To train with asthma or not? Turning back the clock!

Simon, a new member now living in Chicago, has joined because he wants to get back into shape again, after many years of focusing on his career, and his family, having three children now, he wishes to return to the fitness of his youth. At 41 years young, he feels out of it, and in his own words, more than a little scared about taking the plunge into the commitment of being fit and healthy again.

Through his years of inactivity, he has increased his issues with asthma, and was wondering whether it was possible again to get into shape with this seemingly threatening condition (it is for many people). I suffered with this condition myself and have offered him some words of reassurance. If it wasn’t for exercise, my asthma would be still holding me back, and stop me doing a lot of things. When you cannot do things most people consider normal, your self-confidence is shot to bits, your self-esteem is crushed and a “limited” life of activity is no fun and very bad for morale. I now train many people with asthma, and they feel the same as me, if they DON’T exercise, they get the wheezing back and feel terrible, their workouts and good food are now the best medicine they can take, and there are no limitations left in their lives any more, even on the cold days like now!!

Simon is also wondering whether he can really do it again, he is 41 now and how will his body react? I have reasured him again and i have had individuals start training at 70 years of age, so he has a major headstart! He will be doing the 12 week challenge, and i will advise him to begin slowly, let his tendons and ligaments get used to exercise again, and give it time to adjust again. Then he can propel himself the former heights with a sound diet too. The lack of confidence he has now will disappear through the things he will accomplish, the self-esteem will come back and his children will have a great role model to look up to. He has two choices, either get into great shape or face the slow decline into old age, with the so called “limitations” that many people face in life.

 He wants an active life for himself and his kids, see how he gets on and watch for his posts, i know he needs encouragement and hopefully, he will help everyone else out too!

Keri

See your future

I like some of the comments being posted behind my posts by users of this site. They are positive, they are helpful, and full of real life experience. In a way, you are all practicing a very important habit, you are trying to see where you are going before you even get there, this is not nonsense or jumping the gun, it does really help to visualise your future, and the way you want to look.

Some of the ways you can do this is remember the way you used to be at your very best, dig out the old photo’s of when you looked great, or even in you don’t have them to hand, you can get inspired by someone else’s transformation and cut that photo out, on how you want to look. All you women do it all the time, you pick out a photo of a woman with the hair you want and take it to the hairdresser don’t you?

Using this site and being constantly reminded of what is possible will be proof to you every day that transformations are really possible. The new energetic healthy you is not that far away as long as you fully adopt a healthy lifestyle, and hit your workouts with purpose, and simply do not “go through the motions”! The more you imagine and visualise your future body, the stronger your mind will become, as well as the drive and determination you’re going to need to get there. Apart from good eating and good training, this will fuel your ultimate success more than anything.

Keri

New Year resolutions

New year’s eve is a great night to make promises and resolutions to yourself, if you are one of the 97%, those promises will fail according to statistics in the paper today. That’s why a lot of people don’t make any resolutions anymore. It seems that people are defeated even before they start.

Personally, I still make resolutions but they have changed over the years into more meaningful ones. Every year now and I want to help more and more people, and that’s what the idea of this blog is. More and more people are reading, and I’m getting more and more feedback thanks to people sharing their experiences.

This site is not about me, far from it, it’s about the people who ask for help, and I will do my best to help. Instead of responding to people I see out by lengthy text messages, or lengthy chats in a supermarket, that information is right here, and users feedback is vital. More people are registering, but most are afraid to post yet, it can be scary posting for the first time, but once you do it, you will enjoy it and learn a lot, AND benefit from the encouragement of others which is number one in my book.

My advice to you all is make those resolutions about being in your best ever shape, because this year you ARE going to do it, register, take part and I’m thinking of starting our challenge on the 17th January. Contrary to popular belief, I find this a good starting point because by the time everyone gets back to work, schools are back etc, this is the true time of year when people really feel like “getting back into it”!!

Happy new year and promise to make it your best!

Keri

Getting the message (if a little extreme)!

There is the old story about the famous preacher who joined one of america’s most select community’s, and how his unconventional ways converted a church full of people, who always turned up to church but never listened.

The first day the preacher showed up, he gave a rousing one hour lecture, and for the first time in that church’s history, got a standing ovation. The elder’s were thrilled and confirmed that they had made the right choice in their new preacher.

The second Sunday came and the preacher made exactly the same speech, more or less word for word for one hour again, and still got applause, although many had questioned its content, as it was the same as the week before.

The third week came, and the same thing happened, word for word and exactly for 60 minutes, the same message was broadcast and this time the elders were questioning the preacher’s one message theme, was this a joke or did he just one speech or was he just forgetful and forgot to change the lecture?

The next week comes and guess what? The same speech again, and this time as unrest starts amongst the congregation, the elders pull him to one side and ask him what the heck is going on? He then goes back out to the congregation and tells them, and the elders, that as long as the community acts the way it is, he will keep giving the same message until they actually “get it”, and apply his all encompassing message into their lives, and take the double standards out of their lives, no point showing up for church if they were committing sins all week long! We all know of such places don’t we? His methods may have been extreme, but hopefully you get the point!

Anyway, the point is that if you keep getting the message of doing 2-3 resistance workouts per week, 2-3 cardiovascular workouts per week, eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg, lean proteins, good carbs, sleep well, drink enough water and do things in moderation, you are bound to do well short and long term. How many of you know what to do, but never get around to doing it, actions speak louder than words so let’s forget all the excuses and compromises, let’s do it!

Keri

The magnetism of empty calories

Let’s be honest, we are all tempted over christmas, and all of us will have something we fancy, and sugary and fatty. How much of it will dictate how we feel, how hard it will be  in the new year to get it off, and how long it will take to get our taste buds back to normal again.

Cyril made an interesting post but one thing came shing through from all of what he said and we should learn from him. It was why he was making bad choices again. He was struggling because he wasn’t taking action on his bad food choices, he was talking about it but wasn’t doing anything about it despite trying hard.  Cyril will get back on track straight away but the great positive is that he knows where he is going wrong. How many of us know where we are going wrong in life? Most of us follow blind alleys at times, and don’t know where going wrong until obviously the result is not what we want, then we clearly must change to achieve a result we have been searching for.

The empty calories we have all around us, the mince pies, the beer, the wine, the cakes, the party food, the sugar coated anything, the pastries etc etc, they are all there to be eaten and they act as magnets in our times of weakness. Then one bad day leads to another and before we know it, the weight has piled on, we feel like garbage and we have the energy of a sloth, and a tight chest for some reason and the thought of exercising again sounds better “next week”!

My advice over christmas would be try to do something most days, even a nice walk would be fantastic, just to keep those lungs in shape. Some of you will do more, and well done on that, you will feel better and start 2010 with a bang! The magnetism of those empty calories can be very strong, so start as you mean to go on, keep eating plenty of the lowest fat meat out there in turkey, eat lots of veggies, have something of what you fancy as its christmas after all, and make a genuine promise to yourself that you’re not going to pile all of that weight on this year again, because it could easily be march before you get it off! Most diets end on valentine’s day and if you do your indulgence in moderation, you won’t need any faddy diet that’s doomed for failure again.

We have plenty of eating and traing stuff coming up so let’s really understand why this year is going to be different for you all, and you’re far more in control of it than you think!

Keri