This is an email that Joshua was sent a couple days ago:
I mentioned last week that we would be sending you a link to some free workout videos from Jillian Michaels. I know from being in many of the teams on PEERtrainer that she is very popular.
What I like about the videos that Exercise TV made available is that they are very short (3-4 minutes) and broken out into different areas. They are GREAT for people just starting to get more active. You can do one a day, and feel totally successful.
So often we want to jump right in and see if can "make it through a week of Shred" and it leaves us burnt out. I actually saw this situation this morning. A woman had joined PEERtrainer and was commenting in her "New To PEERtrainer March 2010" team. She ended up pushing herself too hard, ended up getting sick. From there things really unraveled for her.
She had started out in such a great place, but just did too much at once. So my thought is that for those of you who are just getting going, commit to one or two of these short workouts a day, and add two servings of green veggies to what you are already eating. The objective here is to put in place a very doable plan where you can easily succeed, and where you don't run the risk of burning yourself out. Here is the link:
March 2011 Update: The download Is currently unavailable and we are working to get another one. One thing that we are making available free for a limited time is a free download of the PEERtrainer Cheat System, which is a new guide to healthy eating that people are finding easy to do, and they are not beating themselves up in the process.
This is something that we have never heard of- that a Vitamin D test is something that 80% of Americans need, and for many of these people this test is more important than a cholesterol test. The test is called the "Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy." Ask your doctor about this. Very interesting discussion, click to view:
Something we hear a lot is that when people start exercising more is "I have to now eat a lot more protein." Habib went through this himself in the last year, running 25-40 miles per week. The other runners and runners on PEERtrainer advised him to eat a lot of protein after a run.
As a result the meat in his diet began to spike well above the recommended 10% level. He ended up emailing Dr. Fuhrman and asking if athletes were an exception to this 10% level. His response was that when you exercise more you need more calories. And if you are eating a nutrient dense diet with plenty of greens you are getting plenty of protein.
What interesting is that Dr. Fuhrman is an Olympic Medalist in figure skating. He also counsels the US Olympic team, world class skiers and NBA basketball players. In this video, he explains in detail what advice he gives professional athletes in terms of their protein intake:
Here is a bullet point summary of his main points:
"I appreciate all of your articles. I just wanted to share with you a valuable point that I learned from your site. You recommended the book Slow Burn a while back. It had great information in it. I am a critical care nurse for 30 years. I pride myself on knowing how the body works, but mostly in crisis situations and in multi-system organ failure states.