Hi! Chill James here to tell you about something that really hit me this past week. I always hear about how many people get depressed during the holidays. Many experts attribute this to the stress of the hustle and bustle of the season. However, I have another theory: Inactivity.
When you think about it, (other than shopping), things tend to slow down. Also, if we are routinely exercising, we tend to put off our regular activities. An article published by NBC News
spoke about how regular daily activity...even just walking, can prevent depression later on in life.
So, if you have experienced depression during the holidays in the past, try establishing a daily 20 to 30 minute activity where you are walking or gardening...Staying busy to keep depression away from you.
Until next time,
Chill Out - ChillFit,
Hi! Chill James here again. Fall is in the air as I write this blog. This is a great time for you and your children to get out in the fresh air and exercise. Now, the best example you can be for your children is to work with a personal trainer to teach them the proper techniques. In other words, a personal trainer is like a teacher. Your children have a teacher, why not you? I'm sorry, I'll get off my soapbox now. Please forgive me.
So, let's talk about kids for a moment. Did you know that there is a British study
that has found that school age kids can raise their grades by 1/4 point for every 15 minutes of exercise? Well, it appears that this is the case and the benefits are not in doubt.
In conclusion, I really believe that setting the example is the best solution. Your kids will take their personal fitness seriously if you take your personal fitness seriously.
Give me a call. I can help you set the right example.
Chill Out - ChillFit
Hi! Chill James here. You know, I've been in this same position before. You wake up and are just in this mental state that puts you in a bad mood and you don't want to do anything, speak to anyone, even those you love.
Well, sometimes that bad mood can even make you not want to exercise. However, it appears that exercise IS the answer to a bad mood. In an article titled "7 Mind Blowing-Benefits of Exercise"
, it seems to say that exercise primarily relieves tension which acts as a blocker agent for normal mood. In other words, exercise does two basic things: First, it removes the tension block. Secondly, it elevates your mood by signaling your brain to release agents such as Serotonin which act like an antidepressant.
So, what are we to learn about exercise and bad moods? Take a short walk to get out of your bad mood. Then, make life decisions after your mood improves. That decision should include selecting a personal trainer to help you stay in a good mood. Give me a call and my program can help you get into the right mood.
Chill Out - ChillFit
Hi! Chill James back again to talk about Yoga. No, I am not a yoga instructor. However, I do have some helpful advice for your if you are looking at Yoga for physical fitness.
Physical Fitness magazine published an article titled: "Yoga 101 for Beginners"
that gave 12 yoga positions that beginners can use to get started.
When you look through the positions, you may wonder if Yoga is for you as some of the poses still look difficult. This is where I come in.
As a personal trainer, I can help you get into shape to help you pursue Yoga. Yoga is great for keeping an already toned body in shape and learning breathing techniques to deal with daily stress.
To be clear, my services do not compete with Yoga, they complement them. Most people are looking to burn fat and tone their muscle. The exercises that I teach and help you get the most out of are designed to maximize these two goals. And here is the best part, you work with me one-on-one. In a yoga class, you are probably in a class with 20 other people. So, you may have personal issues that you need to talk with your instructor about and they are just too busy after the yoga class is over.
So, if you want personal attention and results: Contact me by clicking the link below.
Until next time,
Chill Out - ChillFit
Hi! Chill James here to keep you up to date on the latest trends in physical fitness. I always tell my clients that it is important to have a reason
to be and stay fit. Getting involved in a physical activity that is also social in nature will help you meet your fitness goals and keep you motivated to achieve them.
The latest craze is Pickleball. What is it? Well, it is a cross between tennis and ping pong as you use an outdoor or indoor court and net just like tennis. However, you use a paddle instead of a racquet to hit what appears to be a whiffle ball that is usually yellow in color so it is easy to see.
In the Wall Street Journal, an article titled "Pickleball champions share their workout"
tell how to stay fit for this hot new activity. Basically, movement that includes bicycling, stretching, and following a healthy diet are the keys to being serious competitors.
So, if you aren't into Pickleball, why not get involved in an activity that will "use" your fitness...In other words, give your workouts a purpose.
When you are ready, I'll be here to help. Click the "Contact Me" link at the top of the page to get started.
Until next time,
Chill Out, ChillFit,
Hi! Chill James here again to talk to you about potential major changes coming to your health insurance plans starting in 2014. However, I am going to make this different from some of the discussions you have heard. What I want to do is give you a horizons view of the growing relationship between your fitness and the health insurance offered by your job.
A recent article in Science Daily
outlined how Iowa State University worked with three manufacturing plants to study how a wellness program impacts the workers.
The study concluded that the largest problem among workers was a lack of flexibility. Next, the study found that 80 percent of the workers were obese.
After some training and monitoring, the employees at the three plants began to make some life changes that immediately impacted their life. The takeaways from employee surveys found that reducing stress in your life, exercising self-control over what and how much you put in your mouth when you eat. Finally, the study results were provided to the manufacturing management to consider options about the upcoming changes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as "Obamacare".
Expect to see more emphasis on wellness programs at the workplace. Projections are that insurance rates for companies and individuals will climb during implementation of ACA and companies will look for any method to reduce costs.
Want to get a head start? Call me and let's work out a goal plan on improving your wellness. You will have more energy and maybe get that promotion you are aiming for :)
Until next time,
Chill Out - Chill Fit
Hi folks! Chill James here to brag a little bit about the excellent company I keep down at TV Fitness Pros
The personal trainers at TV Fitness Pros was recognized as the "Best of Orlando in 2013" in the personal training category as presented by The Orlando Award Program.
In the past, I have encouraged you to contact me for a personal tour of TV Fitness Pros. I encourage you to drop me a line requesting a tour as you will immediately feel at home with the facilities and the atmosphere. We are totally unlike the gym experience you are now accustomed to.
So, click the button below to contact me for a personalized tour with no obligation to join.
Until next time,
Chill Out, Chill James
Hi! Chill James back with you to give you a heads up on some changes that are occurring in the workplace that you may not be aware of.
In a recent Wall Street Journal article titled: "When your boss makes you pay for being fat"
it reports how many employers are planning on making employees pay as much as $1,000 extra starting next year if they are overweight, or fit other high-risk health groups such as smoking. Other companies will instead reward employees with money for losing weight or meeting other determined guidelines of health. Many of these changes are due to the sharp rise in healthcare costs and the impending implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Regardless of whether you have to pay more money or you receive a rebate from your employer, you know that you have an opportunity to add $$ to your wallet for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So, if you have repeatedly tried gym memberships , bought exercise equipment online, or, you have tried exercise programs on your own, fear not...I am here.
As a personal trainer, I can help you reach your fitness goals so if your boss asks you to pay more money toward your employee health insurance plan because you are overweight...He or she will notice that you have gotten into shape.
So, click the button below to get started.
Chill Out - ChillFit
Hi! Chill here to gently let you know that Spring is here and you know what that means? Summer is coming. That means less clothes to wear and you cannot hide behind the thick clothing and coats.
I want to take a different direction in this blog. If you are like me, you may not have had good examples in your life to create a love for fitness. For me, my closest relatives did not see physical fitness to be a center part of their lives. Consequently, I didn't value how fitness can benefit each and every part of my life. Now, I want to quickly point out that I am not blaming my family. Not at all. However, I do want to tell you that if you have children, you can create a legacy of love for fitness in them that will last a lifetime.
What inspired me was a recent article in the Wall Street Journal
about Rene´ Kaerskov, CEO of HBA, an interior design firm that is located in 16 countries. Although the article covered how Mr. Kaerskov likes to run marathons in multiple countries, what stood out was that when he undertakes his daily fitness routine, he includes his daughter. She does pushups and sit ups with him. He even uses her as a weight to do some of his exercises so they can enjoy some father-daughter bonding time that is really fun.
Now, ask yourself: What is the likelihood that Mr. Kaerskov's daughter will be devoted to a lifetime of fitness? (I think she will carry forth a legacy toward her children).
So, if you are not motivated to establish a fitness routine for yourself. Do it for your loved ones. Create a legacy that will literally change the course of your family.
Chill Out, ChillFit
The gym is one of the most interesting public places you can visit. Why is that? Well, you have a group of people visiting a place with basically one purpose...However, the people are there for different reasons. And, it is my theory that these different reasons gets in the way of the tremendous work you can do at a gym to tone your body. Here is a few I've found to be true courtesy of Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal in his article: "More Rules of Conquering the Gym"1. "Focus on technique. Have an instructor teach you proper form. If you lift a barbell like a 129-year-old man bending over to pick up a turtle, you need some help." Chill's Take: Jason is correct. As a personal trainer, this is my main focus to help get the most out of your workout. Proper form helps cut down on injury and maximize the return on your workout so you tone up quicker.2. "Avoid gyms next to liquor stores and Cinnabons." Chill's Take: I recall talking to a guy who had kept his New Year's Resolution to join a gym. After talking with me for a while he revealed that he "rewarded himself" for vigorous workouts by stopping off at a Dunkin Donuts for a coffee...Yes, and a donut. A little later in the conversation, he mentioned how frustrated he was as he wasn't meeting his weight loss goals. Accountability is key. I can help keep you on track so you meet your goals without distraction.
3. "Squat! You hear people say this and it's true. If you're not doing squats, just stop going to the gym and take $100 and set it on fire in a garbage barrel once a month." Chill's Take: Leg strength is the foundation to everything on your body above ground. I could not agree more with Jason on this point. Too many exercise programs on TV place more time on "abs and guns" than on the basic foundation of a fit body: Squats.
Finally, I'll leave you with a smile when Jason says this in his article:
4. "A visit to the gym is always better than nachos and margaritas. OK that's a total lie. Nachos and margaritas rule. But go to the gym the next day, OK?"
Chill's Take: I'm done here. It's off to the gym for me and skinny margaritas later!Chill Out - ChillFitChill James