Fitness Tips

Are You Wired and Tired? 6 Steps to Boost Your Energy and Mental Focus | Part 2

In my last post, we talked about three concrete steps you can take in boosting your energy and mental focus: Create and stick to a productive morning ritual. Figure out WHY you want to get fit – beyond just the run-of-the-mill physical reasons – so you can stay inspired to work out even when your energy is low. Be mindful about your food choices – what gives you energy and what saps it?     Now let’s look at the next three steps in establishing and locking in your best habits:   4. TIME MANAGEMENT I used to joke about my days feeling like a triathlon, with short periods of time where I transitioned from one event (work) to a [...]

By | 2017-08-02T04:41:59+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments

Are You Wired and Tired? 6 Steps to Boost Your Energy and Mental Focus | Part 1

“Habits are the answer to anything we want to change in life.  They control what we do, and eventually, they make what we do easy and automatic.”  – Steve Chandler Energy:  I want more of it. Don’t you?  So why is it such a battle to stay energized? Why, when we ask each other, “How are you?” the answer is more-often-than-not: “I’m SOOO tired.” What’s behind all this exhaustion? What’s sapping us of our energy?  Is it lack of sleep?  Eating the wrong foods?  Stress?  All of the above? On the flipside, what about those times where we’re really having fun or discovering a new passion and all of a sudden, we feel like we could conquer the world? We [...]

By | 2017-07-21T14:19:35+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation|1 Comment

3 REASONS WHY WE NEED TO CHALLENGE OURSELVES

Do you ever wonder why more people workout on a MONDAY instead of a THURSDAY? Or why we set goals at the beginning of the year, or the week or the month?  Is there something that motivates us to start something anew on a specific day, week, month or year?  Yes. It’s funny how that works… but it does.       As I mentioned in my article STOP EXERCISING, START TRAINING, it’s helpful to change your approach to staying fit from a WORKOUT MINDSET to a TRAINING MINDSET. But there is another ingredient that can make all the difference between doing the same old thing (and getting the same old result) and doing something new.  Going a little deeper.  [...]

By | 2017-06-03T05:10:11+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation, Weight Loss|0 Comments

FOR RESULTS, FOLLOW THE “PROGRESS”, NOT “PERFECTION”, MINDSET

Have you ever thought that you’d found the “perfect” program for fitness and/or nutrition and decided to follow it?  And did you adopt this “perfect” program, knowing deep down, that you wouldn’t (or couldn’t!) stick with it long term?  I do that a lot.  Why do we do that?  But more importantly, how do I stop doing that?  How do I move from grasping at unattainable perfection to moving towards real progress?  Here’s how:     THE OVER DOING and UNDER DOING SYNDROME Don’t fall prey to what I call the “Over doing and under doing syndrome…” -- training extremely hard for a long period of time and then getting hurt; eating super clean (no carbs, no junk, no sugar) [...]

By | 2017-05-19T19:51:58+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments

BE A ROAD WARRIOR – 5 TRAVEL TIPS TO HELP YOU STAY FIT AND HEALTHY WHILE ON THE ROAD

Reality is that we can always find an excuse to justify bad choices when it comes to working out and eating healthy.   Our “default mode” will probably be to gravitate to eating a little too much of the things we shouldn’t and moving less than we should, which is not the ideal combination.  And this is never more true than when we are on the road traveling and out of our home element – being away on the road places additional stresses on our health and fitness regimens. Therefore, DECIDING what you are going to do ahead of time is always ideal.  Then, in the moment, if you take a second to be mindful, chances are going to be in [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Fitness Tips|0 Comments

DELAYED GRATIFICATION: THE SECRET TO SUCCESS FOR GETTING (AND STAYING!) FIT, WEALTHY, LEAN AND HEALTHY

    Spring is upon us. It’s time to dust off winter (or whatever they call it in Southern California), take a deep breath, and ready ourselves for a new season. By the way…how are your New Years’ resolutions coming? Have you met any of the goals you set? I wanted to give you a little advice on a new type of training.  It’s called DELAYED GRATIFICATION training.  Sounds fun, right? Well, here is the deal.  We all know that although we search out the perfect class, workouts and/or diet… it’s STICKING TO IT that is the hard part.  Right?  Especially in those moments where what you want in the moment, like a big piece of CHOCOLATE CAKE, may conflict [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments

WHEN MORE IS NOT BETTER: MINIMUM EFFECTIVE DOSE (MED) TRAINING

A Minimum Effective Dose (MED) is defined as the smallest portion of a drug or other consumable that will produce a desired outcome. How does this apply to exercise and why is this SO IMPORTANT when it comes to training?  Or to weight loss? And why should you even consider it? If I want to drop WEIGHT, isn’t doing MORE… better?  More workouts, more cardio, more dieting.  So, let me ask YOU:  over the long term, how do you think that's been working? More is not better.  In fact, the greater challenge is resisting the temptation to do more.  Exercising MORE can push you to eat more (or worse – OVER-eat more).  Here’s the way to adopt a MED approach to [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Weight Loss|0 Comments

3 WAYS TO INCREASE MENTAL FOCUS, IMPROVE ENERGY AND LOSE FAT (AND IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK)

Even fitness professionals have goals when it comes to their strength and fitness.  And I’m no different. I have been training consistently.  I was doing my strength workouts 2-3 times a week, my cardio interval workout 2-3 times a week.  I was pushing myself, and working hard.  But I wasn’t making progress.  So, I cleaned up my diet, too.  I limited the number of processed carbs (fast-burning white carbs like sugar, bread, pasta and rice) I was eating, increased my healthy proteins (chicken, grass fed beef, turkey) and I even starting taking supplements (pre-and post-workout – multivitamins, fish oil, calcium and magnesium) to improve performance and my recovery… There it was, right in front of me… the reason I was [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Fitness Tips, Weight Loss|0 Comments

STOP EXERCISING. START TRAINING.

   “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” -Archilochus How is it going so far this year?  Are you on track with your goals?  As we enter the third week of January, when many people have already given up on their resolutions, are you finding yourself in an exercise rut as you work toward your new lifestyle change? Well, then… stop exercising! Exercise is a temporary solution to a permanent issue. Instead of exercising, you need to start training. Training is ongoing. When you train, you are trying to get in better physical shape, to stay in better physical shape or to accomplish a specific goal. Let's say you have [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments

QUICK FIX OR LIFESTYLE CHANGE? THE CHOICE IS YOURS

We have become a nation of instant gratification. Thanks to technology, we expect things to be, literally, at our fingertips at any given moment. Because of this, when we don't receive the favorable results we're after, we tend to think the effort isn’t worth it and we move on. But some things take time; in fact, they take an entire lifetime. Some people have completely “let themselves go” for years, and then might expect to be able to transform themselves in their first 30 days back in the gym.  This rarely, if ever, happens.  So, in order to be successful, what we are really looking to transform are your HABITS.  They say that the best way to create change in [...]

By | 2017-05-13T18:40:01+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Fitness Tips, Motivation|0 Comments