Working in the executive offices of Disney until 7:00 or 8:00 pm, made it difficult to establish any fitness program, let alone follow a healthy diet.
I’d eat a lot of the donuts or bagels craft services would leave behind, then I’d pick up fast food on the way home and eat it as I veged in front of the TV, detoxing from my hectic day.
Stavros explained that it wasn’t just my lack of exercise nor my “scarf anything down when I’m starving” eating habit that was making me feel lethargic and not look as good as I would like… it was my lifestyle.
Stavros would emphasize eating habits are as important as working out if not more. I had the mentality that if I worked out 30 minutes more one day I was free to eat whatever I wanted the following day. He soon explained that this was not the right mindset.
He reiterated how important healthy eating habits are and establish a fitness program specific to my needs. I had much resistance in the beginning, but with Stavros’ help and support I was able to tackle this.
He had me tracking what I ate to visually acknowledge what I was eating throughout the day and anchored a 45-minute cardio and resistance-training program to the beginning of my day.
In a short two weeks time, my brain stopped fighting the change and fell in love with working out and eating smaller portions of fresh foods I packed from home. I lost 10 lbs. that I couldn’t seem to loose on my own and I’ve converted two of my associates to join me.
Stavros provided me with a lot of motivation, discipline, and knowledge for a healthier way of life. The best part of my new lifestyle is that I smile a lot more and work a lot less hours.
Best wishes, Efie
The Obvious And Not So Obvious Benefits Of Exercise
The secret to better health — Exercise
Whether you’re 9 or 90, abundant evidence shows exercise can enhance your health and well-being. But for many people, sedentary pastimes, such as watching TV, surfing the Internet, or playing computer and video games, have replaced more active pursuits.
What exercise can do for you
Millions of Americans simply aren’t moving enough to meet the minimum threshold for good health — that is, burning at least 700 to 1,000 calories a week through physical pursuits. The benefits of exercise may sound too good to be true, but decades of solid science confirm that exercise improves health and can extend your life. Adding as little as half an hour of moderately intense physical activity to your day can help you avoid a host of serious ailments, including heart disease, diabetes, depression, and several types of cancer, particularly breast and colon cancers. Regular exercise can also help you sleep better, reduce stress, control your weight, brighten your mood, sharpen your mental functioning, and improve your sex life.
A well-rounded exercise program has four components: aerobic activity, strength training, flexibility training, and balance exercises. Each benefits your body in a different way.
Fighting disease with aerobic activity
Aerobic exercise is the centerpiece of any fitness program. Nearly all of the research regarding the disease-fighting benefits of exercise revolves around cardiovascular activity, which includes walking, jogging, swimming, and cycling. Experts recommend working out at moderate intensity when you perform aerobic exercise — brisk walking that quickens your breathing is one example. This level of activity is safe for almost everyone and provides the desired health benefits. Additional health benefits may flow from increased intensity.
Protecting bone with strength training
Strength or resistance training, such as elastic-band workouts and the use of weight machines or free weights, is important for building muscle and protecting bone.
Bones lose calcium and weaken with age, but strength training can help slow or sometimes even reverse this trend. Not only can strength training make you look and feel better, but it can also result in better performance of everyday activities, such as climbing stairs and carrying bundles. Stronger muscles also mean better mobility and balance, and thus a lower risk of falling and injuring yourself. In addition, more lean body mass aids in weight control because each pound of muscle burns more calories than its equivalent in fat.
Easing back pain with flexibility exercises
Stretching or flexibility training is the third prong of a balanced exercise program. Muscles tend to shorten and weaken with age. Shorter, stiffer muscle fibers make you vulnerable to injuries, back pain, and stress. But regularly performing exercises that isolate and stretch the elastic fibers surrounding your muscles and tendons can counteract this process. And stretching improves your posture and balance.
Preventing falls with balance exercises
Balance tends to erode over time, and regularly performing balance exercises is one of the best ways to protect against falls that lead to temporary or permanent disability. Balance exercises take only a few minutes and often fit easily into the warm-up portion of a workout. Many strength-training exercises also serve as balance exercises. Or balance-enhancing movements may simply be woven into other forms of exercise, such as tai chi, yoga, and Pilates.
Exercise at a glance
In a nutshell, exercise can:
- reduce your chances of getting heart disease. For those who already have heart disease, exercise reduces the chances of dying from it.
- lower your risk of developing hypertension and diabetes.
- reduce your risk for colon cancer and some other forms of cancer.
- improve your mood and mental functioning.
- keep your bones strong and joints healthy.
- help you maintain a healthy weight.
- help you maintain your independence well into your later years.
Age in reverse
Exercise gives you more vroom & vigor
Exercise jumpstarts your sex drive
Exercise keeps your skin soft and glowing
Exercise boosts your mood
Exercise improves your posture
Exercise improves your flexibility
Exercise boosts your mood
Exercise helps you sleep soundly
Exercise keeps your metabolism high
Exercise reduces belly fat
Exercise relieves stress
Exercise enhances your memory
Exercise makes your heart more efficient
Exercise protects you from heart disease
Exercise’s heart-healthy benefits don’t stop there. Regular workouts also reduce your risk of cardio problems that tend to crop up with age, such as high blood pressure and high levels of triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood that can block or harden arteries. Both are big-time contributors to heart disease, the number one killer of men and women, according to the CDC. “Exercise also improves levels of HDL, or good cholesterol, the kind that protects your heart from cardiovascular disease,” says Zonoozi.
Exercise improves your blood flow
Restauranteur, Captain Cleveland (Cleveland Browns Mascot),
I own and operate The Grille, restaurant and bar in Brunswick and my time is very limited. I don’t have time to go to the gym on a consistent basis and even though I know what I should eat and do to stay in shape… life sometimes gets in the way.
That’s where Stavros and FITT-WELL come in. He meets me at my house and works my butt off for an hour straight, then we go over my eating schedule until the next time we meet. That’s too convenient!
I definitely would not be pushing myself during exercise to get the results I do with Stavros.
The best part about is I don’t even have to stress over not knowing what to eat all the time. When I find myself too low on energy to even decide on what to eat, I call or text FITT-WELL and they give me fast, healthy suggestions so I don’t just stuff my face with the first thing I find to eat.
I definitely recommend FITT-WELL to everyone trying to loose weight, keep it off, and tone up!
Sincerely, Argyrios Kokkas
Hollyood Celebrity Trainer
Stavros has been great working with me with my MFITT Program in Los Angeles. It’s a celebrity fitness program based on high energy aerobic, anaerobic, and strength training, diet (including supplementation), and positive mental attitude.
Actors, studios, and production companies hire us to quickly morph their actors into the chiseled heroes and villains we enjoy. He understands the study of Kinesiology and explains the how’s and why’s of our fitness programs in a simple and motivational way.
Stavros is a great asset to anybody in Charlotte looking to get fit. We will miss his energy and motivation.
Coach Marc Montemerlo
Mfitt Lifestyle Training