Jillian Michaels: Fitness Ultimatum Product Review

If you have ever watched NBC’s The Biggest Loser, you will know what a tough, no-nonsense trainer Jillian Michaels really is. She means business! She has a knack to break walls that contestants have built around themselves for years. In many episodes, fellow Baby Boomers have been part of the ranch and have exercised right alongside their much younger counterparts. Whether you have a similar story to these contestants or not, imagine having Michaels as your personal trainer. It may have seemed like an impossible dream up until a few years ago when Nintendo released the Wii gaming console.

A unique exercise “game,” the Jillian Michaels “Fitness Ultimatum” targets your entire body with heart-pumping cardiovascular activities that integrate your Wii controllers and balance board. Because the video features Michaels, you know that it’s going to be thorough with some challenging moves; however, it can definitely work in a senior health fitness plan. It works because you can choose to sit out on certain segments if you need to until you build up to a more advanced level. She won’t jump through your television screen to yell at you though, so you don’t have to be quite as intimidated as you may be if you were actually on the ranch.

This video combines cardio and strength training exercises that can condition Baby Boomers through moves like lunges, push-ups, kicks, jumping jacks and bicycling. To help you reach various fitness goals, you can customize workouts for up to six months. Also, Michaels’ voiceover occasionally exclaims words of encouragement to keep you motivated throughout your exercise session.

If you are new to Wii, talk with family, friends or even the gaming store associates for some basic lessons in using the hand-held remote controllers. It may take a few practice sessions until you fully master swinging and chopping with your controller. As you become more familiar with it, you will begin to get more out of each workout session that you complete. Ask some family members to play the game with you, so long as there is ample space in the room to avoid accidentally hitting each other with the remotes.

In the promotional video for this game, Michaels says, “Nothing in life worth having comes for free. You’ve got to work for it.” By working out to “Fitness Ultimatum” in your house, you can confidently say that you are certainly working for your Baby Boomer fitness.

After playing the game….errrr having Jillian working me out. I felt that I was comfortably pushed outside my comfort zone and enjoyed this product. I give Fitness Ultimatum an A for a nice change of pace and variety.

Make sure to consult with your physician prior to starting any new fitness program to make sure that it is right for you.

Having a job may keep Baby Boomers ticking

The large number of Baby Boomers entering retirement age this year certainly adds stress to the already-dwindling Medicare benefits and Social Security funds available to our country. On top of that stress is the fact that companies are downsizing and handing out severance packages to employees or are forcing others to retire. Whatever the case may be, if you are a Baby Boomer who still needs to work or who still wants to work, you are not alone. There are many other individuals in the Baby Boomer population who continue working well past retirement age too.

What are the reasons why a Baby Boomer would actually want to keep working past retirement? Some reasons may include truly enjoying their job, such as a die-hard gardener who works in a greenhouse well into her 80s. Another reason may be because the pay is just that good: They may be the CEO of their own family business. Others may continue working because they would otherwise be completely bored at home. And, at any rate, we are simply living longer than what our forerunners did 60 years ago. Regardless of the reason, working past your supposed retirement age may just be what is helping you to stay ticking.

When you face the mental and physical demands of your full or part time job, you are constantly working on your alertness and strength. If you maintain proper nutrition and exercise often, more than likely you will have more energy and will be better suited to continue working in your current job. And, it can also help to improve your chances of landing a new job if you decided to retire from another occupation in the past.

If you’re in better shape, you will most likely live longer and may not need to rely upon all of those Medicare benefits anyway. To help keep the Social Security funds in better check now, the government is currently looking at pushing the eligible retirement age further and further out from age 65. This may or may not be beneficial to all Baby Boomers, but if you start leading a healthy and fit life now, it may serve you well. In fact, you may indirectly help to stretch the fund out for many more years which, in the long run, would benefit everyone in the Baby Boomer population and possibly beyond. Therefore, keep exercising and eating right if you want to continue working for as long as you need to or want to.

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!

Never Too Old To Be Fit!

One of the most common reasons people say they can’t start an exercise regime is because they think they are too old.

If you believe that then you are lying to yourself.

Athletes like Brett Favre and Cal Ripken, men who didn’t let age stop them, can be role models to everyone.

The older you get, the more that exercise becomes important. Keeping your bones strong, your weight at a healthy level, your muscles toned and your heart beating what is essential. As you get older, it becomes more difficult.

AT HOME EXERCISE IDEAS TO START

Simple Strength Exercise

Sit in a chair with your back straight.

Keep feet flat on the floor and even with your shoulders.

Hold hands straight down at your sides with palms facing inward.

Raise both arms to side, shoulder height.

Hold the position for 1 second.

Slowly lower arms to the sides. Pause. Repeat 8 to 15 times.

Rest. Do another set of 8 to 15 repetitions.

Simple Balance Exercises

Walk heel-to-toe. Position your heel just in front of the toes of the opposite foot each time you take a step. Your heel and toes should touch.

Stand on one foot. Start by holding for five seconds and switching feet. Gradually increase until you can stand for 30-45 seconds on each foot.

Simple Stretching Exercise

Hold one end of a towel in your right hand.

Raise and bend right arm to drape towel down back. Keep your right arm in this position and continue holding onto the towel.

Reach behind your lower back and grasp bottom end of towel with left hand.

Climb your left hand progressively higher up towel, which also pulls your right arm down. Continue until your hands touch, or as close as you can comfortably go.

Reverse positions.

Repeat 3 to 5 times each session. Hold stretch for 10 to 30 seconds.

Simple Endurance Exercises

Taking a 15 minute brisk walk

Swimming for fifteen minutes

Gardening, mowing, or raking the lawn

Cycling on a stationary bicycle for fifteen minutes

Bicycling outdoors on a level surface for fifteen minutes

It’s important not to overdo it when you are just getting back into the fitness scene. Take it slow and work your way up to where you want to be. The exercises above are a great starting point. Once you have mastered them, move on to a higher level.

Home Gyms on a Tight Budget

So you want a home gym but don’t think you can afford one? You can put together a home gym with items from around your home, costing you zilch. Have a bit of a higher budget, you can have a supreme home gym for $1000. Whatever your budget is you can start it today o and add to it on a monthly basis until you have the gym that you’ve always dreamed about.

Let’s start high and go low.

A Budget of $1000

− Buy a treadmill. The treadmill is great for cardiovascular exercise and can also be used for leg strength training. A treadmill can also easily be adjusted to harder levels as your fitness level increases.
− Add a full dumbbell set with weights ranging from 5 pounds to 50 plus pounds. Dumbbells are perfect for toning and building muscles
− Get a resistance band. A resistance band is another option for strength training. .
− Finally, purchases a step bench. The step bench can be used for both cardio and strength training.

A Budget of $100
If you have a starting budget of $100 then the following can be bought to start your home gym:
–a dumbbell set
–a fitness ball
— a resistance band
— a jump rope
A Budget Under $100
–Three dumbbells sizes – 5lb, 10lb and 15ln
–Resistance Band
–Jump Rope

A Budget of $35
Fitness Ball. A fitness ball can be a total body workout. Using the ball you get upper body workout, a lower body workout and much needed abdominal workout.
If you can’t afford anything else to start your home gym, the fitness ball should be on your list.

A Budget of ZERO
There are many items around your house that you can use for your hoe gym that cost no out of pocket money at all
− Use milk jugs filled with water for weights.
− Stairs for leg toning and strength building.
− Chairs for stretching
− Towels for resistance bands.

Regardless of what you can afford, you can enjoy the benefits of a home gym. Be healthy and fit on a budget!

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Aging

Are you experiencing incontinence, difficulties with bathroom visits or pelvic pain? Well you may be one of the many who is displaying symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. PFD is a common occurrence amongst aging women but can sometimes affect men.

What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) is the condition where the Pelvic Floor does not function as it should and includes prolapse of the bladder, rectum, bowel or uterus. This condition is often embarrassing and can leave many suffering from low self esteem and depression as a result. It is commonly undiagnosed and it is quite staggering to find that that an estimated one third of the population of women suffer from PFD, at some point! The likelihood of PFD occurring increases significantly amongst women as they age. Other contributing factors are diabetes, hernia, obesity and hormone imbalance.

Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

The most common symptoms of PFD include one or more of these:

  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Frequent incontinence
  • Pain during urination
  • Rectal Pain
  • Pelvic Pressure
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Pain when sitting, walking or standing
  • Urgency to urinate then difficulties emptying the bladder

What can be done?

If you have any of the symptoms, it is essential that you seek medical guidance because it is a condition that does not necessarily need to be endured! If diagnosed early, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction can often be treated successfully using non surgical procedures. These options are available and provide excellent results:

Pelvic Floor Exercises and Rehabilitation

These exercises are incorporated to strengthen the muscles to perform more efficiently and effectively.

Medications:

With the guidance of a doctor, you may find that there is a variety or medications that can be administered to provide relief and a reduction in PFD

Education and Behavior Therapy:

Changes in lifestyle or behavior can have a dramatic effect in minimizing the occurrence of PFD.

– Managing a healthy weight. (This also reduces risk of Diabetes, which can also aggravate Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.)
– Controlled fluid intake
– Bladder training

Biofeedback:

This therapy is designed to retrain patients how to co-ordinate the abdominal muscles with the pelvic floor muscles. Biofeedback training successfully reduces the symptoms in 70% of cases.

Relaxation:

Relaxation is a powerful therapy when dealing with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, as stress is a major contributing factor in worsening PFD symptoms. Stress causes muscles to tighten, so take the time to do something you find relaxing. Yoga, meditation and Tai Chi are renowned for their ability to reduce stress and tension.

Surgery

If the symptoms are more severe or continue to occur over an extended period of time, more invasive and surgical procedures are an option and have high success rates. Pelvic Floor Reconstruction surgery, slings for incontinence and other options are available to reduce or eliminate the symptoms.

What Next?

If you suspect you may have Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, speak to your doctor to find out the best course of action to ensure you feel comfortable, happy and healthy no matter what your age!

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.

Beginner Weight Training 101

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Now that you know all about cardio exercise and how great it is at helping you to burn fat and lose excess weight, it’s time to talk to you about weight training and its benefits.

As a personal trainer, I help people to get the balance right when it comes to combining cardio exercise with anaerobic exercise such as weight training.  As you know, there are many activities that come under the banner of anaerobic exercise, but for the purposes of today’s blog article, I’m focusing on weight training.

Put simply, weight training is a type of strength training.  It involves exercises that help us to increase our muscles and ultimately, our physical strength by using weights.  Although cardio exercise will burn more calories than weight training, by getting the muscles working as well as the heart and lungs, you will reach your weight loss goals faster – and improve your health in the process.

Here are a few things that always get people excited about weight training:

  • For every extra pound of muscle you gain, your body will burn an additional 50 calories every single day of the week:   The more muscle you gain through weight training, the more calories you will burn.
  • Regular weight training can increase your Basal Metabolic Rate by up to 15%:  If you were to burn 2500 calories per day, weight training on a regular basis can help you burn an extra 375 calories per day.  That’s more than a chocolate bar – every day!
  • Weight training has many health benefits:  Research has proven that weight training helps improve your resting metabolism, blood pressure, gastrointestinal transit time, reduces body fat and positively affects insulin resistance.  It also reduces the likelihood of you suffering from heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

In other words, the muscle will help you keep the weight off and keep you healthier.

To enjoy the benefits of weight training, I recommend just three 30 – 50 minute weight sessions per week.  This is in line with what ACE has found. 

If you are totally new to weight training, here are a few pointers:

  • Start slowly and gradually increase the level of difficulty
  • If you don’t have a weight machine, improvise with baked bean tins, telephone directories and even some moms use their children
  • Work all muscle groups, doing 8-12 repetitions (reps)
  • Determine a suitable weight to lift by ensuring the last rep feels like hard work or that you can only do 1 -2 more reps more
  • Don’t overdo things – leave a day or two between your weight training sessions and rest easy knowing that your muscles will grow even while you are resting

For more advice on how to introduce weight training into your week, feel free to drop me a line! Let us know what you think!