High Intensity Interval Training: a well-ageing strategy for enduring brain health Two key attributes of a healthy brain are good blood circulation and abundance of naturally created brain derived neurotrophic factor (bdnf), a growth hormone for the brain and other nerve cells. Aerobic exercise is the most powerful tool in your wellness toolkit for creating both. The idea behind High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is to amp up the results of your aerobic exercise practice. […]

So, by now you know that JansenFit Coaching is built around Body health, Mind health and Spirit Health, each being essential to Wellness. That’s essential, as in not optional. Much as our physical & mental health can be described along a continuum from say, very unhealthy to very healthy, so too, can our spiritual condition. Most of us understand the consequences of letting our physical or mental health go untended, but are we equally cognizant […]

When it comes to your health and wellness, it’s vital that you and your health care provider are driving towards the same goal. Get clear with yourself and with your doctor. Remember, doctors are limited by their available information. Most pathologies have optional treatment strategies from which to choose, but if the prescriber doesn’t know the goal, realizing that goal is no more than a game of chance. A client of mine, Sam, complained to […]

My sister Karen says, “movement is better than no movement” and she is absolutely right! The best exercise is not the one that burns the most calories in the least amount of time, nor is it the one that sustains activity for the longest period, the one that causes the most/least sweat, highest/lowest impact, uses heaviest/lightest weights – it is none of those and it is all of those. Most important though, the best exercise […]

Exercising Our Bodies & Our Brains The Body Brain Connection The ideal exercise strategy for well-ageing includes components of strength training, aerobics, balance, and flexibility combined with mental stimulation.  We want to shore up the quantity and quality of our body systems: our bones, our skeletal muscles, our nerve cells, circulation and metabolism, because these systems work together to keep us safe from catastrophic falls and broken bones, prevent serious loss of cognition and memory, […]

I call this domain “Nourish”, as opposed to “Food” or “Diet” because of this word’s positive connotations regarding food and diet. We can, and often do, choose foods that fill us but don’t nourish us; some entire diets, although calorie rich, are nutrient poor and result in simultaneous undernourishment and obesity. In fact, one of our most confounding contemporary societal problems lies in the contradiction between the wealth of the country and malnourishment of the […]

In a previous JansenFit blog post we discussed how, from a physiological perspective, body, mind and spirit are tri-unified; that is, none of the three exists independently of the other two, and the fact that the physiological mechanisms supporting each individually and all-three together are inextricably intertwined.  In this article, we explore the implications of triunity as it relates to our wellness strategies. The triunity of our health and wellness refers to the fact that […]

JansenFit’s services are developed out of two principles of well-ageing. These principles are foundational to our discussions on well-ageing, and they come out of the awareness of the contributions we have yet to make. Principle 1: Proactively Cultivating Wellness First is the principle of proactively cultivating wellness. Many of us grew up in a world that managed health through curative or restorative medicine for treating illness or trauma; in other words, if we weren’t sick, […]

All pounds are not equal! Lean tissue (bones, muscle, water) is roughly 20% denser than fat, meaning that pound for pound, lean tissue takes up less space; and lean muscle tissue is the source of our strength and driver of energy metabolism. Yet when we talk obesity, we almost always measure it by weight. Even body mass index, or BMI, that number your doctor uses to pass judgment on your weight, is blind to the […]

The question I am most often asked is: What’s the difference between coaching and exercise training? so I created a short video to explain the difference. Training, be it exercise, nutrition, or even meditation—is hands-on physical practice for your body and your brain. Coaching recruits your heart and mind to the game. We talk about your goals, your vision, and your values; then we tap into your intrinsic motivation—linking it to your personal and compelling […]

I am reposting these thought from 2017 in hopes that you might share an answer to the question: “What’s your best fitness advice?” Please post a response below. The Best Fitness Advice I Ever Followed I don’t often follow advice. I generally know better. They  seldom have all the facts. If they  had all the facts they  would have recommended this instead of that. Thank goodness, I know better! So, there may have been some excellent […]

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