“If You Can Move It, You Can Improve It!”

When It comes to
organized exercise and physical activity, there are lots of choices. From running to yoga to weightlifting to swimming, and everything in between: It’s all good.

But just maybe you’re feeling so far from fitness that it just doesn’t seem possible. There could be many reasons for you feeling this way; but your feeling is not as important as your focus.

And let’s focus on your new reality right now: if you can move it, you can improve it!

So this sincere effort is for many of you who feel stuck and frustrated about your physical condition and/or limitations.

Because your body responds to positive stresses by getting stronger and adapting to the greater challenge, you can get better. If you’re willing to make consistent, basic efforts, your body will become stronger, more flexible and certainly more ‘user friendly’ in ways that you’ll feel in a short period of time.

Fitness, no matter what level, from the disabled person trying to learn to walk again, to the elite professional athlete, starts in the mind.

I want you to take the first step on your journey to a better you, and the first step is this mental commitment to simply start; because you are important, and these little daily steps matter.

Stand a little straighter today. Stretch your arms slightly higher today. Smile a sincere smile at someone you don’t know today.

These acts will change you, as well as your world.

We’ll Do This Together,

Steven

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Great News For Seniors (and others): Moderate Exercise is Best!

There’s nothing newsworthy about a senior citizen getting an aerobic workout at the pool, taking a Yoga class, and simply staying active throughout life; but it’s still a life-changing way of living.

I’d say that’s very special, and in this blog it’s definitely newsworthy!

Extremes make the news. This time it’s the same, except with a different twist. Moderation trumps extreme exercising for heart health.

Let’s take a look at the latest news that surfaced this week, prompting the words I am writing now:

When it comes to exercise, moderation is best:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/too-much-exercise-may-be-bad-for-the-heart/

As always, let me share a few words and opinions.

While people are consumed about defining how much exercise ‘moderate’ really is (see examples below), let’s be practical. This new study will not change lifestyles, but will likely be comforting news to those who are already in the exercise mindset. Now they don’t have to feel guilty about never running marathons. That’s me. Having always admired long distance athletes, I can now feel better about my short distance efforts. In fact, according to the research, my moderate approach is better for my heart. I’ll never make the headlines or experience the exhilaration, but hey; my little cardiac friend is happier.

The fitness community, in one way, mirrors society in general; a lot of different people are involved who bring an infinite wealth of experiences and perspectives. And we learn new things as we go. If you are an extreme athlete, please don’t misunderstand my words. I, in fact, have the deepest respect for you–extreme sports represent self discipline to the highest degree. Those like yourself are responsible for raising the possibilities for all the rest of us.

To Your Health, Fitness, and Wellness,

Steven

Articles on suggested amounts of exercise:
http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/adults.html

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mens_Health_Watch/2009/December/how-much-exercise-do-you-need

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916

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When It Comes to Your Good Health, There’s No Competition!

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When I was asked by someone recently how many push-ups I could do, I tried to re-direct the question and the reason behind it. There’s no embarrassment or shyness on my part, just a different focus. It’s a perspective that time cultivates as values come into a sharper focus, given that there’s not as much time left anymore.

While I’ve always enjoyed fitness, there were always plenty around who were faster and stronger. That doesn’t mean I sat on the sidelines.

Competition is a crucible which reduces the issues to the basics. Exactly what am I capable of achieving? Is my will sufficient to push me farther?

The competition of sports has always been used as an analogy for our lives, and aptly so. But certainly, not all aspects of life are to be treated as though participating in a competitive event. “To everything there is a season…”

Fitness, for me, has always been a valuable component to a more enjoyable life. The competition is internal, as is the reward of the accomplishment.

Here’s a recent look at my inner workings:

If I Could Give You Anything To Start Your Healthy Lifestyle, Here’s What It Would Be… http://t.co/23pcMr0TvO

At this point in my life, It’s an investment in the greater probability of having moments with those I love–the increased likelihood of enjoying activities with the grandchildren and sharing who I am with them.

Your family needs you, and you can do what you do better if you’re healthy along the way.

Winning the competition is always a proud moment that can be remembered for a long time.

But when it comes to being healthy so that you can enjoy what’s close to your heart, there is no competition.

To Your Healthy Lifestyle,

Steven

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Feel Good Enough About Yourself To Get It Done!

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(Drawing by Estefania Gomez)

So much information comes my way–new insights daily from science confirming the benefits of Healthy living. Everyone knows these things. I really don’t believe more information is going to move people in the direction of a healthy lifestyle.

It’s Got To Come From Motivation!

It doesn’t matter if the method is incremental change, or drastic change; YOU NEED TO GET MOTIVATED.

Emotions can only take you so far. It gets done with a personal commitment to yourself.

Here is a video that will, undoubtedly, move you out of your seat.

Watch and BELIEVE! Use your imagination and see your success. If you can’t imagine it, you can’t have it!

Watch this video every day, dig deep, and DO IT FOR YOURSELF!!!

Before you go there, please read from one of my favorite authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. No man yet knows what it is, nor can, till that person has exhibited it.” (From his work, ‘Self Reliance’)

Why Do We Fall – Motivational Video: http://youtu.be/mgmVOuLgFB0

You Are Worth It,

Steven

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How Much Is Your Good Health Worth to You?

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Occasionally we see the numbers from studies done which attempt to calculate the costs of ill-health and disease to our society in real dollar terms. We examine how much money businesses lose, for example, due to employee absenteeism because of the flu, or a particular ailment or condition.

Take a tally, given the start of another year, of a more personal calculation, if you will: what does good health mean to you? Realize, as you ponder the question, that your answer involves every person who is important to you and depends upon you: what does your good health mean to them, as well?

Certainly, health and wellness go a long way when it comes to building your financial security. But, for that alone, you could instantly accrue the dollar amount with the purchase of a life insurance policy in a matter of minutes. Someone will gladly calculate the cash value of your life’s work that needs to be replaced.

Only you can calculate the emotional and relationship value of really caring enough about yourself and those around you to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your busy schedule this coming year.

To Your Healthy Lifestyle in 2015,

Steven

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