What can you do…? How can you prevent it…? Live longer for your loved ones!!!!

Last week I touched on signs, symptoms, and a little insight into dementia. This week I will go into a little more detail including exercises you can do to help you physically and cognitively. I will also explain what you can add or remove from your diet to try and prevent this terrible illness.

Of course everyone wants to keep their amazing figure and stay healthy. But now with all of the pesticides being added to our food, and the unhealthy conditions our food (meats) are being raised in you really need to be mindful of what goes into your body. You always want to have a hefty amount of vegetables and proteins in your diet, but try your best to go organic. Some say it is a little more costly but if you shop at your local farmers markets and look around at you neighborhood grocery stores it really isn’t that much more. Some foods that you really want to incorporate EVERYDAY are not too different from what you might already eat.

There are 10 main (brain) foods:

  1. green leafy vegetables
  2. other vegetables
  3. nuts
  4. berries
  5. beans
  6. whole grains
  7. fish
  8. poultry
  9. olive oil
  10. wine

And…I know what you’re thinking, WINE… really? But yes a little wine is good for the brain. (Only one glass a day)

Now I will list 5 foods you want to avoid that are doing more harm than good to your brain:

  1. Red meat
  2. Butter and margarine
  3. Cheese
  4. Pastries and sweets
  5. Fried food and fast food

You also need to exercise your brain to keep your gears moving. Incorporating some cognitive exercises on top of your physical full body workout is a great way to stay in a routine. Like they always say “a moving body is a healthy body” and the same goes for your mind.

Here are some great cognitive exercises:

  1. Stay curious and involved — commit to lifelong learning
  2. Read, write, crossword or other puzzles
  3. Attend lectures and plays
  4. Enroll in courses at your local adult education center, community college or other community group
  5. Play games
  6. Garden
  7. Try memory exercises

 

Notice anything strange about these activities? They look like some things you may do on a daily basis. But try to make them more challenging, really make your brain work.

 

With anything in life you have to work for it, but in this case don’t you think it’s important to work a little harder at this. Keep your body and your mind strong, live your life to the fullest.

 

What’s next?!!! Are you ready to keep going or get started?

Personal training sessions are coming soon!!!!

Let me help you set your fitness goals. Together we can make sure you get where you want to be.

I can offer you one on one time with me to set realistic goals (See testimonials below). If you are just starting out and need some guidance of what you can accomplish, if you need modified training due to injuries etc., or you would like help with meal plans, and the extra push that you don’t get working out alone.

Now that my second round of boot camp is coming to a close I want to make sure that I am as accessible as possible to my current clients, and can also help new clients.

Pricing, dates, locations, and available times will be posted here in my blog soon after the end of my boot camp. I will be available to answer any and all questions you may have via email.

I will post further information on how to book your exclusive training sessions with me VERY SOON so make sure you stay tuned to our weekly email and blog posts to make sure you don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity!

Next week I will be sharing actual results from clients who have worked with me, and how I have helped them reach their goals.

Happy reading,

CoachABC

I was scared too…. But, I took the chance, why can’t you?

I, like most people, have worked very hard to achieve my fitness goals. For more than 20 years I have always had a passion for making sure I was taking very good care of my health. I also went through all of the classic stages: soreness, eating off of my meal plan, felt like I just can’t do it anymore. But once you dedicate your whole life to living healthy it becomes a part of your routine. It doesn’t feel like “work” anymore. Fitness is not just something you do. Just like your health it is a lifestyle. There is saying in Taekwondo that a Black belt is not something you get, but something you become. This is the same as fitness. Fit and healthy are things you become.

After a few years on my own fitness journey I realized all of the knowledge I had gained. I really wanted to share what I had learned and start helping others and make them feel as good as I did. So that’s when I began my journey to seek further education in the fitness space.

I have been so blessed to be able to get through many classes, countless hours of studying, being exhausted. But….NEVER gave up and now I am proud to say I am a certified health and nutrition coach! Below are a few of my specific certifications, and I have already started to help so many men and women reach their goals and this is just the beginning. After hosting successful boot camp classes. I am very excited to continue spreading my knowledge and helping as many people as I can through my one on one programs.

Thank you so much for your continued support and I look forward to working with each and every one of you in the near future.

See you next week,

CoachABC

Rested and ready to go!!!

Hey everybody…..

So after two very successful boot camps with amazing people, I was blessed to enjoy a wonderful vacation in the Caribbean with family and friends. I had some much needed rest and relaxation. But now I’m back and ready to kick it into high gear.

Before resuming my regularly scheduled classes I was invited to join the ONE AND ONLY instructor of Insanity Mr. Shaun T for a very exciting group workout session and book signing. I met the man himself took lots of pictures and was able to meet old and new friends that are also so very passionate about their fitness journey as well. I was able to pick his brain, and he gave me some amazing suggestions on how to better serve you.

I am continuing to learn new things along this journey of fitness and by being able to attend these different events and health conferences I am able to pass on more know how to you. I love being able to share my passion with as many people as I can and that is why I am so very happy to be able to offer personal training sessions to give my clients a more personal hands on experience.

Services I will be offering soon:

Personalized meal plans

Private training sessions

Group training sessions

Modified workout regimens

I would love to work with you and help make your life a healthier and happier one. Soon I will be posting my available times for these personal sessions. I hope I will get the privilege to work with each and every one of you. If you have any questions about my services please don’t hesitate to send me an email and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

COCKTAILS, WINE, AND SPIKED EGG NOG

With all of the holiday parties and family gatherings there is so much food and along with all of that food there are also alcoholic beverages. We all know that you need to limit your calorie intake with food and during this season, it’s very easy to get off track, but, very few people know that alcohol can be just as bad for the healthy lifestyle that you are choosing as well. Did you know that alcohol contains just as many calories, if not more than you can imagine? Let’s take a look….

20-ounce serving of beer can pack 250 calories

6-ounce glass of wine contains 120 calories + additional sugar

1.5-ounce shot of liquor contains about 100

And that’s not including the mixed sugary mixes.  In addition, drinking alcohol while on a weight loss journey or just trying to get healthy affects your body’s metabolism, and effects your body’s ability to burn fat. Your liver usually metabolizes your body’s ability to burn fat and when you drink, your fat metabolism takes a back seat to the alcohol. It then in turn takes longer for your body to burn the fat off even when you work out right after a night of drinking.

So if you can refrain from drinking while seeking your healthy living journey, you will also see many other changes other than weight loss. Cutting your alcohol intake can also help your skin clear up, and can also aid in more energy in combination with your workouts. Alcohol can have both long term and short term effects. You should detox your body from all toxins while working out to give your body a break and the changes will amaze you.

If you want to have that one drink or mixed cocktail, then consider mixing your margarita with diet drinks instead, as they have less sugar, or consider having a glass of red wine it is proven to be very good for your heart and has less calories than a mixed drink or glass of beer. In addition to alcohol and the affect that it has on your body, it also hinders your ability when driving. The holiday season is upon us and celebrating with alcohol beverages is always included, but should you decide to drink, then DO NOT DRIVE, appoint a designated driver, or choose other means of travel for safety; take a taxi, Uber, Lyft, or choose to stay where you are until the effects have worn off.

Happy Holidays to you all!!

Protect yourself and your loved ones……

Dementia: The signs, symptoms, and what you can do to help prevent it….

So many people work out, and eat right so that they can make sure that their physical health is taken care of. But… do you know that also with physical good health as well as eating right is also helping aid in good mental health, and preventing diseases later on in life. Researchers are finding that if you take care of yourself NOW your life span can be lengthened.

A lot of people are now are finding their loved ones with many incurable diseases, whether they be genetic or not you have the ability to help your body be the best it can be to try to prevent these life altering situations with what you eat and the way you take care of your overall health. One big modern day disease that is ravaging families is dementia. It is said that 14% of people 71 and older have dementia in the United States. People who are 65 and older have some form or slight symptom of dementia.

Dementia is a debilitating disease that can be ultimately fatal. It starts with slight memory loss for example: (Names of relatives, kids, or your spouse. Not remembering where specific locations are like your favorite go to coffee shop.) Later dementia can cause your normal everyday activities into a struggle, you can’t remember how to dress yourself, brush your hair, or even tie your own shoes.
Once you are in the final and worst stages of dementia you can lose the ability to swallow food, walking, talking and have to be cared for around the clock as you will no longer have the cognitive means to support yourself in any way. Ultimately this is the stage that can be fatal. You are at this point in a vegetative state.

So…. What can you do to possibly help stop or even slow the risks of this type and many other diseases?

EAT RIGHT….

 

WORK OUT….

 

AND JUST PLAIN TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF….

Here is a list of foods that you can add into your diet on a daily basis to help your body fight off these diseases:
• Berries- Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries they are called super foods for a reason.
• Sugar spice- Like nutmeg, and cinnamon are known to boost your central nervous system
• Omega-3’s- flaxseed and different types of fish are good for strong brain development.
• Coconut oil
• Leafy greens- Known to help support your cognitive health.

All of these foods are great to have in your diet every day, and here’s one more reason why you should make it your personal goal to stay in good health and not just temporarily diet because you want to fit into that cute outfit. Your physical and mental health count on you to take care of your later self.

Next week I will touch on further preventatives for dementia, the different types of dementia, as well as different cognitive and body exercises that will strengthen you if done on a continuous basis.

Wellness Wednesday Tip!! 5 Reasons to add a lemon to your water

Isn’t it funny how something so simple can have such a large impact on our bodies and overall health? Simple is usually best, but it is our human nature to overlook what is simple and search for something so much more complex.

Today I want to share with you 5 reasons why (and not just because the weather is warming up) adding a lemon to your water can do more than just hydrate you but maintain the overall wellness of your body.

  1. Lemon is alkalizing helping to balance your ph levels. (Disease thrives in an acidic environment so alkalizing foods are especially good).
  2. Lemon juice hydrates your body.
  3. It’s high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and much more.
  4. Lemon water in the morning kick starts your metabolism, digestive
  5. Lemon juice is antibacterial, antiviral, and immune boosting.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of this simple tip and will you be applying it.

Thank you for stopping by and see you next week!

Happy Reading,

Coach ABC

Wellness Wednesday Tip!! 5 Reasons to add weights to your workout!

After 20+ years of being a coach in health and fitness. I’ve heard all the misconceptions about women lifting weights. I used to also use these same excuses until I realized its better to have 5 lbs of muscle instead of 5 lbs of fat. Don’t believe me? See the diagram below:

Wouldn’t you rather have the one on the right? I would.

And here are the 5 reasons why women SHOULD LIFT WEIGHTS!

Build a body that you want.  Women are often seeking ways to lose fat and tone their bodies… Lifting weights does both. Weather your goal is to get a lean athletic look, or you just want to change the shape of your body, strength training is the answer. You can lose fat and improve your health with cardio, but lifting weights is what changes your muscle definition and shape.

Focus on What Your Body Can Do.   We all want to look better, and it doesn’t help that society pressures us into feeling like we have to look a certain way.  Because of this, people obsess over their bodies – how they look, what size pant we wear and how much we weigh.  But lifting weights allows you to discover and be proud of what your body can do instead of worrying about how it looks.  Learn to love your body not just for its appearance but for the amazing things it can do.

Accelerates fat-loss when combined with cardio.  You get more fat-loss from cardio when you combine it with weight training. Having an exercise regiment that relies mainly on cardio for fat-loss will eventually lead to stagnation, as your metabolic rate will continue to drop as your body adapts to the demand you put on it.  Therefore the prudent thing to do is incorporate more bouts of weight training while keeping cardio as low of a frequency as possible; combining weight and endurance training greatly enhances the metabolic effect on your training.

Shapes your curves.  Most females feel that the best way to shape their body and achieve a more toned look is by spending hours upon hours of doing low-intensity cardio. The reality is that the best way to “bring out your curves” is to build strength and muscle. If all you do is constantly endure long bouts of low/moderate intensity cardio then you are basically lowering your metabolic rate. The more weight training you incorporate the more curved your body will be. Don’t give into the idea that you need to be a “cardio bunny” in order to be lean and toned.

Weight training with heavy resistance, WILL NOT make females bulky. One of the greatest myths that pervade gyms everywhere is the idea that females who train with relatively heavy weights will suddenly transform into the female equivalent of “The Incredible Hulk.” Reality is that females should train with heavy weights just like their male counterparts often do, and no it won’t make you “bulky” and deepen your voice.

 

So there you have it, 5 reasons women should stop fearing weights and give the cardio room a break.  Of course it would be remiss not to mention that some cardio is worthwhile in almost any woman’s exercise regiment, but weight training should be the focus; don’t worry, you won’t magically get bulky overnight, but you will have sexier curves and a lean body…. That’s’ not so bad, is it?

See you next week!

Coach ABC

 

Wellness Wednesday Tip!! Abs Are Made In The Kitchen!

Rules You Need to Follow for Flat Abs
Genetics will determine the shape and insertions of your ab muscles, your muscularity will determine the size of your muscles and how fat you can get before they disappear—which is directly tied to body fat percentage—and your diet impacts your ability to lose belly fat and expose your abdominal wall.
1. Cut Down Carbs
    One of the best ways to get rid of belly fat fast is to limit carb consumption*. Your carb consumption will depend on how much activity you’re doing every day, but even then it’s wise to keep them relatively low. Added sugars are a definite no, and when you do have carbs make sure it’s from a whole grain source or fruit. If you spend your days at a desk job and have a relatively sedentary life, maybe 10 grams of carbs in the morning via some fruit (about 100 grams (1/2 cup of blueberries) and again in the evening may be good. Green vegetables are technically carbs, but we won’t count them. Try to eat them with almost every meal to help you feel full and make sure you’re getting adequate fiber. If you’re working out, you can also have some carbs around your workout, typically afterwards, to the tune of about 30 to 40 grams. Carb reefed days are also recommended if you’re going low-carb and exercising daily. These should take place every three or four days, and feature about 100 grams.
2. Stop Drinking
    Alcohol can sabotage any diet and make a flat stomach nearly impossible. And it’s not just beer bellies that are affected; the same belly fat is packed on from spirits, coolers and wine. Alcohol is high in sugar, has no nutritional value, is poisonous and stalls your metabolism from burning carbs and fat from energy. Furthermore, booze can lead to some pretty bad food choices.
3. Eat Protein with Every Meal
    A firm, flat stomach or ripped abdominal wall requires muscle, so protein is a must. We’ve already mentioned the thermic effect of protein, which is probably its smallest benefit. Protein is required to repair and grow muscle tissue to provide the look you want. Ideally, you want about one to 1.2 grams of protein for each pound of body weight (so 140 to 168 grams per day for a 140-pound individual) for muscle growth and regeneration. Protein will also help you stay full to avoid snacking on ab-busting food and keep your metabolism revving.
4. Don’t Fear Fat
    Dietary fat is not the same thing as body fat, and consuming more dietary fats can help you shed pounds from your belly and expose your flat stomach. Getting 25% to 30% of your daily calories from various healthy fat sources is highly recommended to help keep your metabolism humming, provide energy and keep your hormones regular. Some of the best sources are nuts, nut butters, olive oil, avocado and fish oil.
5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
    Sleep is essential for muscle growth and fat burning because it lets your body grow and recover. The more muscle you have, the faster you burn fat, and sleep helps with both of these things. Also, getting a good night’s sleep can help keep cortisol (stress hormone) down, which is closely associated to weight gain and belly fat.
6. More than Crunches
    In order to get a flat stomach you’ll need to exercise, but crunches won’t do it on their own. Exercises that promote core balance and stability—like the bench press, squat and shoulder press—are great at strengthening the abdominal wall. In fact, squeezing your abs tightly for most resistance training exercises is optimal to not only
strengthen the abs, but promote good form, too. But the strength of your abs isn’t enough to let them show through, so to get that firmness you might want to think about adopting a cardio routine, starting at about 20 minutes per day, three times per week to enhance the work you’re doing in the gym and kitchen.

Check out this video clip below to help you get motivated on getting flat abs.
Click Beginner Ab Excercises to see the video.
Happy Abing!!!!
See you next week!
CoachABC