Should You Take A Vitamin D Supplement?

I heard vitamin D is a good supplement to take. But I’m not quite sure why I should. Can you please give me a good reason why I should add this vitamin to my daily supplement routine.”  William

As we age and live busy lifestyles we don’t need different nutrients as much as we may need different dosages to compensate for some of the inevitable age related changes that happen in our mind and bodies. I researched and came up with several important reasons why, which I will comment on later in this blog. My comments here are not intended to replace medical advise and are only designed to offer insights into the possible benefits   of taking dietary supplements. NOTE:  If you are unsure if taking supplements is right for you, or if you have an existing medical condition and/or if you are taking medications that could interfere with supplementation, you should ask your health care provider or Doctor.

As we age, our skin is less able to synthesize or use Vitamin D and we are spending more time in doors because the risk of skin cancer from over exposure to the sun. As a result, we may not be getting enough sun exposure to facilitate synthesis of Vitamin D, leading to a deficiency and causing other challenges including absorption of calcium promoting strong bones. Studies suggest the deficiency of Vitamin D and the poor mineralization of calcium can contribute to osteoporosis in both women and men.

Vitamin D also also helps to strengthen your immune system and protects against a number of serious illnesses including hypertention, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and psoriasis. In addition, there is more evidence suggested it’s role in preventing cancers.

Throughout life you should always try to get most f the nutrients you need out of food in a well balanced diet, but as we get busier and aging doesn’t cease, that may not be as easy as it once was. For these reasons, I would suggest supplementing Vitamin D into your daily intake of vitamins to address the potential deficiencies discussed above.

I recommend reviewing this site to find the best brand that is convenient for you to purchase and fits within your budget. https://labdoor.com/rankings/vitamin-d?gclid=CjwKEAjw387JBRDPtJePvOej8kASJADkV9TLLY_Uh-EIlYEeIFZmuO0uE9cxZ6Uy7YyYpmt88BkdRxoCXhnw_wcB

Yours in health and fitness,

Steve Jordan

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Run Your Own Race In Life

“Run Your Own Race – Strive to be the best that you can and don’t be envious of what others have and you don’t. It’s only a competition if you let it be.” Helen Simpson

Do you find yourself caught up in the “rat race” which is defined as any exhausting, unremitting, and usually competitive activity or routine, especially a pressured urban working life spent trying to get ahead with little time left for leisure, contemplation, etc.  We can get “caught up“, so to speak finding ourselves comparing ourselves to others, working long days and nights, finding little time for family or friends and even sometimes burning out or getting sick from exhaustion. It’s normal to compare ourselves to others, this can be a good tactic to get ahead if you do so wisely. But there’s a happy balance one must realize and know to maintain gratitude and peace or the price you’ll pay for this behavior can and will have negative effects on your health and fitness.

One of my greatest mentors, client, friend and who also happens to be multi-billionaire on the Fortune 500 wealthiest people in the world list said to me 10 years ago during a period when I was stressed out about life and career, “There will always be someone who has more than you. It’s a fact of life. You, Steve Jordan (fill in your name) just have to be your best self by giving your best self. Then you’ll be living your ultimate life” I use this lesson to remind myself often to live MY best life by giving my best life and not to live by someone else’s idea of what my life should look like.

The race of life can be long and there’s always going to be a challenge staying out of place of comparison, but when you have the right tools to pull yourself out, you’ll feel free at peace Running Your Own Race of Life.

Running Your Race In Life is going to be filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that will ultimately lead you to a destination, which is hopefully your purpose in life. The road will not always be smooth and in fact, it will probably encounter more challenges than celebrations.

However, most and if not all of the challenges you will encounter will test your courage, strengths, weaknesses and faith. You will stumble upon obstacles that will come between the paths of right and wrong. In order to stay on the right path, you must overcome those obstacles. Often if not always those obstacles are going to really blessings in disguise, only we don’t realize that at the time.

Running Your Race of Life you will be confronted with many situations, some will be filled with joy, and some will be filled with heartache. How you react to what you are faced with will determine what kind of outcome the rest of your journey through life could be like.

Throughout this awesome adventure, people will give you advice and insights on how to live your life but when it all comes down to it, you must always do what you feel is right. Always follow your heart, and most importantly never have any regrets. Don’t hold anything back. Say what you want to say, and do what you want to do, because sometimes we don’t get a second chance to say or do what we should have the first time around.

Enjoy your race of life and live it at the top!

Yours in health and fitness,

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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Raise Your Standards

This week I made some major and radical changes that occurred for me, in a positive way. Let me explain how and why because I know my story will help you make a radical change in your life if your also ready to Raise Your Standards.

I have been procrastinating for over the past year or more on completing a book that I’ve invested both time and money into. This book project has been supported by a very well known book agent at WME, one of the largest talent and book agency in the world. A few months ago I even felt guilty and had to email my agent to apologize for my lack of focus and effort in completing the proposal which is almost done. In response he said to me, “When you finish the book it’s going to be spectacular.” The perfect response for me to feel supported and encouraged when I was feeling stagnant. After this I should have been pounding away on the keyboard. Right?! NOPE! Once again I fell into the trap of prioritizing things in my life that were important, but were not getting me to achieve my next level of greatness.

So why was I doing this? What was holding me back? How could I just let an opportunity like this fade away? These questions were running through my mind over and over, but still to no avail I found myself in the same place of procrastination.

However, this past week I made a decision to stop tolerating my lack of focus and procrastination in writing my book. The first step for success is to dream BIG!! This is nothing new in human development or self help courses around the world. But dreaming isn’t going to get the book done or help you reach your  goals. You see any time you want to make change permanent, the first thing you must do is Raise Your Standards. In other words, Raising Your Standards means simply what you demand of yourself and what your not willing to accept or tolerate. So I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate and all the great outcomes I wanted to achieve from writing this book.

At the end of the exercise I felt crystal clear,  passionate and inspired once and for all to complete my book. So I took massive action and sat at my computer and began writing content that I know will change the health and fitness of the people reading my book. It was as simple as that! I know you’re like, “But what did you really do?” What I did was Raised My Standards and these questions helped get me to that point. I was sick and tired of procrastinating and making excuses for it. I was ashamed and felt like a hypocrite if I am asking my client’s to step up and take charge of their lives when I wasn’t doing that for myself. And I got clear with the outcomes other than just completing and publishing a book. I got inspired about how many peoples health and fitness I will positively affect.

So what I am asking you to do when and if you really want to make permanent and lasting change in ANY area of your life is to do the following:

Write down the things in your life that you no longer accept. For example,

  • I won’t accept procrastination
  • I won’t accept feeling inadequate or not worthy
  • I won’t accept stressing out
  • I won’t accept not exercising at least 5x a week

Write down all the things in your life that you no longer are willing to tolerate. For example,

  • I am not willing to tolerate people who are back stabbers
  • I am not willing to tolerate racism
  • I am not willing to tolerate people who lack the ability to communicate authentically
  • I am not willig to tolerate people in my life who are not supportive

Write down all the things you want to achieve for any goal you desire. For example,

  • I am going to finish writing my book because I will be able to help fight the battle of poor health and fitness in this country
  • I am going to have a NY Times best selling book so I can have a greater impact
  • I am going to speak in front of audiences numbering in the thousands so I can spread my message of health and fitness
  • I am going to create an opportunity to have my own TV show

If you take this exercise seriously and you follow through you can have the same radical changes that I did this week in working towards achieving your goals.

I also suggest:

  • Find a quiet space, clear your head of any negative or disempowering thoughts through breathe work. Breathe in 3 seconds, hold for 5 seconds and exhale for 3 seconds. Repeat 3x
  • Take out a blank piece of paper and write down your answers
  • Keep it somewhere that you access easily so you can remind yourself when you want to go back to your old habits
  • Add to your original answers. The first time you do this you might be inhibited until you really start to live in this new standard.

Enjoy the process and live life at the top!

Yours in health and fitness,

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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The Senior Games

The Senior Games
It’s never too late to start!

Do you ever say to yourself, “If only I were younger I would…….(fill in the blank)!” No matter how old you are, there’s that little voice in your head wishing you had taken better advantage of your youth or do engage in competitive, fun, challenging, adventurous and rewarding activities. I think we all get “hung up” on our age to some degree, especailly once you hit your thirties. I hear it all the time and I typically spring into coaching mode and say something like, “You can do anything at any age! Don’t be ridiculous!” But sometimes I don’t practice what I preach or take my own advise.

On February 3rd I will be turning 42 years old, or as I like to say, “42 years wise”. And I hear myself saying, “Wow I’m getting up there. I don’t recover the way I used to.”  Or “I don’t want to push myself too hard because I am concerned about the risk of injuring myself.” True statements, but they don’t have to hold me back from being my best self and the age I am at, now or later!

I received a video link yesterday from a childhood friend of mine Kesshann, who I played high school football with. And actually, we played our last game against each other from rival schools, Johnson vs. Brearly New Jersey on Thanksgiving Day. They beat us, but I had a great game with a touchdown and from what I remember, Kesshann did too. So no regrets there!

Kesshann’s works for “Workhouse Creative”  http://www.workhousecreative.com a bad ass production company based out of Seattle produced this awesome video! The video was shot for the health club Equinox, which happens to be the gym I have been a long standing member of, which highlights a group of senior citizens competing in what is called “The Senior Games”. “The Senior Games”  are a series of events one would see in the Olympics including, sprinting, long distance running, discus, javelin, high jump and hurdle to name a few that both men and women compete in. It was OUTSTANDING! I mean to see the determination of people who were may have been ex-athletes and many whom had never done any athletic endeavor before until they decided that competing would keep them healthy and fit both mentally and physically during retirement.

Words can not do this video justice! So I am going to turn it over to these brave and courageous senior athletes in the this link who will motivate, inspire and educate you on why “It’s Never To Late To Be Healthy and Fit”. Thank you Kesshann & the team at http://www.workhousecreative.com for opening up our minds to the possibilities of healthy and fit well into our senior years!

http://furthermore.equinox.com/articles/2017/01/senior-games

Yours in health and fitness,

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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Be Fit, But CrossFit?

You want to be fit, but CrossFit may not be right for you.Everyone is built to be fit, but not everyone is meant to be CrossFit. In the past five years or so I’ve seen more injuries and mental breakdown from people participating in CrossFit workouts than any other form of training. Unless you’ve been living in a cave like Brandon Frasier in the movie Blast From the Past, then I’m sure you have had a conversation or two about CrossFit, the injuries, the benefits and the cult like following as one of the biggest fittest trends in the past 20 years. CrossFit is a series of daily exercise programs usually timed that are athletic, require strength, power, endurance, flexibility, balance, coordination and a strong mind.

The purpose of this blog is to shed light on the challenges that I have been made more aware of after recently watching the Netflix documentary, “The Fittest On Earth”. As a health and fitness professional I am always looking for ways to help individuals stay consistent in their pursuit of health and fitness excellence. And after watching this documentary my concern is for the competitors and the millions of participants worldwide, who like the elite in this documentary invest so much of their lives into the pursuit of being “The Fittest On Earth”. After reading this blog you’ll be able to better understand not only the physical risks, but more importantly I believe you’ll have a greater understanding of the psychological impact long term competing at the intensity CrossFit classes at any level for prolonged periods of time.

Please don’t get me wrong, I am totally for any type of exercise activity that helps people find ways of being better physically, mentally and spiritually, but what I what I want to convey in this blog is that one who is interested in CrossFit or is already participating should consider building a stable foundation, cross train with other activities like yoga, meditation, pilates or the like to have balanced conditioning for the long duration of your life.

My exercise paradigm in which I built a successful business over the past 20 years has been based around the notion of “feel good, not looking good”. In city like LA where the community is the antithesis of this paradigm, I’ve had my work cut out for me. Feeling good is the one of the most important aspects of life in my opinion. Feeling good has long-term benefits emotionally, physically and spiritually to help keep you performing at the highest capacity in all areas of your life. However, too many people put the emphasis on looking good causing imbalances mentally, emotionally and physically that can lead to burn out, disappointment and inconsistency to name just a few of the common side effects. In my observations, CrossFit focuses on primarily performance goals that are timed or achievement aimed to compete against others around the world or in their gym. And in my opinion these type of goals can lead to similar side effects that that focusing on looking good does leaving the participant injury prone from the inside out.

CrossFit is an endeavor I believe you can’t do forever. The average age of the most elite athletes is 27yrs old and the Masters category begins at age 40. So with said, it’s obvious that CrossFit is a young persons game or activity. I watch my good friend Justin perform at the highest levels of his athletic life and he’s had a tremendous amount of success including being chosen to be on the Baltimore Anthem the National Pro Grid League a professional cross-fit team competing nation wide and at now at 42 he’s starting to slowly breakdown. I know he’ll kill me when he reads this, but it’s inevitable. This can be demolishing to a person’s ego. Most CrossFit athletes will eventually have a career that is going to be on the on the downswing in their mid 30’s or sooner. So what’s going to happen after that career is over. What is going to be of these athlete’s minds and bodies? Are they going to be living pain free? Are they going to have a mindset that they can be satisfied and content with performing at lower levels? What will be their personal expectations for their fitness life span?

As I ponder the answers to these questions I can’t help to think that most of the answers are negative. And for me, that’s a hard place to be since I am a glass half full kind of guy and quite the optimist. If any athlete has been performing at a high level of expectation of them selves and from their peers long enough, it’s hard to take two steps back and perform at a lesser intensity and expect themselves to be satisfied. Their bodies just can’t perform at the level they are accustomed to or they can’t compete against the young bucks that are starting young.

I believe that people who participate in fitness endeavors with the focus of feeling good rather than looking or performing good have a much better chance for long-term success. Less can be more! Yes you heard me correctly. Less can be more if you want to take care of your body for the long haul of life. Treating your body with love, respect and gratitude goes a long way even at an early age. At the age of 41.5 I feel stronger about this than I’ve ever have. I’ve played hard. I’ve competed in all types of sports including contact sports like football and lacrosse. I’ve almost done it all. And if I haven’t done it, I just haven’t had the time or interest. I am a competitor by nature and love the thrill of the fight. But life is typically hard enough and exercise should feel good from the start. So why add more stress, more tension and more risk of injury if it’s not necessary. Participate in Cross Fit, but use your judgment and know your mental, physical and emotional boundaries. Participate periodically to allow your body rest and recovery. Don’t follow the heard toward a life of pain, discomfort or burn out. Be the outlier of this strict community and find your own purpose, meaning and pleasure for sport or fitness participation. And no matter what…. “always feel good doing it” because you were born to be fit.

Steve Jordan is a nationally renowned personal trainer, health expert, and motivational speaker.  You can learn more about his remarkable work at SteveJordan.com.

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