Recently I wrote a blog about “THE DIRTY DOZEN”, a list of vegetables and fruits that you want to buy only organic because of their high level of toxicity due to farming or harvesting practices. NOW here are “THE CLEAN FIFTEEN”, a list of vegetables and fruits that are good enough to eat and feel even more rewarded for their underlying health and fitness benefits, even if their not organic.
Just to recap here is a list of “THE DIRTY DOZEN” in case you missed that blog post.
Sweet Bell Peppers
“THE CLEAN FIFTEEN”
Regardless of the fact that these fruits are considered “clean” I would still recommend buying organic and fresh farmed vegetables or fruit from local farms in your communities.
Food can be a medicine or a poison that often you can’t see or feel. The information in this blog is to guide and encourage you to become an educated produce shopper and consumer so you can confidently live on the journey to a healthy and fit lifestyle. These recommendations are not recommended to replace any medical food prescriptions or any other dietary prescriptions given to you buy a health care provider.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes about food. “if it wasn’t here a 1,000 years ago, don’t eat or drink it.”
I recently read an article in the New York TIme’s that peaked my interest about the link to cancer and our innate fitness which is part of our genes. According to recent research findings out of Colorado State University, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC and University of Michigan found that rats with low innate fitness were found to be about four times as likely to develop breast cancer after being exposed to known carcinogens compared to their counterparts with innate fitness at birth.
These studies peal away deeper layers of how fitness plays a role in our heredity and unravels more clues into the relationship between fitness, exercise, cancer and aging.
Most people think of aerobic fitness which is the use of elevated heart rates to get more oxygen to the muscles, is built in HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes, spinning or running, but you would only be half right. There is evidence that suggests that aerobic fitness can be a genetic factor which differs from family to family, person to person. Exercise with out a shadow of doubt facilitates aerobic health, but you might be surprised to learn that your aerobic capacity is given to you at birth. Although these studies come with great evidence, I am for one not convinced that we can not improve our aerobic health with time, consistency and eustress (good stress) from the right conditioning program.
However, this “innate fitness” that we are born with that scientist are studying has proven to show a four times higher risk of breast cancer compared to their counterparts who had a higher innate fitness level at birth. I know what you’re probably thinking. Do I have innate fitness? How do I know? Can I measure it? Yes, you can’t, and not that I am aware of. So what I can do about it if I don’t know? The answer is, You can do a lot and you’re probably already doing something.
There is no doubt we all have a predisposition to certain diseases based on our genetics that include risk factors, health factors and now fitness factors. But that doesn’t mean you should roll over and just accept your fate. No way! It means you have to work a little harder, do more to reverse your genetic codes, raise your health and fitness standards and be more deliberate in your intentions to create optimal health and fitness for yourself.
Here are my top 3 recommendations to build aerobic fitness at any level or at any age:
10,000 steps a day – I know this isn’t earth shattering news, but the app, smart phone and smart watch markets are designed today to help you manage this simple, but effective way to increase your lifestyle activity.
Increase your heart rate above 65% of your max heart rate (220 – age / %) 3x a week for at ten minutes or more.
Take a class or do an aerobic activity like spinning, boxing, HIIT training or an aerobics class 1x a week that challenges your aerobic fitness and increases your heart rate to 80% (220 – age / %).
The studies about our innate fitness and the link to cancer gives us a peak into the world of science and the discoveries our scholarly researchers are finding everyday, but by no means should you accept this as your fate at birth good or bad. You still have to create new experiences both physically and mentally to maximize your potential to live with optimal health and fitness
In the words of anthropologist, Joan D. Vinge, “We are all born with a unique genetic blueprint, which lays out the basic characteristics of our personality as well as our physical health and appearance… And yet, we all know that life experiences do change us.”
Have you ever talked or spent time with someone who seemed wiser than he or she should be? Well I had the great pleasure of speaking and interviewing someone like that on my Lacrosse & Sport Podcast this week.
Marcus Holman is an American professional lacrosse player for the Ohio Machine , the 2017 MLL Champions. Holman was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He was an attackman for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and had started in 52 of UNC’s 62 games (84%) in the last four years. He was UNC’s all-time leading scorer until Joey Sankey surpassed him during the 2015 season. He joined the Ohio Machine in 2013 and was named the MLL Offensive Player of the Year.
Marcus Holman scored four in a row would make the Ohio Machine the MLL Champions for the first time in program history.
Marcus and I met last summer at the lacrosse camp I run in Florida with my friend and business partner Roger Welton. We hired Marcus to come and share his lacrosse wisdom with our campers. Marcus was a respectful, humble, but very focused individual who has a high standard for excellence and accomplishment that transcended to the players. His ability to connect, coach and inspire everyone around him was nothing less than admirable. I immediately felt a connection and admiration for my new friend and the star lacrosse player who is almost half my age.
So why do I want to share this interview with you and what is there for you to gain from this? It starts with the saying that many of you have heard from my lips or read from some post that I shared, “How you do one thing, is how you do everything.” In our interview with Marcus, he shares the winning formula for his success on and off the lacrosse field, his daily habits and routines that fuel his desire to be better, and his passion for living life and playing lacrosse at a high standard. Lessons all of us can learn from regardless of what you do, where you’re from or what age you’re at.
Marcus left me inspired, but also motivated me to be better and achieve more in my life, so I figured I would pay it forward so it could do the same for you.
I hope you enjoy the podcast and gain the similar motivations I had from the shares of Marcus Holman, a professional lacrosse player and young man who is wise beyond his years.
Posture is something we all take for granted, but something we all need to focus our attention on. Fifteen years ago I created a program called, “Posture Perfect” knowing that having good posture is vital to better performance, improved health and optimal fitness.
Today a client I’ve been working with a couple times a week for about 2 months asked me via email how he could start improving his posture. I was delighted that he reached out and asked because I believe so many of us know that it’s important to have good posture, but they just don’t know where or how to begin.
Having better posture has been ingrained into our society for centuries, if not since the beginning of time when “man” stood erect for the first time. My wife is from Japan and her family use to use a measuring stick to stick in your back if you had bad posture or they would sit on their knees using a Tatami mat to promote good posture while eating. And if you’re from the baby boomer generation you might recall having to balance a book on your head while sitting or walking. No this isn’t just for models. It was a common practice during that time period.
So how do we focus our attention of being Posture Perfect™ today?
Here are the ABC’s to be Posture Peftect™ that I gave my client that will work for you too.
A is for AWARENESS: The first step to correcting your posture is to be aware of your posture throughout your day. You can set a reminder on your phone or computer to alert you to sit up straight or stand up tall.
B is for BACK TRAINING: The muscles of your back are the most important for maintaining good posture. Simple exercises like Arm Circles or Shoulder Fly’s as seen below can help you build a stronger back.
C is for CONSISTENCY: Repetition is the mother of all skill and you need to be consistent to have better posture. Thinking about it hourly and daily will ensure you will create better posture over time. “Rome wasn’t built in a day” so make sure you stay consistent.
Now you know your ABC’s!
Yours in health and fitness, Steve Jordan, BS, CSCS, PES, CES, CPT, HLC
It’s almost summer and it’s time to get your bikini body on! I’ve got the best solutions that are proven and tried by some of the hottest celebrities including Ashley Greene.
Your Best Bikini Body For Summer begins with your mindset, not your diet or ab moves. Yes you read correctly! Your mindset is going to guarantee you that you feel and look your best in your bikini this summer.
A positive outlook on life is without a doubt one of the most powerful tools you must have to become successful. Positive people expect good health, fitness, happiness, wealth, success and good relationships. This is not because they already have it, or because they are more confident, it is simply because of their attitude and mindset. The law of attraction is the belief that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life. Your Best Bikini Body For Summer are just a few positive thoughts away!
Here are 6 simple, but powerful truths to be more positive and have the best summer of your life:
Believe: Believe that you look great, know that you look great and feel that you look great in your bikini. What you believe in will come to you!
Replace negative thoughts with positive ones: When you start to think negative thoughts take a deep breath and think positive thoughts like, “I feel awesome”, “I fricken rock” or “I look fabulous!”
Surround yourself around positive people: Negative people can and will rub off on you even if your the most positive person. So surround yourself around positive people or those who accept you just the way you are.
Do things that make you feel happy: “How you do one thing is how you do everything.” One of my favorite quotes and words I live by. If you are feeling happy in other areas of your life, than you won’t care as much about how you look in a bikini. Just Rock it and be happy!
Think positive and enjoy YOUR BEST BIKINI BODY SUMMER ever!
Yours in Health & Fitness ,
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