Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Never put all of your eggs into one basket.

We’ve all heard this at least a million times, right? Diversify your interests. Always give yourself options. Variety is the spice of life.

My issue? Too many freaking baskets.

I always bite off more than I can chew – figuratively and literally, like the shrimp taco I had to stuff into my mouth last night before the fillings busted out and ruined my new shirt. I never want to miss an opportunity, so I sacrifice time spent on other endeavors. For example, I’d probably be able to finish a book much faster if I wasn’t writing three others at the same time.

In a nutshell? I lack focus, which in turn, gives me stress. And there is no shortage of stress in my life, so I decided it was time for me to calm the hell down. Easier said than done.

I tried meditation. I’d just heard on the radio how Hugh Jackman and his wife attributed their successful marriage to meditation, so I figured it was worth a try. Except I got too stressed out trying to block out all of my thoughts. I didn’t want to focus on my breathing. I had a book to finish, and a cover to design, and a website to design, and a blog post to write, and…well, you get the idea. No bueno.

Even my daily workouts were stressing me out. I don’t leave the house, everything gets done right here at home. But sometimes, it’s hard for me to close my laptop and start lifting, especially if I’m in the middle of a scene or designing a user interface for a new app. And that happens quite often. So much for the elusive endorphins.

Until a week ago, I thought I was doomed. But then I made a choice that has finally given me some peace. Kickboxing. I know, I know. How can beating the ever-living crap out of a heavy bag bring you peace? Simply because you are so spent at the end of an hour-long class, you can’t possibly have the energy to be stressed. You unleash everything on the bag – stress, angst, anger, frustration – you use it all against your inanimate opponent and once you are finished. you walk out of the building lighter, happier, looser and – wait for it – FOCUSED.

Healthy body, healthy and CLEAR mind.

Novel FINISHED. =)

Ready To Max Out With Shaun T???

Successful fitness gurus are true innovators. They need to maintain their bodies while coming up with brand-new workouts, meal plans and supplements to build and sustain a captive audience.

I love Shaun T. He is by far my very fave Beachbody trainer. In case you don’t recognize the name, he’s the creator of the Insanity workout series. Insanity is…INSANE. It’s also 45 minutes long (a lot would say that’s 44 minutes too long…hee hee).

Courtesy of www.theexaminer.com

Courtesy of www.theexaminer.com

That’s a huge time commitment, considering you have to fit in a workout 6 days a week.

He’s filling a need. People want to be fit (until they begin the program…and then they think maybe they didn’t look so bad after all :0)). So they try and buy. They may keel over during the workout but if they survive, Shaun T. will lead them to the Promised Land of six-packs and hard bodies.

But…he’s only going to attract the die-hard gym rats with Insanity, for two reasons.

1. Most of us can’t dedicate 45 minutes to a daily workout.

2. Most of us don’t have the stamina to last through a grueling (read: excruciatingly impossibly brutal) 45-minute routine.

Courtesy of www.beachbody.com

Courtesy of www.beachbody.com

So what did he do? Shortly after releasing Insanity, he came up with T-25. 25 minutes, 5 days a week, three different programs (Alpha, Beta and Gamma) to reduce boredom and to gradually progress to a higher level of fitness. Yep, that’s when I became a fan (I was not part of his target for Insanity). Except after I completed the T-25 program (I did it three times over a year), my body stopped responding to the exercises. And the workouts were HARD. Not INSANE but definitely a challenge.

I was back at square one. I tried Brazil Butt Lift (and felt like a complete traitor) but wasn’t impressed. The workouts were longer and there was a lot of Latin dancing involved. Just an aside, I don’t do salsa or merengue. Rhythm is a dancer. I most certainly am not.

Enter Insanity-Max 30.

Shaun T., ever the innovator, created this new routine for those of us who are crazy enough to WANT to do Insanity but are really pressed for time. So in 30 minutes a day for 5 days, we can work our butts off, hang out with Shaun T. and get the benefits in 60 days or our money back.

The thing with fitness is, trainers have to be at the ready with a fresh set of routines, workouts that are both effective AND fast. Those are the hooks for any fitness audience.

  • Create the product/service
  • Convince people why they absolutely have to buy it
  • Continually improve and enhance.

You’ll convert prospects to lifetime customers if you create the demand and innovate new ways of satisfying the needs.

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