Is Exercise Preventable Medicine?

Is Exercise Preventable Medicine? This is the question for today! In today’s world where couch potatoe is the norm, where most say they don’t like exercise, or they don’t have time it’s a question that may make the difference between life and death for some.

I find that a visual sometimes has so much power to put us into action that I want to put up this video today. It is really awesome and in fact went viral on YouTube because it is so great to make the point of the Power of Exercise in Health. The question today is exercise preventable medicine and the feeling is that it is! What is exciting is that it is also simple.

“A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way.
Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.”

Now if you took the time to watch the video you will now know that it doesn’t take hours per day to change your health situation whatever it is right now. Time is our most valuable possession and using it in ways that provide us with quality of life for our entire life are worth it right? What do you feel? Is exercise preventable medicine for you? How will you add 30 minutes to your day?

If you have questions or I can help you get moving get in touch!

Go ahead and Show Up!

Exericse like your life depended on it!   What if you began an exercise program that fit you perfectly?  What if you changed your opinion of exercise to feeling that each and every time you bagan your perfect program you had the time of your life?  What if you found that lifting weights, moving your body in ways that you do not normally do was so much fun you couldn’t wait for your next training session?  What if you found that as you continued to train you actually began to see yourself as an athlete?  What if you began to change your shape by movement in a good way?

I say What If because most people especially women never give it a chance!  I mean a real chance.  If you have never trained, worked out, exercised, moved beyond only the most basic life movemnets it is going to take a minimum of 3 months for your body to begin to adapt!  Then as you continue you will see small changes over time that will make the biggest difference to your mental outlook, your health and wellbeing, your shape will continue to change become what you have envisioned.

With all that said the only way it will happen is if you actually find a way to start, continue and see it through.  A colleague wrote on his blog this morning that in his gym he is already seeing the big drop off in usership at his gym.  All the New Year Resolution members are quitting because!  Well who knows why they quit.  Yet they do and this happens each and every year.

There are a couple of things you must address to have success in the area of fitness.

  1.  Look at the goal you want to achieve?  What are you looking to change?  And with all change comes loss, so you must also look at what you will be leaving behind that is comforting.  Be very clear on both of these as it will allow you to move feeling good for what is coming and what you are leaving behind.
  2. Have yourself Show Up!  Showing up gives you the space to be uncomfortable with what you are doing yet be there willing to begin.  Show Up as the person who has a clear goal that you want to achieve!  Show Up as a person who is looking for a positve change.  Show Up as a person who is ready to let go of what is not working when it comes to your health and fitness needs.   You can begin your health & fitness journey by simply showing up!  Go ahead and Show Up!

So, exercise like your life depends on it!  Have fun, Show Up, See and Feel like a new you.

Let me know how I can help you!

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If you are over weight and out of shape are you Lazy?

Wow that is quite a headline don’t you think?  Kind of scary for me to write.

So let me start at the reason I put that in the headline today.  I was at a dinner party a few days ago with a personal trainer friend of mine.  We somehow got into a discussion on why people become over weight and out of shape.  My PT friend believes that these people are simply lazy!  Well to say I was mortified by this comment is an understatement!

It made me sad, very sad that a friend, fellow PT would put that kind of energy out to anyone who is struggling with weight, self esteem, health issues.  It also made me angry!  This PT friend has never had a challenge with weight, ever.  So in my humble opinion if you have never walked in a persons moccasins how do you know if they are lazy?  Until you have walked in Over Weight, Low Self Esteem, and any kind of Health issue best not be judging.

I have worked with clients who have been morbidly obese, very unhealthy, very nonathletic and not one of them were lazy.  In fact in many areas of their life they were at the top!  Top student, top employee, top boss, top business owner and for whatever reason this aspect of life got away from them.

It has gotten away from me so I totally get it.  I get being so stressed, so not in the head space to train, work out, exercise.  I get it and I have been in this field of work since 1990.  So what is the person who has no experience, no understanding and is overwhelmed, stressed, running around taking care of family, business, aging parents going to do?  Probably what most do.  They do their best everyday just to survive! Lazy! Absolutely Not!

So for me working in this field I believe that not putting out judgement, not expecting clients to be where I feel they “should” be is a great place to start.  Ultimately I see all of my clients as “resourceful, creative and whole” how my clients reach their health, wellness, fitness goals are with kindness, persistence and compassion!  This is done through teaching each client in a way they can hear that they do have an athlete inside that will come out through fitness, exercise, diet, coaching.

 

Just My Thought!

 

Achieve Fitness, Wellness and Weight Loss Results in 2012!

It is said that people who have a performance coach are 91% more likely to follow through on their commitments and work to a higher level of success.  We all know that when we choose to meet someone else to do an activity, we usually do it.  It is not surprising then that when we join with a coach the same thing is true.  Creating our own idea of Fitness, Wellness and Vitality requires commitment to a lifestyle change involving mind, body & spirit.  Removing the mental blocks and resistance that may sabotage us is essential.   Becoming and staying motivated to achieve the desired results is what you and your coach will implement.  Together we will look at where you are today and where you want to be to live the life you were meant to live.

At Vision Quest Performance Coaching we have a Holistic approach to working with clients.  We keep up to date with current industry Health, Wellness, Vitality and Sports Conditioning information on what is truly working and not the fads, including which exercises are safe and fun while giving results for weight loss, balance, agility, speed and looking your best

We utilize equipment you may already have, or through use of our equipment including: BOSU Ball, DSL Ball,  weights, tubing, boxing equipment and more that we can bring along. You will be guided through a safe and enjoyable fitness program all based on your own individual needs.

Are you:

  • Needing help improving your health in a way that fits conveniently and easily into your busy schedule without taking significant time away from other priorities in your life,
  • Looking for change: lose weight, get in shape, lower your cholesterol, control your blood pressure, reduce your stress, etc.
  • Looking for a high level of personal attention and feel that “cookie cutter”  or “canned approaches” don’t work for you.
  • Looking for a product to couple with your existing healthy habits/lifestyle that could boost your efforts and results to the next level.
  • Have you tried other products and services to improve your health and still don’t feel that you have  reached your goals.
  • Able to take steps toward improving your lifestyle without having to leave your home or office.

What is Holistic Wellness Coaching?

  • As Holistic Lifestyle Coach, we are specialists in wellness, stress management and lifestyle coaching.  HLC coaching will help you improve your health and fitness on many levels.  This is an opportunity for you to open your heart and mind to a whole new way of eating and training.    Through the coaching sessions clients will learn how to implement the 6 Daily Modifiable Foundation Principals include: Thoughts, Breathe, Hydration, Food, Exercise, and Sleep.

What is Metabolic Typing?

  • It is a system that identifies an individual’s genetically-based nutrition and diet requirements.  .  Metabolic typing is the science of personalized nutrition. It is a highly accurate system of determining the foods and nutrients your body needs. Metabolic typing answers the foundational questions of nutrition by telling you:
    1. what to eat
    2. How much to eat
    3. What foods to specifically avoid
    4. All other aspects of nutrition including supplements, food quality, etc.

What Services We Provide:

  • In Home Personal Training-one on one or small groups
  • Holistic Lifestyle Coaching – Metabolic Typing
  • Wellness & Weight Loss Workshops
  • Wellness & Anti Aging Supplements:  www.udreambig.com
  • Certified Organic Skin/Hair/Cosmetics:  www.dreambig.mionegroup.com

Achieve Fitness, Wellness and Weight Loss Results in 2012!

Of all people who exercise, only 25% achieve the results they are after. Of those who achieve results, 90% use a Personal Trainer! (I.R.H.S.A 2002)

Whatever your current fitness level, body shape and goals, I can help you fulfill your dreams. I am  are extremely passionate about helping you enjoy your journey towards your best ever health, energy levels and self-esteem.

Let’s connect, sit down to discuss your goals/desires for your 2012 and see if there is a fit for you.  Let me know how I can help!

 

What others are saying about Vision Quest and Personal Trainer Wendy Bottrell

  • My goal in working with Wendy was to be in the best physical condition I can be and in the short time, I immediately noticed a difference on and off the ice.  This year I officiated at the 4 Nation’s Cup inKitchener, on and off the ice I felt strong from the beginning to the end of the game.  Through our work together Wendy helped me to achieve this and much more.  What was really exciting was how others noticed my strength, endurance and speed had improved greatly.”Theresa L
  • I noticed an immediate improvement in my strength and balance once I began working with Wendy.  Focusing on my core for the past year has helped my power, quickness and agility on the ice.  It’s great to work one-on-one with
    someone who takes the time to understand each individual’s unique needs and is able to custom tailor each and every work-out according to these needs… while still keeping it fun!” Heather R
  • You keep me on my toes like no one else has ever done.  Being held accountable for the commitments I make to myself has certainly kept me from being complacent.  You are definitely the kind of coach I need to help me move forward toward accomplishing my goals and dreams.  Thank you for your no nonsense approach and for your truly kind and loving support and encouragement.”  Brenda S.
  • Not only has Wendy of Vision Quest helped me to lose weight and become more muscular, but she has helped me to realize my own potential.” Dieter F

 
 

Road Map for Successful Health and Wellness Outcomes

Hi, been a while hope all is well with you?  I have just arrived home this week afer a fantastic 10 day holiday.  Drove from Toronto to Fort Myers Beach and back.  It was really nice to be away, sun, sand and ocean along with great company.  But I digress!

While I was driving I had a thought about road maps.  You see we had a very detailed map in the car with us.  We knew exactly what highways to take, how long in time we would be on that road and how many kilometers each highway we would be driving on was.  When we started we actually knew exactly how many miles we were going to travel.  We knew the outcome before it happened.  Awesome, right?

Well it got me to thinking that this is a great necessity to have in life.  How many times do we start anything and don’t really know what the outcome will be.  Actually most of us don’t even know what we want the outcome to be?  So how do we get there?  Throw as much stuff on the wall as possible and see what sticks? That is how I was raised.  No one taught me about goals.  No one taught me about outcomes however I did play sports and in sports there is always an outcome.  You win or you lose.  Same in business.  Same in Weight Reduction.  Same in Fitness.

When I was working on reducing my weight many years ago I actually began with the outcome in sight.  I would decide how many sizes I would reduce by in what time frame.  Then I would work toward that.  It was easy, I could see my results over the weeks getting closer to my outcome and it was exciting!  I was moving in a direction that I wanted to go.

So where are you now?  Do you know what you want as your outcome in your Health, Wellness, Fitness, and/or Weight Reduction plan?

This is where you must start.  The New Year is almost here now is a great time to consider what you want and begin to exactly plan the outcome, then take massive action to get there.

If I can help let me know.  info at@ visionquestwellness .com

In health,

Wendy

 

 

Exercise and Aging, is there a connection?

Ok I really do like to exercise.  I do something everyday for myself.  I life weights, move kettlebells, ride a bike, go for a walk or run outside, in the summer I cut grass for many hours, and for the most part I enjoy it all.  Exercise or movement makes me feel alive!  It is challenging physically and mentally.  And keeping active helps control weight which is definitely important to slow the aging process.

I am always looking for  information that will help me and my clients age better!  And what I mean by that is to be healthier as we get older.  To me there would be nothing worse than getting older and being unable to enjoy life.  So I keep moving to be able to keep moving.

Here is a quick video on the 7 Deadly Causes of Aging and it is quite interesting.  Dr Aubrey de Grey, Chairman Chief Science Officer, Methusalah Foundation discusses the 7 deadly causes of aging

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Dr de Grey discusses Resveratrol and the possibilities.  Resveratrol comes from Red Wine and in fact is called the French Paradox.  The French drink Red Wine and tend not to suffer from the Diseases of Aging like North Americans.  Thus the French Paradox.   I have been taking Resveratrol for the past many years in a product  called Genesis with X’Tranol 24  I like it very much and because he included it in the video it is my feeling to include it here.

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Take Control and let me know if I can help you.

Wendy

What will it take to make change?

Change.  What does that mean to you?  To me it means improving on who I am.  It means growing as a human being.  It means getting better at this thing called life.

Why I am writing about change on my Personal Training & Wellness website?  Isn’t change the goal when we decide to begin an exercise program?  Isn’t change the goal when we decide to reduce our weight?  Isn’t change the goal when we decide to eat Organically grown food?  Isn’t change the goal when we decide to quit smoking, eating junk food?

Change: “Make or become different”.

A friend recently told me that when it comes to exercise, changing some of the not so good habits she has there is no incentive to change.  She knows she is not doing enough when it comes to exercise and diet yet it is not important to her.  I totally got it!  She is a very smart gal, has a great job, works a lot, plays golf, goes to the cottage, has a life.  She might not feel a 100% however her family history is long, with no real serious health issues and she has no real reason to make any changes  because of that.

I was told once that for most of us to change our health we must be sitting on the cliff with 2 wheels already over and the car teetering!  This is when we begin to pray and ask for help to make the changes necessary for a good, long healthy life.  Why must it get to that point?

So my question is what will it take to make change?  What will you do to improve your thoughts?  What will you do to move more?  What will you do to eat less food that does not fuel your body in the best way?  What will you do to drink more water?  What will you do to get better sleep?  What will you do to bring more joy & laughter into your life?

Today I am adding meditation to my wellness plan.  It is a challenge however calming the mind, calms the body and if I can do that it is a good thing.  20 minutes a day.  I have 20 minutes and can do that.

Just a thought!  Wendy

 

Courages is in the Showing Up

I was actually in a gym yesterday.  Because I train at home in my own gym I have not had the need to be in a gym in a long time.  I forgot how a gym environment feels like.  There is a silent support system there just because each person shows up.  It doesn’t matter the reason they show up, just the fact that they did there is support at the gym. 

The courage I saw yesterday was that a few of the clients were either obese or obviously ill and yet they showed up.  They had community with each other.  They seemed to know each other, support each other and work out hard for them.  This is courage.  They have a lot of work to do and it seems they are willing to show up to do the work.  Seems they are willing to put in the time to be healthier, stronger, fitter, in better shape, living with less weight and they are doing it in community.  The camaraderie between these women was awesome to see and yet I could feel it as well.

I have heard it said many times before that “showing up is half the battle”.  So where are you showing up in your life when it comes to your health, wellness and fitness goals?  Are you showing up at the gym?  Are you showing up to meet a friend for a walk, to exercise, to move and to connect?  Are you showing up with your kids to play in the park, backyard? 

It would be great to hear all the places you show up even when you don’t want to.  All the courage it takes you to show up to reach your health and fitness goals.

Until my next post, Be Courageous, Show up!  Wendy

Are you living your plan?

Yesterday I wrote about having a plan.  In yesterday’s post I wrote about my planning a Weight Loss Program that I am putting together.

I just got back from a long bike ride around my area.  It is an absolutely wonderful morning with the sun shining, very little humidity and not a cloud in the sky.

I really enjoy getting on my bike and going for a ride.  Doing this is a part of my plan.  My plan to live a healthy, active life.  Exercise for me is a daily thing.  Whether it be living weights, doing body weight exercise, getting on my bike for a ride, boxing, yoga or reffing I do something 6 days a week.  I take 1 day to rest which is also a part of my plan.  Getting balance is very important and a challenge. 

To get out of doors and enjoy the beauty of the neighborhood.  Whether it is a short ride or a long one it is wonderful to be outside, seeing all the beautiful gardens, homes and even the people out on the street for their daily walks is a very enjoyable way for me to get exercise.  Yet it hasn’t always been this way.  There was a time when I didn’t do any kind of exercise, was overweight, tired,  sick and not feeling so good. 

Yet today it got me to thinking about planning life.  It seems most of us just let life plan us.  When I hear most  of my friends and colleagues speak about their lives it is from the standpoint of working at their jobs and then at some point in the future retiring and doing what it is they really enjoy. 

It got me thinking about planning and how important it is yet so little is done about it.  When it comes to health, weight reduction in today’s world it is even more important to plan.  Now for some when I discuss planning  it becomes this heavy thing that we are not supposed to discuss.  For some it is just too much, yet when I think about planning my life and how I want to live it I find it rather exciting.  I think about what I want and not what I don’t want.  I have been told that the mind doesn’t understand the concept of don’t want and so it messes with the plans.  For example if someone were to say “I don’t want to smoke”  the mind would understand “I want to smoke” so the reason to plan your wants.

Today it got me to wonder if so many people today are challenged with health and weight problems because they don’t plan.  Are we so stressed out as a society that we don’t take the time to think about life and what we want from it?  I don’t believe anyone wants to be overweight, suffering from low energy, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and any of the other many illnesses that people suffer from today.  Yet it is happening. 

So how do we turn this around?  How do we begin to plan our lives so we can feel better, look better, and have more energy and more fun in life?  Is the first step to ask ourselves “What do I want?”  Is that a scary question?  Is that the reason we don’t do it?  What if the answer is very different from the life we are now living?  What do we do then?  Then we start. 

It all starts with a decision.  So are you ready to ask the question?  What  do you want from your life?

My Weight Loss Program will be addressing the 6 Pillars for Wellness and how they benefit getting what you want in life.  We will work 1 pillar at a time to develop the Wants in Your life so change will happen and you will begin to put Your plan together while on the road to Wellness and Weight Loss. 

Sign up now and we will get you the introductory information so you can begin you plan.  

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