10 min of Exercise Improves Reaction Time

Do you struggle to get started on a fitness plan? And maybe it’s not for a lack of motivation but something else stands in your way.

Don’t Use Exercise for Fat Loss

Newsflash! As a society we’re becoming more over-weight and more obese. This shouldn’t come as news to anyone. 

8 Scientific Ways to Be Happy

Everyone at Okanagan Peak Performance Inc trains for exactly the same thing. This may strike some as strange because we work with a variety of clientele that want to look, feel and play better. So how is it all our clients can be training for the same thing?

Nutritional Myths Seminar Recap

Tuesday a number of our clients, friends and family gathered at the facility for some beer, chocolate, wine & cheese and handed out some door prizes.

Oh yeah, there was also a nutritional seminar going on as well.

You Don’t Need More Energy

Quick question…what’s your favourite cheat food?

For a lot of people the answer would be something sweet. Maybe it’s ice cream, or chocolate or some type of candy. I like all of these.

But indulging in a treat can wreak havoc on your training goals. We’re trying to create a caloric deficit from training but then can quickly undo a lot of our efforts when we load up on sweets.

8 Steps for Weight Loss – Where hCG Fits In

Last week I introduced some of you to the hCG Diet. And a few of you were already familiar with it which is good. In fact one of you replied with what your experiences with it had been.

hCG Diet – Is It Worth the Risk?

I’m not a huge fan of quick fixes.

Usually this leaves the person involved with a band-aid solution to deal with the symptom but never addresses the cause.

It would be like taking aspirin because your head hurts from hitting yourself in the head with a hammer. Sure you can keep popping pills but you’re never going to get to the root cause of the problem.

5 Reasons for an Immediate Post-Workout Shake

The other day we were finishing a Group Fitness Training workout and I passed out shakes to those who had joined us. Yeah, that’s right. From time to time you get rewarded for coming out for a training session on a long weekend.

Anyways as we were sitting back and drinking our shakes someone asked me why we would have a shake? Why was this important?

2 Fixes to Getting the Fitness Results You Want

Do you know the following people?

The ones who complain about nutrition and exercise not working for them. That they have tried everything under the sun when it comes to workout routines or dietary changes. But for whatever reason they don’t get results.

And they’ll state emphatically it has nothing to do with their approach or their dedication. They are just different.

You know the type of people I’m talking about?

4 Reasons Our Children Will Have Worse Health Than We Do

A lot of the content on this blog is geared towards the adult population.

They are the ones who can read, or have interest in reading this type of content.

They are the ones who have gym memberships. And buy groceries. And are invested in relationships.

And they are also the ones who may face a variety of health problems and disease.

After a routine check up with the doctor they may be advised to change their lifestyle. Quit smoking. Stop drinking. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Get more sleep. You know the drill.

Or it could come about as a result of an accident. And you end up in physio. Where you’re being advised to strengthen your core. And stretch more. And focus on your posture.

Rarely do we think about the health of children.

Why?

Maybe it’s because we think of children as running and playing all the time. With endless amounts of energy. And when they do take a tumble they seem to spring right back up and carry on as though nothing happened.

But things are chaning.

Do you remember what Type II diabetes used to be called?

Give yourself a gold star if you said ‘Adult-Onset’.

The sad thing is we often don’t hear Type II referred to in this way anymore, do we? It’s sad because we’re seeing children being diagnosed what was once an adult disease.

Worse still, besides diabetes children are now developing hypertension, have cholesterol problems, metabolic syndrome and joint issues. Growing up I don’t ever remember me or my friends complaining of back pain. Ask your kids and their friends and you’ll find a number of them complain of this. Or look inside the waiting room of a physio clinic and there will be probably be some kids there.

But is it really that bad?

Yes. And it’s getting worse.

Over the past 30 years obesity rates among youth have tripled to the point where in the US 32% are considered obese or overweight.

And if this statistic alone isn’t alarming enough it gets worse in that many parents are:

* either unaware the health of their children was this poor

or

* did not seem worried when they were made aware

So how did things get so bad?

Well I can think of 4 Reasons Our Children Will Have Worse Health Than We Do.

Reason #1 – Immunization Scares

You can read back for a previous post I did about vaccinations. Here’s the link if you missed it:

http://okanaganpeakperformance.com/falsified-research-caused-many-to-avoid-vaccination/

Andrew Wakefield falsified his findings which were submitted to a medical journal for publication. Wakefield was stripped of his medical license and his findings were called ‘elaborate fraud’.

Whether it be vaccinations or another aspect of healthy eating and exercise don’t let one study cause to you abandon what has previously been considered healthy. If the finding is accurate, other labs will be able to reproduce the findings in their research and either confirm or refute the finding.

Reason #2 – Exercise v. Recreation

Growing up we were always sent outside to play. This meant road hockey. Or football. Or swimming. Or baseball. Or…

What these all had in common was they were either intense or fast. This is what exercise is about. By intense I mean the effort to move a resistance. And fast, well, means explosive and sprinting.

I’ll save the topic for a future discussion (or rant) but we seem to have moved to a place where setting out a mat and doing some stretches and poses has been substitued for exercise.

It is not.

Some of you won’t like me saying that but don’t hate the messenger. You cannot develop strength, speed and athleticism on your back with controlled breathing.

Sure they may be other benefits. But let’s put them in the category of recreation where they belong and not confuse our kids by calling them exercise.

Reason #3 – Technology

How many people reading this grew up with ipods, DS, cell phones and a facebook profile?

I sure didn’t.

If we wanted to talk to a friend we got on our bikes and went to find them. (some may have had their dad pick them up after, right AC?)

But today we don’t have to move. Everything is right beside us. It is all very convenient. And it allows us to not have to move, or interact with others.

At the end of the day these conveniences are great. But we’re burning fewer calories, moving less, interacting less and eating more as a result.

Reason #4 – Economy

Think this doesn’t have an impact on your kid’s health?

Consider that schedules change when both parents are working.

And now that time is at a premium we are looking for convenience for our nutrition.

And sometimes convenience food can be obtained for what appears to be a less expensive option.

Not to mention that equipment and registration fees for sports teams are always on the rise.

When you consider it this way, kids don’t really have a fighting chance. They will fewer chances to play organized sports and eat more of their food from a package or through a window.

If we consider childhood obesity increased 30% in years what do you suppose is in store for the next thirty?

Chris                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’