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