When This Santa Clarita Personal Trainer Gets ‘Stressed Out’ This Is What He Does

I’ve been into exercise since I was 5, maybe younger. My earliest fitness memories are of my mom using some rope and pulley contraption to tone her legs and arms (I used it to play Cowboys and Indians), and my dad running laps inside the house and teaching me how to Box.

Then of course there was the day I saw my first BMX bike. A shiny chrome Redline that was cooler than cool and started a lifelong obsession with bikes.

I guess my cool experiences as a kid are the reason I’ve never thought of exercise as punishment or something I ┬áhated.

Fast-forward to grown-up-ville. I workout 3-4 times a week, and even make sure to pack my suspension trainer so I can exercise on vacations.

The biggest benefit I get out of working out has nothing to do with weight loss and getting in-shape. All the sweat, pistol squats, and spiderman pushups helps me keep my sanity.

Seriously.

When everything is crazy on my planet, exercise helps me focus and calm down. It’s a great stress release, that on countless times has given me the clarity to ‘find’ answers to the problems of the day.

I’m going to get a little zen on you here too, because I’ve also found that regular workouts teach you the presence of mind to be in the moment. It’s impossible not to when you’ve got 225 pounds on your shoulders for my favorite exercise…squats.

That’s why I can’t understand when people blame their busy lives for derailing their fitness.

When I miss a workout or workouts I get a serious case of the blahs. I feel my energy levels drop to ‘E’ and become an overall un-fun person. Oh, and when I sit at my desk for long bouts like many of you do, I start getting those aches and pains too. Listen to those things. It’s your body telling you to get up and move your ass.

By the way, it’s been proven that exercise releases ‘feel good’ hormones in your body.

That is why I put my workout time in my calendar and guard that time fiercely.

If you want to start looking better, feeling better, and have more energy you’ve got to be a pit bull about putting fitness in your life. Do not listen to that little voice that says ‘I don’t have the time.’

Trust me, if you have 10 minutes to check Facebook, see what’s on your DVR, or flap your jaws on the phone YOU have the time. And don’t think that 10 minutes isn’t worth it. There are tons of things you can do in 10 minutes that will have you sweating. YOU just have to bring it.

As a matter of fact, I have a client in my boot camp who does hip lifts while she’s watching tv. Does her family think it’s weird? Yeah. But guess what? Her back and knees feel a whole lot better, and she can squat like a pro. Chalk up yet another Santa Clarita resident who’s a raving fan of exercise.

I know I went on a rant here but I really care about exercise. You may not be into it as much as I am (yet), but make the time to find things you like to do.

Our body’s were meant to move, and there are a gazillion things out there. You’re bound to find something you love, and may even end up working out when you go on vacation.

Get after it Fit Body’s

John

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