Trainer Tells All 2.0 – More I learned about Health and Fitness

To help kick off the official IF Life “2.0 blog” (a whole new look and moving old articles from Fitness Spotlight to here), I figured I would have another chapter of the most popular series of the past, “Trainer Tells All”. The original post (seen here) has been viewed 100ks times since originally released a couple years back. Most of the ongoing posts here will be shorter and based on one topic at a time, but once in a while I may add in these longer posts people also seem to enjoy. So let’s get started!

  • Want to lose weight and keep it off? Find a sustainable and “enjoyable” way you can just eat less overall. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t stick with it.
  • Perfection is an illusion and should never be the goal.
  • I haven’t got a pair of $100 Vibrams yet….but the $10 Speedo water shoes I got at a local department store work just fine for a “barefoot” running experience.
  • I don’t do treadmills or stationary bikes…but I like to go biking, hiking, and play sports. Lifestyle “cardio” attitude.
  • I think supplements can be useful to get people back into health/balance. But should not be a long term crutch to replace eating right.
  • I do full body movements (squats, pushups, pullups, dips, etc) because I enjoy having a fit and strong body. I don’t do isolated movements anymore (curls, lat raises, calf raises). While I can still look good with full body movements, using isolated movements only inflated my vanity ego and brought me increased insecurity and unhappiness overall.
  • I found out that when I eat less, I feel better. Working out less, I feel stronger. Worrying less, I feel happier. I don’t think I am missing out because I do “less”.
  • Stop being impressed by Hollywood physiques. Most are an illusion they get through excessive training or radical dieting for a movie or photo shoot. It never lasts. Quick fixes never do.
  • Most so called “fitness magazines” are owned primarily by supplement companies. So what do you think those magazines are going to tell you to do? Just saying. Oh, they recycle their covers as well.
  • I’ve done the personal trainer thing in gyms. Now I’m more focused on trying to help people find simple solutions that work, so they do not need to constantly depend on others for more answers.
  • I try to avoid doing anything that adds to people’s obsessions over eating or working out. While it may sell better, I don’t believe it is what we really need.
  • When you think about it, diet book publishers and supplement companies have no motivation to get you lasting results. There is so much more money in having confused and overweight people constantly looking for the next miracle.
  • If you can’t do a simple workout while on vacation, maybe you need to rethink your workout options.
  • Hershel Walker as a kid was poor and did pushups in front of his TV, what are your excuses again?
  • I’ve seen people on treadmills eating bananas and drinking sugar-based energy drinks in the past….why??
  • Don’t tell me you don’t have time to cook or workout at home, if you know who won on “Dancing with the Stars” last night.
  • 80/20 rule. If I can get 80% results with 20% effort, I’ll take that and go do other stuff in life.
  • Breast cancer rates have seemed to be dropping in recent years. Is it because of more prevention? No. Seems to be because studies pointed to hormone therapy treatments increasing risks of cancer, and people stopped taking them. Seriously, what are we really doing to ourselves nowadays??
  • The best way to make a difference is to just simply live your life as you know best, and be the positive role model for others around you to be inspired by.
  • If you told me a few years ago there would be a commercial on TV featuring paid fitness actors using a spring like device to vibrate around and act like it got them fit…I would laugh thinking it was a joke. No joke, real commerical, real product and making real money off people who believe everything they see on TV. Sad.
  • Pharmacutical industry doing direct advertising on TV should be outlawed. That is unless you like having increased risks for liver damage, heart attacks, stroke, depression, joint/muscle pain, migranes or perhaps even death.
  • Workout for a hormonal response (strength/muscle rebuilding and fat releasing), not for just a calorie burn.
  • My own simple workout reminder for everyone including myself, “don’t do stupid sh*t”. Amazing how much more effective working out can be in the long run when you are not tired, sick or injured.
  • The process of muscle rebuilding (increased protein synthesis) has been proven to keep your metabolism stronger for 24-48 hours. Workout for muscle, eat less and then rest/recover. You will be lean and healthy.
  • Want to show the youth of today how to be healthy? Teach them how to cook!
  • The mainstream idea of needing to eat much more to workout even more for weight loss…always boggled my rational mind.
  • No one but you cares about the scale. Toss it out and free yourself!
  • I suggest everyone read The Paleo Solution” when it comes to wanting to know “what to eat”. Great insight into food and your health. You don’t have to agree with it all…but at least it will make you think for yourself about what to do (eat) next.
  • Whatever your goals are, please do not base your happiness on needing to impress others.
  • Don’t blame anyone/thing for obesity issues in today’s world outside of mainstream ignorance. I won’t blame KFC or Coke, as people have the choice whether to walk in the door or buy a product.
  • Make your own dressings, avoid premade or added in. Unstable polyunsaturated oils are everywhere (vegetable oils) and can increase your risks of heart disease and cancers. Ditch the off-the-shelf mayo, make your own.
  • If you see someone constantly flexing in the mirror at the gym, smile and go give them a hug…they probably need it.
  • I really would like the word “cure” to disappear in the mainstream. You either stay healthy (prevent) or get treated (once sick). There is no real cure for most our modern lifestyle illnesses of heart diseases, cancers, etc. Even after you get treated, you can still get sick again. This word is creating a society of people giving away control to someone else to find the answers. We need to take back responsibility and prevent disease if we want a real lasting solution.
  • I like to have fun and compete to bring out the best in me, although not really caring nowadays about winning and losing. I find I play better when I am care-free anyways, as the stress of thinking about losing/winning seems to just bring down performance.
  • My go-to book for some deep thinking is “Awareness” by DeMello. I wear it out and re-read it many times over. I don’t think I will ever be able to master it all…but need the reminders on what to practice daily. As that is what life really is, our daily little actions added up.
  • I’ve said it many times before…but I think the worst nutritional advice ever to come along was “eat low fat”. Setting up the increased intake of processsed carb foods, that drove insulin and calorie overload.
  • The second worst advice could be making people think they need to eat more often for a “strong metabolism”. Now people eat more times, make mindless choices and take in more calories overall.
  • The real secret to longevity (besides eating less) could simply to live life at a slow and deliberate pace. One with daily purpose and community support. Running around with your head cut off doing more “things” is not working.
  • If you find yourself at the fast food place…keep the motto “No fries, No Soda”. You will help minimize the damage (calorie wise and avoiding unhealthy fats/sugars).
  • As the saying goes, don’t take life (or yourself) too seriously…as no one gets out alive anyways!

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