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.

The Anti-Aging Benefits of Yoga

Our body is like a machine that requires maintenance, care and attention to remain at its working best. Sure, we do age in life, but what determines how well we age is that maintenance, care and attention.

In recent years, the baby boomer generation has climbed onboard the Yoga bandwagon…with remarkable results. More and more people are taking up the activity well beyond the age of 50 and many of these people claim to feel better beyond the age of 50, than when they did in their twenties!

So why is Yoga creating such amazing results for people? Why are seniors taking it up in increasing numbers, with remarkable results?

To find out, we need to take a careful look at what Yoga is all about.

Yoga 101…in 60 seconds
We could go on and on about what Yoga is, but for the purpose of this article I’ll keep it should and practical. Yoga means “union” in the Sanskrit language of ancient India, but Yoga as we know it today refers to the Sanskrit word “asana” – the practice of physical poses or postures.

Yoga focuses on creating body balance through the development of strength and flexibility. And you know from my prior articles just how important strength and flexibility are for our overall health and wellbeing as we age.

The great thing about Yoga is that it improves our mind, spirit and body and can be started by people of all ages. You just need to have the desire to do it and the willingness to learn.

The benefits of Yoga
So, what is it about Yoga that makes it so great for older people? How does it make older people feel so much better than they felt when they were younger?

To shed some light on this, the easiest way to do it is list for you the known benefits of Yoga:

It helps the body to attain greater flexibility
It helps the body to return to good health
It has proven to be a great exercise to prevent Osteoporosis
It helps seniors to feel more energetic, resulting in an increase in their wellbeing
It relieves joint pain

There are more and more Yoga classes cropping up everywhere for people over the age of 50, and Yoga instructors insist that even seniors who have the most sedentary lifestyle can enjoy the benefits.

There have been many cases where older people with limited flexibility and strength have discovered renewed strength and flexibility through Yoga. Don’t be scared off by the television shows and videos of Yoga masters striking some unbelievable poses! Anybody can start and benefit from Yoga – there are so many positions you can practice and benefit from.

Renewed energy, flexibility, vibrancy, health and wellbeing can become a reality for any senior who wants it.

So find out how your life can change for the better today and get in touch with a local Yoga group. There is so much to gain by trying it, so take action today!

Determining your REAL age

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If somebody was to ask you for your age, you would automatically think of the year you were born.  And you would be forgiven for thinking that.  After all, that’s the way the great majority of people determine their age.

But what if I was to tell you that your real age is actually different to that?

Each one of us has a birthday, but we also have a body age.  And the good thing about body age is that we have quite a bit of control over what age it is.

It boils down to our lifestyle!

In determining your true body age, assessments take into consideration how many hours a day you sleep, whether you ride a motorbike to work, if you wear a seatbelt when you are in a car, if you ever drink drive or travel with somebody who does, how many hours per week you exercise, what sort of diet you have, if you grew up in a nuclear family or broken home, if you have a lot of family support, if you are married or single, etc.

All of these things are taken into consideration when it comes to determing your true body age.

Our true body age takes into account the following main areas:

  • Diet;
  • Physical fitness;
  • Health; and
  • Wellbeing.

How to find out your true body age

There are plenty of tests you can take online that will reveal to you your true body age.  I’ve had the pleasure of investigating quite a few of them, and the one I recommend is found at http://realage.com.  The test will probably take you around 20 minutes or so to do from memory, and it will give you a fairly good, indicative body age.

Just answer the questions and submit your answers for the revelation of your body age.

What if I get a disappointing result?

Don’t worry!  Many people get a result that indicates their true body age to be older than their real birthday age.  That’s because so many people need to improve their lifestyles.  They need to improve their diet, lift their physical fitness, address health issues and do things to improve their overall wellbeing.

And the thing is, doing this isn’t really that hard at all.  You have so much more control over your true body age, than you do over your birthday age.  After all, you cannot change the date and year you were born.

Age really is a lifestyle thing at the end of the day.  And by making improvements to your lifestyle,  you really can increase your longevity and hang round a lot longer!

Top Reasons Why a Personal Trainer is a Good Idea!

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With the world’s population getting fatter and fatter, it comes as no surprise that the demand for personal trainers is on the rise.  People have had enough of carrying excess weight and the downsides that come with it.

Even though the demand for personal trainers is high, people still often ask the question, “Why would I even need a personal trainer?”  So in an attempt to help explain why it’s a great idea to work with a personal trainer, here are my top reasons why it’s worth hiring a personal trainer for weight loss:

  • They keep you on track and motivated:  What’s the reason why people often give up on their weight loss journey? It’s because they run out of motivation and just throw in the towel.  A personal trainer will keep you working towards your weight loss goals.
  • They develop a tailored fitness plan just for you:  A good personal trainer will take YOU into consideration – your health and weight loss goals, your lifestyle, your strengths, your weaknesses, your likes and your dislikes.  Any medical conditions are also taken into consideration by your personal trainer.  Your personal trainer will then develop a fitness plan to suit all of these things – increasing the likelihood of you sticking to the plan.
  • They show you the most efficient ways to exercise:  The personal trainer develops a plan for you, taking into consideration your goals.  They will then recommend for you the most efficient exercises to help you achieve your goals. You won’t waste time or energy doing the things that don’t help you reach your goals.
  • They will introduce you to exercise if you’re new to it:  Your personal trainer will introduce you to exercise – even if you’ve never really done any form of fitness before.  A soft introduction to exercise will help you to get fit and stay active.
  • They show you how to exercise on your own:  Even when you’re not training with your personal trainer, the techniques your trainer will show you will allow you to go it alone between sessions. 
  • They show you how to exercise safely:  Too often people injure themselves when exercising – even if they have the best intentions.  A personal trainer will teach you how to exercise safely.

The rewards you will get by working with a personal trainer will far outweigh any costs associated with hiring a personal trainer.  I always encourage people to view the cost of personal training as an investment, rather than an expense.

After all, you cannot put a high enough price on health and wellbeing.  When you reach your goals by working with a personal trainer, you’ll be enjoying life and living it to the max!