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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

April 28, 2008 - You Can Be Fit at Any Age

Many people have the mistaken notion that as you get older you are guaranteed to become overweight and out of shape. This is one of the biggest fallacies out there. Regardless of your age you can be in great shape and have large amounts of energy. The key is making your health a priority. Many things become a part of people's lives as they become adults and gain more responsibilities and as a result they get lazy and let other things slide. I here people say, I have kids, work, blah blah blah. That's no excuse, I know plenty of people with the same and more responsibilities who don't let themselves get out of shape, they eat well and stay active doing many things. Now I don't mean oh they walk a mile a day and they are in great shape. They do a lot more than that. For example, this past weekend I did a 5K race where there were people in their 70s running times better than myself, and I averaged just over 8 minutes a mile. And furthermore their were people in the marathon who were in their 80's and people in their 60's running sub 4 hour times. So anyone who says that it's just normal to get fat and out of shape is very unaware of reality. The bottom line is you have to stop being lazy, stop making excuses, take responsibility for your life and start making your health a priority. It's your choice, if you do you'll feel better, have more energy, be happier, more positive and enjoy life. If you don't you too can become that 35 year old stressed out, overweight, un-energetic person who is on blood pressure medicine and can't keep up with their 5 yr old. And guess what, either way it's your fault, so make the positive choice. It won't be comfortable or easy at first, but nothing that's worthwhile is.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday April 27, 2009 - Workout and Eat Like Crazy

I know this may sound crazy, but those of you who have experienced it know the feelings of hunger you constantly have if you workout quite often. For those of you who don't workout very often or very hard, there is something big you are missing out on especially if you like to eat! Your level of hunger will go through the roof when you start working out a lot. The great part about it is you won't be gaining bad pounds if you gain any. Granted you need to eat quality foods and not fast food or junk. You may experience this to a greater or lesser degree depending on your individual situation. Typically you'll also desire better foods and be more apt to stay away from junk the more you workout. This is all because your body's metabolism is going up and you are using up the energy more quickly. You should also feel better and more energetic.

Just as an example this last week, and particularly weekend I was super hungry as I was doing quite a bit of trail running/hiking and also did a 5K race. It has seemed I can't get enough food...it's a great feeling especially because I love to eat!

So workout frequently and intensely and you can eat till your heart's content!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

April 2, 2009 - Just Move It, to Lose It

Sounds pretty logical right? If you want to lose weight you need to move your body around. The thing is, most people move very very little....in fact a recent study indicated that morbidly obese individuals are sedentary more than 99% of their day. That means they only do any kind of significant movement for little more than 8 minutes per day according to the study! The rest of the time they are essentially plopped and not moving. I wouldn't hesitate to guess that most people, even those who appear to have a somewhat ideal weight are not moving much more than this either. I can speak to this having trained hundreds of people and listened to what their lives are like in terms of activity that physically amounts to much and I can tell you right now the vast majority do next to nothing in terms of activity. Walking to the car, walking into the office or into a store are not considered exercise or sufficient physical activity unless you have spent weeks or months in a bed. This amongst other factors is a huge contributor to the fact that very few people are in shape, even those who may appear to be phsyically (because they are thin). The bottom line is you have to set aside time to take care of yourself, move and be really active. Most people I see working out in gyms etc are not working out anywhere close to hard enough....and how could they be when they are distracted by things in their ears, tv's in their face and other people socializing. Now I'm not saying those things are bad it's just that if you've ever really pushed yourself hard when you worked out you have no interest in those things because you are so focused on keeping yourself going and doing the exercise that you can't think about a conversation or some other distraction. This is the kind of work you need to really get in shape, especially if you haven't worked out regularly in years. If this sounds like you, today's the day to start a new lifestyle, no more excuses......if the President of the United States can find time to workout then no one has any legitimate excuse for not "having time". If you're honest with yourself you will admit the real reason is simply lack of planning and laziness. So stop it and start moving it if you want to lose weight or you will lose your body slowly but surely. Be real, be honest, be strong and live the life you were meant to live.
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