Is Cryotherapy the New Silver Bullet in Recovery?

One of the big trends emerging today is cryotherapy. Especially when it comes to recovery and fat loss, cryotherapy has shown positive effects over simple traditional cold water immersion., though it’s so new, some of the benefits have yet to be scientifically proven.

Cryotherapy is the process of hyper-cooling the body, usually as a method of recovery relative to sport and performance exercise. However, recently it has been being used as a new solution to everyday injuries, as well as relief from any inflammatory issues such as arthritis and normal joint and muscle pain.

When you undergo cryotheraphy, expect to be subject to sub zero temperatures..anywhere from -125 degrees to -200 degrees, in a highly regulated and monitored environment, for 3-5 minutes.

Purported benefits include:

  1. pain relief and muscle healing
  2. weight loss
  3. reduced inflammation
  4. brain health and dementia prevention
  5. cancer treatments
  6. reducing anxiety and depression
  7. improving skin conditions like eczema
  8. migraine treatment

However, some studies have recently came out about its effects versus normal cold water immersion therapy for recovery…which is just what it sounds like, prolonged exposure in an ice bath or sub temperature environments.

One of my favorite new age health and fitness resources is Ben Greenfield, where he does an entire podcast episode comparing the effects of cryotherapy against normal cold water or temperature immersion for both general recovery and fat loss, saying that for prolonged fat loss effects, being exposed to any cold temperatures for a prolonged period of time where the body is working to return to normal temperature will have a positive effect.

If you want to give cryotherapy a try, as an athlete or just an everyday person looking to switch up your routine, a visit can cost you anywhere from $70-$125 at a specialized clinic. Or, if you’d like to buy a tank for yourself, you’re looking at anywhere from $45k-$150k. Or…buy a house 🙂 Either way is fine!

This is just one of the methods I educate you about through my individual coaching. Want to learn more about different ways to improve your health in minutes each day on ANY schedule? Check out my coaching information HERE

Until next time!

The #1 Way To Beat Cravings for GOOD!

Is your busy lifestyle making you crave foods uncontrollably ALL the time? Here is 1 simple trick to help you get a handle on those pesky feelings.

Cravings are a doozy. They come about when you least expect them and can often times be OVERWHELMING. This is especially true for busy people and those constantly on the go. Why? Being busy and travel are often times hectic and stressful experiences, which elevate your cortisol levels and incite this phenomenon we call ‘stress eating’, which pushes you to find and scarf down whatever food you can possibly get your hands on….uncontrollably.

What actually is a craving?

Well…”A food craving (also called selective hunger) is an intense desire to consume a specific food, and is different from normal hunger. It may or may not be related to specific hunger, the drive to consume particular nutrients.” And according to Medicalnewstoday, “Food cravings are caused by the regions of the brain that are responsible for memory, pleasure, and reward. An imbalance of hormones, such as leptin and serotonin, can also cause food cravings. … Emotions may also be involved in producing a food craving, especially if a person eats for comfort.”

We all have experienced these. Most often, cravings cause you to eat foods high in SUGAR because our body knows that those foods are the quickest to trigger a positive feedback loop, and make us feel good. Cravings can be detrimental to our health goals. But never fear, there are ways to curb your cravings.

The #1 way to beat cravings is….

DRINK WATER! Yes. H2O. The human body is mostly water, and when you don’t drink enough, you become dehydrated. Just as hunger primes eating, being thirsty primes drinking. What is the area of the brain that causes thirst? The hypothalamus. And what about the area that controls hunger?…The hypothalamus again! Considering the two sensations originate from the same source, the body can often times confuse thirst for hunger, triggering you to eat.

Next time you get a craving, try drinking 1 full liter of water! This will keep your cravings in check, satisfy your thirst and hunger and calm the want for other non-healthy substances.

Incorporate this habit into your lifestyle for getting a handle on your cravings, and if you’re looking for a jump-start to a new, healthier life, combine this principle with these 3 tips to prep you for your journey!

Fatigue 101 – 3 Ways to Have More ENERGY! …without caffeine

Lack of energy? Relying on caffeine to make it through the day? Here is the 411 on fatigue and what to do for more energy!

As we get older…and busier…many things change. Am I right…or am I right? 🙂 One of these things is our energy levels. We just aren’t the same people we were when we were 10 and every minute of every day is an endless sprint of energy and playtime and freedom and fun. Our days are now filled with “adulting”…working, bills, chores, families, side hobbies, and trying to stay sane. All of which requires energy. Now we are endlessly seeking out ways to rekindle our childhood flames in order to just power through one more day. One more day of 4am wake up calls and a busy 24 hours of doing what we need to do to survive. Which, however unfortunate, is the reality for many of us. To quench this search for energy, it usually has us reaching for highly caffeinated coffee by the I-V loads. Essentially an intravenous slow drip of the chicory goodness.

But how much is TOO much?

Studies show that 400mg of caffeine is the healthy daily dose for most adults. That’s equal to about 4 cups of regularly brewed coffee. What the bags of beans normally DON’T tell you, is that if you consume this much on a regular basis, your body will build up a tolerance. Thus, you find yourself needing more and more just to feel the same effects as you used to.

What happens when you drink more than the recommended dose?

Well, you may experience symptoms such as:

  1. migraines
  2. insomnia
  3. nervousness and anxiety
  4. frequent urination
  5. irritability and restlessness
  6. elevated feelings of stress
  7. shakes and jitters
  8. adrenal fatigue – when combined with other forms of stimulants and stressors

Not to mention, caffeine consumption creates an unwanted cycle of sleeplessness. We usually consume coffee because we feel tired. But caffeine is a stimulant, so it keeps us up at night, and we are UNABLE to sleep….thus more coffee the next day while we are running on not-so-optimal 4 hours of sleep each night. See the problem?

Rest assured however, there are a few ways to dial back your reliance.

  1. Keep tabs on consumption – make a mental note to always record and keep track of how much caffeine you’re consuming. When you’re reaching your daily levels…STOP.
  2. Get better sleep – sleeping 7-9 hours of GOOD sleep each night decreases your need for caffeine and other stimulants because your body is rested and has enough energy to make it throughout the day.
  3. Cycle your sources – there are other natural forms of caffeine such as herbal teas. Try going every other day, cycling teas and coffees. This way, your body won’t build up as strong as a tolerance, and you will feel the same effects with smaller doses.

Alright…who’s ready to go attack the day now?!!? Or are you looking for some NATURAL remedies aside from caffeine, that will provide your body with endless amounts of ENERGY?! Check out 3 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Energy and Power Through Your Day!

-The Well Life Coach

 

3 Major Reasons Why People are Benefiting From Wellness Coaches!

Wellness coaching is a growing profession. Why? People are seeing the great benefits and results!

Wellness coaching just happens to be one of the fastest growing professions around today. It seems like…fortunately…everyone is getting on the wellness train! Hip hip hooray for healthy trends! But having said that, chronic conditions are still prevalent. With obesity, hypertension, and diabetes effecting 75%+ of the population, and costing upwards of $250+ billion of healthcare costs, it seems that wellness coaching still have a daunting job to do.

First off….what exactly is a wellness coach? Unlike personal trainers who just focus on fitness and nutritionists that look solely at diet, wellness coaches tend to focus on the person as a WHOLE, maximizing balance between all areas of life and wellness. Think of it as like….a Julian Michaels meets Tony Robbins. Or something.. 🙂

Wellness coaches can work in conjunction with physicians or medical clinics, or operate as an independent entity. Considering their ability to work with clients essentially anywhere, more and more people are finding benefit in and seeing great results from working with one of these coaches! Here are 3 reasons why:

  1. Accessibility and accountability – sometimes, you just need that one person to slap your hand when you reach for the last cookie in the jar. Or that extra spoonful of peanut butter…if you’re me… Think of wellness coaches, well, like an actual coach! To encourage you, teach you, motivate you, stick with you through the tough times, and be your cheerleader through the good times. Wellness coaches are like your personal health advocate, who truly hold your best interests at heart and believes enough IN you that you can accomplish whatever your goals are. Not only that, but thanks to the ole’ internet, wellness coaching can be done virtually through pretty much anywhere. I have a client in Cali who I work with via telephone, sometimes skype, and if they need guidance on an exercise move…a simple Zoom or Youtube upload tutorial (or even facetime) can knock that out pretty quickly and easily! Accessibility and accountability…2 things we ALL need.
  2. Behavior change is hard – say for example you go to the doctor and he says, “Hey, you have high blood pressure. Change your diet and your exercise routine, along with these meds, and you should see improvement. See you in 6 months.” Though he’s left you with a general overview of what to do to improve your help, the HOW to do it may still leave you quite baffled. Not to mention, be honest in how likely you are to do this with only a suggestion. Behavior change is hard. Especially for those who must undergo MAJOR behavior and lifestyle changes. And usually, physicians aren’t trained in behavior change, nor do they have the time to continuously follow up and coach a patient through their post-care protocols. Enter…the wellness coach. Wellness coaches can make deciphering this plan a lot easier, by giving you guidance on how to implement these suggestions. Not only that, wellness coaches usually have the experience to tie in mindfulness and emotional change strategies that help induce sustainable behavior change.
  3. Wellness coaches are a 1 stop shop – last bust not least, wellness coaches are like a ‘wellness class pass’ if you will. Pay a fee for access to all of their services. Not just training, not just nutrition, but some help you through other elements such as stress reduction, goal setting, time management, life balance, career transitions, relationships…essentially anything can impact an individuals wellness. Essentially they will help you make overall general better LIFESTYLE choices that will benefit you as a whole, and focus on your strengths.

Many of us have a vision of our ideal life. It could be via a business idea, career, or physical appearance. And though wellness coaches aren’t physicians, healthcare professionals or trained nutritionists or business coaches, setting goals with a wellness coach allows you to focus on your physical and mental wellness that in turn proves beneficial to your endeavors in all other areas of life. With our motivation, guidance, knowledge, training and accountability, your chances of success are much..MUCH higher.

Are You Where You Want To Be In Life?

You don’t have to be stuck doing something you aren’t passionate about. Man’s greatest journey is his search for meaning and passion in his life…it is my passion to help others realize theirs.

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For TOO many people, the answer to this question, is NO. It doesn’t matter your gender, age, marital status, current occupation, social class, or educational background, EVERYONE deserves and SHOULD have ANYTHING they want in life. And here is the secret….. you CAN!

There are so many wonderful life coaches and motivational speakers who have helped MILLIONS of people just like you create change in their lives. They preach that the first step is to create a NEW mindset that aligns with the change you want to make; which is absolutely true. However, once people leave these talks, seminars, finish their books, or finish watching their videos, though they seemingly have DECIDED to make change, still they fall short in reaching their goals because something happens. It’s because though they have all of this new knowledge, they fail to take action on what they’ve learned. They lose momentum. They get stuck. For many different reasons, they fail to move towards change or they cease the actions once things get too hard.

This was me. I was lost, discouraged, broke, unfulfilled, and ultimately lacking purpose and direction. I decided to make a change. I watched, read, listened to EVERYTHING I could in the form of motivation and self help. Many of these influential people indirectly become my mentors, and eventually I began to align my actions with my new found purpose. It was enlightening, uplifting, and FREEING.

A lot of people don’t take personal coaching seriously, because they don’t think they need it, it’s silly, or too expensive. Well what if I told you that the short term cost will be exponentially increased by the long term GAINS? What if I told you that it’s okay to ask for help, that it’s BENEFICIAL to you to seek guidance from someone who can help you solve your problems and become fulfilled and on the path to your TRUE POTENTIAL?

that is my purpose. to help you avoid all of the hard times and tough struggles that I went through to finally discover what I’m here for. whether it be general health and fitness, career progression, financial goals, relationship goals, finding purpose, or setting/reaching goals and seeing RESULTS, I can help you on the right path to achievement.

To express my deep appreciation for those of you who’ve been with me through this journey of discovery, along with my FREE initial video strategy coaching session, if you decide to let me help you, you will get 25% off each month that we are working towards your goals together.

If you want to take advantage of this, or see what it’s all about, let me know HERE. THANK YOU!

 

Success is service – a huge THANK YOU!

INTERACT with me and tell me what YOU want to read! As an entrepreneur, my goal is not success, but service. And sometimes they are a direct relationship of each other! Thank you for 200 followers! Let’s change the world together.

How many of you have heard about the importance of “the power of small wins”? As an entrepreneur, this is probably one of the most important points that you can focus on. Why? Deciding to be an entrepreneur is often a life-long dedication to nothing but FOCUSED DETERMINATION and ENDLESS WORK. And sometimes this is a draining, and often discouraging endeavor. As an entrepreneur, you’ve got to focus on and value the small wins, or small successes that you achieve, for that will provide motivation and a re-energizing of your determination and drive. For me, being a health and wellness entrepreneur, I choose to share this information for the free benefit of everyone who comes in contact with it. And to me, causing even 1 person to learn something new, or make a beneficial change in their lives is a HUGE win.

This morning, I woke up to 200 followers to this blog. I hope this means that people are finding value in the information I’m putting out there. In an effort to increase this even further….I want YOU to write me and let me know what YOU want to hear or read about. LET’S HEAR IT! And on top of that….a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who chooses to contribute to my goal of changing the world by bringing out the BEST in everyone. Let’s keep adventuring to this optimal goal TOGETHER! ❤

The Greatest Adventure Fitness Bucket List…Ever

The MOST comprehensive list of MUST DO events, hikes, races, or general fitness accomplishments, from all over the WORLD.

Being active in the wellness aspect of my community and beginning to venture out into other markets has really opened my eyes to a world of amazing fitness opportunities across the globe. And I’m sure what I’ve found is just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve used my research to compile a HIGHLY comprehensive list, narrowed down to bucket list items across different categories, all centered around fitness and adventure. And I use the term “narrowed down” loosely, because there are still around 183 items on this list! Check them out, see if you agree, and follow my journey to complete the ENTIRE list whilst sharing tips, techniques, trainings, and joining me on the world’s GREATEST fitness adventure!

Recreational accomplishments:

  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Surf Hunington Beach
  • Hike  ALL of the Colorado 14ers
    • Mt Elbert
    • Mt Massive
    • Mt Harvard
    • Blanca Peak
    • Laplata Peak
    • Uncompahgne
    • Crestone
    • Mt Lincoln
    • Grays Peak
    • Torreys Peak
    • Mt Antero
    • Castle
    • Quandry
    • Mt Evans – done 7/16/17
    • Longs
    • Mt Wilson
    • Mt Cameron
    • Mt Shavaro
    • Mt Belford
    • Crested Neddle
    • Mt Princeton
    • Mt Yale
    • Mt Bross
    • Kit Carson
    • El Diente
    • Maroon
    • Tabeguade
    • Mt Oxford
    • Mt Sneffels
    • Mt Democrat
    • Capitol
    • Pikes
    • Snowmass
    • Mt Eolus
    • Wisdom
    •  Challenger
    • Mt Columbia
    • Missouri Mountain
    • Humbolt
    • Mt Bierstadt
    • Conundrum
    • Sunlight
    • Handles
    • Culebra
    • Ellignood Point
    • Mt Lindsey
    • North Eolus
    • Little Bear
    • Mt Sherman
    • Redcloud
    • Pyramid
    • Wilson
    • Wetterhorn
    • San Luis
    • North Maroon
    • Mt of Holy Cross
    • Huron
    • Sunshine
  • backpack Yosemite
  • Mountain bike Crested Butte
  • SEA Paddle NYC
  • Boulder at Hueco Tanks
  • Kayak Lake Powell
  • La Jolla Rough Water Swim
  • Brooklyn Zoo NY Parkour
  • WOD at Reebok Crossfit
  • Workout at muscle beach
  • Study at BKS Lyengar yoga school
  • Hike Kilimanjaro
  • visit/hike ALL of the National parks
    • Denali
    • Gates of Arctic
    • Glacier Bay
    • Katmai
    • Kenai Fjords
    • Kobuk Valley
    • lake Clark
    • Wrangell
    • American Samoa
    • Grand Canyon
    • petrified forest
    • Saguaro
    • Hot springs
    • Channel islands
    • death Valley
    • Joshua tree
    • Kings canyon
    • Lassen volcanic
    • Redwood
    • Sequoia
    • Yosemite
    • Black canyon
    • Sand dunes
    • Mesa verde
    • Rocky mountain
    • Biscayne
    • Dry Tortugas
    • Everglades
    • Haleakala
    • Volcanoes HI
    • Mammoth Cave
    • Isle royale
    • Voyagers
    • Glacier NP
    • Great Basin
    • Carlsbad
    • White sand
    • Smokeys
    • Theodore roosevelt
    • Cuyanoga
    • Crater lake
    • Congaree
    • Badlands
    • Wind cave
    • Big bend
    • Guadalupe
    • Virgin islands
    • Arches
    • Bryce Canyon
    • Canyon lands
    • Capitol reef
    • Zion
    • Shenandoah
    • Mt Ranier
    • North Cascades
    • Olympic
    • Grand Teton
    • Yellowstone

Events:

  • Wanderlust – done 7/15/17
  • The Big Float
  • Yoga on the Rocks
  • Daybreaker
  • SoulCycle
  • November Project Boston
  • The Arnold Classic
  • Bay to Breakers
  • Bolder Boulder
  • Summer mountain games
  • Mountain Gear Red Rock Rendezvous
  • Crossfit games
  • Beach to Beach St John power swim
  • Montage deer valley pro series
  • Cyclocross

Day hikes and swims:

  • Swim Havasu falls
  • Hamilton Pool
  • Chutes & Ladders
  • Homestead Crater
  • Queens bath
  • Devils Den
  • Big Deep
  • Dorset Quarry
  • Chena Hot Springs
  • Opal Pool
  • Hot Springs NC
  • hike Valley of Fire
  • hike Ludlington state park
  • hike Hammondsport
  • hike Cache river St area
  • hike Weavervillw
  • hike Damascus
  • hike Katy trail st park
  • hike Ghiopyle st park
  • hike Dismo beach
  • hike Jekyll island
  • hike Estes park
  • hike Door country
  • hike Fort Bragg

General fitness goals:

  • Do a pull up
  • Complete a 10k
  • 3 min plank
  • Long bike tour, 7+ days
  • Bar/ring muscle up
  • Advanced yoga pose
  • Complete a marathon
  • Ascend the 7 summits (or just 1…)
  • 1 arm push up
  • Trapeze
  • Complete a Triathlon
  • run a sub 6 mile
  • Complete weight specific strength training standards
  • martial arts immersive training
  • cycle a century
  • run in multi-day challenge
  • complete a team adventure race
  • ski a double back diamond
  • cross country ski
  • 30 day yoga challenge
  • complete an ironman
  • do a backflip
  • do a perfect roundhouse kick
  • master the splits
  • compete in a bodybuilding competition
  • obtain a belt in karate
  • compete in an archery tournament
  • complete a 1/2 marathon
  • run in an ultra
  • go dog sledding
  • kayak rough water
  • participate in a health retreat
  • compete in an MMA/boxing match
  • compete in a rowing race
  • paddle boarding

Races/obstacles:

  • Boston Marathon
  • Run Disney Marathon
  • Mt Washington Road race
  • Escape from Alcatraz
  • Beer Relay
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • Ragbras
  • Nautica Malibu
  • Master the handstand
  • Learn rock climbing
  • Hood to coast relay
  • Merrell Oyster adventure race
  • Spartan race
  • Spartan beast
  • Gemini adventures
  • Empire state building run
  • Pikes Peak summit race
  • Cycle gran fondo – Echelon
  • Xterra
  • tough mudder
  • Death Valley race
  • Reykjavik marathon
  • Patagonia marathon
  • Florence marathon
  • NW Passage marathon
  • Safaricom marathon
  • Messa Falls marathon
  • Emerald nuts midnight run
  • Great Wall marathon
  • Yoma Yangon marathon
  • Tokyo marathon
  • Australian outback marathon
  • Honolulu marathon

Professional competitions:

  • Attend:
    • World Cup
    • UFC fight
    • Superbowl
    • Crushed Ice
    • Olympic games
    • Ididderod
    • Masters
    • Wimbledon
    • NBA Championships
    • Stanley Cop
    • Indy 500
    • World Series

United States based travel:

Compete in a race in every state/visit the state capital/visit the state’s most rural town!

  • AL- Rocket City/Montgomery/Oak Hill town
  • AK- Mayor midnight/Juneau/Bettles city
  • AZ- Phoenix marathon/Phoenix/Winkleman town
  • AR- little rock marathon/Little Rock/magnet cove town
  • CA- bay to breakers/Sacremento/Vernon
  • CO- golden leaf marathon/Denver/lakeside
  • CT- Manchester road race/Hartford/Mashantucket
  • DE- old to new castle/Dover/Slaughter beach
  • FL- Ft. Lauderdale marathon/Tallahassee/Noma
  • GA- peachtree road race/Atlanta/Edge Hill
  • HI- maui paradise marathon/Honolulu/Manele
  • ID- Idaho potato marathon/Boise/Dixie
  • IL- BOA Chicago marathon/Springfield/Valley City
  • IN- One America 500 mini/Indianapolis/Westphalia
  • IA- Living history farms/Des Moines/Garden Grove
  • KS- Honey badger ultra/Topeka/Freeport
  • KY- Bourbon chase relay/Frankfort/South Park view
  • LA- Crescent city classic/Baton Rouge/Mound village
  • ME- Sugarloaf 15k/Augusta/Eastport
  • MD- JFK 50 miler/Anapolis/Pt Tobacco Village
  • MA- Boston marathon/Boston/Gosnold
  • MI- Woodstock/Detroit/Turner Village
  • MN- Ham Run 1/2/Minneapolis/Kinbrae
  • MS-MS Blues marathon/Jackson/Satortia village
  • MO- Cow bell marathon/Jefferson City/Cavetown
  • MT- Missoula marathon/Helena/Dixon
  • NE- Good life halfsy/Lincoln/Monowi
  • NV- LV Rock n roll marathon/Carson City/Puckerbrush
  • NH- Mt Wash road race/Concord/Harts location
  • NJ- NJ 1/2/Trenton/Brainards
  • NM- Bantaan memorial/Santa Fe/Madrid
  • NY- NYC marathon/Albany/Red House
  • NC- Krispy crème challenge/Raleigh/Crossnore
  • ND- Fargo marathon/Bismark/Ruso
  • OH- Flying pig marathon/Columbus/Rendville
  • OK- Route 66 marathon/OKC/Arcadia
  • OR- Portland trail series/Salem/Greenhorn
  • PA- Philadelphia marathon/Harrisburg/Baileyville
  • RI- Cox providence marathon/Providence/Central falls
  • SC- Cooper river bridge run/Columbia/Smyrna
  • SD- Crazy horse marathon/Pierre/Bruce
  • TN- Music city st jude rock n roll/Nashville/Silerton
  • TX- Houston marathon/Austin/Guerra
  • UT- St George marathon/SLC/Ophier
  • VT- Covered bridge 1/2/Montpelier/Victory
  • VA- Ukrop monument ave 10k/Richmond/Scotland
  • WA- Lilac bloomsday/Olympia/Marblemount
  • WV- Freedoms run/Charleston/Aurora
  • WI- Green bay marathon/Madison/Egg Harbor
  • WY- Run w/horses marathon/Cheyenne/Buford (America’s smallest)