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…Where are you going to live?

The scientific evidence is too great to ignore the evidence any longer.  Science has shown that there is a direct relationship between the food we eat, our physical activity level, our stress level and long-term health.

The quality of your life and your relationships depends on the fact that you must have a place to live.  If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live? In this replacement society we live in today where if your TV breaks, or your car gets worn out, or your precious i-phone or i-pad break, we simply replace it.  However, we cannot replace our bodies.  There is no buying another one. Period.

If you are one of the many people who believe there is some miracle-working physician, or some miracle pharmaceutical drug, or some magic pill or potion that will fix your body when it breaks down, then know this: There is NO magic cure if your body breaks down, but there is evidence that shows that 30 minutes a day of exercise can substantially change your life.

That said, here is a short video that I thought might serve as little extra motivation.  I love this video. Watch it. Please.  If you do nothing else, know that 30 minutes a day is positively associated with many benefits.  And remember, if YOU don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?

 

 

 

 

Life’s a Game. Press Play!!

In health and happiness,

Todd G. Dattoli, M.S.

ACE Certified Fitness Professional
IYCA Certified Youth Conditioning Specialist
PEAK CONDITION FITNESS
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Yes, you read the title right…

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 50% OF AMERICAN CHILDREN WILL BE OBESE BY 2010!!

That both disgusts me and saddens me at the same time…

So…How many of you are aware of one of the most saddest facts of our lifetime? How many of you are moved so deeply in one way or another deep within your soul, that you just can’t stand around and wait anymore for someone else to correct the problem and make it right again? I don’t know about you, but I can’t keep my voice unheard anymore and I for one want to do everything I can to try and make some kind of difference in stopping this from happening and maybe our kids might live long enough to lead healthy lives!

What do I mean by our kids living long enough to lead healthy lives? Well, here is another absolutely frightening fact, as researched by our own government lead by the Surgeon General’s office:

Our kids, your kids, my kids, the children of this generation, may just be the FIRST generation to NOT outlive their parents due to the complications of childhood obesity that has officially been classified as an epidemic.Check out this movie trailer for some absolutely shocking information on just how severe the obesity epidemic has become in our nation.
 

“Killer At Large” Trailer

 
 
 
 
So, have I got your attention now? I hope you took the time to watch this trailer, because if you didn’t watch it, you NEED to watch it. I want you to feel something happen inside of you when you hear what the Surgeon General has to say about the obesity epidemic…I want you to be moved in one way or the other when you see a 12 year old girl getting liposuction done, and I want your reaction when you hear that 60% of our military is overweight as soldiers stand in line at a Burger King stand….Are we going to keep our heads buried in the sand people or are we going to stand up individually, yet collectively and do something about it? Are you prepared to watch our country continue to degrade to the point that someday…SOON…if we don’t change our ways….that someday we will not even be able to defend our country because our military will not have enough healthy men and women to keep us safe? Do we really want to bury our children because they are suffering from a whole host of diseases due to being overweight or obese? C’mon, folks, what are we thinking!! We have to stop feeding our children so much processed sugar and junk food and get them outside playing like we did when we were kids!It’s not that hard, it really isn’t. But, if you’d rather contribute to these numbers:

33.3% of youth today ages 6-19 are overweight!
 
More than 34% of our TOTAL population are either overweight or obese…
 
Lets do some quick math…um, lets see, September 2008 the U.S. went over the 300million population mark…so, 34% of 300 mil = 102 million people in the U.S. alone who are overweight!
 
Thats totally whacked! People, wake up, you’re killing yourself, your children, your country!

Band-aid solutions are not enough…we need to be pro-active, do something about this epidemic before it kills our kids. What can you do? Lead.

 
Yes, thats right. Lead. Lead by your actions.
 
 Eat right, eat healthy and show your kids how to eat right and eat healthy. Get up off the couch and lead your kids with some exercise.
 
Only, don’t call it exercise, because as adults, we’ve grown to think of exercise as either a chore or boring….if you’re kids think you think exercise is boring or a chore, then why should they do it?
 
Our schools surely don’t give them enough exercise, so it’s up to US to lead them. It all starts at home, not with the school system or sports or youth centers…it starts at home.
 
Remember when you were a kid? You played…you didn’t exercise….we played in gym at school, had recess and played some more and then we played when we got home.
So, don’t “exercise” with your kids, PLAY with them….Playing is the best form of exercise there is and guess what, when you’re playing, you’re having FUN!!
 
That’s what kids want and need…FUN.
 
And we as adults, with our busy, hectic, stressed out lives, we need to have FUN too. So, by playing with them, not only do your children get the exercise they sorely need, but you get your body moving too and you are now leading them by design, instead of passing the buck to our school systems who think that academics are more important than exercise.

It has to start somewhere people. If it doesn’t, we are going to be a very sad, sad nation. And who will we have to blame?

Get involved. Do something for your kids. Don’t just think that by enrolling them in some sporting activity your job is done. It takes way more than that to keep them healthy and happy. For instance, did you know that over 3.5 million children annually get injured in youth sports…I’m not talking about bumps and bruises people. I’m talking about injuries that take their toll on a young kids body, like torn ACL’s, shoulder injuries, broken bones, head trauma, ect. And that’s just the stuff that is reported…how ’bout all the injuries that AREN’T reported? So, get your kids involved in sports, but don’t rely on sports to be the end-all-be-all to keeping your kids healthy. Get involved and then help your child to be the best athlete he/she can be by guiding them, loving them and teaching them some basic principles that will help them become better athletes and someday better adults.

What basic principles am I talking about? First, teach them the power of proper nutrition and how a properly fueled body will not only keep them healthy but perform to the best of their ability. Nutrition is the key to playing….whether it’s playing in the back yard or on the diamond or football field, ect. Your kids need proper hydration and nutrition. Learn the basics of this because you can not assume the coaches are going to know or follow any type of regimen of proper nutrition guidelines.

Second, teach them RESPECT…for themselves, for each other, for their coaches, their opponents, and other parents. You can teach them RESPECT, by leading by example. And don’t forget to give your kids some just due RESPECT as well. It goes both ways.

Third, teach them to better understand the meaning of the word FUN…if you’re child is not having FUN, then this could lead to a whole host of problems, not the least of which is potential injury. Because if your child’s not having FUN, then when they are competing, their not truly paying attention to the game, and when their attention is drawn elsewhere as they drift in thought when they should be paying attention to the girl running full steam to set up a pick on the basketball court or your son is too busy thinking how much more fun he could be having playing ‘guitar hero’ as an offensive lineman is about to block him into next week, then not only will they end up injured, but then their drive to play sports will really wane. So, make sure they are having FUN. They should not be out there because YOU want them to be, they should be out there playing sports because they want to have FUN. When it’s no longer FUN, it’s time to stop, before it’s too late. Organized sports is NOT the only way to get your kids moving. If they don’t want to play sports, doesn’t mean they still don’t like to PLAY. Go PLAY with them. Have some FUN and reap the benefits of moving both your kids bodies and yours.

And Fourth…Teach them that it’s not all about the X’s and the O’s. You must coach your child just as the coach of the team is instructing them about the game. Teach them that’s it’s not just all about the W, but it’s about learning to achieve their own personal freedom and inner championship. Winning a plastic trophy is not what life is all about, and when we as parents get too caught up in that, so often times our children never learn to develop not just as a complete athlete but as a consumate human being. Teach with a holistic approach that slow, continuous development day by day is far more important for long term growth and will ultimately help them grow as both an athlete and a well-rounded, well-adjusted human being. If we all taught these principles with the same fervor we shout and scream at the coaches, refs and our children to WIN at all costs, we just might produce more W’s and less injuries while turning out some incredibly admirable, productive and healthy human beings.

The more health concious we are, the more we lead by our actions, the more we help our children to lead healthier lives, the more concientious we are about the nature of sports and how it impacts our childrens lives, the better our chances are as a nation of reversing this horrible epidemic that could very well end up as one of the most tragic events to ever unfold in human history.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” -Lao Tzu
 
 
Life’s a Game. Press Play!!
In health and happiness,

Todd G. Dattoli, M.S.

ACE Certified Fitness Professional
IYCA Certified Youth Conditioning Specialist
PEAK CONDITION FITNESS
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

In the spirit of giving thanks, I wanted to write to you today and give thanks to a fellow personal trainer in the UK, Dax Moy, who inspired me today to write about a concept that we all can find inspiration from.

Basically he interviewed a BIG TIME musician he trains, whose one of those stars whose face we see everywhere worldwide. And he asked this musician what was the “turning point” in his life that got his band to be international mega-stars. Guess what this musicians answer was?

He said, there hadn’t been a ‘turning point’ as such, there was just a lot of putting one foot in front of the other and taking the steps necessary to reach their goal of stardom.

Sounds a bit vague right? That’s exactly what I thought as I was reading this. But, since I give everything “the benefit of the doubt”, I kept reading further, thinking maybe there might actually be something golden from this…..a take home message that might help or inspire me. Read on.

Dax then asked this star what exactly were those steps that got him and his band where they are today. This is the musicians reply:

1. We knew we wanted to make a difference so we kept that uppermost in our minds at all times… especially when things got tough.

2. We knew we wanted to be more than just another band so we did things differently from the start rather than playing the copycat game. We practically created our own genre of music and that helped us stand out from the crowd.

3. We knew that we were entering perhaps the most competitive industry on the planet and so we’d have to commit to being the very best we could be every time we went onstage or into the recording studio.

4. We knew that the rewards would not be immediate but that if we committed to the other steps, they WOULD come.

5. We KNEW we would make it!

Amazing right?

I mean, becoming a multi platinum selling band and known around the world has GOT to be tougher than many of the goals we’ve set for ourselves, right?

In fact, considering the attrition rates of rock-star wannabe’s, making a measly hundred grand, writing a book, travelling the world, or getting rid of 20lbs or becoming a better athlete, or helping your child to overcome obesity should be one of the simplest things in the world!

Especially if you were paying attention to the success lesson that Dax’s mega rockstar clients’ answers provided!

You were paying attention weren’t you?

If not, here it is again.

1. Know that you have the capabilities to do whatever you need or want. Know this and you’re halfway there!

2. Be unique right from the start. Forget copycatting and trying to be or look like everyone else. Know what you want and go get it! Be yourself. Don’t try to be something you’re not.

3. Commit to being the best that you can be. Gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve whatever your goal is. You have the power. There is knowledge and help everywhere. Reach out, grab it and go for it!

4. Be persistent in your actions. Take consistent and persistent action toward achieving your goals. Even the tiniest step is still a step that will progress you in the direction of your dreams of success. Thinking about what you could do changes nothing. Take ACTION! Don’t Let Anything Get In The Way Of Your Goals!

5. Never Give Up! Failure is not an option. Hope is not a strategy. You CAN and WILL succeed!

That’s it. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Be well : )

Peace, Love and Happiness,

~Todd G. Dattoli
Peak Condition LLC
http://www.peakconditionfitness.com/
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Check out this video to see me in action with a young man who has been training with me since he was 9 years old. This boy is absolutely a remarkable boy. I have grown very fond of him and I just thought anyone reading my posts might be interested at a glimpse in on how I incorporate both coaching and fun with training. Kids don’t need regimented training that is boring and consists of the same old routines…they need to have fun while they learn. Scott has become an excellent athlete as well as a fine young man that I am extremely proud of. I hope to always be a part of his life and watch his successes in life mount. I hope you enjoy the video. Have a great day.

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-Yours in health,

Todd G. Dattoli

www.peakconditionfitness.com

Ok, so we all know that the economy is not doing so well, right? But does that also mean that your health has to suffer as well? Is it automatic that if the economy is not doing well, that your health should not be doing well too? It seems that many people I have spoken to recently are so worried and stressed by the economy that there seems to be less emphasis on their health. Many people are abandoning their exercise routines, whether that be at home, or in the gym or with their personal trainer as they sit in fear of what the economy is going to do. So, it is time I spoke out as I can not stand by and not be heard when it comes to what is the most important asset in your life….YOUR HEALTH.

Money, cars, homes, boats, vacation timeshares, high-priced electronic gadgets and other assorted things we think are important, can’t hold a candle to the one thing that is THE most important thing in life: Our Health.

We all are feeling the effects of the turmoil that is our current economy. But the economy will change and it will get better. There is no timetable for when that will happen, but since the dawn of the American way and the wealth that our economy has amassed for over 200+ years, we have always experienced ups and downs, and after a down turn in the economy, it is always just a matter of time that the economy turns around. I firmly believe it will get better. I’m not an economic scientist, so I have no prognostications as to when and how. By following history, I know it is just a matter of time.

That said, in the meantime, while we all hope and pray for things to get better, many will go into a “shell” and let the economy eat them up. Between the amount of stress our bodies will endure as we watch the stock market go through its volatile gyrations, letting this stress dictate to our chemical physiology will throw off our bodies natural routines like proper nutrition, poor exercise habits or no exercise at all and not only will our finances suffer, but our health will suffer. And let me let you in on a secret…….Um, my friends, if your health suffers severely enough due to dangerous stress levels, lack of proper nutrition and no exercise, does it matter how your finances and ultimately the economy is doing? If you’re too ill to help yourself to weather the financial storm, or worse yet, you’re on a permanent vacation visiting St. Peter’s Gates, what good is worrying about the economy if you’re not around to watch things get better. If you lost your job, are strapped for money or whatever the daily stresses of life strip you of, you know what, you CAN replace those things. You CAN get another job, you can get another place to live or a new car…but you CAN NOT replace YOU. YOU, are your most important asset. Without your health to keep you going, then the economic misfortunes are going to be much worse than just a bad economy if you aren’t staying on top of your game by doing something to stay healthy and fit.

So don’t give up on your exercise and nutrition standards just because we are dealing with some economic turmoil right now. Stop listening to all the doom and gloom reported everywhere you look. Take stock in yourself. Your family. Your health. Your life. Remember, you still have you, and you are you’re most important asset. Without you, you have nothing. Don’t let the economy change who you are. Make a pact to stay healthy and strong and eat a proper diet so that when the economy does turn itself around, you are positioned to take advantage of it because your health will allow you to pursue new avenues. If you let your health go, then it will be so much harder to pick up the pieces when opportunity presents itself. Don’t you want be healthy and ready to seize the day, carpe diem, when opportunity comes knockin’? How will it be if you are sick, dealing with some new ailment or disease or worse yet, visiting the Pearly Gates, because you let stress tear your body apart and now you are not ready to help yourself to a better financial outcome? If you stay “ready”, mentally, emotionally and physically….if you stay true to yourself and take stock that you still have you and the economy can’t change who you are inside….if you have family and value them and cherish them for what they bring you in love and friendship…if you have your health, then my friend, you have more “wealth” than all the money in the world can buy, and the economy might have changed, temporarily, but nothing has changed for you, because you still have what is important in life, your health and your family. Times may change and money comes and goes, but you can not afford to ride the same economic roller coaster when it comes to your health. Health is not as easily gained once it has been lost. And as we get older, it is even harder to regain lost health, especially if you have let yourself go so much that now you have been dealt some serious health issue or issues.

Please, do not take for granted the sheer value of the most important thing you have in life….YOUR HEALTH.

Take some time for yourself each week to get a few hours of exercise in, whether that is walking, or jogging, or biking, or working out in your home, or going to a gym, or having a personal trainer assist you; you need to put some effort into both the proper amount of exercise and nutrition on a weekly basis. You don’t need to exercise like a “wild man”, you just need to do something physical, and that something needs to be consistent. Use the concept that I constantly preach to my clients I call the four M’s. Mind: the vehicle that “drives” the body, ’cause without the mind, the body does nothing, so the mind is the most important of the 4 M’s; Meals: proper nutritional planning whereby you eat balanced meals 5-6 times a week, with one day to have fun being “human” and eating what you want as long as it’s in moderation; Muscles: concern for muscle tissue whereby you exercise to make your muscles stay strong or build weak muscle to help your body get strong; Motion: movement that involves any type of aerobic activity, whether that be walking, or jogging , or biking, so you can elevate your heart rate. Movement doesn’t have to be limited by traditional aerobic activity as it can also be in the form of interval training as long as it is done with a minimum of moderate intensity with things like bands, med balls, kettlebells, dumbbells, bodybars, etc.

If you apply this concept, be creative with your workouts, watch your diet, manage your stress with workouts that help reduce the cortisol that is building in your bloodstream and heart vessels, and use the age old adage to these workouts call KISS…Keep it simple silly….your body and overall health will thank you tremendously in the long run. You’re exercise need not be some wild gyrations or heavy weights with confusing patterns of what you should do next. They only need to keep you in motion, have some concern for muscle tissue, and eating balanced meals. That’s it. Don’t give up on your health because the economy is driving you nuts and you don’t think you have the money to exercise. Again, if you get sick or lose your health, having or not having the money to exercise won’t mean much if you are unable to exercise in the first place.

So, stay strong and remember, you still have yourself, your ideals, your values, your principles, your morals, and your health. Let’s keep it that way. Stay healthy and keep on smilin’ : )

I wish you all the health in the world,

Todd D~

http://www.peakconditionfitness.com/

For my first blog post, I thought I’d write about something that is both very basic and is mostly common sense. However, it is also one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to exercise: Illness and exercise.

It’s coming up to that time of year when all sorts of illnesses are all around us. You want to stay healthy and avoid situations that could get you sick, but sometimes it is just unavoidable.

Okay, so you go to the gym and your feeling kind of tired and achy. You know it’s not just allergies, but is more likely a cold or even the flu. Should you tell your trainer you need to work extra hard to build up your immunity, shift your workout to a lower intensity or skip exercise altogether until the bout passes?

Most of us get hit with allergies, colds and other minor setbacks throughout the year, but few hard-and-fast rules exist regarding exercise and illness. So I decided to take some time today and write to you about the next time you’re sick, refer to these do’s and don’ts to help determine whether working out will help or hurt your condition.

1. DO a check of your symptoms first. If you have above the neck signs, such as a runny nose, sneezing, or a sore throat, moderate exercise is generally safe as long as you do not have a fever. You can resume intense workouts as soon as symptoms disappear. If you have below the neck signs, such as extreme tiredness, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, swollen lymph glands, or a hacking cough, allow at least two weeks before returning to intense training.

2. DON’T exercise with a fever. Fever (a body temperature above 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) signifies you are doing battle with a virus. Exercising under these conditions increases risk of dehydration, heatstroke, and even heart failure.

3. DO modify your exercise intensity. If you have cold or flu symptoms, you cannot power away your ailment through more intense workouts. In fact, you may make your illness worse. A simple sore throat, for example, could indicate an infection, and your immunity to fight it will be reduced if you continue vigorous exercise. Moderate exercise, however, is fine for mild cold symptoms as long your heart rate and body temperature do not increase excessively. William A. Primos Jr., MD, and James R. Wappes, MD., in The Physician and Sports Medicine Journal (January 1996) suggest working out at half speed for about 10 minutes. If you feel fine, you can increase your intensity. Stop exercising if you feel dizzy, nauseous or experience any other exacerbated symptoms. If you want to err on the side of caution, just stay home and rest.

4. DON’T over train or stress out. Over training can lead to suppressed immune function and exposure to opportunistic infections. In addition, attempting new or harder activities can lead to failure. Such stress may influence your immune system. Choosing activities you enjoy and can do consistently may improve your exercise adherence and immune function.

5. DO exercise to keep your immunity strong. Researchers have found a link between regular exercise and improved immune function response. Primos and Wappes note that during moderate exercise immune cells circulate more quickly through your body and are better at destroying viruses and bacteria.

6. DON’T infect or become infected. Be alert to air-quality conditions at your training facility. During cold and flu seasons, exercise during less-crowded hours to avoid catching or transmitting viruses. Consider outdoor activities if weather conditions permit.

7. DO use common sense. Ken Baldwin, president of Premier Fitness in Cambridge , Massachusetts , advises ill clients to stay home, rest, and drink plenty of fluids. It’s difficult to exercise when you’re coughing and sniffling.

8. DON’T let a temporary illness stop you permanently. Focus on flexibility, stress management, and mind-body awareness during down times. Moreover, plan how to resume your activity program as soon as you can rather than letting yourself drift into sedentary habits.

9. DO return to exercise when you’re ready. Making up for time missed in the gym can drain your immune system all over again. Exercise for two days at a lower intensity for each day you were sick, Primos and Wappes advise. Give your body time the time it needs to recover.

10. DON’T hesitate to consult your doctor. Even if an illness is minor, check with your physician if you are seriously concerned. As always, better safe than sorry.

Well, that’s it for my first blog entry. As always, I hope you stay safe, healthy and happy.

In health and happiness,

Todd~
www.peakconditionfitness.com