What I learned On Vacation

What I learned On Vacation

I just got back from a two-week vacation at the beach with my whole family. It’s always hard for me to take time off; I always feel I should be working all the time to improve my career and provide for my family. Every time I go on vacation; however, I realize how important it is to take some time off, have fun with the family and really live an active healthy lifestyle.

There were a number of things I learned on this vacation that when I’m working so hard training clients and publishing this blog, I become unaware of. These include the following (…)

Skim Boarding is a Great Family Workout

Skim Boarding is a Great Family Workout

I‘m back at Sag Harbor, NY for a two-week beach vacation with the family. I love the ocean and it’s so easy staying active at the beach. I don’t have to go to the gym or have to do any type of structured workouts to stay fit. My kids and I just got into skimboarding this summer. What an incredible interval workout.

Skimboards are the size of a boogie board but thinner. They are like little surf boards that you throw on the sand when there is just a little bit of water and skim along the top of the sand or ride them into a breaking wave (…)

Fitness Contrarian Principal # 4: Hard Workouts Should Be Short in Duration

I’ve written a number of articles on long and hard workouts and have been telling my personal training clients for years that “when you workout hard it should be short and when you workout long it should be easy”. Yet this is a common sense concept that most fitness enthusiasts can’t accept. One of the biggest mistakes you can make with your exercise program is to have the mind set that more or harder is always better.

The whole purpose of exercise is to build a stronger healthier body. To achieve this, you want to spend your time wisely by building yourself up and not chronically breaking yourself (…)

Four Ways to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Researchers have concluded that avoiding weight gain, not taking hormones, exercising and limiting alcohol, are the best ways to lower your risk of breast cancer. One of my favorite newsletters, Nutrition Action, had a great article about how to lower your risk of...

Top Ten Snack Combinations

Here is a list of some of my favorite healthy snacks for weight loss. When combining and choosing different foods for healthy snacks, look for three things: protein, healthy fat and low glycemic carbohydrates. Low glycemic carbohydrates release sugar into the blood stream slowly over time.

Look at snacks like little meals. One of the big mistakes people make when choosing snacks is not balancing the snack with good nutrition (…)

A Supplement Worth Taking: Omega 3 Fish Oils

One of the supplements I take every day is omega-3 fish oil. Its becoming harder and harder to find goods sources of omega-3 oils in the US. Fish is one of the few foods that is high in omega-3 oils but wild caught fish is expensive and not always available or in season.

After reading about all the proven benefits of omega-3 oils a few years ago I started taking a fish oil supplement. I made a video this past winter about the fish oil supplement I take every day and it is being featured on Men’s Fitness web site called Code Liver Oil is a Great Source of Vitamin D. Check out the video below about the cod liver oil supplement I take every day and some of the benefits of taking it (…)

Fitness Contrarian Principal # 3: Live an Active Lifestyle

If I had to choose between working out in the gym for an hour a day and them sitting behind a desk as opposed to living an active lifestyle by moving around all day long, I would pick an active lifestyle hands down for good health.

Going to the gym for an hour every day is a good idea but you can’t count on that alone for all your daily activity. One of the most under-rated aspects of good health is low-level easy movement all day long. You can’t be a couch potato just because you went and worked out for an hour (…)

Fitness Contrarian Principle #2: Avoid Processed Foods

I can confidently say that if you eat heavily processed foods on a regular basis you will be shortening your life. Research has found that being over weight is responsible for 216,000 premature deaths each year and the over consumption of processed foods are a major contributor to the obesity epidemic in the US.

Processed foods are loaded with sugar, salt, trans fats, preservatives and empty calories. Everything you want to avoid in your diet is in processed foods. Most people know that processed foods are not good for (…)

Don’t Gain Weight in Fine New York Restaurants

Don’t Gain Weight in Fine New York Restaurants

If you know what you’re going to order before you sit down at a restaurant your chances of making a healthy choice will go up tenfold. Once you sit down at a restaurant and have a few sips of your martini you will pretty much order anything on the menu regardless of calories

My personal training clients were always asking me what to eat when they go out to dinner. For years I used to frequent restaurants that my clients would go to so that (…)

Vitamin E and D can Help Your Memory

Two studies just came out. One about the benefits of eating foods high in Vitamin E to lower your risk of developing dementia and another talking about the risk of Vitamin D deficiencies in older adults. 1. Foods Rich in Vitamin E Lowers Your Dementia Risk Eating...

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