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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. 
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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

Monday, May 2, 2011

Alternative Pleasanton Weight Loss Methods

What if someone told you that all you need to do to achieve your safe weight loss goal is to sit still for about half an hour each day and relax to the sound of a soothing voice? You wouldn't need to go on a crash diet or visit a weight loss center or even hire a Pleasanton personal trainer. Would this be an opportunity you would like to explore? If the option of sitting back in comfort while the pounds shed away sounds appealing to you, just know that you certainly are not alone. And while it is certainly more complex than that, many people are looking into hypnosis for weight loss as a viable approach for achieving a healthy lifestyle.

And where did this notion of using hypnosis for weight loss come from, you ask? The answer to that question is two fold: 1) science is always looking under every leaf to uncover new and undiscovered methods of treating bodily ailments and 2) with obesity reaching all-time-highs in recent decades, weight loss has moved to the top of the list in the world of medical advancements.

It is a controversial method and experts and laymen alike are split when it comes to deciding if hypnotherapy is a valid answer to this dietary conundrum. After all, hypnosis is a state of sleep-resemblance that is brought on through the means of strong audio suggestion. So how can it be used in the great battle of hypnosis for weight loss? To some, it is to be hailed as an option to harness subliminal programming to help people change how they view food and diet in general while others have tossed it aside as an act that should be reserved for high school talent shows.

The concept is that by accessing the subconscious, a hypnotherapist can help a client face repressed issues that both surround and cause weight gain from feelings about food and self-worth. In short, by addressing habits and working to change them by way of direct suggestion, weight loss is no longer a struggle because it is conquered on a subliminal level. As a result, concerns-- like unhealthy food cravings-- no longer hinder the client because it has already been overcome on a mental level.

One of the main factors to consider is that any practice in the wrong hands can pose a threat. In this case, outside of the hands of trained professionals, this option may go awry. On the other hand, in the right hands hypnosis is approved for clinical use by both the British Medical Association and the American Medical Association. In fact, when coupled with cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis for weight loss is a highly effective weight loss method.

So the choice is yours; while the concept of using hypnotism for weight loss is relatively new in the world of dieting and research is still being conducted, you can decide if you want to continue to count complex carbohydrates or if you are feeling sleepy.
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