Still trying to find the perfect balance of exercise, eating right, and relaxation techniques all by yourself? HOW'S THAT WORKING FOR YOU?

August 11, 2019

Do you ever feel like, no matter what you try, the balance in your life or (even more importantly) your health is just off somehow?

Then perhaps you could use a bit of guidance...but should you try working with a personal trainer? Or a nutrition instructor? Or maybe even a meditation coach? How about a LIFESTYLE coach?'re not familiar with Lifestyle Coaching? (Hmmmmmmm I guess I shouldn't be entirely surprised "Lifestyle Coach" isn't a job title you hear every day because I'm THE ONLY ONE.)

"NO WAY!" I can practically hear you thinking.

But I assure you it's true! Go ahead and take a moment to Google may get a couple of hits but when you read the fine print what you’ll really see are repackaged Life Coach and Personal Training Certifications.

So now that I've probably got your full attention I bet you're suddenly wondering just what EXACTLY does a Lifestyle Coach do???

Simply put, if you're interested in learning more about fitness AND nutrition AND relaxation AND how they should all dovetail together in order for you to reach and maintain optimum health then I'm not just your best bet, I'm the only game in town!

Seriously, I'm really not kidding when I say that I'm literally the ONLY health & wellness professional (not just in the tri-state area but ANYWHERE) who’s accredited to teach T'ai Chi Chih in addition to being certified as both a Master Personal Trainer and Nutritional Counselor...that particular configuration of credentials provides me with a completely unique perspective on the constant interplay (and importance) of high quality movement, whole food nutrition, and stress management/relaxation plus (even more importantly) what all that has to do with ANYBODY'S optimum health. I could toot my own horn till I turn blue in the face, however, but it wouldn’t mean a thing…my track record for coaching clients through profound life-transformations speaks volumes though (and you can click here to read some great testimonials!)

But let's get back to you for a moment: if you're anything like most people at this particular time in this particular culture and can't quite seem to figure out what to focus on in order to feel REALLY good all the time you're not only not alone but it's not even your fault! There's a lot of misinformation out there these days potentially even designed to keep you from reaching your healthy goals! For instance did you know that most gyms would really prefer you DIDN’T show up? Plus have you ever noticed that most items for sale at the grocery store are simply flying under the radar DISGUISED as food? And literally TONS of research has now proven we can improve our health almost immeasurably just through regular meditation alone yet most MD’s today would far rather write you an Rx for a pill than a meditation class, right? (But I digress...these little factoids plus a whole lot more just like them could easily be the focus of a YEAR-LONG series of blogs!)

All that being said it's been my experience that the biggest mistake most folks make when it comes to their health is thinking of it as some sort of balancing act (or at least one of those little rock cairns lots of yoga and fitness instructors use as a logo.) From my perspective, however, one's optimum health is more like trying to sit on a 3-legged stool: you can get away (for a little while) with shortening one leg just a bit, but you'll never be able to sit in an easy and relaxed manner unless your stool is level…living a long, healthy, happy life requires three equal legs!

And let's get real for a sec: how many of us have unlimited income? With all my training plus experience blending the 3 most important aspects of health together, the closest approximation you'd ever be able to come to all that I bring to the health-coaching table would be to go out and hire 3 coaches, teachers, or trainers (and for that reason alone most people should hire me...I'm an incredible bargain LOL!)

So if I'm beginning to blow your mind (or at least what you've always been told about how to get and stay healthy) to bits then I'm happy to offer you a wonderful opportunity to ask me any questions, tell me all about yourself and your health goals, taste-test some yummy smoothies, grab a schedule for my Fall class lineup, and (most importantly) learn what Lifestyle Coaching can do for you (all while having a FABULOUS time at the 112th annual Arden Fair!)

Once again I’ll be inside the AIR CONDITIONED Buzz Ware Village Center (in the absolute center of the Arden fairgrounds) along with an entire holistic expo! Affectionately nicknamed “Peddlers, Potions, and Practitioners,” this small but popular Holistic Marketplace always features a distinguished group of health, wealth, and happiness professionals and has become an iconic annual state-wide classic. 

But if you simply can’t make the Fair this year (or, actually, even if you can LOL) click here for more info on all of my upcoming fitness, nutrition, and T’ai Chi Chih moving meditation classes. In the meantime, however, here are 3 tips that will help balance your life and (even more importantly) your health SIGNIFICANTLY:

  1. Do SOMETHING physically active for at least an hour every day 

The human body is intended to move A LOT…in many of the circles in which I travel there’s a saying that “sitting is the new smoking.” The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30-60 minutes of strength training 3 days a week, plus 30-60 minutes of aerobic activity 3 to 6 days a week, plus 20-60 minutes of stretching exercises 1 to 3 days a week. If you do the math that really does break down to only about an hour of exercise a day but if figuring out exactly what kind of exercise you should do seems like rocket science then just get up and move your body ANY WAY YOU LIKE for an hour a can even break the hour up into 10-20 minute segments! Regular exercise improves almost every aspect of your health (and it simply makes you feel GREAT!)

  1. Eat more vegetables

EVERY major world health organization (including THE World Health Organization) now claims we should be eating AT LEAST 9-13 servings of fresh whole produce EVERY DAY just to maintain our health. In fact there’s actually a growing body of evidence to suggest that consuming EVEN MORE than the daily recommendation of vegetables and fruits improves health WITHOUT LIMIT…in other words, THE MORE FRESH WHOLE PRODUCE YOU EAT, THE HEALTHIER YOU’LL BE!!! The bottom line is that vegetables are the only food group we simply can’t live without so eating more of them makes sense on every level…let’s call a spade a spade, no one ever got sick or fat by eating too many carrots, right?!

  1. Meditate for at least 20 minutes a day

Remember my 3-legged stool analogy? THEORETICALLY no one leg should be more important than the others but frankly, it’s been both my own personal experience (plus my experience with umpteen clients) that the meditation/relaxation leg might indeed be the largest determining factor when it comes to your health! Take a moment to think about how you feel PHYSICALLY when you’re totally stressed out…AWFUL, right? So if I could boil down all the reasons why I teach meditation into a thesis statement it would be the following: you can exercise and eat right till the cows come home but unless you find a way to off-load your stress you can still kiss your health goodbye! In fact LOTS of highly respected medical organizations now agree that for many medical conditions it often comes down to 2 choices: medication or meditation. And it doesn't always matter what style of meditation you practice either: we now have neurological proof that you can train your wellbeing LIKE A SKILL through consistent meditation…click here for a groundbreaking study. 

Still have questions? Just click here to for the official Peddlers, Potions, and Practitioners flyer and I look forward to seeing & being with you all at this unique annual event!!!

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