Healthy and Fit Can Be Contagious

Drake Stadium
Drake Stadium at UCLA where many students, faculty and locals in the community go regularly to run, walk, climb and exercise. One of my favorite places to exercise in Los Angeles too.

I started working with a very busy real estate executive named Robin about six weeks ago who travels often for work, lives between two cities (Orange County and Los Angeles) forcing her to commute 4 hrs a week, has the typical demanding work load and a typical schedule for most executives at her level. And on top of all these challenges, Robin’s goal is to lose 70 lbs to attain optimal health and fitness so her inner star can shine brighter.

Robin and I met six week ago through a fortuitous introduction by one of my colleagues, Derek whom I’ve known and worked with for almost a decade. Derek works with Robin’s company to supply gym equipment to their real estate residential buildings. Robin addressed the need and want of a personal trainer to Derek so he recommended she work with me and coincidently, Robins office is in the same building as my private health and fitness studio, Acceleration. And so our working relationship was born.

Robin is no stranger to the demands put on the mind and body to lose weight because she’s done this successfully several times. However, I told Robin, “I will be the last and best trainer you’ve ever had! Not because I want to work with you for the rest of your life or that I’m cocky. But because my goal for you is to lose the 70 lbs and keep those 70 lbs off for the rest of your life!” Needless to say she was a bit skeptical, but excited for that possibility.

In the past six weeks, Robin has lost 10.5 lbs or another way of looking at it and my preferred way, is that she’s 15% toward her goal. Robin is shining and is starting to inspire those around her causing others in her personal and professional life to become motivated to get active. This is why Being Healthy and Fit Can Be Contagious. 

The reason why I am writing about this is because Robin was ecstatic about the responses she’s getting from others in her life. She shared a text message with me that showed the positive responses from several people in her office who she invited to go for a walk with her at the UCLA campus track. Because Robin is shining brighter, feeling more energy and wanting to share the positivity with others she was able to rally a small group for a rigorous walk. Furthermore, Robins husband, who is for the most sedentary, has gone for walks with her over the past two weekends. She couldn’t be more thrilled to have her partner in life share in her health and fitness journey, but also begin that journey for himself organically.

Here are two of my healthy and fit prescriptions I give to all my clients.

  1. Share with others such as family, friends and coworkers what your goals are and why this is important to you and how they could support you.
  2. Recruit others to be healthy and fit with you. For example, ask your spouse to go for a walk with you or coworkers to meet you at the park for a jog. This way you won’t feel like you’re doing it alone and you’re building a healthy and fit community around you for long term success.

I am super excited for Robin and those in her life that she’s inspiring to be better in their own health and fitness pursuits. This is a clear example of some of the benefits one can expect when their inner star shines brighter through the pursuit of optimal health and fitness.

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Yours in health and fitness,

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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Cheat Day or Cheat Meal?

Cheat meal
Don’t give too much positive emotion or energy to your cheat meal!

I get asked often what my thoughts are on a cheat day or cheat meal. My response is different depending on the persons goals. It’s hard to give a blanket statement when it comes to eating strategies or workout programs. There are far too many variable to manipulate to say, “This is the way.” It just doesn’t work like that because we all are made of differently with unique experiences, attributes and resources.

Hear is my quick tip on that question for success.

Cheat Day:

  • Cheat day should be scheduled for the exact same day of the week.
  • Cheat day is for those looking to less than 10lbs
  • Don’t over do the cheat day so use moderation with foods that are off your “I Am…Heatlhy and Fit eating program.
  • Still practice portion control when your cheating on a meal.
  • Cheat days shouldn’t be celebrated or given too much energy. Meaning don’t get excited about that cheat day coming up or the meal your eating.

Cheat Meal:

  • 1-2 cheat meals a week.
  • Cheat meals are great for the person looking to lose 10 lbs or more.
  • Don’t overeat on your cheat meal.
  • Consider making your cheat meals before dinner.
  • Again don’t give your cheat meals too much energy. You want to give more energy to the better way of eating so it becomes a new standard.

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Exercise Can Help You Beat Headaches

Don't let headaches hold you back
If you feel like this, go workout to reduce or eliminate your headache.

Today one of my very consistent client’s (6 days a week) client’s came into our health and fitness session with mild, but annoying headache. He was going to cancel and stay at home to “ride it out”. But instead, he put on his sneakers (tip from last post to stay motivated) and came in anyway.

Headaches can be painful, throbbing and frustrating experiences that can cause you lose days in the gym and office. So I reassured my client that I understood what he was experiencing and convinced him that his headache would go away or diminish significantly after our workout. So he agreed to go through with the program I had planned for him today.

Long and behold during the last 5 minutes of our 30 minutes session he said, “You know what?” I said, “What?” Client, “My headache is gone! I can’t believe it. I was in such pain and now there’s nothing. Why?” I told him, “I knew it.” With a smile on my face. 🙂 There are a number of reasons why exercise can help decrease the severity or eliminate headaches all together, but here are 3 reasons to get you moving.

  1. Exercise can decrease pain experienced during a headache because physical activity can release the body’s feel-good endorphins. These natural painkillers help block the discomfort caused by the stretched nerves and inflammation.
  2. Changing your state which is a tool I use everyday with myself and with client’s,  can get someone out of a any type of emotional or physical condition. You just have to move your body and voice in a way that is out of your comfort zone. For example, “Shake your ASS!” That’s right you heard me, “stand up and shake that ass!” Don’t you feel better?! 🙂
  3. Cardio training within a target heart zone of 65% (220-age x .65) for 15-20 minutes will increase circulation increasing blood flow. Poor circulation has been linked to cause headaches.

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Fool Proof Ways To Gain Momentum

A Body in Motion Stays in Motion
“A Body In Motion Stays In Motion” Isaac Newton

I have found that many people don’t lack the motivation to power or move their bodies, but what they do lack is the know how to empower their mind so they can gain momentum for optimal health and fitness. Here are the tricks I use when I train my client’s to shine brighter and bolder in their fitness and personal pursuits.

Tip 1:  One of the most challenging tasks you have to do before your workout is putting on your sneakers. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “sounds ridiculous, right?! Well it’s not. Have you ever not followed through after committing to put on your sneakers? Probably not! So once they are on, you’re on your way. I don’t now anyone who has ever regretted that they went to the gym or worked out once they got there. And like putting on your sneakers you probably never turned around once you got to the gym or went outside for a walk or jog.  So Tip #1 is put those sneakers on, get out the door and go for it. The rest will take care of itself.

Tip 2: A goal is just a dream if it’s not written down or scheduled. It’s so easy to put off your exercise plan when you have many other “To Do’s” on the list that just never seems to get completed. My client’s work best and achieve their goals more efficiently when they have a set schedule weekly and monthly. It allows them to schedule other appointments and/or move other life obligations around the training time to promote consistency, which in my opinion is one of the key ingredients to success. I recommend on Sunday night or the beginning of the month to spend some time scheduling your weekly workouts in a calendar that can remind you. I have had client’s for as long as 11 years and we workout on the same day of the week at the same time. That’s what I call consistency! Just so happens that this client is a Billionaire and ranks in the top 100 most successful people in America.

Tip 3: Change your physical state or posture while making a decision to go exercise. State change is one of the most powerful motivators and also one that most people don’t know about or do. Even if you don’t love sports, there’s probably a very likely chance you’ve seen a Super Bowl game or other world-class sporting event on TV. And while watching you’ve probably have seen athletes jumping around, psyching themselves up, hitting shoulders pads or jumping up and down to loosen up, that’s an example of “State Change”. You don’t have to bang your head on the wall, but you can stand up tall, stick out your chest, hold your head up high, use your voice and say out loud, “ I Am…Healthy and Fit and I love to exercise.” This simple strategy and mantra will help you find the motivation to get you off the couch, get out of the office and go to the gym for an invigorating workout.

These tips, as all tips are only effective when they are implemented and used daily until you get into a “zone” and create momentum so exercise becomes part of your daily routine and lifestyle, like brushing your teeth. 🙂

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The Benefits Of Participating In Sports

Playing Football and Lacrosse In High School
Me playing football and lacrosse in high school.

I can’t even begin to tell you how important playing sports in my youth was to the development of the person I am today both personally and professionally, but I’ll do my best.

You see, sports creates a unique opportunity for children of all ages to feel part of a community, that community being the participants of that sport. Community is essential to creating lasting benefits in positive socialism, building friendships, and respecting elders or others in charge (coaches). The friendships that I built and still remain strong are those that I played sports with beginning with Little League baseball, soccer, Pop Warner football, lacrosse, wrestling, basketball and swimming. Yes, I did play all those sports and was part of a team, for better or worse for each them.

Which leads to the next benefit, sport creates opportunity to explore ones likes or dislikes by participating in a variety of sports. The multi-sport athlete is a benefit for a variety of reasons, but one is that you get to try everything. Sometimes hidden talents may emerge when you try something new. So go out and try all the sports you can. But I have one rule to that, “Don’t quit any of them if you committed, even if you don’t like it.” You must finish out the season because once you quit at one sport, you’ll likely to quit at another or become a quitter in life.

Another outstanding benefit of partsicpiating in sports is that you learn to win and lose, which is a part of life. In my opinion not everyone is a winner like some programs advocate. You have to earn your stars to be a winner and you can do that on a sport team. It takes the same type of discipline, commitment, sacrifice and focus that you’ll need in life to be successful. And losing is hard to swallow, and also is a part of life. The sooner you learn to lose, the sooner you’ll build the confidence to deal with it and move on.

And finally, and probably the most important benefit of playing sports, It’s Fun! You bet it is. Running, jumping, throwing, passing, catching, falling, hitting, tackling, punching, and swimming are all natural to our human make up. We were meant to do all these things for survival thousands of years ago. So if you don’t play sports these ingrained genetic dispositions become dormant or lazy. That laziness can lead to obesity, metabolic disease, hypertension, poor motor skills that are required to age gracefully.

The benefits go on and on! So if you or kids don’t think playing a sport is beneficial for life, think again and get them on the playing field for “game of life“!

 

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