Halloween is the “unofficial” gateway to caloric overload.
Treats. Sweets. Indulgences. Reflections. Goals. Resolutions. All of these words are associated with the holiday season and the dawning of a New Year. After all of the parties, quick meals while out shopping, and two straight months of “cheat days,” Americans are left to reflect on their unachieved goals from the past year and once again, set New Year’s resolutions.
Have you ever stopped to think why only 8% of all New Year’s Resolutions are kept? How difficult is it to stop 2 months of over indulgence when the clock strikes midnight on January 1st? Why not start implementing small changes in November and December to set yourself up for success? Huff Post has a great article from December of last year that offers tips on changes in the New Year.
It seems retail stores roll out Christmas decorations earlier and earlier every year, why not start planning your New Year’s Reset earlier this year!?! B.A.M. Logic is an easy way to lay out and stick to a plan: BEGIN with a Goal / Plan. Achieve Consistency. Maintain Motivation. I would love to help you plot your plan of attack for a successful in 2018! BAM!!!
A public figure that I truly admire, is Tony Robbins. After growing up in a household run by an abusive alcoholic mother and being abandoned by his father, Tony decided to mold himself into the inspirational man he is, with no example in sight. He has transformed his life from that of an underprivileged child to that of a man focused on giving back to the world.
He is an incredibly well-round and intelligent man who has built his life on a firm foundation of education, hard work, and gratitude. His unique brand of life coaching has been sought after by celebrities like Leonardo di Caprio, sports figures, such as Serena Williams and MMA Champion Chuck Liddell, and even Presidents of the United States.
What I admire most about Tony is that he has created a platform truly designed to help people move forward, overcome personal obstacles, and learn to come from a place which is centered in GRATITUDE! He is making a huge impact. His relentless pursuit of personal development and contributing to make our world a better place, make him just the type of man I would like to sit down and have a beer with. Take 20 minutes to watch this Ted Talk by Tony, which has been viewed over 20 MILLION TIMES! He must be doing SOMETHING right! BAM!!!
Changing your eating habits is a process, it is not something that happens overnight. In the age of the Internet and apps like Pinterest, Instagram, and the Food Network, there is no reason why you can’t find healthy recipes that fit your tastes and dietary needs.
As a trainer, I recommend that you begin a new eating regimen by first understanding what types of foods you are currently consuming by creating a food journal, even if it just for a week or two. This article from Redbook Magazine offers a list of the best food journaling apps on the market 18 Best Food Tracker Apps of 2017
- What are you eating?
- Why are you eating?
- When are you eating?
- How much water are you drinking?
- How many of your calories are from drinks other than water? Coffee? Soda?
- How many calories are you consuming?
When you have a handle on what you are consuming, educate yourself on what you should be consuming. You can consult with a nutritionist, a healthcare professional, or a personal trainer like myself that is educated in the types of nutrition necessary to achieve your health and fitness goals.
- What should you be eating? Carbs? Proteins?
- When should you be consuming your calories?
- How much water should you be drinking?
- How many calories are you burning?
- How many calories should you be consuming?
When you have a better idea of what you should be doing, start by making a few changes every week and ease yourself into a new lifestyle. BuzzFeed has a GREAT list of tricks to help you baby step your way into new eating habits. Remember, changing your eating habits is not about self-deprivation, it is about living healthier.
Do you want the most out of your fitness routine? Include these 4 great compound movements:
3. Bench Press
4. Pull Ups
The magic in these exercises comes from the fact that they are all compound movements, meaning they each work muscles at multiple joints. For example, performing squats will tax the glutes, hamstrings, quads, and core musculature.
The barbell (or weighted) version of these movements will illicit the most benefit due the amount of load that you could place on the body. However, these 4 movements can be performed without any external weight/ load and would prove to be just as beneficial for someone who is starting out.
There are many variations of these exercises ranging from beginner to Olympic style lifts. Which ones have you tried? If you are new to exercise please consult a Fitness Professional for proper technique and programming considerations.
Please share the type of experience you have had with the Big 4 or respond with any general questions.