The Easiest Way to Lose Weight and Get Fit!

Do you struggle with sticking to a regular fitness routine?
Do you feel like you can never make any progress in meeting your weight loss or fitness goals?
Do you find working out to be a chore?

Watch this video for my best advice on the easiest way you can improve your fitness and change the way you think and feel about working out forever. There’s a special surprise at the end too!

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below and I’ll try my best to answer quickly!

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Yours in health,
Kevin

Wild Body Workout – Feel the Burn Hill Sprints

Feel the Burn with this Wild Body Workout!

Hill sprinting is one of the best workouts for getting a lean fit physique. Sprinting increases strength and endurance, and burns fat. Sprinting is definitely a WILD workout.

Find a hill that is going to take you about 30 seconds to run up. If you can’t find one that is that long you could try a long set of stairs, or shorter hills.

You can sprint on any surface type: trails, road, stairs, grass, snow, or on cobblestones like I did in the video.

It’s good to do several repeats of the sprints with a rest in between. For this workout I did 5 sprints for 30 seconds each time, with 3 minutes rest in between each one. The more you do them the faster you get, but they don’t get any easier!

Hill sprinting is a fun an exciting way to get a fit wild body and you can do them almost anywhere in a short amount of time. Give them a try!

Check out the video for more tips and information on hill sprinting and to watch me push myself to the max on the steepest hill in town!

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Kevin

Wild Body Workouts “Rock”!

In this video I will show you 3 simple exercises you can do in 5 minutes to get a good workout using objects in nature, around your home or in the urban jungle.

I used rocks because they can be found almost anywhere but if you can’t find any you can use paint cans, water jugs, logs, heavy fruits, free weights, bricks or any other object that can fit easily in your hands but still has some weight to it.

Exercise can doesn’t have to be a pre-planned part of your day, it can be a spontaneous experience. Once it becomes a part of your daily lifestyle, you won’t even have to think about working out, much like it would be for a WILD human.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below the video and I’ll try my best to answer quickly!

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Yours in health,
Kevin

New Years Resolution Success: 3 Tips for Making Changes and Sticking to Them

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     As the new year approaches now is a great time to start thinking about making changes in your life. Traditionally we call these changes New Years Resolutions, however, I believe that there is no better time to make positive changes in your life than TODAY. So let’s call them NOW resolutions! Why wait for New Years eve to come and go before implementing changes when you could start making improvements in your health, fitness, diet, relationships, job etc., NOW!

     We all know that the hardest part of making New Years resolutions is actually sticking to them, but why? The main reason it seems much easier to fail than succeed is because we try to make huge overnight changes in ourselves without using any strategies to help support us on our journey. We also expect positive results right away and when they don’t happen, or we hit a small bump in the road, we give up.

Use these 3 key tips to help you successfully make the changes you want to make in your life, and to help keep you motivated even when the going gets tough.

1.  Be accountable

     Challenge a friend or partner to make the change with you, then you’ll both be committed and responsible to one another to stick to the plan. You can check in on each others progress and motive each other to meet your mutual goal. Going through a journey together is always much easier than slogging it out alone. 74590937548585093_ShhkuWg7_c

     Join a group of people that meets on a regular basis like a running group, quitting smoking group, healthy food potlucks etc. The group will be a strong source of motivation and inspiration to keep you going. It’s also harder to back out and give up as they are expecting you to show up next time, and you get a sense of not wanting to let them down.

     Announce your goal to friends, family, or to a wider audience through other channels such as a blog, Youtube videos, Stickk.com etc. This is the best way to be accountable for achieving what you have set out to do. People will be curious of your progress and ask you how it’s going. It’s also really great motivation to talk about your goals on a regular basis and describe any issues or struggles that you may be going through. The community around you can offer words of insight and inspiration to help you work through it and keep going.

2.  Surround yourself with the right people

     Choose to be around people that have made the changes you want to make and are where you want to be. It is said that you become more like the people that you spend the most time around, so choose wisely. If you want to be healthier, spend time with healthy people. If you want to quit smoking then try to avoid hanging out with smokers.

     We can’t always push everyone out of our lives because they can’t help us reach our goal, but remember, we’re all on our own journey in life, and if you need to take a break from certain people to do what you need to do to be happy then so be it. You won’t regret it in the long run, and you may even inspire them to make changes as well!

3.  Set rewards and remind yourself as often as possible

kevin jackfruit smallWe humans are very reward driven, so if there’s something you’ve been wanting to treat yourself to then allow yourself to have it after meeting your goal or a smaller milestone along the way. Think healthy rewards like going to see that movie you wanted to see, that new pair of running shoes, or splurging on some expensive health food that you wouldn’t normally buy (for me it’s exotic fruit).

     A helpful strategy is to leave little reminder notes in places you will see them. Choose strategic places that you will see several times per day like your front door, your refrigerator, your cell phone screen saver or the mirror in your bathroom. Every time you see your goal or reward it will serve to motivate you even more.

Here’s to making positive changes in our lives and sticking to our goals!

     Everyone at Wild Body Wellness wishes you a happy new year and good luck in achieving your New Years Resolutions and your NOW resolutions! It’s never too late to make big changes. Once you truly decide to change and take action, the universe will guide you in the right direction and help you succeed. You never know what is waiting for you in life until you start your journey.

     If you have any questions or are interested in one-on-one mentoring with me to help you meet your health and wellness goals, please contact me HERE.

Better Balance = Better Fitness: 5 Tips to Improve Your Balance

Gibbon balanceWhen it comes to balance, many people believe that it’s something we are either born with or we aren’t.

While genetics may play a role in setting the ceiling of our balance abilities, the majority of our balancing skills are gained through practice, and barriers can always be broken with the power of the mind.

So what exactly is balance and how does it work?

Balance is defined as a state of equilibrium. Our bodies have a highly sensitive system designed to maintain our state of equilibrium and remain upright. There is fluid in our inner ears and sensors called maculae which read changes in the orientation of the fluid. From there the maculae transmit a signal to your brain for processing. Your brain uses your other senses such as eyesight in conjunction with the signal from the maculae to determine the best corrective action. Then it conducts the corrective action by sending electrical signals through your nervous system to your muscles and ligaments. This all happens in under a millisecond. Aren’t our bodies incredible?

Good balance is a key part of the foundation for movement and fitness. Balance determines our ability to stay upright in loose or uneven footing, to move quickly and change directions, and increases our range of motion in physical space that we can functionally operate in and recover from being off balance without falling down or getting injured. Good balance is KEY to survival for most land animals.

While most of our balance is learned as a child, when we learn to stand up, walk, run, ride a bike, dance, etc. there are many things we can do later in life to improve. Just like our muscles, our balance gets stronger the more we challenge it and use it, so if you have “bad” balance the good news is you you’re not stuck with it, you can still become a balance master.

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Here are my top 5 tips to improve your balance:

1. Go Barefoot – Whenever possible take your shoes off and exercise, walk, dance, play, run, without them. Removing your shoes puts you back into your natural state of balance feedback. Most shoes have thick soles that raise our center of gravity, alter our foot shape by constricting it, and interfere with the signals we get from our feet to our brain. If you don’t already spend much time barefoot try going for a walk on a smooth trail or on the beach. The more activities you do barefoot, the stronger and more flexible your muscles in your feet, ankles and lower legs will get, aiding in overall balance. If going completely barefoot isn’t your thing, or your environment isn’t safe enough to go barefoot you can try minimal footwear such as Vibram Fivefingers, or Earthrunners Sandals. These options will help protect your feet while still giving you most of the benefits of going completely barefoot. Getting more connected to the earth is always a good thing as well, and our feet are the first point of contact, so strip down and start walking. You’re just steps away from better balance!

2. Try New Activities – When you do a sport or activity that you’ve never done before it will stimulate new areas of the brain and challenge your balance in a new way. Activities such as different style of dancing, skiing, gymnastics, surfing, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, and slacklining are all great new ways to train your balance while having fun. Break out of your old routines if you want to grow in life, the same goes for balance.

3. Practice Yoga – Yoga is an ancient practice that has many benefits, and one of them is improving balance. Many of the poses are designed to challenge your balance in a new way, while improving the strength of the muscles needed to counter balance your body. Yoga will not only challenge your balance in ways that no other activity can, but it will help you improve your overall body awareness in physical space. Body awareness is critical to balance.

4. Play Balancing Games – There are many fun things you can do to see how good (or bad) your balance is while helping you improve it. Try standing on one foot and closing your eyes. See how long you can stay up. Is that easy? Then try going up onto the tip of your toes, or put your self off balance and try recovering from it without putting your other foot down. Want to make it even harder? Try putting your foot on a pillow.

You can also try fun games with a partner such as standing on an unstable surface like a Bosu, balance board, or even the sand and bending you knees. Have your partner toss you a small stone or medicine ball and try catching it, then throw it back to them. Your partner can throw it high, low, side to side, and in an unpredictable fashion. This will not only force you to use your balance to stay up while moving just enough to catch the object and throw it back, it will also train your hand eye co-ordination.

There are all sorts of quick and fun ways to work on your balance, you can fit it into your daily life quite easily without having to schedule a big training session or activity. A few minutes here and there adds up over time, and before you know it your balance will be much better than it ever has. These drills are also great for maintaining your balance between activities. As they say, “Use it or lose it”!

5. Improve Your Health – While balance is important, the health of our entire body and all of it’s systems is equally important. How well our body functions on the whole can determine the limitations in other areas of our life. A healthier diet will help create a healthier body, with less fat and more muscle. It will be easier to train your balance when you don’t have to carry around excess weight, and you will respond much quicker to training if your body is nourished with healthy food and is operating optimally. Health is not just about eating a healthier diet, there are many more factors involved. Hydration, sleep, environment, toxicity, stress, mental health, fitness and spiritual health can all have huge impacts on our well being. Balance is not limited to our physical bodies, but must be practiced in all aspects of our lives for optimum health.

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For more information on how to improve balance, and live a healthier more natural and balanced life please contact me here!

If you have any questions, comments, or would like to share some of your best balance tips then leave them in the comment section below.

Peace and Health,

Kevin