Winter Time Mindless Eating

Winter time mindless eating.  Have you ever watched a shark during a feeding frenzy? It is quite impressive to watch how fast they can consume that much food in such a short amount of time! Does this sound familiar? Watch people on low carbohydrate diets fall off the wagon with the first taste of sweets, people at restaurant buffets, holiday dinners, and special occasions that provide indulging temptations. How do we avoid these messups and how do we recover from these bad situations? Here are some tips that I provide my clients with to recognize triggering temptations and how to get back on track.
  1. Protein at breakfast. It is very important to start your day with protein and complex carbohydrates. If you calculate the amount of hours from your last meal to breakfast this amounts to at least 8+ hours without any food source. Skipping breakfast will sink you into an fasted state which will cause major cravings later in the day and most importantly a lack of energy causing you to grab that sugar food for fast energy.
  2. Skipping to many hours between meals. To keep our metabolism at its fullest fat burning potential it is critical to eat on a regular schedule of every 3-4 hours. When we skip to many hours in between meals our body looks for an quick energy source, sugar. This sends our blood sugar on a roller coaster to temptation heaven.
  3. Fail to plan then plan to fail. Failing to plan out your meals in advance is like operating your computer without McAfee protection. You are setting yourself up for failure and temptations of major marketing campaigns. These campaigns are trying to get you to fail when you are vulnerable. Write and prepare your meals in advance and carry them with you in cooler if needed to keep you bullet proof.
  4. Fix the tire. If you fall off the bike get back up and try again. If you get a flat tire then fix it. Commonly I see so many people slip up on one meal and totally give up and blow the whole day with bad meals. It is okay, just start over with the next meal.
  5. Every day is a new day. What happened yesterday is the past. You can not change the past so there is no need to vent about having that bad meal or falling off track. Each day is a new day by bettering yourself with healthy food and exercise. Try to picture each meal and workout laying the foundation of your future health. Be good to your body because where are you going live when you wear your body out from making unhealthy choices?
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Good Life Fitness Small Business Saturday

Support Local Business This Saturday!!! Gift Certificates Are Available!!! With An Overwhelming Response We Have EXTENDED Our HUGE Black Friday Specials To EXTEND Through Sunday At 8p.m. At Both Good Life Fitness Locations!! At Good Life Fitness We Are HONORED To Assist Lincoln And Neighboring Communities And Are Proud Members Of The Lincoln Chamber Of Commerce!! Did You Know That Good Life Fitness Is A Locally Owned And Operated Business Where The Owners Live In Lincoln And Are In The Gyms Everyday!!! We Pride On Being Voted The #1 Health Club In Lincoln, In Nebraska, And Voted TOP 50 Gyms In America!! Support Your Local Business This Saturday!!!  Share it! Facebooktwitter

Good Life Fitness Cross Over Classes!!!

By Popular Request!!!! YES!!!!  Mark Your Calendars For Our N-10sive TRX/Fusion X Crossover Class At Good Life Fitness South East And Good Life Fitness South West!!!!!!!!!!!   Sign Up Available At BOTH Good Life Fitness Locations Starting October 23rd!!    glfcrossoverShare it! Facebooktwitter

Jump Start Your Fall With Good Life Fitness

Fall Is Here!!  YES The Before You Know It Thanksgiving, Christmas, And NEW Years Will Be Here!!!   Jump Start Your Fitness EARLY At Lincoln's Premier Fitness Facility!!  Check Out Below Why Good Life Fitness Was Selected As The #1 Gym In Nebraska And TOP 50 In America!!   glfpostcard2 XYZZ 2015 bestoflincoln2016Share it! Facebooktwitter

Top Tips For Fall Motivation

Fall is here, colder weather on its' way and YES your motivational and dedication to fitness will be tested to it's max!  Check out my TOP tips for Fall motivation to help you stay on track PLUS look and feel your BEST going into 2018!!!  
  1. Support System-  Your support system at home, work, and the gym is key to help hold you accountable when the cravings kick in and your motivation drops to hit the gym!!
  2. Participate In Fitness Challenges-  Work challenges, online line and your health club fitness challenges are great ways to hold yourself accountable and set short but yet motivating goals!!
1stplacetodd 3.  H.I.I.T Training-  Short but sweet!!  Yes to boom up the metabolism, change up the dreaded cardio I would highly recommend H.I.I.T training ( high intensity interval training). glfstepmillhiit 4.  Early Morning Workouts-  YES short term pain for long term gain!!  I highly recommend getting in your workouts before your day gets going and your motivations or EXCUSITIS kicks in:) 5.  Track Your Workouts And Keep A Journal-  Individuals who have tracked their workouts and nutrition PLUS kept monthly measurements have shown a 90% long term fitness success rate!! mariot 6.  Attend A Scheduled Workout-  Scheduled meetings and meeting others there are HUGE for success!  A scheduled workout with a trainer will hold you accountable and when you feel like staying in bed or skipping the gym these are CRUCIAL for your success!! january-southeast-group-fitness-class-additionsShare it! Facebooktwitter

NEW Foam Roller Work Shop At Good Life Fitness South West

For Runners, Weight Lifters, Golfers, And All Fitness Enthusiasts!! Check Out Our Foam Roller Work Shop At Good Life Fitness South West!!! Open To NON Members And All Members Of Good Life Fitness glffoamrollerpresentationShare it! Facebooktwitter

Top Grocery Shopping Tips

The other day I was walking around the grocery store and was just shocked how strategically the store was layout.  It seems that the average small town grocery store is a thing of the past and are now being replaced with huge super centers.  I am now able to do my dry cleaning, banking, drink coffee, eat Mc Donalds, change my oil and even cut my hair all in a grocery store!  Well here is the secret…the longer they can keep you in the store the more products you will purchase.  With this in mind, I have come up with 10 grocery shopping tips to help us stay on track to reaching your goals.
  1. Never shop hungry!  Have you ever noticed that food that normally is not appealing all of sudden sounds really good?  You will be tempted to purchase junk food and what I call “mindless food“. These include chips, crackers, candy bars, and other little snack grabbers. So avoid this at all costs!
  2. Shop on the outside isles.  Over 80% of the foods that you want to eat are on the outside isles of the store.  Foods like mixed green salad, lean meats, dairy products, vegetables, and fruits are always located on the outside isles.
  3. Shop from a grocery list.  Use the 30 Day Shredded Diet grocery list.  Stick to your list.  Over 40 percent of supermarket purchases are made on impulse thinking.  Stick to your guns!
  4. Stay away from the inside isles.  Here is a true fact.  Grocery stores regulate the heat on the outside isles.  They purposely heat in the inside isles more to keep you there longer.  The outside is always colder.  The inside isles have all of the junk food.  Be careful!
  5. Check out temptations!  With children I notice this a ton!  As we are stuck in line surrounded by candy bars, lolly pops, beef jerky, energy drinks, magazine tabloids, and other “mindless” foods the temptations rise tremendously!  Be careful.
  6. Choose foods wisely.  One rule I live by is that I always choose foods with one ingredient or no label.   If you cannot pronounce the ingredients on the package then avoid it.  Probably not good for you!
  7. Hurry Up!  Have you ever noticed the music in stores?  Supermarkets play down-tempo music to make you move slower and enjoy your shopping experience.  Marketing to get you to stay longer!
  8. Be careful in the cereal isle.  Companies pay big money for their prime spots on the shelves.  Have you ever noticed that all of the Disney characters are strategically placed at childrens height?  They are marketing to your children.  Sneaky,  huh?  Yes the healthy cereals are up high or way low.  The fruit snacks are right at eye sight level for children to see also.
  9. Why is the dairy case clear in the back?  Well this is strategically done as well.  Normally we are tempted to buy more as we walk to the back of the store.  Normally you will leave with more than just milk.
  10. Online grocery shopping.  Have you ever tried to shop with 3 small children screaming and wanting everything in the store?  Well it is not pleasant!!  My wife found the online grocery shopping experience to be very convenient.  A current study showed that people purchased 28% less calorie dense foods when shopping online.  Give it a try!
Bonus Tip:)  Avoid all of the free samples that the nice little vendor is offering!!   summermarketShare it! Facebooktwitter

Good Life Fitness Sports Specific Training

Good Life Fitness now offers sports specific youth training for individual or small group with numbers not exceeding 7.  Schedule today your FREE fitness consultation today.   tenacity   Youth Sports Training Program Each child, or group, will have a specific training program specific to their needs as athletes. We will do fitness testing during the first session measuring strength and speed, and then periodically throughout their training program to monitor progress. This program will contain strength, endurance, agility, plyometric and speed training specific to each athlete and sport. Our goal is to use this more individualized training to instill proper technique and enhance skill level in the athlete, so they can carry this on to their sport. AGILITY TRAINING: Agility training as an athlete is very important. From youth athletics all the way up to professional, it is very important. For example, some benefits:
  • Aids in injury prevention
  • Improve multi-planar coordination
  • Increase heart rate and blood flow
  • Increase mind-body connection
STRENGTH TRAINING: Strength training is important for all athletes, not only for power lifters, or football players. For example, some benefits:
  • Increase bone density
  • Increase calories burned while resting
  • Increase muscle tone
  • Increase explosiveness
SPEED TRAINING: Speed training is not only for sprinters. All athletes that are involved in sports with quick bursts of running or moving can benefit from speed training. For example, some benefits:
  • Increase calorie burn
  • Improve your VO2 max, or your body’s ability to use oxygen
  • Increase your body’s ability to oxidize fat
  • Trim time off of your running/sprinting times
PLYOMETRIC TRAINING: The goal of plyometric training is to train for maximum force production in the smallest period of time, so reps are kept low and the intensity and effort is high. All athletes can use plyometric training to improve all parts of their game. For example, some benefits:
  • Increase explosiveness
  • Increase strength and efficiency of fast twitch muscle fibers
  • Improve maximal strength performance
  • Increase stamina
  • Increase speed and power
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The “Silent Killer”

Yes believe it or not but lack of movement is labeled as the "silent killer".  If you really look at your daily activity you might find a big majority is "sitting" .Yes we have become a screen viewing society and many just lack movement with a combination of poor nutrition is a DEADLY combo. As you are aware, I’m sure, people who work in an office tend to sit down ALL DAY LONG, and even if they have worked out in the morning (like at your boot camp), they still might be very sedentary during the day.  Here’s a typical example:  Get up and go to Steve’s boot camp with your day starting at 4:30a.m. If you look at your life schedule with children.  It could be even more lack of activity.  Driving children to their activities and sitting and watching activities..in general we have become even more inactive the more involved our children become.  On the go makes us even more open to grabbing food on the go and foods with preservatives. glfnutrition   4:30a.m -5:00 – SIT in car on way to Good Life Fitness 5:00-6:00am -- Boot Camp at Good Life Fitness 6:00-6:30am – SIT in car going home 6:30-7:30 – ready for work 7:30-8:00 – SIT to go to work 8:00-11:30 – SIT at work 11:30-12:30 – lunch (SIT most of it) 12:30-5:00 SIT at work 5:00-5:30 – SIT on the way home 5:30-bedtime – dinner, SIT to read/watch tv/help kids with homework, e.t.c.   That’s 11 hours of sitting, not including the sitting time after 5:30p.m. Lack of activity...YES belly fat and flat butt syndrome:)  Amazing when you really break down your daily activity like above. GOALS:  Get up and move around through out the day.  How about a ergonomic desk that allows you to stand?  How about taking a walk or better yet go to the gym over your lunch hour?  How about go for a run/walk when your children are at their practices?  Your daily goal is 10,000 steps per day!!Share it! Facebooktwitter

How Is Your Fitness Going In 2017

OVER 55 million people start on their fitness goals January...BUT over 80% fail in 6 weeks...BUT do we really ever fail?!?   Hopefully you have NOT joined a health club and signed a 1,2, or 3 year contract:) How is your year 2017 going? Like many we are all doing our best to push ourselves when we workout. I have been witnessing many in the gym with a new level of motivation to meet their 2017 goals. But that warm bed, on a winter morning, is a hard one to part with mentally and physically. Yesterday, we received tips on avoiding the food cravings….how about we determine the tips for MOTIVATING ourselves to Work Out and to overcome that craving to stay in bed or relax on the couch? And just like food cravings the same applies to our workouts, “The magic number in fitness transformations is 12 weeks! If you can stay dedicated for this period of time you will notice remarkable changes. In the fitness world the statistic shows a 65% failure rate around 12 weeks.   On a brighter note…remember nobody fails in fitness. You will work on your fitness EVERY single day of your life!” glfsixtyfive The top ten motivators that have worked for me: 1. Set goals that will motivate YOU and write them down. Read it daily, these goals will be very powerful for you when you are working out and keep you moving forward. 2. Tell a friend and provide them with your written goals….what’s better than having more accountability. 3. Get a Workout Partner or find someone in the gym that pushes you to give it your best and makes you want more or will keep you coming. 4. Know any one that may think you can’t do it…..prove them wrong and enjoy the look you get as you progress. This could be a huge factor for you to not decide to miss workout. 5. Motivate yourself with the programs you like to do or that work best for you. We like the path of least resistance. If it isn’t something you like or challenging you will find a million reasons to do something else. 6. Think of your work outs as opportunities or as small tasks. It can be mentally easier to motivate yourself to commit for 30 or 60 minutes, one day, one week or one month. 7. Set a schedule that is convenient and works for you. Always have the attitude to not alter that schedule for something or someone, this is my time! 8. Think positive. You will have some challenging days and you may experience some awkward moves and discomfort. Focus on what you can do; it will improve because you desire to make it work for you. Workouts should make you happy! 9. The euphoria after an intense workout. At first you may feel dogged, maybe beaten but eventually it is the GREATEST feeling when you recognize that you put it all out there, you gave your best and that is the ultimate satisfaction! Enjoy this emotional high it is a motivational boost. 10. You want it, you need it and most of all you DESERVE to be healthier and fitter!!Share it! Facebooktwitter