Living in the “microwave” society that craves instant gratification that we do today, it is more common than not to see people looking for a shortcut or an easy way to achieve their weight loss goals. It is in fact ingrained in us to take the path of least resistance with anything we do just like it is hardwired in us to seek out and consume salt, sugar and fat. Those old, cave man survival instincts are still programed in us. This article is geared toward helping the person who doesn’t have much direction, is brand new to fitness, a bit overweight and trying to understand the basics to get started in an effective way and has the willingness to put in the work. Read more
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4×4 Cancer Rules
When we think of the “C” word, it brings feelings of helplessness, anger, frustration, confusion and hurt just to name a few. Of course the “C” word I’m referencing to isn’t canker sores, calluses or the common cold, I’m talking about cancer.
Cancer is a topic of discussion that really hits home for me, as I assume it does for many reading this. I have been to the funeral home 3 times alone in the last 3 months to pay my final respects to those that lost their battle to this dreadful killer. In addition, within the last 6 months I have learned that a client of mine came down with cancer, my dog and even my mother. I have lost too many family and friends to cancer over the last few years and it doesn’t seem to be going away or getting better anytime soon. Read more
10 Ways to Elevate Your Testosterone Levels Naturally!
Now more than ever before, we have millions of men suffering from low testosterone, aka “Low T”, and unfortunately suffering from the undesirable symptoms that accompany the condition. We have seen a large spike with the number of cases of men with Low T in the last couple of decades which is largely due to the endocrine disrupters men are exposing themselves to on a regular basis along with the ones we are consuming.
If you’re a man under the age of 30, I want to give ten essential steps to support and increase your testosterone levels naturally here. Read more
A War Against Testosterone
Testosterone is a male hormone (androgen) made by the body. Most of the testosterone in a man’s body is produced in his testicles.
- Maintain reproductive tissues
- Stimulate sperm production
- Stimulate and maintain sexual function
- Increase muscle mass and strength
- Maintain bone strength
- Sense of well being and a man’s confidence
- A man’s “get up and go” energy levels
Just like your cholesterol or blood pressure, there is a numerical range of testosterone levels that are considered normal. Read more
Going To Lose Weight & Then Start Working Out
I cringe every time I hear an unhealthy, obese friend or family member soliciting me for advice, spit these words out at me when with empathy, I am sincerely trying to offer them help, sound education and advice.
This is no different than saying “well, let me put ONE tire on the car and see how far I can get and then I will put on the other 3 later”. And the excuse that one doesn’t have the time to workout is just the grown up version of “the dog ate my homework”. We all have 2 or maybe 3 hours per week to get active. Many spend that each night in front of a TV, it’s just a lame and untrue excuse.
Our Microwave World
It seems as though everyone has this wishful thinking that we can somehow avoid or dance around what I call the wheel of success. This wheel consists of the things we know deep down are true: Exercise consisting of resistance training 2-4/week, Cardio 3-5/week, good nutrition 6-7 days/week (or <80-90% of the time) and when attention needed, hormonal balancing.
We are sold on false hope everyday in the media and those popular daytime doctor shows on miracle pills where most have very selective hearing and only hear that they can just take this pill and somehow this miraculous change in their body is going to occur. I find it sad that so many have come to me requesting these products while I insist on instead, asking questions so I can try and help them best I can with their interests and concerns via other, more legit (and effective) means. Most of course, are not willing nor incorporating any or very little physical activity and the eating habits verbally displayed are horrible. It amazes me how many will not even entertain the thought of a good quality multi vitamin, some nutrition bars or snacks first instead of that magic pill they want.
Real Effort Is Needed To Be Put Forth
When it comes to building our body (or shaping it, etc), you need to develop a base foundation FIRST before any real success can come from these specialty pills and powders that we see on the shelves. A lot of these extreme diets don’t work long term either. People who buy into all this non sense are avoiding the truth. Nothing in life comes for free so just embrace that fact that better health, fitness and well being comes from good nutrition and physical activity on a regular basis. The sooner we can accept that, the quicker we can progress on a path to being a better and healthier person.
When I say physical activity, walking doesn’t count for much – although its a great start for some who are 100% sedentary to begin with. Most of us sit on our ass for at least 8 hours a day so we need more than just a walk. We should be walking all day in the first place. To say you’ve been exercising when you really mean you have been walking a measly quarter mile a day or every other day at a snail’s pace is a cop out excuse – this isn’t effective exercise.
Our excuses for being out-of-shape are getting old. An excuse takes less immediate effort than an action, but in the long run the action taker always has the advantage. Don’t allow excuses to ruin your life any longer.
- Don’t skip out on your responsibilities with excuses, instead expect more from yourself.
- Focus on the big reason why you are losing the weight. Make a list of the benefits you’ll enjoy once you achieve your goal, and read them first thing each morning.
- Remember that you can only have two things in life: excuses or results. Which do you want?
Tomorrow Is A New Beginning
Contact me today for your first workout and consultation to move towards a better and healthier you. Together with your effort and a little work ethic and my background and experience, we can tackle 2014 with a winning game plan!
Happy New Year,
How Often Do You Drop The Browns Off At The Super Bowl?
Do you ever have to stop and think of when your last bowel movement was? Is it often a challenge to push it out? Through the years I have had countless amounts of conversations with clients and customers concerned with their bowel system, keeping it regular, cleansing it and how it may be related to their overall health. Read more
Multi Vitamins Worth It?
Multi vitamins help fill gaps that may exist in a person’s diet. Vitamins and minerals perform thousands of functions in the body. Without adequate levels and the right balance of nutrients the body cannot function properly and things begin to break down.
Even in ideal diets, which by the way very few people really follow, they are often depleted of certain vitamins and minerals. These vital nutrients can be lost or destroyed during harvesting, transportation, processing, freezing or cooking through simple exposure to oxygen. All the vitamins and key minerals are essential to health. Read more
What Are All These “N.O.” Products About?
Most of the gym rats and muscle heads are well aware of what these are as they have been around for several years now, but what about the rest the regular folks? We see these ads in the magazines and often on side bars on web sites and social media. They not only are marketed towards the person desiring more muscle gains but also those looking for a kick of extra energy whether it be before a workout in the gym or in the bedroom. Read more
What Are BCAAs?
BCAAs are Branched Chain Amino Acids which consist of L-Valine, L-Isoleucine and L-Leucine, which is the most anabolic of the 3. The benefits of these powerhouse amino acids include faster recovery from training, muscle repair and helps prevent and delay muscle breakdown. These are just a few benefits out of several.
Those that are dieting in a very strict manor may be putting themselves in a catabolic (muscle breakdown) mode as the body is often very reluctant to break down fat but instead will go after muscle for glucose to fuel the brain and body, etc. BCAAs help to prevent this and preserve our valuable muscle. Read more