Age Is NOT A Terminal Sentence

If you’ve ever tried to talk your dad into going to the gym with you, it is likely that the response was something along the lines of “I’m too old to do any physical activity”.

Well, people of previous generations have grown with the belief that age is a terminal sentence that inevitably deprives you of the ability to do anything body-care-related.

And while this is relevant and valid for individuals who believe it is so, it is not really the ultimate truth that no one can escape.

Let’s Face The Facts…

If you are of older age and don’t have any severe physical/health issues, here are some facts for you:

  1. You can still exercise
  2. You can still eat well
  3. You can still treat your body right

In most cases, refusing to do those is simply the end result of giving up, or in other words, it is your mind that thinks age is stopping you.

Self-Care In The Older Years

It is true that there are certain physiological and mental changes that occur as we age, but one thing still remains true - You can CHOOSE to take action and adopt health-nourishing habits.

Here are our best tips for adults who are looking to improve their lifestyle and habits:

#1 Exercise!

It appears that the older we get, the more muscle mass we lose and the less active we become.

Nevertheless, engaging in low & high-intensity physical exercise is one of the best anti-aging therapies you can have during your older years!

Exercise and especially resistance training can help you maintain your muscle mass over the years, leading to significant improvements in metabolism & how you look visually.

Since the body is more prone to injuries during the older years, however, it is a good idea to mix low and high-intensity training and avoid overexertion.

Think of it this way - What can you do for your body in the next 10 years, given that you are 55 years old now? 10 years is a lot of time and it will certainly yield results if you put in the work!

#2 Eat well

As the older age steps in, people become more likely to ditch their body-care habits altogether.

Whether you are 20 or 55 however, one thing remains true - Your body needs certain essential nutrients, in order to sustain the healthy functioning of all bodily components and systems.

For this reason, it is a good idea to be mindful of your nutrition, even at an older age.

Include quality animal products, fish, fruits, vegetables in your daily nutrition plan, and try to eat the least amount of junk food possible.

Quality whole foods will keep you satiated and will in turn make it much less likely for you to overeat and gain excessive weight.

What does this mean? Better health and body composition even in your older years!

#3 Manage Stress

Oftentimes, people are rendered incapable of giving their bodies what they need not just by age, but by the progressively growing stress factors over time.

Stress management is an important aspect of body/self-care and your anti-aging habits.

How do you do that?

Well, there are many self-help books, but it mostly comes down to one very important realization…

That is namely the fact that most stress responses are AUTOMATIC - You don’t choose to be stressed, stress takes over you.

This is the EXACT moment when you have to think outside of the box and ask yourself questions like:

“Is this worth my time and health?”

“Is there an adequate way of dealing with this without feeling stressed?”

“Is this going to matter in 5 years?”

“Why does this have to make me feel this way?”

All of these questions can lead to certain behavioral models that will guide you to the right decision in the situation and therefore, reduce stress.

Remember, internal self-regulation is important!

Conclusion

Contrary to popular belief, your older age is not a terminal sentence that you can’t escape.

Even more so, the fact that certain changes happen in the body during your older years, should push you to become more aware of your habits and improve them, in order to nourish your body.

Remember that as long as you are alive, you have the opportunity to take powerful decisions and choose actions and habits that will ultimately improve your quality of life.

Stay active, eat well, rest enough and manage your stress and you will be surprised how fit you can look during your older years!

6 Simple Fitness Tips

6 Simple Fitness Tips

Here are a few fitness tips/ideas to help in your fitness routine. It's not some drawn out 20 minute long infomercial and doesn't require you to go out and hire a fitness professional.  It's a just 6 simple fitness tips that's it with a 3 minute video clip!

I mentioned above, for these 6 simple fitness tips you don't need to hire a fitness professional , let me correct that statement. If you have never worked out or you are a beginner then having a fitness professional guide you in proper form is not a bad thing. On the other hand, if you have been working out for a bit and just need a guide that can help you improve or wonder what exercises can help you makes some gains then these 6 simple fitness tips may help.

As always if you have any questions or concerns reach out to me.

 

Choosing the Online Personal Fitness Coach

Choosing a online personal training coach ( OPTC ) can be, at times, like finding that gold nugget in fools gold! There are a few things you need to consider when looking for a OPTC. Here are is the list of thing you should consider.

  1.  Start with credentials = is she/he a certified personal trainer, but don't get too hung up on the type of certification unless it's Ray Ray's or Uncle Bo's training certification. I've been in the business for over 15 yrs and have met trainers with Masters degrees and couldn't train their way out of a wet lunch bag. On the other hand I've met some that would put me to shame with their knowledge.
  2. Knowledge is power!  Does the coach have experience ? Degree and certification are great and should not be looked down upon because many trainers have worked their asses off to get those. With that being said,  if a trainer straight out of college or just received their cert has never trained anyone then I might not start with them as my online coach. Now it doesn't mean they are incapable of doing training online. For me it would be more on the lines of " are they set up for it " and can they delivery the support and content that is needed to help me achieve my goals. Which leads us to the next question.
  3. The How's, Will's and What's questions ! How will my program be delivered to me? What type of support can I expect? Will your online personal training coach allow you to text them 24/7 ? Can I email them 24/7 ? What will my program look like ? Will we communicate via video chat , text or email? Will you give me workouts I can do on my own? How will you deliver workouts I can use to supplement what we are doing. Most important ask the potential online personal training coach how they accept payments and whether or not there is a contract.

This is very important, if the trainer you are working with doesn't have some form of business account such as Stripe, Paypal or Square and will only do, say a "cash transaction" and doesn't accept credit card or debit cards, unless you know someone that has used that trainer, I wouldn't hire them.  Here's why, with Stripe, Paypal or Square as a consumer, if you have a complaint because the trainer is not delivering what was promised or they have mislead you can file a " dispute ". which is usually resolved.

4. Will the online personal training coach provide you with a consultation or complimentary session to  discuss/see how the logistics of training online will work, especially if you are doing some form of live video session. I insist on doing a consultation to make sure client and I are a good fit and on the same page. I also want to make sure their expectations are realistic and obtainable.  If someone wants to lose 40 lbs in 4 weeks, that would be a "No" for me. Some trainer may not want to do this and I can understand why they may not want to do so.

As a personal fitness trainer , nutrition coach and personal fitness chef if I take the time to do a complimentary session my hope is the potential client is not just looking for a free session . On the other hand , It's up to the trainer to determine whether or not the potential client is ready for online caching , hence , I insist upon doing a consultation .  During my consultation I only show the type of exercises we will be doing.

5. Lastly, ask how many clients will the trainer take on. Do you want a trainer with 100 clients and feeding you a cookie cutter program or the trainer that has 15 clients and customizes your program to meet your needs.  When I first starting doing personal fitness coaching I was excited to get my first client. Then it became 5 , then 10 and as many as 35.

Most trainer would be like" I'm  rolling with this training thing" and I was too , until a client told me she felt like the session were always the same.  Because of the amount of clients and my lack of program development I was dishing out the same routines week after week. I lost a few clients and learned a valuable lesson " QUALITY OVER QUANITY ".  Nothing like being told your program are boring or not engaging enough to keep my attention or keep me motivated.  Now I keep my face-to-face clients at no more than 10 , my online programs are a bit different because I've partnered with an platform that helps me deliver my content to my online clients. It has over 7500 exercises and 350 workouts and programs can be customized and delivered with ease.

So there you have it, my take on choosing a Online Personal Fitness Coach.  Now who wants to sign up...just kidding! Bottom line is make sure you and your coach are a good fit and on the same page.  If you have any questions or just want to do a consultation click on the button at the bottom of page!

Your friend and coach,

Keven