Fitness Journey

Things that I have noticed in my fitness journey: 3 Reasons why the Preacher Curl creates imbalances. Reason #1: over-shortening or lengthening muscles that support your shoulder while lifting-weight. Reason #2: Only working one muscle and one joint, so the metabolic effect is very low. Reason #3: You’re training your muscles to be strong with a very forward shoulder and shortened pec position, creating a body imbalance. The posture you lift in is the posture you stay in. Creating muscle imbalances sets the stage for injuries. 

How to choose the best shoe for your sport.

If the Shoe Fits How to choose the best shoe for your sport. When it comes to workout equipment, you may be surprised that your most important item is not an iPod, digital pedometer, or trendy workout clothes. Top priority is given to what is protecting the bottom of your feet—your shoes. The success of your workout and the health of your legs and feet depend largely on what type of shoe you wear. Make sure you get the right ones by avoiding common athletic shoe mistakes. And do this by checking out this expert advice on selecting the best shoe for your foot type and kind of exercise. It May Cost You Wearing the wrong kind of shoe when you exercise may cost you. And not financially. Sneakers that don’t fit properly, are worn down, or aren’t designed for your sport may lead to aches and pains in your ...(Read More)

5K for beginners be ready for the race

Be ready for the race. Setting goals is a great way to stay motivated in your exercise routine. When you have something attainable to work towards and you can track your progress, you’ll be challenged and more likely to stick with exercise. Your goal may be to lose a certain number of pounds or to lower your blood pressure. Or if you’re a runner, you may enjoy working towards running a race. If you’re new to running, a 5K is the perfect distance to work towards. Five kilometers is the equivalent of 3.1 miles. Play your cards right, and a couple months is all it takes to be ready to run this far. Want to know how to reach the finish line in tip-top shape? Read on. Step One: Sign Up You’ve made the decision to run a 5K. Great! You’re on the road to fitness and fulfilling your goals. ...(Read More)

Small Seeds with a Big Impact on your Health and Wellness

Small Seed, Big Impact The wonderful world of flax seed—by the numbers. A powerhouse food packed with health benefits. If you’ve not added flax seed to your diet, you will soon. First cultivated nearly 3,000 years ago, flax seed has been around a while. Back in the eighth century, King Charlemagne was so convinced of the goodness of flax seed he enforced laws that required the people of his land to eat it. Now, 1,300 years later, experts realize Charlemagne’s suspicions were spot on. Evidence has shown flax seed may help lower your risk of cancer, lung disease, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Recognition of these health benefits has lead to an increase in the amount of flax seed being added to foods such as oatmeal, crackers, and bread. You may want to add it to your food as well. 3 Ingredients What makes flax seed so great? Its reputation ...(Read More)

Health and Wellness Tip for a Flat Belly

Do you want to reclaim your waistline permanently? Stop the endless sit ups, abusing your joints, running endless miles, or lifting heavy weights; let’s take a look at your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone your body releases when you are under stress, your job with dead lines, family, daily traffic, people that push your hot buttons. It’s this never ending cortisol overload that causes your body to store belly fat. When you secrete cortisol, you are more likely to store the most fat on your stomach and are more likely to have increased spikes in carb cravings. Now before you get depressed and need more vitamin D3, there are many ways that we coach you how to fight high cortisol levels without causing more damage to your body. We coach you using a step by step roadmap on how to change your proteins, carbs and fats to when and ...(Read More)

People Get Hurt, A Lot

Good Afternoon! It’s January 30th, 50 degrees and raining here in Maine-can you believe it? I thought it would be a good day to answer a question, I’m often asked about fat loss and P90x, and whether or not its an effective weight loss program.  As you might imagine, I like to refrain from slander in any form, on any program, but I also feel it’s my obligation to help you assess the best and worst of the industry. As such, here is my formal review of P90x. You should know that I’d prefer you do my coaching programs, not only because they are mine, but because I review every program on the market before I come out with one.  If I don’t feel that my programs are truly better than every other program on the market, I simply don’t release it. I mean this with complete humility, as I’d ...(Read More)

Balance your body to lose the fat and tone the muscle.

The longer I’ve been in the healthcare industry, the more I realize that a ‘balanced body’ is the key to just about any health goal you might have. Whether you want to lose weight, reduce bodyfat, build muscle, or increase athleticism, the faster you balance your body the quicker you’ll see results. The first step is to balance your ‘Macronutrient Ratio, which is just a fancy way of saying that you have to balance the amount of carbs:proteins:fats you consume. Next, consider the ‘Nutrient Density’ in everything you eat. Not all calories were created equally, not even from the same macronutrient classification or category. Cholesterol is actually normal and great for your body — it’s something your body naturally produces, and it’s required to sustain life.  However, inflammation + high levels of cholesterol consumption with your diet results in a very dangerous situation. Triglycerides are often the root cause of ...(Read More)

3 So-Called Healthy Foods That You Should Stop Eating

  The average adult eating a typical Western diet in modern countries consumes approximately 70% of their calories from wheat, corn and soy. Our bodies, however, are still programmed to the natural diets of our ancestors, who only included approximately 5% of their total calories from these foods. Considering this disparity, it’s not hard to imagine why we have such massive problems with obesity and poor nutrition. Our digestive systems were not meant to consume these foods in such large amounts and as such we have developed many intolerances and allergies to soy and wheat (also known as gluten), causing bloating. These high levels of wheat, corn and soy in our modern diet are a relatively new phenomenon that originated from the economics of their multi-billion dollar industries.  It’s all about the money and not about our health! Derivatives of wheat, corn and soy are the food additives: corn oil soybean ...(Read More)

Anti-Aging Foods That Supercharge Your Immunity

Supercharging your immunity means protecting your health from the most serious diseases on down to the common cold. Eating lots of the following 8 foods is one of the smartest ways to supercharge your immunity! 1. Bioflavanoids protect your body at the cellular level from environmental pollutants, and prevent cholesterol from forming plaque in arteries, reducing the formation of blood clots. Brussels sprouts, green tea, broccoli, tropical fruits (mango, papaya), strawberries and sweet peppers are among the best choices. 2. Carontenoids have antioxidant action that finds and eliminates the excess free radicals that are responsible for speeding up aging and causing serious diseases like cancer. Eating carrots, pumpkins, spinach, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, is a better way to get your carontenoids than supplements because they are more protective against cancer. Vitamin E boosts the formation of cells that seek and destroy cancer and germs. Fruits and raw vegetables like broccoli, ...(Read More)

Lose Fat While Eating Chocolate

Chocolate Protein Pudding while keeping your insulin in balance, unless you like those love handles! Here is a protein packed snack that the whole family will love. It’s important to enjoy snacks that are low in carbohydrates and sugar, and high in protein in order to shed body fat and develop healthy muscles. This recipe delivers on all fronts, without sacrificing flavor. Servings: 1 Here’s what you need… 6 oz Greek Yogurt, plain, fat free 1 scoop high quality chocolate protein powder Sprinkle of unsweetened cocoa powder In a small bowl use a whisk to combine the yogurt and protein powder. Mix until all lumps have disappeared. Garnish with a sprinkle of unsweetened cocoa powder. Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 220 calories, 0g fat, 445mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, and 42g protein.