Keeping your job as a Baby Boomer

Our country is facing some particularly hard times in the job market, especially for the Baby Boomer population. With the first of the Boomers turning 65 years old this year, companies are looking at this population to dwindle in the workforce. And, whether it is because of their age or their general health, many may be pushed into early retirement or worse yet, handed severance packages.

You may be one of those Baby Boomers who still needs to work for another five or ten years, depending on your financial situation. You may be afraid that you could lose your job because you think your employer sees you as weakening in strength and not performing with as much energy. Ask yourself: Do I want to be seen this way, or do I want to prove that I can continue in my job? Can I push myself to try harder?

The answer can be yes, as long as your physical fitness allows you to do so. One of the best ways to protect your job as a Baby Boomer and to continue serving your company with your skilled expertise is to keep your body in its best possible health and fitness. Boomers who have integrated a well-balanced approach to life through nutrition and fitness can have a better chance at keeping their jobs because their employers will still see them as viable employees.

Some of the best ways to balance your life include eating right and making time for exercise. By eating right, you will feel better and will most likely decrease your chances of developing life-altering and debilitating diseases like heart disease. Decreasing your fat intake and boosting your palette with fresh fruits and vegetables and lean protein can help keep your heart healthy and strong. As the counterpart to good nutrition, proper exercise also helps to lower your chances of diseases as it strengthens your muscles. It also can improve your mood, which as we all know can quickly set the pace at which you approach your daily activities and relationships with family, friends and coworkers. With exercise comes flexibility and balance, which can help you prevent injury at your job, especially if you have to move, lift, push or carry often in your job.

Think about your health and fitness throughout your day today. Do you want to be healthy and strong for the rest of your life? Does staying in your job help to motivate you and keep you going? If so, take charge of your life now so that you can enjoy each and every day to your fullest potential. I’m sure you won’t regret it!

Threats to Medicare benefits: Part three

Decrease in number of medical field workers

Every year, the Baby Boomer population is expected to increase the retirement age level three percent. In contrast to that percentage, the number of medical workers such as nurses and physicians is estimated to increase one percent but to decline in proportion to the number of Baby Boomers for whom it must provide care. As a result of the more quickly growing number of Baby Boomers to medical workers, Medicare faces a considerably discouraging outlook. It is a concern that can greatly affect Medicare benefits over the next decade or so.

But do all Baby Boomers need to rely on Medicare benefits? Not really, as healthier Boomers continue to practice eating right and exercising frequently. From my perspective as a trainer, that in itself is an incentive to start working out now and following a regular fitness plan regardless of your age. The best in senior health tips is this: integrate heart-pumping cardiovascular and strength training with a healthy, nutritious eating regimen in order to look and feel your very best. You will certainly help to reduce risk factors of diseases and conditions that become so prevalent in older age, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The decrease in medical field workers numbers will become less of a threat to you because you will be saving your extra doctor’s visits for another Baby Boomer who may not be in as great of shape as you are, whether by choice or not. Staying healthy for as long as you can is essential for helping to minimize the risks associated with losing Medicare benefits completely, especially within your lifetime.

In my daily career, I work with Baby Boomers all the time who wish to get into the best shape of their lives as seniors. Just as I tell them, I am telling you: It is an achievable goal for Baby Boomers to be in great health and to feel wonderful each and every day. Talk with your physician first before starting a new program. Then make an appointment with a personal trainer at your local health and fitness club. Your physician and personal trainer will assess your current level of health, ask you about your goals and then prepare a customized program just for you.
Continue to schedule your normal yearly check-ups, as there are no substitutes for those. However, as your overall health improves, you may not need to make quite as many additional visits.

Too Busy For Exercise? Or Too Busy For Life?

In your super busy running all day no time to waste world, exercise is a option you just don’t have.

Really?

Then tell me something, which would you prefer?

An hour of exercise?

or

A lifetime of health problems?

Being too busy for anything is an excuse. What you really mean to say is I have better things to do and exercise isn’t on that list.

But if you choose to continue to be too busy for exercise then you need to prepare yourself for the time when you have to say goodbye to your super busy running all day no time to waste world. Because if you’re not healthy and fit, you’re not going to be running your life anymore.

Here are some effective way to get the exercise you need without compromising your time and to stay healthy:

Bring your walking shoes to work and enjoy a thirty minute walk each day.

Wake up twenty minutes earlier then you normally would and start your day off with a yoga session.

Carve out three twenty minute slots a week — add it to your day planner like you would an appointment. These ‘appointments’ are your strenuous workouts. Cardiovascular and muscle toning should be your focus.

Keep a ‘health drawer’ in your office. The health drawer should be full of healthy snacks such as granola, nuts and other low fat items.
Drink plenty of water.

When you’re on the go it’s easy to grab a soda or coffee. Ignore them and go for the good ol’ fashioned water.

De-stress once a week by engaging in a sixty minute yoga session. Sunday evenings are the perfect time for this session as it gets you relaxed and focused for the following week.

You can never be too busy to be healthy. If you have to, make appointments for your workouts; it will be harder to break that way.

Never Too Busy For Exercise!

Have you ever had a day from hell and the last thing you want to do is exercise? Or does your work require you to travel a great deal, and you just can’t find the time to fit your daily physical workout in?

Quick and Easy Traveling Exercises

Leg Raise


Lie supine on a mat or padded carpet, feet flat on the floor to help maintain the proper pelvic tilt while you press the lower back into the floor and keep it flat on the floor throughout the exercise. Inhale as you extend one or both legs out and then return your knee(s) back towards your chest. Repeat 20-30 times



Rearward Lunge


Stand with feet shoulder width apart, arms at your sides. Inhale and take a large step backward with the left foot to a point where your left knee is a few inches above the floor (or as close as you can comfortably go) and your right knee does not extend past the toes of your right foot. Your hands remain at your sides, gaze forward. Exhale and step forward with the left leg returning to the starting position. Finish all reps with the left leg before repeating with the right. To make the movement less difficult, alternate legs from rep to rep. Repeat 10 to 20 times

A Day From Hell Exercise

If you had a day from hell then you need something to help you unwind. Sitting on the couch moping or eating a pint of ice cream is not the answer. Release your pent up energy in a healthy way.

Take a brisk thirty minute walk. The exercise and fresh air will renew you.

Use your energy to harden your abs. Ten to fifteen hard sit ups will calm you.

If you have a gym membership, then a date with the punching bag is perfect for you. Head on down and unwind!

Regardless if you are traveling or just having a bad day, there is never any reason for skipping exercise.

Exercising daily trains your body to be the best it can be. When you break a date with your body, your body is what loses out. If your body fails you, nothing will save you.

My Top Tips for Weight Loss Eating

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Often in my work as a personal trainer, I hear about the diet frustrations that many of my weight loss clients contend with.  Up there with the best of them is the frustration surrounding the foods they really love, but feel they cannot enjoy because those food are ‘naughty’ or ‘bad’.

One of the things I am always happy to share with these clients is that there are so many substitutes out there that will keep you from going crazy from “yum deprivation”. 

Dieting doesn’t have to mean living on lettuce and cardboard at all.  This is what too many people believe, and it’s why too many people crash diet.  They cannot keep up with the strictness of the nutritional plan they are following.

Healthy eating is something we need to make a lifestyle thing and here are my healthy and delicious alternatives to those foods we find yummy:

  • Drink diet soft drinks instead of regular sugar ones:  Soft drinks and sodas are to blame for so much weight gain, and it’s not looking like slowing down any time soon.  Just because you’re trying to lose weight though doesn’t mean you have to cut soft drink out of your life altogether.  There are plenty of diet soft drinks out there that are sugar free, and you can enjoy them without feeling any guilt, anytime you wish to reach for a soda.
  • Wholegrain bread instead of white bread:  It’s a lie that you need to cut bread out of your diet altogether if you’re looking to lose weight.  Instead of eating white bread which is full of unnecessary calories, opt for wholegrain bread.  It has fewer calories, less fat and it’s rich with the nutrients that your body really craves.  This wholegrain recommendation also applies to bagels and bread rolls.  You don’t have to cut them out altogether!
  • Low fat cookies and cakes instead of the calorie-rich ones:  Many people get that 3pm lull towards the end of the day when the afternoon is winding down.  During this time you may be used to enjoying a cake or cookie, and the good news is you can still do this.  Just go for the low fat bakery options.  They do exist – you just need to spot them in your cake and cookie aisle at the grocery store.
  • Vegetable burgers instead of hamburgers:  Sometimes you just feel the need to wolf down a hamburger, and thanks to low-fat veggie burger alternatives, you can – guilt-free!  They take a little getting used to, I must admit, but it’s well worth trying them out.  Be sure to add a nice serve of salad to your burger for an enjoyable, healthier hamburger alternative.
  • “Fake butter” instead of real butter:  Sure it tastes a little different, but it’s worth switching from the fatty version to the fake.  The big companies producing butter are now creating fat-free versions, so you don’t have to forgo butter after all if you get the urge to enjoy it!

Take these handy tips into consideration within the context of a healthy, balanced diet, and you’re on your way to making a healthy lifestyle, your lifestyle!

To get advanced strategies go see you local 24 hour fitness trainer.

This site is dedicated to you and your continued success.  Feel free to leave you thoughts and questions so we can get you answers to your burining questions.

Top Tips for Eating Out

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Think you need to stay at home and make your own meals in order to stay on track with your weight loss goals?  Think again!  You’re on a weight loss journey, not a “no fun EVER” journey!

This said though, you’d definitely be forgiven for thinking that a night out at a restaurant would break every diet rule.  After all, check out those cooking shows with the star chefs.  They never hold back when it comes to including butters, oils and other fatty, flavor-enhancing ingredients in their menus.

As daunting as eating out whilst dieting may seem, all hope is not lost.  You can enjoy a restaurant meal without blowing your calorie intake, if you follow these tips for eating out the healthy way:

  • Plan the event in advance if you can:  Accept that by eating out, you’ll probably be consuming more calories than you would if you cooked yourself and ate at home.  Keep this in mind and cut down a little – when it comes to calories – in the days leading up to the event.
  • Avoid eating all the extras:  Restaurants are famous for their flavored oils and bread rolls with butter.  As tempting as these and the marinated olives or side order of fries may be, avoid all of these extras.  It’s well worth it because you really can save a lot of calories by doing this.
  • Avoid pastries, rich sauces, deep-fried meals, creams and cheese:  This stuff is full of fat and calories.  You don’t need them!
  • Ask for the dish to be adapted:  When ordering, it’s okay for you to ask for the chef to adapt the dish to suit you!  Don’t be afraid to ask.  I recommend you request things like extra vegetables, no potatoes, grilling your meat instead of pan-frying it, asking for salad dressing or sauce to be served in a pot so you can add as little as you want to your meal or requesting no dressing on your salad.
  • Don’t feel pressured into eating three courses:  A main meal is enough, or alternatively, two serves of the starter.
  • Avoid fatty desserts:  A great option for dessert if you’re on the quest to lose weight is fresh fruit salad or sorbets.  Avoid pastries, cheeses and creams when it comes time to order dessert.
  • Avoid sugary soft drinks:  Instead opt for water, mineral water or diet drinks that have zero sugar.

If you don’t have time to prepare (by eating less) for your dining out experience, don’t stress out about it!  Simply cut down on calories a day or two following, or do a little more exercise.  It’s really that easy and it certainly doesn’t mean the world’s going to end.

Eating out whilst dieting doesn’t have to mean punishing yourself at all.  There almost always is a healthy alternative to substitute an ingredient, so don’t be afraid to ask for it.

Bon appetite!

Meet with your local 24hr fitness trainer to put together an action plan on how you can eat when your out!!

The Winning Mindset for Weight Loss

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During my career as a personal trainer, there’s something that really stands out to me when it comes to my weight loss clients.  There are two types of people who come to me for help with weight loss:

  1. Those who see weight loss – the diet and exercise habits required for weight loss – as easy and enjoyable; and
  2. Those who see the weight loss process as one that is difficult and painful.

Guess which group gets the results?

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out.  The way we think and the way we feel determines the actions we take and the outcomes we’re going to get.

When you are positive about the weight loss journey and you believe in the great outcomes that will result in you eating right and exercising, you’ll do it!

On the other hand, if you have a negative view about it all, you will end up hating the weight loss journey altogether and drop the ball before you see any results. You’ll feel overwhelmed.

The key to succeeding when it comes to achieving your weight loss goals is to make a conscious decision to lose weight and feel happy and excited about all of it:

  • The process of losing weight – the healthy diet you will come to love and the regular exercise you’ll feel energized by!
  • The results of reaching your goals – the great way you will look, the great way you will feel!
  • The prospect of a long, healthy and happy future – a future where you will continue to look and feel great – and exude health and wellbeing!

Forget the false promises the dieting industry makes about instant or near instant, overnight results.  The only way to lose weight is to change your lifestyle, so make the decision to change your lifestyle and love it!

Healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean regimenting your life and making it difficult.  There are so many ways you can start eating well and exercising regularly with results – and you can fit these in to suit your likes, your lifestyle and your goals.

See the weight loss journey as a positive one.  Know that your body, your mind and your spirit crave health and wellbeing.  Understand that when you give your body the healthy food it wants and exercise regularly the way your body wants, you will become a person who enjoys success, happiness and fulfillment on every level.

Go meet with your local 24 hour fitness.  Find a trainer that can help you develop a winning midset!!

This site is dedicated to you and your continued success.  Feel free to leave you thoughts and questions so we can get you answers to your burining questions.

Calorie Counting Basics

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We all know that eating well is all about taking into consideration the calories going in via foods and the calories going out through our physical exercise.  When we get the balance right we maintain a healthy weight.  And when we ensure there are more calories being burnt than consumed, we lose weight.

Calorie counting is the best way by far for us to stay on track, whether it’s weight loss or weight maintaining.  But what is the easiest way for us to count calories and ensure we stay on track?

Mention calorie counting to many people and they will roll their eyes and say, “It’s laborious” or “It’s too hard”.  Fact of the matter is though, it’s the surefire way for ensuring we get the calories we need to achieve our goals.

So what are the most effective ways we can keep track of the calories going in?  Here are my two recommendations:

  • Developing meal plans:  This is by far the best method to help you monitor all of the calories going in.  Measure the foods going into your meals, to determine the calories.  Create your meal plan for an entire week, and for variety, create several meal plans – perhaps 4 or so – to cover you for a month.  It is important that you stick to your meal plan.  Meal plans include absolutely everything you eat – breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and of course snacks.  By sticking to your meal plan, you will know exactly how many calories are going in. 
  • Keeping a Food Diary:  Keeping a food diary is the traditional way people count calories.  You simply write down whenever you eat something, and make a note of the calories.  Then you add your daily calorie intake up at the end of the day, to determine how many calories have gone into your body for the day.  Food diaries are popular, however, one of the downsides to food diaries is that people don’t add to it as they eat.  As a result, they may forget to add snacks and drinks throughout the day, resulting in a lower daily calorie calculation at the end of the day.  It’s called food amneisia and so many of us have done it at some time or another! 

I always recommend people develop meal plans, as opposed to keep a food diary, because meal plans are by far the best way to keep track of calories in.  You don’t have to guess how many calories you are eating, because the meal plan tells you.  Also, you don’t have to add the food as you eat, like you do in a food diary.  And as you know, all too often people forget to add everything they eat to the diary anyway.

The thing though about meal plans is that people often bawk at the effort involved in preparing one.  Whenever a client says to me, “Oh Dear Trainer, creating a meal plan is way too much time and effort for me”, I just respond by asking them how important it is for them to achieve their weight and health goals.

There are plenty of meal plans out there that you can get off the internet for free, however, by creating your own meal plan, you are factoring in your own preferences.  Sure, you will be eating healthy foods, but still, you may not like eating brussel sprouts and instead may choose to replace with broccoli.  By creating your own meal plan, you cater to your tastes.

If you really find creating a meal plan daunting, I recommend you go online and find a meal plan that appeals, and then make small changes to suit your tastes.  Be sure though to ensure the calories are correct for whatever it is you are adding to the meal plan as a replacement food.

It’s definitely worth the effort to create a meal plan, so set some time aside and have fun!