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October 28, 2010

Accountability: A Resource You Need to Use!

As a Beachbody Coach, it’s essential that we help people stay accountable to their goals.  Now granted, it’s something where it has to be a 50/50 relationship and the person wanting to reach their goals has to be willing to put in the work….BUT if you’re willing to put in the work, then a coach or an accountability partner can be a very powerful tool to help you succeed.

When it comes to working out, a lot of people struggle with doing the programs like P90X or Insanity at home.  They tell us all the time that they just can’t stay motivated.  Well, there’s a couple of things you can do. 1) Reach out to your coach and tell them what your goals are and what you need from them to help you reach it.  Tell us your strengths and your weaknesses.  That way we know what to look for and how to help you overcome the obstacles you’ll most surely face. 2) Get involved with a local Fit Club or get a workout buddy.  We host local Fit Clubs in Charlotte and I know for a fact that there’s coaches all over the country that have them (one probably in your area) that you can get plugged into.  That way once a week you have an accountability workout with a group of people that will help you stay motivated.  If Fit Clubs aren’t an option, then you can do what I did today…workout with a buddy.  A workout buddy can be just as effective.  It’s someone who will push you and hold you up when you’re not feeling quite up to it.  God only gave us appox. 70+ years on this earth.  Isn’t it more fun to make the most of the time we have and live the healthiest, most fulfilling life possible?

Here’s a video from today…this is what accountability is about.

October 28, 2010

Recipe of the Week: Chicken Linguine

This week’s recipe is super easy and super fast. 

October 21, 2010

Turkey and Sweet Potatoes

This is a new feature that we’re having here at NC Fit Club called Recipe of the Week.  Some friends of ours that do P90X and Insanity asked us what we eat, they expressed interest in learning some new stuff to make and ways to "spice" up the meals each week.  So we thought it was a cool idea to use their suggestion and give you some recipes that maybe will break up the boredom and still stay healthy.



October 19, 2010

Dr. Oz: Help Others to Help Your Health

I love Dr. Oz’s medical advice and this article is a great example of why we as Team Beachbody coaches host Fit Clubs and got involved with Beachbody.  Enjoy the read.

Our basic premise is: Your body is amazing. You get a do-over; it doesn’t take that long, and isn’t that hard if you know what to do.

In these columns, we give you a short course in what to do. We want you to know how much control you have over your quality and length of life. And this month, we want you to know how  concentrating on making a difference keeps you younger and happier.

For some, happiness is a bottle of wine shared with your romantic interest. For others, happiness is a silent walk on the beach in a light rain. Whatever your particular definition of happiness may be, we believe that one major factor could be that you believe you make a difference.

Almost every study of longevity indicates one secret that makes people healthier and happier: helping others. Some research shows a 60 percent decrease in mortality figures among those who help others; they’re aided by what’s called the “helper’s high.” Specifically, it’s the dignity, the joy, the passion and the purpose of helping others that have these beneficial effects, whether you’re helping another person quit smoking, building a home for a family in need or mentoring a child at school.

People who donate money are happier than people with the same amount of money who don’t donate to others. Helping others inspires gratitude for what life has given you, and this is what really turbo-charges your happiness and helps you define your own purpose in life. After all, the real secret may be realizing that true peace isn’t about being happy, giddy and feeling as if you’re charged up on caffeine all the time. It’s about slowing down enough to realize that you have a lot of gifts—gifts that you should be passing along to others.

We wear scrubs, not collars. We deliver medicine, not sermons. And our specialty is biology, not theology. So we’re not going to stand at a pulpit and try to deliver Ten Commandments for moral living. However, to dismiss the very distinct link between looking, feeling and being a beautiful being would be a great mistake. So we are going to stand here and offer our prescription for doing the right thing, making a difference and finding a happier you. So try these tips to make a difference.

  • Give, then pass. There are few feelings in the world that surpass knowing you’ve helped someone—whether it’s through a financial donation or a mentoring program, or giving up your seat on a crowded bus. It feels good— and is good. So good, in fact, that some researchers have found that the effect of giving, of altruisms small and big, is similar to the so-called runner’s high (the rush of endorphins). But unlike exercise euphoria, this rush can last a long time. The evidence: 90 percent of people who experience this high give their health condition a better grade than those who don’t.

The reason? It seems that charity might really start at home. Your thoughts about helping others help you. These thoughts seem to be able to do things in your body that strengthen your immune system, boost positive emotions, decrease pain and provide stress relief. Separate studies show that charitable heart attack patients recover faster than those who aren’t, and those who do volunteer work have death rates 60 percent lower than those who don’t.

But here’s the catch: When you give something to somebody, we want you to find a way to allow that person to have the dignity of passing it along to someone else. Though people very often need help, they also don’t want to feel like charity cases. They want to feel that they can also pass something along to others. This also makes giving more attractive, since you are really priming the pump of a chain reaction that will help many more people than the one group you targeted with your kindness. So be explicit in your giving and ask how the recipient will pass it forward. Try to pick situations where this expectation is clear.

  • Pass the passion. While many people think they should give to charity or do something to give back, that’s not the only concept that’s important. It’s not the obligation to give back but the privilege of doing something bigger than yourself. You don’t have to donate money, just time and passion. You don’t have an obligation to society to find a bigger purpose—you have an obligation to your own health and happiness. And the more you value what you are doing with your mind, the more you’ll do healthier things with your body.
  • Show gratitude. Any parent raising a child knows how much time is spent teaching that child some manners. Say thank you when someone gives you a present. Say thank you when somebody holds the door. Say thank you when the server notices you left your child’s favorite toy under the booth and rushes out of the restaurant to give it to you.

As adults, it’s important that we take that thank you to the next level. Try practicing your gratitude on a regular basis, going so far as to send handwritten thank you notes from time to time. You’ll reap rewards even as you give gratitude to others. Some research shows that 15 minutes of daily gratitude can dramatically decrease stress hormones in your body.

So take some time this week to give back, and see how much healthier you begin to feel.

To read more from Dr. Oz click here.

October 19, 2010

Don’t Be a Slave to Your Body Fat – Make It Your Servant!

Found this really great article about your body fat % and how to control it.  Great read!

Would you like to finally be in control of your body fat level? Yes? Then read this lesson very carefully. The formula is revealed herein.

As one of the most important elements of the human body, water makes up approximately 70 percent of our muscles and about 75 percent of our brains, playing a vital role in the proper functioning of the body and making it an essential part of a healthy diet.

Drinking water also forces fat to be used as fuel, making it one of the main keys to success in shedding any extra pounds. Without adequate water, kidneys are unable to function properly—prompting the liver to pick up the slack. This causes additional problems for dieters because the liver cannot properly metabolize stored fat as energy, resulting in more fat being stored in the body.

Furthermore, water effectively suppresses appetites, aids in proper digestion and acts as one of the vehicles for circulating nutrients and oxygen through the body, as well as assists the body in eliminating waste. Water lubricates joints, protects organs, helps maintain a normal body temperature and is absolutely necessary for exercise and even day-to-day performance. With this in mind, it’s easy to understand why drinking enough water—a minimum of 10, 8-ounce glasses a day, every day—is perhaps the single most important step in determining diet and fitness success.

However, because the average body loses 8 to 12 cups of water a day, this can be a challenge. Start by trying to drink 10 glasses each day, and work up to one full gallon per day.

Sound tough? Don’t get discouraged. With the following suggestions, you’ll find drinking enough water is not hard, and will be well worth the initial effort by quickly bringing into your life all the positive changes you’re looking for, including fat loss; healthier skin, hair and nails; increased energy and alertness and far more.

Start tomorrow by drinking a glass of water when you wake up. For a nice morning pick-me-up you might even add a few tablespoons of lemon juice and a small pinch of cayenne pepper to your first glass. Then prepare a large water bottle to take with you on your drive to work or to school. You can even try putting the bottle in the freezer the night before and filling it with water right before you leave to start your day. This keeps the water cooler longer and ensures it will be a good drinking temperature during your morning commute.

Drink a glass of water between every meal and a glass in the evening, but not too close to bedtime. Take a filled water bottle with you wherever you go.
This makes getting the water you need easy and ensures you will look better (and feel better). At work, keep your water bottle filled and with you at your desk. Reach for it instead of unnecessary, high-sugar, high-fat snacks. Sip on it all day, adding ice cubes and additional water as needed.

Next, change from caffeinated coffee, tea and soda to decaffeinated alternatives. Caffeine depletes your water supply and can make it difficult for your body to get all the water it needs. For every caffeinated beverage you drink, drink an additional glass of water. This small step can make a big difference.
Keep in mind that exercise, hot weather, low humidity, altitude, a high-fiber diet and consumption of caffeine and alcoholic beverages all increase your daily water loss. During these times, take extra steps to ensure you offset the increased water loss with increased water consumption.

Keep up the water intake.

To read more from Christopher click here.

October 12, 2010

P90X, Time for a Change?

To all of you out there who are getting bored with P90X or want to change it up.  Here’s your answer! 

October 12, 2010

Shakeology: How to Use It

Ok, so a lot of people have asked us how we make Shakeology and what’s the best way.  The answer is the way that suits you….here’s some ideas. 

October 6, 2010

Couch Potatoes! Wake Up!

My latest video blog to all of you who think you can’t workout or just can’t get motivated.

October 2, 2010

Walk From Obesity In Charlotte, North Carolina

Today there was a nationwide event called “The Walk From Obesity”.  We were fortunate enough to be at the one in Charlotte NC in front of Presbyterian Hospital.  All the participants were supporters of the cause or people who have struggled with the massive problem of Obesity that this nation is experiencing.  Several of them had gone through gastric bypass surgeries or had lap band surgeries.  These were people who have realized the importance of proper nutrition and exercise and were in the process of making the changes they needed to live a healthy lifestyle.

We were fortunate enough to be asked to set up a booth talking about several of the Beachbody exercise programs including P90X, Slim in 6 and many others, as well as the breakthrough product Shakeology.  All of which are endorsed by the American Diabetes Association.  That seemed to get a lot of attention from the participants considering how hard it is to get the endorsement of the ADA.  It just goes to show the quality of the exercise programs as well as the nutrition products that Beachbody has.  Shakeology has changed the game folks.  It’s giving people, like the ones we met today, a healthy option to their nutrition.  It allows people who may not be the healthiest eaters to start the changes they need to make.  It introduces them to a product that is not only low glycemic but has over 70 all natural ingredients with absolutely no artificial sweeteners.

It was truly a pleasure meeting all the wonderful people that came up to us today.  We look forward to seeing you again at our FREE local Fit Club Workouts in the Charlotte area.  It’s all about being with “like minded” people with the same goals as you….getting healthy and continuing a healthy lifestyle.

We had everyone register for a free copy of the workout Slim in 6….AND NOW…THE WINNER OF SLIM IN 6 IS…..

Mary Sha Miller of Charlotte NC!

Congrats Mary, we’ll be in touch very soon to get you your workout!

NC Fit Club