Mindset Shifts

Stop blaming your weight gain on your genes. Realize your weight is a symptom. Realize the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Surround yourself with this and like minded people! Understand that your weight does not define you. Raise your standards­. Your body is a direct reflection of your standards. Enjoy the journey of improvement. Motivation can only come from within. Success is 10% talent and 90%...

Age Is Just a Number

A fascinating article was published last week In the British Publication for Internal Medicine – Not that any of you are remotely approaching old … but if you start now you should have remarkable executive function by the time you are…. Older women and men who did an hour or two or strength training exercises each week had improved cognitive function a year later, scoring higher on tests of the brain processes responsible for planning and executing tasks, a new study has found. Researchers in British Columbia randomly assigned 155 women ages 65 to 75 either to strength training with dumbbells and weight machines once or twice a week, or to a comparison group doing balance and toning exercises. A year later, the women who did strength training had improved their performance on tests of so-called executive function by 10.9 percent to 12.6 percent, while those assigned to balance and toning exercises experienced a slight deterioration – 0.5 percent. The improvements in the strength training group included an enhanced ability to make decisions, resolve conflicts and focus on subjects without being distracted by competing stimuli. So now you see, age is no...

14 Choices That Will Make You Happy

1. Stop planning and do it. 2. Get moving. 3. Help yourself and others. 4. Make everyday a treat day (and I don’t mean candy, I mean buy yourself some flowers!) 5. Move and meditate. 6. Do burpees, bounce and jump 7. Once a week, lie in bed an hour longer or 2 – not sleep, just stay in bed. 8. Be good at what you do. 9. Try hard, make your best effort. 10. Wear clothes – stop with that sloppy gym gear where you can hide your sins. 11. Live with passion. 12. Trust your gut. 13. Make a date in Central Park and have lunch at Le Pain (make sure you walk to and from) 14. Be...

Don’t be Afraid to Ask

Over the years nutritional consultations have become one of the more popular services that I offer to clients. How you eat is an extemely important part of reaching your fitness goals. One the the things I’ve always said to people is, ‘those who are the most successful when working with me are the ones that abuse me.’ What I mean by this is that they take advantage of all I have to offer. They really do send me their food and exercise reports every day. They check in constantly. Whether it be training for a marathon, trying to get themselves to eat healthy, or even just simply getting themselves up and going on a day to day basis and be more productive in their day. Being able to check in with someone allows you to look at what you are doing and ask for help when you need it. Dont be afraid to get someone to help you especially with things like exercise, training and keeping up with your BrowningMETHOD workouts. Ask your friend to come with you as you go for a run in the park. Having someone with you pushes you to work harder. Ask someone to guide you and help you with your eating. You could ask them to check in with what you eat each day, and keep a log. This way you will be much more accountable and we’re all less likely to cheat if we know someone is...

Smiling Is Contagious–Pass It On!

You know what they say: germs are contagious. People catch colds, they spread germs. However, the word contagious does not only apply to negative things. Smiling is also contagious, as is being happy, and being productive. Did you know that if you are happy in your work environment, when you get a cold, you actually don’t feel as sick? You are much more productive. You can get up and face your day and not be hindered by your symptoms. I’ve always wondered why when I get a cold I never feel ill, knock on wood. I’m always happy to be at work and I keep training. The same goes with smiling. If I walk into a room with a smile on my face, it’s contagious. If my clients are down or blue or don’t feel like working, if I arrive and talk about how down or bad or blue I feel, it makes them feel even worse. Or if they did feel great, I bring them down. Instead, if I arrive for our session positive and energetic, they will leave feeling the same way. Our moods are contagious. Think about how your mood affects the people around you. Not only in your work environment, but with your friends, with your children. With people you see in the street. When you smile, people smile back. When you are positive, other people are more positive around you. Isn’t that a wonderful thing that we are able to do? If we imagine that thread of happiness passing through the world, what a wonderful day it’s going to...

Choose To Be Happy

Why is it that we continually beat ourselves up? I have a few clients who, instead of always looking at the positive things that they’ve achieved,  focus only on the negative. For example, instead of being proud of themselves for showing up at the gym, even if it’s occasionally, trying to make an effort with their eating, or skipping out on that second alcoholic beverage one evening, they concentrate more on the things that they aren’t doing as well or enough. It amazes me the amount of energy we waste on negative thinking. My clients often come to me with negative comments such as, “Why is my bum so fat? Why am I not fitter? Why am I not more motivated?” I try to explain to them that, if you think only of these negative things, you are never going to find the motivation to make the changes that you want or the ability to just accept how you are and be happy. Relating it to sport, some times I find myself wondering why my golfing is so good one day and terrible the next. I’ve realized that I cannot over think things when I play golf or I won’t be successful. My best golfing days are when I simply trust myself and relax. The other day, I discovered that I can achieve this by practicing positive thinking. Saturday afternoon was a beautiful Fall day and I headed to the golf course after a morning of work. At every hole, I stood with my caddy and said, “This is going to be a great swing.” Turns out, it was...