Friday, 26 December 2008

Happy Holidays All Around

Happy Holidays!

I wanted to send a big "Thank you" to everyone.

I started this endeavor to help people, 1 or 2 at least, and keep
my mind engaged.

Knowing you are taking the time to read my notes, rants and raves,
makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

It has become much more than that. It has given me the opportunity
to expand on ideas, engage in dialogue and share experiences with
people from around the world.

Now on to next year. New experiences to come. New notes to share.

I am really looking forward to continuing this in the new year and
sharing with you my trips, training and motivation.

I'll be off doing the family thing so notes will be a little spaced
out. Not unlike myself.

Thank you again. Here's to another wonderful year.

Have a great one everyone!

In health,

Todd

Thursday, 11 December 2008

What would you do with the 3hrs 2 mins?

Do you have your motivation now?

Good cause you're gonna need it for this one.

As it turns out, short, intense sessions work the best for you.

The best part, my "intense" doesn't have to be yours. As long as you are pushing yourself to your limit, you are in the game. And with body-weight movements, for example, the bar is always moving when you change the speed of the movement or how many you do of something.

How great is that? Gym in a body!

And it impacts metabolism greater in the long term than long slow cardio. Note: I did not say how many calories burned DURING the activity. I said metabolism increase in the long term.

Study after study repeatedly shows the tremendous impact of interval training.

The other best part: it doesn't take nearly so long.

Get this (and I know some of you won't believe me but this is SCIENCE!):

A recent study out of the UK, with the help of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont, showed that the metabolic impact of 5 40 minute runs in a week can be replicated with 3(!) 6 minute(!) interval sessions. Each minute was 30 seconds hard, 30 seconds light.

Imagine, 3 hours and 20 minutes being replaced each week with 18 minutes of activity! And getting the same results!

That's a lot of exclamation points!

The only thing I ask, if you are just starting out, is that you get clearance from your doctor and get a fitness professional to help you get started.

Fitness professionals: we area handy bunch, put us to good use.

So chew on that for a while and try it. Ironically, start off slowly. Build up to a good pace when you are ready.

Have a great day!!!

Have a

Monday, 8 December 2008

Hiatus

Why do we fall off

There are many reasons why we fall off our routines. The point I am making today is that it is normal. It's not a control problem, impulse issues or a chemical imbalance. It's just what we, as humans, do. We get distracted.

Oh look, a shiny object...

Wait, what,... oh yeah

Getting back to it

What is important is why we are doing something. If it is highly motivational it is more likely that you are going to get back to it.

I am not going to get all preachy as to what the best motivation is. It's none of my business frankly. But you had better know what it is and be firm. It is the one (or three) thing(s) that will get you moving every time.

To quote "Fast Times at Ridgemount High" - Learn it, love it, live it.

3 days grace

So as it turns out 3 days grace is what you have. If the pause goes on longer than that it is much less likely that you will get back to it anytime soon.

That's the brain for you. It picks a number and that is that. So use this to your advantage. If you ever drop off for a moment be sure to resume activities within 3 days.

Sure there are good reasons for longer then accept it and prepare to get started again.

I stopped for about two weeks (and I am glad no one called me on it) but I have been itching to get back to it. I love to do this so it was a great motivator. So I am back. For better or worse. Ok, stop laughing...

What do you need to do today

So what have you been missing out on? What do you need to do today to get you back on track, or started for that matter? What is going to motivate you every day!?!

If I could do anything today, I hope it is to motivate someone to action. Get it done.

Get at it people. Time waits for no one!

In health,

Todd

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Big things are going down!

Hello,

Today's message is about catching up. I have some announcements. It
has been a couple weeks since our last message. And for good reason.

First of all I was selected as a member of the provincial
SOGOActive Advisory Committee to increase fitness and activity
education for youths.

Then I landed a gig as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for a
local elite girls basketball team. Very exciting!

Then sold my house. Started packing this week.

Then found out my mother in law has cancer of the lungs and was
immediately shuttled into surgery at the next available time. She
made it out quite well and is recovering as we speak. However the
packing and moving will happen without my rock and lovely wife
(same person!) as she is off to be by her mom's side. I'll hang
with the kids in the meantime.

To say that I have been a little bit busy would be an
understatement.

But it also has made me appreciate all the help and interest I have
had from my readers.

Thank you for your time and interest. We only make this trip once
so let's have a good time and make the most of it

Thank you all.

In health,

Todd

Saturday, 8 November 2008

STOP WORKING OUT!

STOP WORKING OUT!

The kids had it right all along!

It's happening right in your own back yard. Play time.

It turns out that shorter, more intense bursts of intensity are really, really good for you.

No gym necessary.

It only takes minutes a day to gain benefits that others need hours to do.


Warning: Nerd Content

Researchers have found short sharp sprints of up to 30 seconds could be as beneficial as doing up to five sessions of an hour's exercise a week.

The university studied the exercise patterns over several years, comparing short high-intensity sprints to longer endurance training, such as cycling and jogging.

Prof Julien Baker, who conducted the research with Prof Bruce Davies, said: "Six 30-second sprints three times a week can have the same health and weight-loss benefits as jogging or cycling for up to 45 minutes several times a week.

Nerd Content Complete

Just so you know, it can also be done on a rower, bicycle or treadmill when we get trapped indoors during beautiful snowy days.

Any one of my clients can tell you the results they get with this type of activity. Even with their hectic schedules.

With the proper structure and support of my groups you will achieve the results you are looking for. Starting out where you are now, not sprinting right out of the gate, means a lifetime of gains for you.

So go and make it fun and invigorating.

It will be fun, effective, aaaand metabolic boosting!

Who wants to take advantage of that? Anyone?

If you are in the neighborhood and would like to see this for yourself please drop in.

The first on is on me!

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Athletic Youth Nutrition

I am really excited about next week.

I have been invited to do a pre/post nutrition competition segment
for youths for a CBC show called Living Halifax.

This is a little snippet of what I will be covering.

It has been long believed that "Carb Loading" was what you had to
do to get energy before a big game.

So the big plate of pasta became a staple.

Turns out it is not entirely accurate.

Grazing is better. Sipping a Carbohydrate/electrolyte mix after a
standard sized meal will boost energy.

So depending on the time of day your meals will be standard sized.
No gigantic meal before a game.

Graze, sip your drink and avoid foods that are heavy in fats.

And take advantage of the breaks to sip more carb/electrolyte drink
during timeouts and at halftime.

If you have any more questions please let me know. I love to help
young athletes perform at their highest level!

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Slow down, you eat too fast!

Another peg in the French Paradox. They are big on wine and cheese
and yet have some of the longest living people on the planet.

But the majority eat socially. No big hurry. Taking the time to sit
with family and friends and relax during meal times.

This gives lots of time for the body to recognize the fullness of
the stomach at mealtime.

No cramming food in on a break.

No snarfing down donuts during a meeting.

No noshing on burgers in the car.

Here is a BBC article about a Japanese study on Obesity and the
speed of eating.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7681458.stm

You've heard the old adage, chew 20 times before you swallow? Well
it looks like it has some scientific props now.

Should have listened to Mom!

So how rushed are you? Eating fast indicates a few things at
least.

1. You are rushing, not taking time for yourself.

2. Stress levels will be higher, increasing weight gain.

3. You are probably not sitting down with friends and being social
(that one usually hurts the most, oddly enough)

So grab the family, sit them down for breakfast and talk and eat.
Take your time. With a little bit of planning it can happen.
Remember, put yourself first so everyone can benefit.

I'm personally going to be focusing on this over the next week.

Please try it out. What can it possibly hurt. You may even taste
your food for the first time in a while.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Please tell me your trainer doesn't do this!

Any idiot can make you vomit or feel pain.

I have heard of trainers doing this 3 times in the last four months.

Does this make any sense to anyone?

I have no idea why a personal trainer would do such a thing. It is
irresponsible!

What a horrific way to introduce a young athlete to health and fitness.

It takes a skilled fitness professional to make you feel your first
workout but not immobilize you, and have it be the first step in a
progressive activity plan.

We, as trainers, have been given your trust and bodies to take care
of. This goes against everything we are supposed to be working for.

Trainers who do this need to get a reality check.

I don't care if that is the way they were trained. That is a cop out.
Plain and simple. You have the burden of care. Show some responsibility.

If you have a trainer, if they think this is good for you, please,
question them. Make them think, explain themselves, or fire them
and get a better trainer.

I could go on but I think I should nip this while it is still civil.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Get out, stretch those legs and have some fun!

Monday, 29 September 2008

Group Fitness is Full! More on the Way!

Hello everyone.

I am just writing to say that the response has been overwhelming.

The first group is full!

The class filled in 5 days.

If you had intended to join this group it is already too late!

Couples joined, moms and daughters, brothers in law. It is quite a mix and already knowing over half these people it’s easy to see that we are going to have a lot of fun.

They are serious about their health but they always have a good time.


THE BEST PART

Due to the overwhelming response I have gotten more time and space for a second group. I have acquired the space at Studio 1 on Waverly Rd. It is two buildings past the MicMac Tavern. And no, we are not going there for supper!

I am looking to you to help me get members. People you would like to see get into better shape or who have been asking if you know of someone to help them get fit

If you know anyone who has one hour a week and is looking to get into great shape, please pass this on. They just might thank you for it. Often.

Not only that, I have a Referral Reward System. Get one person signed up and you get a free session. Two and it is two. Three and your free for the whole 3 months!!!

Really! Get three friends signed up and you are free. The four of you will get into great shape together, have fun and save 25%. Unless you don’t want to tell them! Don’t worry, I wont either!

It’s only $66 for the two months! Looking the best for Christmas or getting a huge jump on New Year’s resolutions, now is the time to start.

So if you've put it off and missed the first group here is your chance at the second.

Call me at 219-0072 or e-mail me at todd@altiusfitness.com

Thank you again for helping spread the word about this wonderful opportunity.

Have a great day!

In health,

Todd

Monday, 22 September 2008

New and Improved

Good morning everyone!

It's a beautiful day.

Just so you know, my sister is getting married and I am thrilled about it. I want to spread that good feeling as far as I can.

So that is why I am launching this new product to you, first. Because you have all in turn been supportive and positive.

This is a 12 week program that is every Sunday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

Each week is a fitness session with a theme.

Starting Oct 12 at Coastal Dance (114 Woodlawn, Dartmouth)

$99 for three months

For $33 a month you have the fitness world at your fingertips. You get:

#1 - RESULTS (thinner, stronger, you name it)
Adult specific fitness coaching
World class fitness sessions
One to one Q & A sessions
Nutrition assistance
Start at your current level of fitness
Progress at your own speed

All of which very important to achieving your goals and maintaining them for life!

I've been disappointed with the local trainers and I want to show you how it is supposed to be done.

For $33 a month you can have it all! Perhaps even look unbelievable for your Christmas photos! What do you want?

Call me to reserve your spots!
219-0072

In health,

Todd

902-219-0072
ToddDeWolf.com

Sunday, 21 September 2008

My New Passion

Hi,

There is no risk to promoting Brian Grasso's Complete Athletic
Development so early in the life of my blog. I have not seen it's
equal.

Brian is a Canadian who has been transplanted south of the border.
He has been flown around the world to talk about his ground
breaking techniques in Athletic Development.

If you already know what I am talking about you can order the
complete package here!

With testimonials like this you can see why he is so widely
respected:


"I have dedicated my life to the pursuit of learning how to best
develop athletic ability in young athletes. I have researched it,
applied it practically and now teach it to professionals worldwide.
The information offered in this collection is precisely what more
Trainers and Coaches need to hear."

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Neuro-Scientist & Motor Skill Development Expert

and


"After reading Training Young Athletes - The Grasso Method by Brian
Grasso, there is no doubt who is leading the industry in youth
coaching. I have basically taken all my books on youth training and
put them in storage - The Grasso Method covers it all! I highly
encourage coaches and trainers of young athletes to make this book
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World Class Speed Coach


And here
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You can see why I back it up as well. I've been following Brian's
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If you want to take your athletics to the next level, this is the
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In health,

Todd

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Sunday, 7 September 2008

Knock their socks off!

What can I say. You learn something new everyday. Sometimes it is the things that you thought you already knew.

I've been reading and researching what makes a successful weight loss plan for all these years.

Guess what I "found out".

Eat less, do more.

Yup. That's it.

Careful, what I mean by eat less is to reduce carbohydrates and make your meals smaller. Oh, you know what I mean by that.

I've bee there myself. Big heaping plate for supper. It feels good when you haven't had a lot to eat all day.

But if you eat more during the day, and more often, the less likely we will gorge at the end of the day.

Makes sense doesn't it?

Something weight loss guru Alwyn Cosgrove said stuck with me. Weight loss is simple, not easy!

We know what we have to do. It's all in black and white above. But why can't we do it. That's the hard part.

You are going to have to figure out what is stopping you from succeeding. That is something no personal trainer in the world can do: go inside your head.

We can quote statistics until we are blue in the face. But if a client isn't ready to make "the change", well, nothing is going to happen.

For instance: reduce carbohydrate intake.

Seems simple enough.

How many people do it? Take a look around at our collective girth. Not many, I'd say.

Simple, not easy.

Another: 1 hour of activity a day

Any takers?

And I mean any activity. Sure some are better than others depending on what your goals are but lets get the cart out in front of the horse shall we. Start by doing anything. Enjoy your activity.

Fine tune later.

So what are you going to do today?

What are you going to do this week?

There is a hint at what will make any plan successful. Looking ahead. Seems like an oversimplification. But I encourage you to look around.

See anyone else doing it?

Now go. Get out there. Knock their socks off and surprise yourself. You are capable of so much.

In health,

Todd

Check out the Complete Athletic Development for young athletes. The best system in the world for preparing your young athletes for competition and reducing injuries.

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Have a wonderful day!

Friday, 5 September 2008

who wants it more?

I need 10 people!

10 people who are motivated.

10 people who want to look fabulous.

10 people who are motivated to get things done.

10 people who want results now!


Are you one of those ten people?


Contact me to join our Fitness Success Group.

It is a 12 week program to en-lighten-ment. (bit cheesy but it works)

These results are meant to last a lifetime.

Enrollment is limited to 10, your commitment is three mornings a week for group work and 12 weeks of fun and fitness!

Metabolic testing will be provided free for everyone and a meal plan that will make sure no one goes hungry!

More information is up at groveparkfitness(.)blogspot(.)com and more will follow. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are in.

Don't wait to make it happen. The opportunity is now. Get there before anyone else.

In health,

Todd

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Where is the effort, people?

I'm not telling you something you don't know already.

You get what you give.

Especially when it comes to the effort you put into your exercise.

It is counter-intuitive. The more energy you put into your activity
the more energy you will have for everyday life.

I see it everyday with my clients. Some buy in, some do not.

The difference in the results is staggering.

I must make a note of this though: I am not talking about
superhuman effort.

I mean the effort of doing something everyday. Taking the time to
plan food a few days in advance.

It takes effort to change what we do everyday. Since we are
creatures of habit.

So, do you have it in you to make the changes and keep them up?

I do this because I love it, and I hope it shows. Not everyone gets
it or agrees. They don't even have to. And that is Ok. As long as
people recognize I am trying to help.

Now get out there and take the first steps towards the change you
have always wanted to make for yourself. Put in the effort and reap
the rewards.

Friday, 15 August 2008

Obesity Recognition Doesn't Happen?

Parents don't recognize obesity in their own children.

Believe it.

Here is an article referencing research into this area.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6451015.stm

So it has to be asked how active are our children? Are we over
protective?

It's a difficult place to be but it is necessary to look at what is
really happening.

Take a look at how much time our kids spend being active every day.

That doesn't mean playing sport. It doesn't mean winning
competitions.

Just being active.

We joke about being kicked out of the house until the street lights
came on. It shouldn't be. It might have been the best thing that
could have happened to us.

All that climbing, pushing, pulling, crawling and jumping we did as
children is extremely important. It was during some of our critical
development periods. That means we take those skills through life
and can use them in all of our activities.

That makes everything that much more fun.

That means we are more likely to do something active and stay
healthy.

So I ask again: How active are our children?

Sunday, 27 July 2008

My Voice is Changing

I have been thinking about this for a while now.

I have been trying to help people for a while as well.

I've come to a conclusion.

I'm not getting through to many people.

I must be trying to be too nice. Too PC. Too something.

So I am going to work on speaking in a new voice.

One that might raise a few eyebrows but may get attention.

Not for my ego but for the person reading who should take action.

I want to help. And unless I get heard I am not doing much good.

Those of you who know me realize that I would never say things just to shock. That's not me.

But I would say something that is scarily true. Maybe a little too close to home for some.

That'll get some moving.

So I will start with this.

From now the mood may change. But it is because I want to help.

Here goes nothing!

Speaking of which, you to. Get up, get out and have a great day all.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

The Olympics are Here!

It's about time. This is a great time to pick up the slack in your program. There is something so inspiring about the effort these people put in. Look at the 41 yr old Dara Torres. Any age people. You can make it happen.

Naturally we need to temper our efforts with a wee bit of reality. We may not make the olympics but you can certainly get strong enough to impress family and scare the neighbors. Perhaps this will be the kick you need. Draw off the energy of the competitors. Even from here. I don't imagine we'll be able to make it to the Olympic venues. It's too much of a drive for me, at least.

I use the Tour de France to get my bicycle time up. The scenery and the ability to lose yourself in the race will help you perform at levels you wouldn't have expected from yourself.

So get your butt in front of the tv. Take a skipping rope, a matt, a couple weights and start moving. A little bit goes a long way. Recover your form and energy. Show the family how it's done.

And don't forget to scare the neighbors.

Friday, 27 June 2008

I'm here for you, honest!

This is somewhat ironic.

I profess to be looking out for you and yet I forgot to queue this message. I have had this written for the better part of a month and I didn't get it sent off. Nice!

So here is a little ditty about support and how it goes in both directions.
****

A point about trainers and some of the resistance they encounter.

A psychologist I have on my support team noted that people don't expect you to be 100% supportive. Most people don't get that from family.

That is interesting. Make a mental note about your environment. Do you really have a supportive environment. Physically, nutritionally and no less important, emotionally.

What do you want to be surrounded by. Visualize the results you want. Strong and lean? Start thinking that way. Food, sneakers, workout plan, and time set aside. We can't really expect to get the
results we want if none, or even a couple, of the components are in place.

Positive support? That comes from within as much as outside of us.

I've recently been hired on as a mental skills coach for a local university varsity program. These are very successful athletes. And what do they work on to get the edge? Mental skills. Positive inner dialogue. Visualization.

If you do the same you will be well on your way to achieving your goals.

* Move of the day, more of a prompt really. Squeeze glutes, quads, hamstrings and draw your belly button in (not down, see the difference?).

Do this before any power move that involves spinal support or the spine directly. You could argue that every move directly involves the spine but we'll save that discussion for another day.

PS: Happy birthday to me!

Monday, 9 June 2008

A Recent Nutrition Presentation

Rather creative title, isn't it? Now,...

I just gave a sport nutrition seminar to an elite level girls
basketball team.

I had a blast. They were motivated, interested and oddly quiet. I
think they were a little tired, what with it being the weekend and
finals week coming up.

When it was all said and done I got one of the best compliments
ever from the head coach. No mean feat.

But, when all is said and done, elite athlete nutrition and
everyday nutrition are share a number of qualities.

Eat to support your needs. Don't be shy.

Be consistent. Planning ahead will help.

Drink water. Have a bottle handy.

Lean cuts of meat or go with alternatives. Be creative.

Vegetables and fruit are vitally important. Do I have to go into
this? Didn't think so.

After that don't make excuses. For health or performance, being
picky doesn't mean you can't eat enough.

It means you get to eat more of what you like! Aww, that's rough.

So be positive, plan ahead, and reap the rewards. One day at a
time. You'll blow the socks of your goals.

PS: If you want the information from a researcher and educator in the
field of nutrition, and not l'il old me, look up Dr. Susan M
Kleiner. She'll set you on the right path. I've been to her
presentations and have two of her books. Read a couple others from
the library, one was a cookbook. Top notch stuff.

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Worth the Wait? You Betcha!

I have some exciting news.

I made it into Brian Grasso's "First 500"!!!

Only 500 (on the planet) made it in for the Level one Youth Conditioning Specialist certification.

This thrills me to no end. If there is one thing that bothers me the most is the poor state of youth conditioning. I want to be able to help kids perform better and have more fun doing it.

I learned many valuable lessons growing up and participating at provincial level athletically. And I got injured several times. So the old hindsight is definitely 20-20. I don't want that to happen to other young athletes.

Here is the program I am enrolled in.

Check out the videos! They say more than words on a page.

http://www.iyca.org/fitspecialist1.html

Coming soon: Youth Conditioning Programs.

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Youth Athletic Bootcamps

Here is a little shot of a Bootcamp I have coming together this summer. Click on it for a full sized image.



I've always enjoyed working with athletes and having a couple young ones myself. I want to get ahead of the curve and learn and share safe and effective training for sport.

One of the biggest obstacles facing young athletes is an overzealous coach or trainer who wants results "now".

Athletic development takes patience, time and focused, knowledgeable training.

This is open to anyone in the HRM.



Shoot me a note if you need more information.

Have a great day!

In health,

Todd

Friday, 9 May 2008

The Good and The Bad News

This just in: Fat cells don't go away. That's the bad.

The good: You can reduce them in size.

I'm not entirely convinced that "all" the cells stay. The science is good but it is not a long term study that follows it for a long enough time to satisfy my scientific curiosity.
bolic
The best possible solution to this problem, and no, I am not being sarcastic, don't let them catch on in the first place. Keep them off by being active and eating well. (larger meals earlier in the day, enough to sustain your energy requirements, keep hydrated)

Barring that, my fitness program, that I have honed over the last 6 years with all of my weight loss clients, targets the fitness and nutrition planning that boosts metabolism. The best part: it takes only 30 minutes a day.

The key is intensity. If we continue to do long slow cardio the net result is a metabolic slow down, to the point where, say walking, loses all of it's metabolic boosting effect. As you raise the intensity, a little bit at first, and more and more as you progress, the net result is physiological changes that will amaze yourself and you friends. The best part is you will need less and less time to obtain greater results.

What do others think about this? Don't really care. It works and my responsibility to my clients is to get results.

This works.

There is so much more to this. If you want more details contact me or sign up for my newsletter that will provide weekly information updates. I'll be glad to help get you pointed in the right direction.

In health,

Todd

Saturday, 26 April 2008

A Little Quiz

Don't worry. Nobody fails.

I just wanted to get some feedback on your interests. On the right hand side is a little click quiz that you can help direct some of my future posts.

I really appreciate your feedback!

I'm looking forward to hearing your suggestions.

And as soon as that is done, step away from the computer for a few minutes and get outside. You've probably been in front of the computer too long. Like I have. See you later.

In health,

Todd

Thursday, 24 April 2008

The first step

*This is for general healthy public. There are always "exceptions"*

This topic has been a regular subject amongst my clients recently. It's about food. Surprise.

I spend a great deal of my time explaining that the body doesn't respond well to food restriction. Sure, you'll lose weight. But it is not likely to stay off. One study, out of many, in the New England Journal of Medicine (1996) showed that a restricted diet had a 11% success rate of keeping weight off over a year.

That is not promising.

Then you start thinking about what does increase success. That study showed an 86% success rate when about 4 hours of activity a week was added. Not more food restriction.

Here is the short version: When we are active and the body is fueled supportively it doesn't appear to hold on to as much fat. I've seen it time and time again in my practice. Moms, dads, and athletes who struggle with weight who are under-fueling themselves. After a Body Composition Assessment is done and their Basal Metabolic Rate is calculated (and the shock wears off, "That much?") and a supportive food plan is put together the weight dips and lean tissues are maintained.

I really don't want to beat this too badly. Just take a look at what you are eating. Is it supportive or is it restrictive?

The kicker: with restriction comes mood swings, cognitive impairment, blood sugar control issues, difficulty avoiding late night snacking because impulse control drops. It is not a recipe for success.

Consider this. If you have special food considerations see an accredited dietitian or nutritionist, depending on where you live. Get your BMR assessed. Build a food plan for life.

Think strong,

Todd

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Track It

Take a guess at what happens over and over again with the majority of my clients... It's ok, I'll wait.

They under-eat. Even after being coached on what a good supportive food plan looks like for their needs.

Why is it so difficult to get tem up to speed? Well, and I'm taking an educated guess at this, we as a society have been pounded over the head with messages about dieting and restrictive eating being the only way to lose weight.

I guess not too many people read the fine print.

Again, sure you lose weight, can't argue that. But is not healthy and difficult to keep off. This is an oversimplification. Generally, food intake must be supportive and activity must be a part of every day. Then a healthy weight for you is obtained. After that we can discuss aesthetics.

First things first though, get nutrition up to speed. Determine your caloric NEED not want (whoa, that's a whol other conversation). Then divvy it up. For athletes, 60% carb, 20%protein, 20% (healthy) fats is a great place to start.

So set off to look at what a healthy balance should be for you and then plan your week out so you don't fall off the wagon as soon as you get on!

Got it! No go get 'em!

In health,

Todd

Sunday, 6 April 2008

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In health,

Todd

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Monday, 31 March 2008

Take a Deep Breath

Hello all,

I've been busier than all get out with sick kids and a burgeoning business. It's been hectic. But I am glad to say that I am back.

I've been doing some education for myself. Internet marketing and writing. Not that you could tell yet. It'll get better. Promise.

I also have some products and a membership website in the planning stages.

So this is more of a how do you do letter.

If you have a moment, sign up for my newsletter. My information, news and health tips sent directly to you once a week.

Have a great day. Try somthing new.

In health,

Todd

Monday, 25 February 2008

I'm on fire!

Fire? No not really.

I've been a big nap advocate and lo and behold. A study. It's science. How can it possibly be wrong? Right?

Well, before we get into that discussion give this a read.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7254555.stm

I hope I have given all of you license to nap. Pick your spots carefully.

Also I'd like to state that I will have a little series on "the Death of Diets" coming out soon.

One can only hope.


Who's looking out for you?

In health,

Todd

Thursday, 31 January 2008

Greatest move ever?

There is one move that trumps all the others when it comes to full body strength, boosting metabolism, and cranking up the sweat.

A squatt.

When done properly this move is indispensable.

This move, when done out in the open, not strapped into a machine, neurologically triggers the quadriceps (front), hamstrings (back), and calves.

Get a professional to help you through the actual move and here is what they had better show you.

Keep your heels down. Don't let the knees travel out past the toes at any point in the squatt. Feel pressure on the outside edge of your foot. Contract your core by drawing the belly button towards the spine which will trigger the natural back "belt".

Now, this move stimulates stimulates muscle growth and at the very least, muscle retention. This is important to keep metabolisms high and burning energy, for those of you who are interested in weight loss.

For those interested in muscle gain, eat more and train this hard. for the same reason as above, studies show that it stimulates muscle growth throughout the body because it stimulates the release of growth hormones.

So, get thee to a squatt rack. If you have back concerns, start with bodyweight squatts and work on form and core strength. In no time at all you'll be impressing your friends and scaring the neighbors with your feats of strength!

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

How did it all start?

Well it wasn't really all that long ago.

About 8 years ago, I had a corporate gig. With that came many long, late hours, lots of pizza and fast food. not to mention the extra 60 pounds I had put on.

How do you put on 60 pounds and not notice? I'm not exactly sure how others do it, but I have a pretty good idea how I did it.

What triggered me into losing that weight and becoming stronger than I ever was before? Oh, a little picture from a vacation in Florida that will never see the light of day again.

In less than 8 months I had worked myself back into top condition.

All while still at the corporate gig and starting my own fitness business. It took less than 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week.

I enjoyed myself, not the least because I was looking better and feeling energetic and fabulous.

Not to mention that my wife noticed as well.

If you find yourself in a similar situation let me know.

You can make the changes. You can make things happen in your life. You can improve your health for just pennies a day.

More on that later when my DVD comes out.

Who's looking out for you?

in health,

Todd

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Take a nap now!

Does this sound familiar?

It is probably the middle of the day. You don't feel right. Perhaps sluggish. Or you've been staring at the same sentence on your computer for the last 10 minutes. Or rubbing your eyes, heaven help us, when driving.

It's time to take a nap.

I took Biological Rhythms back in the day and it really intrigued me how the body adjusts it's sleep patterns. Whether you like it or not.

Having two little ones and my wife, two out of three whom are sick at the moment, I am getting a good reminder about sleep and it's importance. I haven't had a good nights sleep in about 4 nights. I am starting to feel it now.

I'm making sure I eat well. No simple sugar snacks for a "boost", just good nutrition. I also have been continuing to exercise.

But it still doesn't overcome poor sleep. I have been getting the "sluggies" around the middle of the day. So what do I do? I surrender and take a nap.

Between 10 and 20 minutes. Anything longer than that and your body thinks you are going to sleep. That isn't what you want. Studies have shown a quick nap improves attention and focus.

I know it is not always possible but it is important, firstly, to get good consistent sleep. It helps in so many ways; losing weight, decreasing stress, clear and coherent thinking. Secondly, get a nap in for a pick me up when you are in a lull.

Who's looking out for you?

In health,

Todd