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Lately I’ve been hearing more and more about people not having time for their health. I know I know I’m a trainer and we believe working out solves everything. (It does:-)). Time, time, time. Our most valuable commodity. Quality time. My mom always says “The best things in life are free” and “as long as I have my health”.

Now I know what she meant all those years. What good is life unless you feel and look your best. What we must understand is that working out and eating right helps the body manage stress. Stress overload leads to disease, tiredness, and ultimately aging. Who wants that?

Use your phone, tablet or iPad to schedule eating and workouts just like you schedule work meetings, kids schedule, parties, happy hours, shopping and all that other stuff we think is important. (Well kids are). Really take a look at your to do list and think what on that list and being busy has to do with your actual happiness or success?

Spend the time on yourself. You’re worth it.

It’s a proven fact. The healthier you are, the more money you make. Period. Most importantly, you get to enjoy the benefits of success longer and with happier quality of life. The stronger, healthier more vibrant you are the more you are able to kick butt at your job, your business and in life. Sales is a transfer of Energy! Let’s face it; when we are at work we’re selling our personalities our abilities and ideas to the company we work for. Better performance translates to higher sales, less stress, positive attitudes and that translates to promotions and more money. So let’s rock the workouts. Start were you are. From an easy going walk to 5 rounds of boxing it counts!

Getting up the motivation to work out after 40 is not the same as responding to that automatic feeling of energy and power we got when we were 25. Our bodies begin to stop producing a list of chemicals, enzymes and endorphins that give us that spark of desire to blast off along with the power to recover fast after the age of 28. How do we continue to maintain a healthy, vibrant lifestyle when we still have more than three quarters of our life to live? My solution at 56 is 95% mental. Staying positive is my goal. There are megatons of forces designed to drag us down as we manage careers, family, aging parents while preparing for retirement.

A morning routine of gratitude, forgiveness and calm is where I start coupled with the most insane self “pump up” session I can muster. You should hear me, I sound like Ali before a big fight “I am the greatest!”, “I can’t possibly be beat!”. I repeat this throughout the day as I need it and it does the trick. One thing I do is play the “Olympic Fanfare” by John Williams and I imagine I am an Olympian. You know why? Because we are. To our kids, our loved ones and our friends. So why not act like it.

As we age taking care of ourselves gets harder because we are fighting factors that are out of our control. Depending on our situations stress can increase as we age, fear of becoming empty nesters, aging parents, financial issues, health issues etc. Finding the motivation to workout and eat right gets harder as time goes on. The one thing that works for me is to go slow and just start with something small and easy. A walk in the park, a stretching session in the living room or a low impact spin class. Trust in the belief of your better self or your “star player” as Kat Williams says. Take a few minutes as soon as you wake up and meditate on your worth and value. Give yourself a mini pep talk or a major one. Maybe you need a “cheer” partner like I do. A friend that helps you stay motivated and powerful. Agree on a set time each day to Pump each other up!!

How do you maintain the body you worked so hard for during the busy times of the year? I call it the nuts and bolts. These are tune up exercises that don’t take much time and can be done in or outside of the gym but give your heart and muscles that boost they need. Its like the homework you had while you were in school or the extra 15 minutes of practice on the piano you added to your regular time to get that extra edge. 15-20 minute blasts of specific targeted exercises make a big difference in maintaining the proportion you need.. To get a list of these “nuts and “bolts’ exercises check out my Jump starter kit on smallsfitness.com.

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Sorry. I couldn’t think of another title. Processed foods, dairy, gravies, sugar, flour, gluten. They all turn to sludge into your system. Avoid these foods if you are serious about losing weight. The body only does 2 things with food. It uses food as fuel or stores food as fat. We like the former. We want to ingest foods that get burned as fuel as much as we can. Dairy is inflammatory. Inflammation causes muscle tissue to resist change. Sludge in the bloodstream is the same as sludge in your gas tank or water system at your home. It slows things down and attracts bacteria. Go raw. Go lean, go clean. Grab a package from smalls fitness.com to learn more and get lists of the foods that combat…sludge.

Breathe. Everyone take a deep breath. The best thing to do in the time of change is breathe and hit the great outdoors and walk, run, job, stretch and play. Training in the outdoors opens the mind and allows the lungs to take in the natural oxygen from the trees and plant. Now more than ever we need to reduce the stress on our system. Our nervous system needs stress reduction. Our body is designed to perform at an optimum level at all times. If we allow it to. Eating dense processed foods clogs the digestive tract for longs periods of time and contributes to fatigue. Ignoring our bodies natural desire to be outside take in natural light and fresh air also stresses the heart and brain. Breathing deeply everyday forces the body to align itself and make you feel super powerful!!