Archive for December, 2011

SHUT IT OFF

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This is an oldie from last year but it’s so important to remember sometimes you just have to…SHUT IT OFF!  Enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend with your families and Shut it Off!

Take a break and shut it off! We are in the information technology age and surrounded by devices and sources to stay in touch, send and receive information, and have the ability to get things done faster.

We use them, we count on them; we can easily become addicted and dependent on them. This blog focuses around your mental health and the necessity of taking the time to SHUT IT OFF!

The gym we go to clearly states “no cell phone use in the workout area.” Though this is posted and even announced over their public address system, you still have plenty of people (including their staff) that make and take calls while out on the gym floor. This does not bother me, except for the fact I know those people aren’t focused on their workout; their mind is filled with other priorities. Questions to ponder: Do they do this when their home? Or at work? Or at their kids hockey game?

It’s called information overload and it can affect your daily life if not controlled. Too much of anything is never a good thing. Keeping it simple; know when to SHUT IT OFF.

I have about a 6-minute drive to our gym and I used to make a quick call to a client or friends on the drive there and checked a few emails in the parking lot before going in. What I found was my mind was not focused as it should be when it was time to get to the work out. I have fixed that issue and either leave my phone at home or shut it off before I leave for the gym. I now use the short drive to relax my mind and when I get to the gym its “business” for the next 45 minutes; I get in, get fit and get out. My mind is refreshed and my body is as well!

I fully understand for most of us our phones are our connection to our business, profit margin and our lives. However, taking the time to “focus” on different objectives during the day make you more productive, healthier and you guessed it, happier all around! Read the rest of this entry »

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12 Days of Christmas Workout

Here is a quick workout to do over the Holidays and keep in the spirit! Timed exercise.

Just like the song; do #1, #2, then # 1. Do #3, #2, #1, etc…

Do the number of exercise it says; one Turkish get up, two push ups, etc…

Day 1: Turkish Get-up w/Dumb Bell (Men 25lb DB, Women 12.5lb DB or better)
Day 2: Pushups – strict form, nose to mat
Day 3: Jump Squats (squat low as you can and reach high to the sky)
Day 4: Kettle Bell Swings (heavy weight – Men 55lb, Women 30lb or better; substitute a dumbbell if no kettle bell)
Day 5: DB Push Up & Pull (get in push up position w/hands on dumb bells, do a push up then row right then left; repeat 5 times. Men 30lb DBs, Women 15lb DB or better)
Day 6: Box Jumps (24″ box)
Day 7: V-ups w/plate (Men 45lb, Women 25lb)
Day 8: Diamond Push Ups
Day 9: Burpees
Day 10: Ski Jumps (jump over a 12″ high obstacle)
Day 11: DB Clean & Press (Men 40lb DBs, Women 20lb DBs or better)
Day 12: Walking Lunge while holding a plate over head (Men 45lb, Women 25lb or better; walk alternating legs until you hit 25 total, touch knee to ground briefly on each lunge).

HOOAH! Stay motivated & stay fit! -Happy Holidays!

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Don’t Feel Sorry for Yourself

It’s been a couple weeks since my last blog but we are finally back at the patrol base (military term for your home) after a great trip inspiring and motivating some great people! HOOAH!!

Motivation is infectious, and always in a positive way. If you are motivated and display that motivation and speak with positive energy that will naturally flow into others. The message in this blog is to stay motivated and don’t feel sorry for yourself!

Times are tough, we all know that and feel that. Most of us have to do more with less and watch their spending. So it’s even more important in these economic times that we are thankful for what we have.

If there is an event happening in your life that is testing your mental and/or physical toughness then look at it as a challenge and not as a curse. Remember that toughness is a “learned” trait and you can learn it at any time in your life and you can continue to improve on it! Toughness has nothing to do with being mean, cold, callous, arrogant or insensitive. Toughness is simply viewing all obstacles as a challenge and “chipping away” at those obstacles with a positive attitude and demeanor.

Everything worthwhile in life takes effort and hard work (marriage, family, your profession, etc…). If it was easy then everyone would do it! Stay focused, accept the challenges, and never feel sorry for yourself!

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes. One that was given to me in 2008 when I was half way through my 12 month deployment to Afghanistan. It gave me energy, strength and the necessary resolve to battle-on!

“Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion usually coming from those that have never measured themselves in the face of adversity!” -Coach Tom Renney

You can do it! HOOAH!

JB SPISSO
Performance Coach & Lead Consultant
Elite Leadership Training LLC
http://www.eliteleqdershiptraining.com

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