There are times in your life when you simply must listen to your gut. When your instinct leads to an impulse to take a certain action that will change the course of your planned out trajectory for the better. For some people it leads them to find their soulmate. For others it leads to finding a lifelong hobby. For my business partner Sheila and I, talking about rejuvenating the “down down” lead to VoiceAmerica Internet Radio and we couldn’t be more excited! We will be launching our show Life: Flat to FABulous Wednesday March 6 at 3 pm Eastern time and thought we would share the fun video that got us here. We hope you enjoy our clip and be sure to grab a tasty beverage and #gabwithfab Wednesday afternoons!
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Fitness coach and personal trainer Maria DiGiuseppe describes her book, âFit and Faithful,â as âa personal testimony of faith with professional fitness and nutrition guidance.â Identifying Christianity as a major influence in her life, she shares scriptures that provide universal direction for good health, regardless of your cultural affiliations.
Maria suggests, âwe need the same principles, commitment and endurance with regard to our physical body as we do to our spiritual body in order to have good health and peace of mind. Living your life honestly and being mindful of how you influence others is one of the greatest contributions you can make.â She further advises:
ENSURE YOUR COMMITMENT TO CHANGE.
âRepentance or metanoia means, âto turn away from.â What modifications do you need to make to create a healthier lifestyle, such as âturning awayâ from overeating, excessive drinking, and a lack of discipline? Make these changes and write them down. Practically speaking, we can replace old habits with new ones. For example, instead of watching TV at night for two hours, take a one-hour walk around the neighborhood. How many days a week can you commit to exercising? Make a pledge to yourself to stick to that plan. Beyond changing habits, commitment is about staying on the healthy lifestyle path! When you are steadfast, even if you lose the weight you want, or are in the best shape of your life, in the face of an upsetting experience or difficult challenge youâll persevere! There is not a quitting option. If youâre going through a stressful event, the progress youâve already made may help you to handle it better.
DEVELOP A MINDSET OF PERSEVERANCE.
âIf your life has taken a turn and you have to define a new sense of ânormal,â thatâs okay. Over time, you may be able to do something that you couldnât do last year. If someone suggests that something you want to do is out of your reach, that youâre too old, or that itâs too late to accomplish your goals, keep in mind: If you can see it and plan it, you can achieve it!
While we live in a world in which so much is permissible, for some even one glass of wine is not a good idea. Addiction doesnât mean that you do it daily or canât live without it. It means that youâre doing something that causes you to suffer adverse consequences and yet you continue to do it. I believe this applies to relationships too. If a relationship only causes pain and stress, itâs probably best to put boundaries in place or get away from it all together. Try not to let the world dictate how you choose to live.
Romans 12:2 guides, âDo not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.â Once you change your patterns and think differently about things, you will start becoming the best version of yourself and live an amazing life! Pray for direction.â
ENGAGE FAITH AS A STANDARD FOR HEALTH & PEACE OF MIND.
Health is also being able to handle stress. Since some things are out of your control, Iâm an advocate of trusting in something bigger than what you can understand. I believed the Bible had all the answers and knew that one day I would get around to reading it, but didnât realize that I shouldnât take time for granted. Define your standard today while you have the opportunity. Delineate what you believe. A strong foundation sets norms for how you live spiritually and with regard to good health. As the standard for Christians, the bible offers hope and answers to lifeâs questions. Matthew 7:7 says, âask and you will receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.â
I think people can get caught in a vicious cycle. When one bad situation occurs after another, you might feel that your life is spiraling out of control. This is why I think itâs so important to have faith. Itâs the umbrella over everything else. Faith according to Hebrews 11:1 is being certain of what you hope for, and confident of what you cannot see. Look for ways no matter how small, to pick yourself up. Suffering without seeking support can lead to disability and depression. Doctors may not have the answers but there may be other resources available to you, such as counseling or family support. Donât give up! Eventually you will see the light that is shining in the dark. Psalm 119:105 states: âyour word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.â
Maria suggests that following the standard of a âhigher powerâ makes for a disciplined life, much like how athletes train to be their best. She offers the guidance of Corinthians 9:24: âDo you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.â
As you construct a foundation through which you can uphold your commitment, a mindset of perseverance, and discipline, Maria urges: âWhen you lack motivation, you can rely on the purpose that God gives you for your life, âfor it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose (Philippians 2:13).â
Listen to my conversation with Maria on âTurn the Page” to learn about the four concepts that she sees as essential for physical and spiritual health.
In my post-show conversation with Maria, she provided additional suggestions about what you can do to strengthen your physical health. Hereâs what she shared:
PHYSICAL HEALTH & EXERCISE
âThe National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council of Exercise, National Institute of Health (NIH) Senior Health, and World Health Organization (WHO) are authorities which provide guidelines for your physical health.
The NASM recommends doing cardio training at least two to three times a week. Most health benefits occur with at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking. Additional benefits occur with more physical activity. You can fulfill 30-minutes of cardio through any of a number of modalities, such as high-intensity interval training, use of a treadmill and elliptical machine, and classes like aerobics or dance. The NASM also suggests two to three days of strength training with flexibility exercises included.
Applying substantiated recommendations like these requires adherence and is only possible if you believe in what you are doing. Without consistency there are no results. Being clear about the benefits to you is a step toward âlocking inâ your motivation and dedication. Research suggests that people who exercise can lower their biological age, as measured by factors such as aerobic power, muscle strength, joint stability, flexibility, life expectancy, and the onset of disability. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of adverse health outcomes and exercise has positive effects on your overall sense of well-being.â
âChoose one of the diets recommended by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) or a certified nutritionist. This doesnât mean choosing a âfadâ diet, like eating a grapefruit everyday for a month and excluding protein. It has to be a standard that is sensible and one you can live by daily.
The Mediterranean diet, which I grew up on in my Italian household, is an example of a healthy diet that you can stay on for life. It contains macronutrients, carbohydrates, protein, the good heart healthy fat found in fish and nuts, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and whole grain breads and pastas. Other examples of healthy recommended diets are the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH), Diabetic, and MyPLate. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers videos, recipes, and other resources to help you to âeat right.â
If you choose the MyPlate diet, you can set up the food-tracking tool (called SuperTracker) on your computer with your personal information and learn what changes you may need to make in your diet. I will show you when your sodium intake is too high, or if you go over your recommended calorie amounts. There are other tracking tools available through MyPlate as well, including ones for weight management, physical activities, and goal setting.
YOUR FOOD AND EXERCISE PROGRAM MIGHT LOOK LIKE THIS:
30 minutes of strength training twice a week
30 minutes of walking on the treadmill or biking three days a week
This menu, which totals about 1400 calories, is not appropriate for everyone and must be adjusted based on individual needs.
One egg on whole grain toast with coffee and a glass of skim milk
Grilled chicken breast on mesclun lettuce with carrots, cucumber, olive olive oil and a vinaigrette dressing and a small lentil soup
Broiled Sole with Â½ baked potato, steamed broccoli and Â½ cup of brown rice
Apple, pear, a hand full of walnuts (200 calories) in between meals
âI had a client who came to me with a picture of herself in a bathing suit from ten years earlier, when she liked the way she looked. We used the formula of adding 250 calories a day in energy expenditure (calories burned through physical activities) and subtracted 250 calories in what she ate to create a total reduction of 500 calories a day. She lost almost 50 pounds in six months! Adherence equals results!
Hereâs a weight loss formula:
250 calories expended daily during exercise + a 250 calorie reduction from daily calorie intake * 7 days a week = 3,500 calories, which amounts to losing one pound!
45 minutes on the treadmill daily and one less cookie, rice portion or slice of pizza a day
âMany people see menopause, disease and aging as obstacles to leading a healthy lifestyle. I donât see it that way. Circumstances like these provide opportunities to enhance our lives, be grateful for what we have, and learn how to redefine what it means to have good health. While you may experience limitations and setbacks, being your best is still an option.
My body didnât fail me as I first thought when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Instead, it supported me to withstand the surgeries, rehab, and mental and physical stress that I had to endure throughout the treatment process. Iâve seen this with clients as well. As a result of their improved fitness levels, when an unexpected illness arrives, they recover much better and faster than if they had not been leading a healthy lifestyle.
Your foundation for good health is rooted in exercise and good nutrition. Building a strong base, especially while youâre young, will set you up for future success!â
Listen to Mariaâs guest spot on âTurn the Pageâ to learn about the four concepts that she sees as essential for physical and spiritual health, and why she views faith as the pillar for peace of mind.
This episode of the Divine Wellness Academy radio show features Dr. Bruce Bond. He will be sharing his expertise on brain health. Brain inflammation has been linked to depression, brain fog, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. You will learn all about brain health and natural approaches to support healthy brain functioning
This episode of the Divine Wellness Academy radio show is all about how to be fit after 40 with guest Dave McGarry. Dave is the host of the podcast Fit Over 40 Challenge Show. Dave will provide tips on how to improve your health, fitness, focus and energy levels. You will learn strategies to help you become your best physically and spiritually as you navigate life in your 40âs and beyond.
This show is about how the better you take care of your body the better you take care of your spirit. Trinity fitness inspires people through group fitness to get in the best physical and spiritual shape of their lives. In the Trinity Fitness mission statement they put the physical before the spiritual. The reason behind this is that Jesus was observed throughout the scriptures meeting the physical needs in a personâs life which opened the door to meet their greater spiritual needs. The guest for this show is Jason Palmisano. He is the founder and CEO of Trinity Fitness. Trinity Fitness is a gym that inspires people to get in the best physical and spiritual shape of their lives with no financial obligation. Trinity Fitnessâ motto is Healthy People Inside and Out.
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Monday at 2 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness
This episode of the Divine Wellness Academy radio show is on how we can work together to create a healthy environment for ourselves, our families and our communities. Â Chad Garmon will be discussing how working together as a community can strengthen spirit, mind and body.
Chad Garmon is the Executive Director of Christian initiatives and community partnerships at the YMCA of Central Florida. Â The YMCA of Central Florida is one of the largest nonprofits committed to strengthening communities across Central Florida with services in more than 100 neighborhoods. Â Chadâs role is to put the C for Christian back into the YMCA.
This episode is about Brad Minns and his inspirational story about never giving up. Â Â Brad Â was formerly USAâs number one deaf tennis player. Â Brad will share with the audience how he had to overcome remarkable odds after losing his hearing at the age of 3. Â This show is about overcoming adversity and using that adversity to make a difference in other peopleâs lives.
At the age of three Brad lost his hearing when he contracted a deadly fever. Rather thansend him to special schools, his parents made sure Brad knew how to read lips and had him fitted with hearing aids.
He began playing sports and found that he had an interest in tennis. He went on to become one of the top junior players in his age division and received a scholarship at the University of Toledo as a walk on.
After college he went on to become the USAâs number one deaf tennis player and won numerous World Deaf Championships.
Not being content with just playing professional tennis at the World level, he began using his bodybuilding in earnest. In 1995 he won the P.A.S./ Experimental and Applied Sciences nutritional supplement transformation contest now known as Body-for-Life and became their second national spokesperson.
Brad has always met his goals and is now determined to teach others how to go for their dreams and goals. Today, Brad lives with his wife Ginny in Orlando, FL and works as a tennis professional and personal trainer. He speaks at FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) groups where he shares his testimony of living a life for Christ.
WANT TO MOVE LIKE A DANCER OR MARTIAL ARTIST? TRAIN IN THREE PLANES OF MOTION by Hemda Mizrahi & Ari Weller
According to fitness expert Ari Weller, Founder of PhilosoFit, a leading edge movement training studio in East Hampton, NY, âLife in the body expresses itself in three dimensions. Movement specialists label these the Sagital Plane, the Frontal Plane and the Transverse Plane.â
Ari describes the three planes as follows:
SAGITAL: front to back movement. Think bending to pick something up off a counter.
FRONTAL: side to side movement. Think jumping jacks.
TRANVERSE: rotational movement. Think swinging a golf club, or curtseying. Â The twist. Rotational movements are small, but critically important.
ARIâS ADVICE ON âTRAINING SMARTER:â
âThe greatest athletes are the ones who are naturally and effortlessly move their bodies through all three planes, through multi-dimensional space. Have you ever considered why a dancer or martial artist can flow so beautifully through space while a bodybuilder, rower or cyclist seems stiff, perhaps robotic? Look no further than the WAY THEY TRAIN, HOW MANY REPS THEY PERFORM IN A SINGLE PLANE OF MOTION.
When making decisions about how to train smarter, make sure that training in three planes is one of the most important considerations in your program. THIS MEANS Â INCLUDING ALL THREE PLANES IN YOUR STRENGTH, MOBILITY AND CARDIO TRAINING.â
START YOUR DAY WITH A MOBILITY PREP
Ari shares, âI always try to start my day–and my workouts–with a mobility prep that moves my body in three planes from head to toe.â
He suggests that you follow these steps to do the same, PERFORMING EACH MOVEMENT FOUR TIMES:
1. âStart with the HEAD. Move it gently and fully, up and down, side to side and into rotation.
2. Next the SHOULDERS and ARMS. Straight arms up and down in front of the body, then side-to-side. While holding the arms out from the sides, twist one arm all the way toward the front, from the shoulder, while simultaneously turning the other arm all the way out.
3. Next is the MID-SPINE or THORAX. While keeping your head steady, cave your chest and stomach in. Then reverse that movement: lift your chest gently up to the sky on a 45-degree angle. Â Next open your feet wider than shoulder width and keep your knees straight. Â Raise one arm up and side bend your body into the opposite direction. Â Change arms and alternate sides. The final plane in the thoracic area is to stand straight and without moving your low back or head, gently rotate your torso from side to side.
4. The PELVIS is next. Put your hands on your hips and tilt your pelvis front to back and then side to side. Now, without moving your thorax, rotate the pelvis forward, one side at a time. Working your way down the legs, place your hands on bent knees and gently bend and straighten. Next, move side to side, like a skier on the moguls. Finally, rotate the knee joints in circular motions, both clockwise and counterclockwise.
5. Finally, the FEET and ANKLES. Lift one foot off the ground (if needed you can do this sitting or holding onto something). Point and flex the foot. Then guided by your foot instep, move the instep (the arched middle part of your foot that is between the ball and the ankle) down and then up. This is called eversion and inversion. Not a large movement. The last movement is to circle your foot and ankle in both directions. This completes a 3-D body movement scan.â
Ari states, âOn top of the obvious benefit of gently and powerfully training your body to move in all three planes, these exercises OPEN YOUR MINDâ¦literally. This is a larger conversation that will have to wait for another blog post!â
Ari joined me on âTurn the Pageâ to discuss âHow to Build A Better Body: Achieving Maximum Fitness with Minimum Wear and Tearâ During this conversation, he provides three core principles and related tactics that can transform the way you view and practice fitness. Just as heâs done through this post, the practical guidance he offers can help those who are impacted by injuries or other health conditions to restore functional movement, and with that, their life force.
Want to move more like a dancer or martial artists? Contact Ari and his team through PhilosoFitÂ to experience his training methodology, which is based in a thorough assessment that reveals functional deficiencies and forms the basis for the design of a workout program.