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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....
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