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Monday, September 19, 2011

Fat Loss for a Lifetime?


The weight loss industry is a multi-billion dollar business with all sorts of pills, potions and fat burning systems hitting the market on a daily basis. The fact that the majority of those quick fix promising methods disappear as quickly as they came does nothing to dissuade the general public from believing that the newest one will be better than the last. Unfortunately, the sad truth is that none of those systems are ever likely to work, especially not over the long haul, and not enough people understand that the only way to lose weight is to adopt a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise.

One such person who does understand is Mark Rogers, a fitness professional who focuses on personal training in the Tri-Valley area. The issue of obesity is on a global scale, but true help starts at home, so Mark has his skills finely tuned to help you lose fat in Pleasanton, California, where he lives and works. His 3 areas of expertise are helping people with fat loss, reducing stress and toning up, and by passing on his knowledge over the past 10 years he has helped many Pleasanton residents accomplish their goals.

Many wonder if fat loss can be maintained over the course of a lifetime, and although the simple answer may be yes, the truth is a little more complex.  Many people yo-yo between obesity and weight loss because they don’t understand that reaching a goal does not mean they’re done, but rather just beginning a lifestyle centered upon health and fitness.  The best way to get around the yo-yo factor is by understanding that complete health, both in mind and body, and not focusing on the fat is the only way to lose weight and keep it off for life.

It all begins with changing the eating habits that have put you in the position of being overweight; cutting out the fatty foods and reducing the number of carbs that you consume, this can be done by finding healthy alternatives to the foods that you love.  Replace those candy bars and salty snacks with fruits and veggies, which will not only help you meet your required daily intake of both, but will also help you avoid those major sugar highs and crashes associated with too much sugar intake.  Fiber also plays an essential part in a healthy, properly functioning body, and taking in at least 25g per day will help keep you running regular.

Exercise is vital, particularly if you have lived a sedentary lifestyle for a while, start off slowly by walking a half hour per day, or even cycling to work if you live close.  Better yet, think about how much money you have wasted on those “lose fat quickly” systems discussed earlier, and instead of throwing more money at a lost cause, put it to better use by hiring a personal fitness trainer, like Mark Rogers, who can customize a training and nutrition program that will have you choosing a lifestyle based approach to fitness in no time flat.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Stressed Out in Pleasanton Part II...


continued from Monday...
I remembered a theme that always seemed to float to the surface while surfing the web for information on stress, that is, exercise and diet can have a significantly positive effect on negative stress.  I use the term negative stress because I’ve learned there is also such a thing as positive stress. One might experience positive stress by taking a ride on a roller coaster, going skydiving, or racing a car around a track.  Positive stress is typically associated with an exhilarating feeling, and is often thought of as something that keeps us young and offers us a vibrant life style. Positive Stress has been clinically shown to extend the quality of life for many people.  So, that said, I am referring strictly to negative stress and how one might be able to combat it’s deadly effects.

Now where was I? Oh yeah, exercise and diet and how these two things seem to be the keys to combating the effects of negative stress.  I decided to focus first on the diet, and as you may have read in previous articles I’ve have written, my diet now consists of only 100% organic foods. As a result I’ve lost weight and have more energy.  After having addressed the diet I decided to dive head first into the world of physical fitness. I eventually decided it was best to work with a Certified Personal Trainer.  I was fortunate to find Mark Rogers who works out of the Try-Valley area.  He quickly took me under his wing and has been guiding me along the way toward a stronger, leaner and more energetic me.  After just two weeks with Mark I found that all of my negative stress related symptoms had vanished.  I felt great, my skin looked vibrant and  I had tons of energy.  Once again the bedroom became a place where I did more than just sleep and or work.  So all those people who kind enough to write about negative stress and how exercise and diet can combat its effects on our health, were absolutely right. As a result of my listening and applying those two simple remedies I have truly changed my life for the better.

The best part it was easy once I made up my mind to do it. Organic food is not difficult to find, even Safeway has a huge selection of organic products to choose from. My exercise routine is anything but routine. Mark makes it fun and is always changing things up, and best of all, its quick and effective. Thanks Mark your awesome!

So, if you’re feeling the effects of negative stress, try changing your diet, and most importantly get out there and exercise at least three to four times a week for just 30 minutes. After all exercise is positive stress and positive always kicks negatives A _ _ .

Cheers!

John-David Enright
~ Satisfied Mark Rogers Fitness Client

Monday, June 27, 2011

Stressed Out in Pleasanton


Stress the silent killer, and according to Elizabeth Scott, M.S writer for About.com, when faced with chronic stress and an over activated autonomic nervous system, people begin to see negative physical symptoms. The first symptoms are relatively mild, like chronic headaches and increased susceptibility to colds. With more exposure to chronic stress, however, more serious health problems may develop. These stress-influenced conditions include, but are not limited to, depression, diabetes, hair loss, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, obesity, obsessive-compulsive or anxiety disorder, sexual dysfunction, tooth and gum disease, ulcers, and recent data points to a link between stress and cancer.
In fact, Ms. Scott goes on to write that it’s been estimated as many as 90% of doctor’s visits are for symptoms that are at least partially stress-related! That’s right, 90%.....wow that’s a huge percentage!  Now, if your anything like me, your reading this and thinking that your stress levels are high and these facts and figures are troubling to say the least.  

When I first learned how negative stress impacts a person’s wellbeing it scared me to think how detrimental of an effect it must be having on my health.  You see I’m a 43 year old family man, slash Executive slash Entrepreneur who basically swims in a vast ocean of stress. I shower in stress, drink stress for breakfast and even indulge in a late night stress snack before bed.  Stress, Stress and more Stress is my motto, I say bring it on b _ t _ h.  So last year when I started to feel tired all the time, felt my energy levels were low, noticed the weight started to pile on and that the bedroom had become just a place to sleep and or work on my laptop, I decided to see a doctor. Low-and-behold my doctor informed me it was all stress related. Needless to say it was difficult to imagine  all these issues were simply symptoms of negative stress. So, I started reading about stress and the links between it and health. Quite soon after I had embarked on this quest for knowledge I found myself asking the question, “If I’m so drenched in stress, and stress has so many negative effects on my health, where does that leave me?”  I should be dead soon…right? OMG…what am I going to do…change my whole life style…….is it too late, what can I do?  

Come back Wednesday for the conclusion....

Friday, June 3, 2011

Pleasanton Women Stop Taking it Easy...and Get Fitness Results


Are you ready for the conclusion to this weeks series of motivation tips...read on
6. Reward yourself
After each exercise session, take a few minutes to savor the good feelings that exercise gives you. This type of internal reward can help you make a long-term commitment to regular exercise. External rewards can help, too. When you reach a longer range goal, treat yourself to a new pair of walking shoes or new tunes to enjoy while you exercise.
7. Be flexible
If you're too busy to work out or simply don't feel up to it, take a day or two off. Be gentle with yourself if you need a break. The important thing is to get back on track as soon as you can.
These are all great tips for staying motivated, and they all seem to offer good advise. That said, as great as they are there are a couple of sure fire ways I have found to ensure your motivational levels stay high which will ultimately result in meeting your personal fitness goals. The first is, imagine yourself on a tropical island and the only piece(s) of clothing is a slim fitting bathing suit. Now imagine how you would like to look, er…feel if you were placed in that situation right know? Are you ready for that?
Another great strategic move to ensure you stay motivated is to Hire a Certified Personal Trainer to work with you. Make sure you interview a number of Certified Trainers to find one who has a personality that works with yours, who can work within your budget and clearly understands your goals. The right trainer  for me was/is Mark Rogers of the Tri-Valley area. Mark changed the way I approached my fitness program. This new prospective is all the motivation I needed to keep things going in the right direction.
So do not give up on another fitness program because of a lack of motivation, instead use the tips I’ve included in this article and most importantly go out there and get yourself a great certified personal trainer like Mark Rogers.

John-David Enright, Satisfied Mark Rogers Fitness Client

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Are You a Lazy Pleasanton Fat Cat....Get Motivated!


3. Make physical activity part of your daily routine
If it's hard to find time for exercise, don't fall back on excuses. Schedule workouts as you would any other important activity. You can also slip in physical activity throughout the day. Be creative! Take a walk during your child's music lesson. Take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Pedal a stationary bike or do strength training exercises with resistance tubing while you watch TV at night.
4. Put it on paper
Are you hoping to lose weight? Boost your energy? Sleep better? Manage a chronic condition? Write it down! Seeing the benefits of regular exercise on paper may help you stay motivated. It may also help to keep an exercise diary. Record what you did during each exercise session, how long you exercised and how you felt afterward. Recording your efforts can help you work toward your goals — and remind you that you're making progress.
5. Join forces with friends, neighbors or others
You're not in this alone. Invite friends or co-workers to join you when you exercise. Work out with your partner or other loved ones. Play soccer with your kids. Organize a group of neighbors to take fitness classes at a local health club. 
Stay tuned for more motivation tips on Friday....

Monday, May 30, 2011

Motivation…..Pleasanton Residents are Lazy!


Have you ever started an exercise program that lasted only a few weeks or months because you simply lacked the motivation to keep it going? If you answered yes, you're certainly not alone. That’s right, many people including myself are guilty of the same type of motivational issues.  As for me, more times then I wish to mention. It seems we all start out with the best of intentions, then somewhere down the line we just lose interest. In the very beginning I can imagine a world of fitness is within my reach. Many people start fitness programs but stop because they get bored or there is a sense that their goals are being achieved too slowly. However, it doesn't need to be that way. In an attempt to understand why this happens and how to prevent it, I spoke with my new personal trainer Mark Rogers (Who by the way is an outstanding motivational influence), I interviewed a number of people and incorporated my own personal experiences. I took the input from these resources and then searched the internet for some recommended tips that most closely addressed this issue. I found a list of tips that the Mayo Clinic had compiled. The following seven tips were provided to help you stay motivated in your personal fitness program.
1. Set goals
Start with simple goals and then progress to longer range goals. Remember to make your goals realistic and achievable. It's easy to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious. For example, if you haven't exercised in a while, a short-term goal might be to walk five minutes once or twice a day. An intermediate goal might be to walk 20 minutes three or four times a week. A long-term goal might be to complete a 5K walk.
2. Make it fun
Find sports or activities that you enjoy, then vary the routine to keep you on your toes. If you're not enjoying your workouts, try something different. Join a volleyball or softball league. Take a ballroom dancing class. Check out a health club or martial arts center. Discover your hidden athletic talent. Remember, exercise doesn't have to be drudgery — and you're more likely to stick with a fitness program if you're having fun. 
continued on Wed.....

Monday, May 9, 2011

Pleasanton Executive Vacation Workout

In today’s drab economy people more than ever need a reason to feel positive about the world in which they live, and their own personal future in it. Often times people, not unlike like myself, look for ways to lift their spirits. One popular way to do this is to get yourself away from the everyday grind and take a vacation, even if it is for only a long weekend.  You’ve probably read some of my previous articles where I wrote about the importance of incorporating a proper diet and exercise program into your life style. So, in keeping with this same theme I decided to write about my recent experience of trying to maintain my personal routine of a good diet and exercise regiment while on vacation in Mexico.

Let me start by saying, “It’s easier said than done!”  Of course it depends on your own idea of a vacation. If your idea of a vacation is mountain biking up Mount Everest while carrying a 75lb backpack, then this article is probably not for you.  However, if your someone like me whose idea of a vacation is a trip to an exotic location with a stay at a decent hotel, cocktails by the pool, a massage on the beach, evenings filled with seaside piano bars, Salsa dancing, winding up with a late night stumble back to the room with the knowledge that breakfast will be delivered via room service around 11am, then this article is for you.  Now you’re probably thinking to yourself, how did he know what I did on my last vacation? Well it’s simple, because that’s how an awesome let your hair down, shake off the economy blues vacation should be, and exactly what I did in Mexico last month.


When I think of the vacation I took prior to my most recent one to Mexico, I recall how challenging it was to stay on track. I used every excuse not to drag my butt down to the hotel Gym to hammer out the 4 miles on the Treadmill and then straddle the machines to complete the weight training reps I usually incorporate into my daily regimen.  I used excuses like, “oh my gosh, my head hurts to much from consuming those 43 tropical umbrella drinks at the happy hour bar last night….wait…. that was early this morning!”  “Let me just take one more day to let my muscles recoup.”  There are too many excuses to list in this article.


My recent vacation to Mexico was no different, in that, I arrived and quickly sought to settle into to my vacation surroundings in the hopes that the last 5 months worth of stress would float away in the clear blue waters of the gulf. However, this time my exercise regimen was quite different.   It became quite clear the change in my exercise program made all the difference on this vacation. Last December I met Mark Rogers a certified personal trainer who trains in the Pleasanton, California and Tri-Valley areas.  Mark taught me a completely new approach to getting into great shape.  It isn’t necessary to have access to expensive gym equipment.  You do not need to run 4 miles a day, and no need to spend 2 hours a day to meet your fitness goals. In fact, all you need is a good pair of sneakers and if possible a decent pair of dumbbells, ideally in two weight choices to allow for the unique exercises. I personally use light weight i.e. 10lb and 20lb dumbbells.  That said, you do not need to bring them on your vacation, just be sure your remember to pack your sneakers.  


I found the program Mark Rogers developed for me to be amazingly simple, incredibly functional and without a doubt has me in the best shape I’ve been in since I was in my 20s. This year I incorporated the new program into my vacation.  As a result I found I could complete my entire routine in 45 minutes without even leaving my hotel room balcony.  Granted I did slip occasionally, however,  for the most part I kept up my routine. To my delight I found my staying faithful to the daily exercise program actually gave me additional energy that proved to further enhance my vacation experience.


So if you’re anything like me, I highly recommend you give Mark a call and get your “Vacation Motivation” on! Don’t let your much needed vacation detract from that which is most important, your physical well being.

Stay Fit!

John-David Enright
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