Exercise Is The Only Investment That Guarantees A Positive ROI


 

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

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Will A Fit Mind Rot In An Unfit Body?


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“I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Last week, I was doing the last round of outdoor work at my girlfriend’s yard when the above quote came to mind. I use a Old Fashioned Lawn Mowersmanual, human powered, push mower and non-mechanical hedge clippers.  I edge the lawn using hand held clippers.  I worked for three hours in beautiful sunshine with the only scent in the crisp air being that of fresh cut grass. There were neither lung chocking emissions, nor noise  of  motors nor engines to spoil the idyllic day.

A neighbor happened by and asked me about my non-mechanically aided endeavor. I stated it was not only enjoyable, but there was something very fulfilling to accomplish a task utilizing nothing but the strength of my body.  The person said, “But sometimes it is just better for work to be easier.”   I disagreed, however, I seem to be in the minority.

In today’s society we seem to have slipped into a false truth — that if it is easier, it is better. We have remote controls for everything; the television, garage door, fans and even air conditioners all have little devices so we no longer must heft ourselves out of our comfy seats and move. Hell, if you count the clapper, we don’t even have to get off of our rear-ends to operate a light switch.

Go out in public and you will find doors that open automatically, two-story shopping malls with escalators and you need but a wave of the hand to start water flowing from a sink or dispense a paper towel — often times we don’t even have to flush the toilet.

In society today, it seems that we are always looking for the path of least resistance — the path that takes the least amount of work is the path most often chosen. Even in the gym, where people are working out to get more fit, one can observe the same pattern. If say a person wants to use 50 pound dumbells for an exercise, but the weight is not there, many will go down to the 45′s instead of up to the 55′s.

Why not, while using proper form and safety precautions, test one’s self and go up in weight a bit?  Why not make it tad harder?

We are bombarded by marketing ploys that are supposed to make being healthy easy. Products will help us lose weight without any effort, they even market exercise machines that will magically produce results with little to no effort. Isn’t the f*&^ing point of exercise to promote effort?

Everywhere you travel foods of convenience dot the landscape.  Sugar filled, carbohydrate loaded junk is marketed and often promoted as health food.  Atkins, Low Carb, Paleolithic and Primal diets are dismissed by media “doctors” such as Dr. Melina Jampolis and othe “experts” who receive income from the industries that are destroying health.

We have moved away from the “Strenuous Life” President Theodore Roosevelt so extolled.

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Cover of The Strenuous Life

Our schools continue to cut out recess and shortened gym classes, yet President Roosevelt used his belief in the strenuous life to overcome childhood ailments. He strongly believed in the adage that a fit mind requires a fit body to house it. He exercised, engaged in sport, he even skinny dipped in the Potomac River during the winter.  While even under the best conditions, I would never consider swimming in the Susquehanna River as it runs along the Pittston to Wilkes-Barre corridor, I admire Teddy’s attitude and drive when it came to pursuing The Strenuous Life.

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Our current President took more than a year to fill positions on The President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sport & Nutrition. So, as the First Lady was admirably campaigning to increase awareness of childhood obesity, President Barack Obama delayed action on the council that was founded to encourage American children to be healthy and active.  This is the same President, who is so myopic, that he thinks insurance guarantees good health.  Am I missing something?

In his 1899 address before he Hamilton Club, in of all places Chicago, Teddy Roosevelt asked the question, “Who among you would teach your boys that ease is to be the first consideration in their eyes—to be the ultimate goal after which they strive?

It seems that by today’s standard, the answer would be; most. Thanks to the conveniences of modern society life is easier.  However, considering the soaring obesity rates, both adult and childhood, are the results of ease worth the price?

So I ask the questions  — Are we teaching our young men and women to strive for ease? If we are — How much damage are we doing?  And, will the mind rot as the body fails?

Aloha, Ciao, and Stay Healthy

Joe

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

A Negative Attitude Produces Negative Results


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Mal humor amarillo (Photo credit: Xpectro)

Sometime within the last year, my friends began to notice a definite change in my end of day mood.  Most days, I was up at 4 a.m. and I am in the gym by 5.  After my workout, I would teach and then it was off to my practice, where I worked until 7 p.m. most nights.  I just assumed that the long days were getting to me, but then I remembered what I had been doing differently — I was listening to local talk radio and reading plenty of hate filled, depressing websites and blogs.

Since I am between my office and patients during practice hours,  I usually hear good portions of the various shows and I am on and off the web with some frequency.  Hours of listening to,  or reading about, how awful the world is, how bad people are, and how sorry our lot in life is, can drain even the most positive attitude.

As many times as I have discussed with people, or have done it myself, it never ceases to amaze me the power of cutting negative influences from our lives.  It really should be a no brainer.  Negativity begets negativity, producing overall negative results.

I have advised people to get negative people out of their lives.  However, that is not always easily accomplished in personal relationships — but it is easy when it comes to negative people whom we invite into our lives via the airwaves or our personal computers  — change the station, close the web window or switch off the device.

On my web site Fat Then Fit Now, and in my writings, I mention the 3’s: 

The 3 D’s — DesireDetermination and Discipline as the keys to remodeling one’s body and recapturing one’s health.

The 3 E’s — Three E’sEatingExercise and Energy. The Energy component being mental energy.

Together, these two triads are the keys to success in becoming a physically fit and healthy individual.

The D’s and E’s must be given equal effort to achieve our goals. While none of the 3’s are more essential than the other, a lack of positive mental energy can cause you to falter and interfere with the triads of support.

Energy is about our mindset. Our mental energy allows every other aspect to fall into place. If  mental energy is off kilter, it can adversely impact the other legs of the triangle, causing a complete, catastrophic collapse.

There are only two types of energy; positive and negative. Each usually gives rise to one of two outcomes — positive energy produces positive results and negative energy gives negative results.

The rigors of  daily life can get in our way, and before we know it, our mental energy is being thrown out of balance. We may be doing everything else correctly, but our results aren’t what we expect.

What is going on?

What are we doing wrong?

It is then we must recall that all three must be equal to achieve the desired outcomes.

Recently, my mind and body were both tired and drained — I just didn’t know it. And next thing I knew, my eating and exercise faltered and fell by the wayside, and I was not being as productive as I should  have been.

Key West (Southernmost Point) at sunset, 2007

beach in Key West

I am often reminded of the battle between positive versus negative energy when I have taken long weekends in the past to either The Florida Keys, or Southern California.

Five days of no news, no talk radio, no internet, no business worries and in general no negative influences really recharged my mental batteries.

Florida Keys - Sunset

Florida Keys – Sunset (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Additionally, just being in Southern California or Florida, compared

English: Photo of a sunset on the Beach in Ven...

English: Photo of a sunset on the Beach in Venice, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

to Northeast Pennsylvania, there is a palpable difference in attitude. The sunshine, warm temperatures and proximity to the ocean allow a variety of outdoor activities. It was my experience and conclusion that people there, even in tough economic times, have a much more positive outlook on life. That positive vibe rubs off on everyone who is there.

When I return to Pennsylvania, this renewed energy translated into some incredible  workouts.  I attacked the weights with vim and vigor, relishing the feel of cold iron in the palms of my hands.

The exercises are the same, but the poundages are a little heavier and the pace a little quicker and the results — exponentially superior.

This simple, yet noticeable, difference in my workouts, are what me re-aware of the influence of energy. I have taken steps to ensure that my energy remains positive.

  • I make sure to start my day with a smile.
  • I have resolved to no longer to complain.
  • I shrug off the mundane, minor, minuscule annoyances that tend to degrade my disposition.

I have also stopped listening to so much talk radio, visiting certain web blogs/sites and reading too in-depth into the news. I scan the paper, and if I feel something is important, I will delve deeper into the subject.  I am no longer obsessed with each bit of minutia that is being reported. I discovered on my long weekends, that by not reading the paper, not watching the news, not being connected to the web, and not listening to talk radio — nothing changed. My being aware had absolutely zero influence.

We should always strive to make each day full of positive energy.  When someone complains,  smile and make an excuse to remove ourselves from the conversation. If negative thoughts enter our heads, we should think about all we have that is good. In my case, if I start to feel sorry for myself, I remember my trips to places like the Philippines, were I saw some of the worst poverty I have ever witness, and force myself to realize that no matter how bad it seems, my life is pretty dam good.

Energy must be positive. I am not saying we are never going to get down. I am not saying we should never get upset. There are real life issues that will influence our mood. However, we can change so much just by changing our attitude and outlook. It takes just as much effort to smile and say hello, as it does to look away and grunt. But the result of a smile is much more positive, not only for one’s self, but for the person on the receiving end.

We must ask ourselves:

  • Will worrying about something change it?
  • Will losing sleep change it?
  • Will not working out change it?
  • Will overeating change it?

In all likelihood, all of the above will only be more deleterious to the situation and our health.

When possible, cut out negative influences, don’t become obsessed and worried about that which we have little control over. When it comes to controlling elements around us, we really can’t.

We can’t control the weather, world affairs or other people, however, we can control how we react. We can choose the manner in which we respond.

I tell all of  my clients — the only thing we can control is what we put into their bodies and the amount of exercise we put out. I also tell them the only person we can control is the one that stares back at us from the mirror.

We can be positive or we can be negative — the choice is ours —  the results are obvious.

Aloha, Ciao, and Stay Healthy

Joe

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

A Fit Mind Requires A Fit Body To House It


President of the United States Theodore Roosev...

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“I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Last week, I was taking care of my girlfriend’s yard when the above quote came to mind. I use a Old Fashioned Lawn Mowersmanual, human powered, push mower and non-mechanical hedge clippers.  I edge the lawn using hand held clippers.  I worked for three hours in beautiful sunshine with the only scent in the air being that of  fresh cut grass. There were neither lung chocking emissions, nor noise  of  motors nor engines to spoil the idyllic day.

A neighbor happened by and asked me about my non-mechanically aided endeavorer. I stated it was not only enjoyable, but there was something very fulfilling to accomplish a task utilizing nothing but the strength of my body.  The person said, “But sometimes it is just better for work to be easier.”   I disagreed, however, I seem to be in the minority.

In today’s society we seem to have slipped into a false truth — that if it is easier, it is better. We have remote controls for everything; the television, garage door, fans and even air conditioners all have little devices so we no longer must heft ourselves out of our comfy seats and move. Hell, if you count the clapper, we don’t even have to get off of our rear-ends to operate a light switch.

Go out in public and you will find doors that open automatically, two-story shopping malls with escalators and you need but a wave of the hand to start water flowing from a sink or dispense a paper towel. We don’t even have to flush the toilet.

In society today it seems that we are always looking for the path of least resistance. The path that takes the least amount of work is the path most chosen. Even in the gym, where people are working out to get more fit, one can observe the same pattern. If say a person wants to use 50 pound dumbells for an exercise, but the weight is not there, many will go down to the 45′s instead of up to the 55′s.

Why not, while using proper form and safety precautions, test one’s self and go up in weight a bit?  Why not make it tad harder?

We are bombarded by marketing ploys that are supposed to make being healthy easy. Products will help us lose weight without any effort, they even market exercise machines that will magically produce results with little to no effort. Isn’t the point of exercise to promote effort?

Everywhere you travel foods of convenience dot the landscape.  Sugar filled, carbohydrate loaded junk is marketed and often promoted as health food.  Atkins, Low Carb, Paleolithic and Primal diets are dismissed by media “doctors” such as Dr. Melina Jampolis and “experts” who receive income from the industries that are destroying health.

We have moved away from the “Strenuous Life” President Theodore Roosevelt so extolled.

Cover of

Cover of The Strenuous Life

Our schools continue to cut out recess and shortened gym classes, yet President Roosevelt used his belief in the strenuous life to overcome childhood ailments. He strongly believed in the adage that a fit mind requires a fit body to house it. He exercised, engaged in sport, he even skinny dipped in the Potomac River during the winter. While even under the best conditions, I would never consider swimming in the Susquehanna River as it runs along the Pittston to Wilkes-Barre corridor, I admire Teddy’s attitude and drive when it came to pursuing The Strenuous Life.

Official presidential portrait of Barack Obama...

Image via Wikipedia

Our current President took more than a year to fill positions on The President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sport & Nutrition. So, as the First Lady was admirably campaigns to increase awareness of childhood obesity, President Barack Obama delayed action on the council that was founded to encourage American children to be healthy and active.  Am I missing something?

In his 1899 address before the Hamilton Club, in of all places Chicago, Teddy Roosevelt asked the question, “Who among you would teach your boys that ease is to be the first consideration in their eyes—to be the ultimate goal after which they strive?

It seems that by today’s standard, the answer would be; most. Thanks to the conveniences of modern society life is easier.  However, considering the soaring obesity rates, both adult and childhood, are the results of ease worth the price?

So I ask the question  — Are we teaching our young men and women to strive for ease? If we are — How much damage are we doing?

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Physical Culturist and Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book, “Obesity Undone” and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com and CarbSmart.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website http://www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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************The information contained herin is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

 

Schools Are Failing Our Children In The Battle With Obesity


If you want to cultivate the mind of your pupil, you have first to cultivate the strength of his/her body, that is the one which must support his/her mind; make the pupil strong and healthy to make him wise and intelligent.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

From carbohydrate loaded school meals to soda machines to cutting recess to reducing, if not eliminating all together, physical education classes — our schools are failing our children’s health and wellness.  What are we going to do?

Michelle Obama with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

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The First Lady, Michelle Obama, has started to increase awareness of the childhood obesity epidemic and she has taken some proactive steps.  Her Let’s Move initiative is a step in the right direction.  Her food recommendations for the school menus needs work, but that is for another posting.

An ABC news  report stated that are nearly three hundred and fifty million people world-wide with type II diabetes. In the same report it was stated that 35 to 40% of new cases are happening in younger and younger people.  Some who are only in only the fifth grade. That means children as young as ten years old are being diagnosed with what was commonly referred to as ADULT onset diabetes.

So what was an answer?  Well, the barbaric, bariatric butchers are starting to cut into these children.  I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.

Gastric by-pass surgery on children! Really?  A reduced stomach capacity in a child! Really? Potential malabsorption issues for the rest of one’s life, which hopefully could be decades!  Really?

Gastric by-pass surgery is rarely, if ever, genuinely necessary in adults and it sure as hell is NOT warranted in children.  I have to wonder what is the logic of people when the answer is so simple.  Obesity is not a complex issue and the solutions are not complex either.  The only difficulty is that we have to practice self-discipline.  We have to learn to say no to ourselves and to our children when it comes to unhealthy food choices.

We also need to start getting on our school boards and administrators.  They need to step up and take responsibility for their actions and decisions.  Physical education needs to be implemented five days a week.  Food options need to stop including starches, refined sugars and nutrient deficient foods.  Soda machines need to be banned from the school property.

Administrators need to start educating our educators.  I recently gave a presentation to area teachers titled: The Role of Educators in Student Fitness, Wellness and Nutrition. It was well received and those in attendance were hungry for the information.  Teachers are willing to learn and they are more than willing to help — they just need the tools to get the job done.

Perhaps most importantly, we as a society need to stop looking for the answers to our weakness at the bottom of a pill bottle or the end of a surgeon’s scalpel. The solution is no more difficult than desire, determination and discipline.  All of us need to do our part to beat back the scourge that may shorten our children’s life span and most definitely destroy their quality of life.


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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the owner of the Leonardi Chiropractic and Wellness Institute and the author of the life changing book; Fat Then Fit Now;  A life beyond wight loss.

He is available to speak  to any school, association or group. He will make himself available to any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared on Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; 94.3 FM’s Tough Talk With Joe Peters; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast among many personal speaking engagements.

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Podcast #3 Childhood Obesity


In this podcast Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi discusses childhood obesity. His anger at what is going on becomes apparent.

Be sure to click the below link to listen.

Podcast #3 Childhood Obesity