Motivations

Many People Do Get Fat After 30: This Is Why

While back when I started exercising, many people would asked me if I was a personal trainer which back then I was only a guy with a dream to improve his appearance.  My only goal was to get in shape.  On the other hand, I had other “friends” who wanted to discourage me to stop exercising.  They would say something like, “When you get older and turned 30 years of age, your body will start getting loser and you will start getting fat.”

Many people start gaining weight after their puberty stage.  And the reason it could be because of the habits they have developed.  I started lifting weights since I was 19 years of age.  I never stopped since then, so I don’t really know what is to be out of shape and I’m very happy with the results weight lifting have brought to my life.

Maybe my friends who thought I would be a fat person passing my 30s believed that I would give up my habits and focus my life in drinking and seating in the couch watching TV like they do.

I don’t think is nothing wrong with their lifestyle if it’s what they want.  However, many people want to improve their self esteem, health, appearance and over all their quality of life.  And I don’t think practicing negative habits will help them do that.

Here is my little secret I’m reveling to you.  Honestly, it is not a secret.  If you take some time to think about it, you will notice that it just make sense:

Every single thing you do in your life has consequences.  So if your goal is to be healthy, lose weight, be in shape, improve your appearance, run your first marathon or wherever it is, you should start working on it every day.  You either work towards or against it.

After hurting my back, completely dislocating my knee, lost a loved one, being in debt, be punished by USA migration and sent back home for months, I continued practicing my good habits and guess what?  The prophecy my friends proclaimed did not become true.  I’m over 30 years of age (I know I look like I’m 26, but it is just my habits that keep me young) and I continue lifting weights and eating healthy with no pains, healthy, disease free and very happy.

I keep in mind one of the laws I read in my personal development- We create our destiny, nobody else has control of it.

So just practice your good habits every day and they will pay off in the future. Great investment!


Thank You For Being Such An Amazing Reader

All the articles that I have written have been created because of you. If there are no readers, then it does not make sense to write. But all passionate writers do so because they are hoping to have a reader. And as you may have noticed, my emails are full of information that I have to share with you to help you in your journey to be healthy, to tone your body, to lose weight and ultimately to find happiness in your own life.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read my narticles and apply the lessons mentioned in such to your own goals. At the end, I myself have been inspired by other writers and have learned from their knowledge, so I can succeed faster in my journey. The chain of us helping each other to succeed is indeed what matters.

I really enjoy writing the information I share with you and think that the topics I’m exposing will help someone to understand all the choices hi or her have in their life and be able to achieve his or her goal. We all are in the same boat and we want to help each other to navigate to our destiny.

Once again, I can’t thank you enough for trusting me with your health, concerns, goals and other questions or comments. However, I promise you to continue my research and education about the myths and truths about fitness. And along the way find out what works and helps you to stay healthy. Truly your health is my priority.

I’m hoping you are enjoying all the articles as I enjoy writing them.


Do You Know These Effects About Exercise?

It’s interesting that even though many of us know what to eat and all about the benefits of exercise—that it slows downs aging, prevents diseases, strengthen our bones, improves our appearance, and facilitates weight loss– it’s difficult for us to practice those healthy habits.

Lately I have being paying more attention to how the cells function. Cells are the building blocks of life—teeming with many organelles with unique functions, a microcosm of the unique organs inside the larger human body.

One specific organelle in cells, the mitochondria are often called our power plant and are responsible for the production of energy in cells.

The human body functions due to thousands of different cells, all doing their jobs:  creating tissues that in turn make up organs, organs make organ systems that enable our whole organism to work.  But fundamentally, it all comes down to cell and their health.  Cells need energy to function and they get the energy from the mitochondria. Biologists and physiologists explain that the more cells we have the more the mitochondria we have, and the more the mitochondria there is, the more energy is needed. This leads to an increase of metabolism. When we develop more muscle in our bodies, we are actually creating more muscle cells, which need more energy, thus increasing our resting or basal metabolic rate.  To say it in a different way, the more muscles the human body has, the more calories it will burn. For every three pounds of muscle we add to the body, we burn around 120 calories more.

Another reason to exercise is that weight lifting helps prevent osteoporosis. When we lift weights, the bone goes into a process that is called remodeling; it adapts to the stress to which it is put. The skeleton replaces itself bit by bit every day like this, and takes seven years to replace all the old bones.  So if there is no stress in the human body, the bones remodels itself weaker, and the skeleton weakens accordingly. On the other hand, if the bones are stressed regularly, they develop a stronger skeleton.

A study several decades ago in Brookline, Mass. showed that even the elderly can gain bone strength after a few months of moderate weight training. The study had people over 80 and even over 90 engage in weight training a few times a week, and to the researchers’ surprise, the seniors’ bones got stronger.  Great information, right? But what good this information do if we don’t practice it?

Action is what really matters. And action requires will. Albert Einstein once said, “There is a driving force more powerful than steam, electricity and atomic energy: the will.”

Many people need to boost their grit and their will. If they did, they would use the information they have to achieve their goals.

There are two types of energy: potential and kinetic. Potential energy is like water in a dam. The energy is there, but it’s not moving. Kinetic energy is like a river; it’s moving. Our brain works the same way; we can either keep the information static in our head or put it into action.

Exercising and healthy eating are two good habits that will add value to your life. Such changes will result in losing weight, increasing your energy levels, and avoiding some diseases, such as osteoporosis.

Many people neglect their responsibilities, including looking after their health, until the proverbial “tomorrow.” Unfortunately, “tomorrow” often becomes “never.”

My dream is to help everyone reach their potential and be genuinely happy. Our body is a machine that requires maintenance. Exercising and eating healthy will not only help you look good or lose weight.  They are needed for a happier life. Put this into practice and you will see how much value you can add to your life. Make sure you do it now, however, since “tomorrow” may never come.


Choose To Suffer Or Choose To Succeed

In life we find people who succeed in their goals and others who will only try, but fail. To be more specific, less than 8% of people will succeed in their weight loss goals. There are people who have all the possibilities to succeed in their weight loss goals than others and fail. Then there are others who have less possibility to achieve their goals and succeed. What differs between these two types of people?  The consequences obviously are not a factor. Sidike Conde is a great example, with no legs he could achieve more than people with legs. The way people perceive life is the biggest reason why people succeed or fail.  I was talking to my landlord the other day and she was telling me how some tenants are full of excuses. Even though they have all the possibilities to leave everything under good circumstances, they prefer to leave everything to the last minute and come up with all types of excuses. Interesting enough we are all full of excuses. We blame anyone and/or everything, but we don’t take responsibility of our own life decisions.

Here let me illustrate, two different people same event: one is doing her best to lift weights and get out of her comfort zone.   Every time she is squatting she thinks, “The burn and the pain will help me get my legs and butt toned and lose fat. I can do this: no problem. I have done it before. I like this feeling of accomplishment.”  When she is running, she tells herself, “Running is only for the strong and I’m strong. I can run 20 miles. My body was made to run”. When she chooses to eat the right foods, inner thoughts are, “My life is healthier with these foods. Healthy foods are the best energy I can consume for my body.” While the second person, when she is squatting says, “Oh no, this is very difficult. My legs are killing me. I can’t do this. I will never get what I want. I should stop now.” She comments to herself while running, “It seems too long. My body can’t handle the running. I better walk because running does not feel comfortable.” When she chooses what to eat she says, “I will only eat processed foods once. Why should I cook when there is food that is already made? Processed foods are the easiest thing to eat and I don’t care about my health anyway, because I will still someday die.”

Can you feel the joy of one of them and the pain of the other? If you picture these two people, I would hope that you would want to be the first example. I could be wrong. Maybe you would want to be example number two and continue making excuses? I know you are smarter than that ;). Anyway, did you notice that both these people in the same event were affected differently by how they perceived the same event? The reality is that you create your reality. You are the one who decides if it is painful or enjoyable. How do you perceive events?


This Is The Reason Why You Are Not Overweight.

Do you remember back in school when you needed to seat with a specific group and discuss one of the assignments? We do the same out of school in boards of directors. I’m on the board of directors of a couple of health organizations in the valley.  Here people gather and bring ideas to share and problems to resolve.  One of the issues that we were discussing last time was how to make people aware of their health.

Anything that has to do with health requires some level of effort or discomfort for many, at least at the beginning. Cooking requires knowledge, time and patience.  Eating healthily entails scheduling, choosing and paying extra cash for the right foods, preparing those foods, and eating the right amount.  To exercise people need to get out of their comfort zone, make their heart rate increase and their muscles burn and learn to schedule their time.  However, if people fail to practice any of these habits, there will likely be negative effects.

Nobody consciously wants to be weak, sick, suffering or overweight or in pain.  Yet it’s difficult to make many people aware of how to prevent these problems.  If people don’t want to suffer, why is it so difficult to get people to think about their health? While many organizations offer free cooking classes, free exercise programs, gardening classes, disease prevention seminars and many other government-funded community events, why is it so difficult to get the community involved?  Publicity is not the problem: Look around and you will find many organizations working to help you adopt a better life. So what makes it so difficult?  This is what we were discussing at our last board meeting.

The brain focuses on what it thinks is important.  When you bought a new car, you probably saw many people driving the same model everywhere. Why didn’t you notice before? Because it was not important until you focused on the one you wanted.  The reality is that people had been driving that type of car before, but you didn’t notice because it wasn’t important.

People are focused on and value many things before their health.  Many people don’t understand that their health is more valuable than what they are searching for.  Many people think that their health is predetermined.  They may think that they have no control over it and that their health problems just happen, so they don’t put the time, effort and money they need into preventing health issues.

When people start seeing the value in their health is when they invest time, effort and money into it, not caring about the difficulty, time required or how hard it can be to do so.  But once again, what can we do to make our community members aware of their health?  If you are reading this article, it means that you care about your health and you are aware of your health.  If you think about yourself, something motivates you to stay healthy. It could be your appearance, your spouse, your family, the pains that you don’t have anymore because of your good habits, or simply that you noticed you’re happier when you practice good habits.

In other words, we need to find what people value and what motivates them.  Therefore, I remind you that you should stay focused on your motivation when you practice all those good habits.  Your values or motivation are the reason why you are willing to do what many people avoid doing.

There is something else: You are an example for others to follow, and that is more powerful than any information that we can provide to others.  So stay positive and be proud of yourself, because you are unique, and you are helping us changing the community.



Go Deeper Than Exercise and Eating Healthy When Is About Weight Loss

We, fitness professionals, are focus in many physical events that we can do to lose weight and give healthy examples include running, weight lifting, taking time for  breakfast, eating mainly fruits and vegetables, lowering meat intake, choosing whole grains, avoiding dairy, cutting out processed foods and GMOs, and severely no added sugar drinks  and alcohol.

While many people know about these recommendations, we health professionals can help out with other deeper aspects of overall well-being- the mental aspect.  Here are some psychological tips to help you achieve your fitness and health goals:

Believe: Set up your mind to understand that weight loss is in your control and is very possible.

Find a purpose: Finding the reason why you want to lose weight will help you stick to your program.  You will do better, for example, if you are getting married and you want to fit perfectly into the beautiful dress.

Have desire:  Think about the discomfort your body is giving you because of the extra weight you have.  Then compare what the benefits of a thinner body would be to your new lifestyle.  This will bring about a stronger desire for weight loss and general fitness.

Be persistent:  Persistence is the key to any success in life.   Think about it. Only people who are persistent achieve their goals.  The rest only try.  Weight loss is not an overnight event.  In fact, it’s more difficult for some people than for others and requires more time.  Yet these people are those who are more successful.  The reason could be because they know how hard they have to work and they persist, while many of the rest don’t. Follow the right steps and be persistent.

Seek Information: Keep learning constantly.   Find reliable information.  Try to avoid the many myths and false solutions out there…  Just because you might not achieve your goals at first, don’t create defeatist myths about yourself.  Keep at it.  Seek out facts and helpful strategies about your health.  Whatever the situation is, use your brain and common sense.  Avoid weight-loss scams.  Some people only are looking for your money and will try everything to sell you a product that promises everything but doesn’t work.  Assess any information you get and put all the pieces of the puzzle together.  As Albert Einstein said, “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

Plan: Brainstorm and design a Plan A and a Plan B.  Follow the first plan but adjust it as needed.  Plan B is only if plan be can’t be perform.  Plan your day, week, month, and year.  People don’t achieve their goals by accident—they have at least one plan.  A mindless, chaotic lifestyle is not contusive to achieving weight loss or even basic fitness.

Be a hero:  As you go along your weight loss journey and get results, share your experience with others who need them and are themselves ready to change.  This will keep you accountable and help you lose weight permanently.  You will also feel good by helping others.  Plus, as you know, good things happen to good people.

Be decisive: Act,–do it now!  Let me repeat, take action about your life! Your body and habits will never change if you don’t start to make changes.  No magic thing will happen unless you act.  Don’t end up just wishing and hoping and next December find yourself the same or with even more weight.

Invest in your health: Nothing is more valuable than your health.   Be choosy about buying material things.  Instead, spend money on anything that will enhance your health, such as fresh food, informative books, and helpful services.  You only have one body and you probably want to take care of it.  You can’t go to a body dealer or a doctor and get a new one.  Losing weight and keeping fit about love your body and take care of it.  Material things come and go and you can replace them, unlike your health and body.

Throw this article up as a screen saver for the month of January.  Read it every day, become familiar with its contents, and be ready to change your life!

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Happiness Is The Goal

When parents at an elementary school were asked what they wanted for their children, what did they reply? Love? Money? Fame? Recognition? Health? Awards? Happiness?  More than 95% choose “happiness” because happiness is not created by love, money, fame, recognition, health, or awards. It’s the result of complex events and interpretations.

I’ve studied many books by authors like Jocy Meyers, Anthony Robbins, Napoleon Hills, Albert Einstein, and Carlos Cuauhtémoc Sanchez, about how to release one’s potential, how to achieve happiness, how to live to the fullest, and how to empower one’s life.  To achieve these things is complex and involves ,self-awareness, personal security, adequate knowledge,  progress towards one’s goals, a sense of purpose, find the good things of life and being able to control one’s thoughts.

Since my passion is teaching health and weight loss, I’m going to focus on this aspect of “happiness.”   Many develop diseases and have problems with weight gain because of their lifestyle.  This often consists of bad food choices and behaviors and an inactive lifestyle.  A person’s choices and actions create a negative lifestyle for them, which leads to negative results and situations, which do not contribute to human happiness.

Wonderfully, we have free will in our lives.  Sometimes when people notice that their lifestyle is going in the wrong direction, they choose to start making better choices to better achieve happiness.  In fact, Happiness is the Goal (A book in Spanish that I’m reading) states that happiness is actually not a long-term goal but can be an everyday goal.

Happiness is the Goal explains that to achieve our daily goal of happiness we usually have to do some uncomfortable but constructive things.  In other words, discipline makes us happy.  Odd sounding, I know, but true.  The book continues talking about the importance of being fit.

An example of this can be seen at Custom Body Fitness every day.  People are in there, knowing they need to exercise in order to lose weight or improve their fitness, but along the way they realize that exercising itself contributes to their daily happiness.  The reason is because exercise have many advantage:

  • Combats health conditions and diseases
  • Improves mood and even sex drive
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Reduces the risk of dying prematurely
  • Reduces the risk of diabetes and helps control diabetes for those who have been diagnosed.
  • Reduces the risk of high blood pressure and helps reduce high blood pressure in people who already have hypertension
  • Promotes psychological well-being
  • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Helps control weight and lose body fat
  • Rejuvenates the body
  • Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
  • Improves the physical ability to drive a car in older adults

 

Not to mention that a person who is fit is able to do many physical tasks that the average people can’t.

I used to be a person with no discipline; I let life take its own random course.  I thought I was happy, but I was only rationalizing my unfocussed, if somewhat comfortable life.  But now, as I work out and try new things in life and in my business, I end up getting out of my comfort zone, and I see that this allows me to achieve many of the long-term goals that contribute to my long-term happiness.  Not only that, it has helped me achieve daily happiness.    This may sound a bit obscure, since it’s hard to explain to someone who has not achieved true daily happiness.  It is like explaining the red color to a blind person.  If you experience self-discipline, and find all the good things of life, you may know what I’m talking about.

Don’t let your life vanish, waiting for happiness when you have it in front of you.  I encourage you to find what you require to start being happy every day of your life. I suspect that starting to exercise and changing your eating habits for better ones could be a first step towards this happiness goal.

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Read This If You Want To Be Happy

What is the reason that you wake up every day? This is how I start a speech that I’m presenting in different businesses.  I get many answers, such as: “Because I need to work,” “I have responsibilities,” and “I have to take care of my family.”  I think all the answers make sense because we all have something to do in life.  However, this isn’t usually why people wake up.  Therefore, I ask the second question: Why do you do all of these things, taking care of your family, having responsibilities and working?   The other series of answers comes right after: “Because I have to make money,” “Because I’m a goal-oriented person,” “Because I love my family” and so on.

True, these may be the short answers to why we wake up and why we do what we do, but there is a profound answer that changes people’s perception.   The reality is we wake up every day and we do what we do because we want to be happy.  People have families, jobs and responsibilities and set goals because these things contribute to their happiness.

We all are pursuing happiness.   Nevertheless, sometimes we get lost pursuing happiness.  Other people have put in our head ideas about happiness.  Each society has created a set of beliefs that has contributed to people’s decisions about their pursuit of happiness.

Steve Jobs said, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”  What would you do if today were your last day? Would you spend time with your family or watching TV? Would you use your money by giving it to someone who needs it or would you buy something that is acceptable by society? Would you smile and enjoy the view or would you find all the negativity of life?  How can you make yourself happy in the last day of your life?  What about all you have done and not done yet?  Are you happy with your past and present?

Many people are afraid to die, and I think the reason is because they have not accomplished many of their dreams.  They are putting their dreams off until “tomorrow” when they have enough money, when they don’t need to work, when they get the house, when they get married, when they have time, when they don’t have worries and so on.

As people pursue happiness, their health deteriorates, their emotions are repressed, their level of stress increases, they are busy with trivial things and they abandon their loved ones.  In other words, they get further from their happiness instead of closer.

Do your spiritual practice, health, family, profession and finances contribute to your happiness?  What can you do to improve each area? I think happiness is an everyday decision and reflects the real things that you want from the bottom of your heart.  I have been pursuing the happiness I lost while practicing what society thinks is happiness.  But I have never been so happy every day (even when things go wrong) as I have been since I started taking care of my spiritual connection, health, family, profession and finances.

Give yourself 10 minutes today and think about the person who you need to become to really enjoy unconditional happiness.

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Your Perception Makes You Suffer or Joyful

In life we find people who succeed in their goals and others who will only try, but fail. To be more specific, less than 8% of people will succeed in their weight loss goals. There are people who have all the possibilities to succeed in their weight loss goals than others and fail. Then there are others who have less possibility to achieve their goals and succeed. What differs between these two types of people?  The consequences obviously are not a factor. Sidike Conde is a great example, with no legs he could achieve more than people with legs. The way people perceive life is the biggest reason why people succeed or fail.  I was talking to my landlord the other day and she was telling me how some tenants are full of excuses. Even though they have all the possibilities to leave everything under good circumstances, they prefer to leave everything to the last minute and come up with all types of excuses. Interesting enough we are all full of excuses. We blame anyone and/or everything, but we don’t take responsibility of our own life decisions.

Here let me illustrate, two different people same event: one is doing her best to lift weights and get out of her comfort zone.   Every time she is squatting she thinks, “The burn and the pain will help me get my legs and butt toned and lose fat. I can do this: no problem. I have done it before. I like this feeling of accomplishment.”  When she is running, she tells herself, “Running is only for the strong and I’m strong. I can run 20 miles. My body was made to run”. When she chooses to eat the right foods, inner thoughts are, “My life is healthier with these foods. Healthy foods are the best energy I can consume for my body.” While the second person, when she is squatting says, “Oh no, this is very difficult. My legs are killing me. I can’t do this. I will never get what I want. I should stop now.” She comments to herself while running, “It seems too long. My body can’t handle the running. I better walk because running does not feel comfortable.” When she chooses what to eat she says, “I will only eat processed foods once. Why should I cook when there is food that is already made? Processed foods are the easiest thing to eat and I don’t care about my health anyway, because I will still someday die.”

Can you feel the joy of one of them and the pain of the other? If you picture these two people, I would hope that you would want to be the first example. I could be wrong. Maybe you would want to be example number two and continue making excuses? I know you are smarter than that ;). Anyway, did you notice that both these people in the same event were affected differently by how they perceived the same event? The reality is that you create your reality. You are the one who decides if it is painful or enjoyable. How do you perceive events?

Buy this Book!