 PM
  • What happened to the "print?" I keep a scrapbook of articles I love...and lately...the print to pdf is gone! Very sad. - 5/20/2012 4:50:38 PM
  • LITTLETINYFISH7
    Love this article ... something I knew but had forgotten about ... I have recently revamped my entire outlook and plan for a healthy lifestyle, including positive motivation spinning classes, and I noticed the difference in the first week! will be saving this one for future reminder of what this really is all about!! - 5/20/2012 1:10:21 PM
  • Already knew it, but it's definitely something worth reminding yourself! - 5/20/2012 9:33:22 AM