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Five Nutrition Habits to Maintain

Posted: December 27, 2017

Excerpt from the book Be Your Personal Best: Fitness by Master Christopher Rappold

Correct nutrition is one of those things that have a major effect on virtually every area of your life. Wherever you go, whomever you are with, and whatever you are doing throughout the course of a day, what you are eating follows you. Whether at a wedding or working out in the yard, in traffic or on a tropical island, nutrition is interwoven into your day. It stands to reason that what you are putting into your body will have a major impact on your energy.

Dr. Mark Mincolla, a brilliant holistic doctor, teaches the concept of the food we eat as natural medicine. There are foods that heal and there are foods that cause inflammation in our bodies. There are foods that provide vital nutrients and foods that leach nutrients from our body. There are foods that build and there are foods that destroy. Taking the time to analyze the impact of what you are putting into your body is a worthy study that will quite literally add years of good health to your life. As you delve into the topic you will learn that everybody has a different chemistry and what is good for one person may not be good for another. Like a fingerprint, each person is unique and different and needs to be respected as such. Learning it yourself or finding an expert like Dr. Mincolla is certainly a shortcut to making this happen for you.


Five Ways to Choose a Fitness Program Best for You

Posted: December 27, 2017

As person who has trained alongside hundreds of martial artists and fitness enthusiasts over my adult life, I have had the chance to see firsthand both successful and unsuccessful programs. The following is a list of criteria I would suggest you use as you evaluate and find a program that meets your needs and can deliver on your hopes and dreams.

Enthusiasm of the teachers: Many fitness enthusiasts are self-focused. A criterion they use to enroll you in their program is to talk about themselves. Not that they are bad people but their tendency is to serve their ego rather than serve their students. I love to see a teacher who gets excited about the progress of their students because she knows the importance of what it means to them. When you are trained by a person or a team that enthusiastically cheers you on and transfers that joy to you each and every time, it ensures that you stay inspired to continue to make progress.

Program Longevity and Results Produced: The quality of a program’s success should rest on the results the students have attained. Are the people in the program getting the results and has the teaching team been doing it long enough that they have the depth of experience to know how to work with all different populations? I have seen a lot of programs come and go like the changing of the tides. What is hot today is gone tomorrow. If you are in this for the lifestyle take careful consideration in choosing the program that is right for you.


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