Fitness Outlook

Ozzie Jacobs, editor of HealthandFitnessExpert.com, presents a motivational podcast called “Fitness Outlook”!

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Fitness to a Beat

Ozzie Jacobs, editor of HealthandFitnessExpert.com, presents “Fitness Soundtrack” a podcast that explains how music can make your workouts more enjoyable.

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Spice Up Your Workout

Ozzie Jacobs presents a podcast to give you ideas on how to make your workout more fun this weekend!

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Focus

Ozzie Jacobs, Health and Fitness Expert, presents a podcast that addresses how to stay focused on your fitness goals.

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Recess

Ozzie Jacobs, Health and Fitness Expert, presents a podcast that reveals how to bring the joy of “Recess” back into our adult lives.

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Why Do You Train?

Ozzie Jacobs, Health and Fitness Expert, presents a podcast that explores the impact that motivation has on success.

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Savasana for Peace

Ozzie Jacobs, Health and Fitness Expert, presents a podcast that reveals how yoga can be used to find peace in troubled times.

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Skinny Jeans

Ozzie Jacobs, Health and Fitness Expert, presents a podcast that reveals how our skinny jeans can be a friend or foe.

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Weight loss: Made easy

“Calories consumed” must be less than “calories burned”, this is the simple equation that is essential to reach your weight loss goals.  Oftentimes, the simple concepts (like this one) are the ones we struggle with the most.  Your trainer or the fitness guru on TV makes it seem so simple “just stop eating the junk food”, “get to the gym”, “make the commitment”.  Oh, if it could be so easy……

The fact is that weight loss is hard because there are a variety of different variables that often stand in our way.  One of the major causes for our demise is our environment and how we respond to it.

1. Our surroundings…. On every corner chances are that there is a fast food joint or tasty restaurant that is calling your name.  This restaurant will often carry your favorite guilty pleasure (i.e. french fries, cakes, cookies and the list goes on). So when you’re hungry for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack before you go home your primal urges kick in (especially if you haven’t eaten in the past 4-5 hours).

Solution: Keep yourself stocked with tasty (and healthy snacks) and eat small meals every 2 hours.  This way you can control those primal urges since you would’ve already had your fill of nutritious foods.

2. Our relationships…. Most would agree that when your “love boat” starts to sink, ice cream and chocolate are great flotation devices.  Drowning a broken heart in chocolate and cookies seems like a good idea at the time but what sense does it make to lose your man and lose your waistline at the same time?

Solution: Don’t sulk in the kitchen, go out and enjoy yourself.  Burn off the stress with a night of dancing on the town!

3. Our expectations…. When we make the decision to change our lifestyle we don’t consider “the spectrum”.  The spectrum of eating healthy consists of eating super clean (think physique competitor/fitness model) and eating really bad (think “junk food junkie”). As a result, we try to eat perfectly and end up falling off the wagon.

Solution: We must cut ourselves some slack and not expect to make a “180” in 2 days. Small steps result in large gains, because small steps are feasible building blocks that lead to long-term changes that last.

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Life in Fitness: Standing tall

The effort needed to stand tall is often taken for granted…..

Each day our body embarks on a quiet struggle to stand tall against the forces of gravity.  When we are young we are at an advantage but as we grow older, gravity gains the upper hand due to our environment.

The environment we place ourselves in requires us to sit for long hours and hunch over to see tiny computer screens, which weaken the muscles that support the spine.  We know when we are losing this battle because the consequence is pain.

Beyond the physical environment our body also struggles to cope with the emotional toll that our environment places on us.  Stress over finances, heartbreak and family can “weigh us down”. This extra emotional weight that we carry makes it harder for us to stand tall (and proud).

A key concept in yoga that is quite fascinating is the connection between our movement, our posture and our emotions.  When we stand tall in Tadasana with shoulders drawn down the back, breast bone lifted and “floating ribs” drawn in we project a feeling of confidence and strength.  This projection can be a mirror image of our feelings if we breathe life into the posture.  As you inhale expand the rib cage and lift the heart, as you exhale draw the floating ribs in and press your feet evenly into the floor.  During our inhales we take in everything our environment has to offer (the good and bad) but on our exhales we have the power to let it go and regain control.

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