Get Fit with Jack Witt!

I'm a local Health and Fitness Coach and Active Travel Specialist. I've been kickin' around NoHo for years getting involved in our community and charity projects, helping people with their wellness goals, and organizing and leading active excursions throughout LA and the world. I love this community and really enjoy blogging about all the things we do together and tips to keep us fit !

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Thursday, 12 January 2012 07:05

CUTTING DOWN ON PROCESSED FOOD

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It's everywhere! To your left..to your right..straight ahead..and right behind you: Processed Foods. Cheap to manufacture, easy and quick and addictive to eat, but causing disease, depression and obesity like nobody's business. This year, make it a point to wean yourself down from so much of it and you'll look and feel awesome! Here's how:

Tuesday, 03 January 2012 10:50

Keeping Your New Year's Resolution!

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I challenge you to take charge of your health and wellness the moment you read this article. I know, I know, you're thinking this is yet another New Year's resolution article regarding fitness and losing weight and getting you excited about something you'll do for about 3 weeks or so, and then life starts getting in the way, you'll lose your momentum, and pretty soon it's the next New Year and you're making the same resolution to get in shape and lose weight.

Thursday, 15 December 2011 10:33

Healthy Holiday Dessert Recipes

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I requested your favorite healthy holiday dessert recipes and here's what I have to share with everybody this Holiday Season. Enjoy in good health!

Thursday, 01 December 2011 12:52

Curb Late Night Munchies with a Teeth Whitening

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It's late evening, you've already ate dinner, maybe had a glass of wine, and while your watching your favorite TV show your mind starts to wander..your stomach joins in..there is something in the refrigerator with your name all over it!...COOKIES..or is is CAKES...or is it...CANDIES? Whatever bad food is trying to seduce you; it's a broken promise, a road to nowhere, don't do it! It will make you fat. Here's what you do:

Thursday, 01 December 2011 11:48

Popeye and Spinach

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Spinach is well known as the superfood that gave Popeye the Sailor Man his bulging muscles. "I am strong to the finish because I eat my spinach" was the famous cartoon character's tag line as he popped open a can whenever he needed to get out of trouble.

Tuesday, 01 November 2011 00:00

Dump the chair for an exercise ball

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Sitting all day in a desk chair, no mattter how ergonomic or expensive it is, can cause long-term damage to your spine, deplete your energy, and even make you gain weight.  Why not lose weight, feel more energetic, and improve your balance simply by sitting on an Exercise Ball instead?
* Using an exercise ball (ie: Swiss Ball, Posture Ball) helps to improve your balance and forces proper spine alignment. This helps to improve your spinal health and decrease back pain. No matter how aware I am when sitting in an office chair, I always find myself slouching forward a bit at some point. This doesn't happen on a posture ball. Because the ball is unstable, it forces you sit up straight ...just like your Mom always told you to do! The unstableness of the ball also helps you to improve your balance.
Thursday, 20 October 2011 00:00

Want to be Happy & Healthy - Try Music

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Music therapy for promoting wellness has received increased attention over the last few years due to the rise in the practice of integrative medicine. Two types of music activities are used in music therapy for wellness...passive and active.

Passive music includes listening to music (any type that you like personally), vibroacoustic therapy, and meditation to music. It helps to increase the activity of helper T-cells and production of interleukin-I, both important indicators of immune system recovery. It stimulates activation of the cerebral cortex

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 00:00

Weight Loss Products #1 Fraud

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Weight Loss Products are the No. 1 type of consumer fraud in the United States. According to a report by the Federal Trade Commission, about 5 million Americans fall for these type of scams each year, some of them buying more than one item. The products include dietary supplements, nonprescription drugs, skin patches, creams, wraps, and even earrings (yes, there are earrings that are supposed to suppress appetite). The marketers typically promise substantial, rapid, no-effort weight loss without dieting or exercise....guaranteed. Why doesn't somebody stop them you ask? Because there is no official governing body over nutrtition supplements and products. That's right, it's a free for all and anybody can claim anything they want on nutirtion supplements and pills, no matter how untested or far fetched it is as long as they put the word "may" before their claims. For example; "This product may help you lose 10 pounds in one week".

Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Does 3, 500 calories equal a pound?

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It's been tossed around for years throughout the fitness industry, the notion that for every 3,500 calories you burn you'll lose a pound of fat. As a personal trainer, though, I often see people pushing through week after week of running, walking, lifting, whatever-workout designed specifically to reach that 3,500 calorie per week mark-only to weigh exactly the same when it's over. Argh, all that work and no results!

Thursday, 22 September 2011 00:00

Lose Weight walking Backwards!

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If you're stuck at your bodyweight or body fat percentage and want to break through to get better results try walking backwards on the treadmill.  Yes, that's right...BACKWARDS. Start off slow, around 1-2 mph at a 2-3 incline setting and don't hold on to the rails.

 

Food Craving

So, you have a sweet tooth? Maybe you love munching on salty foods? The various kinds of foods that we crave and think about could mean that we have some emotions and feelings that we need to harness, understand, and control.

Thursday, 01 September 2011 00:00

BREAK A BAD HABIT IN 30 DAYS!

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Most of us are creatures of habit. It is estimated that out of 11,000 signals we receive from our senses, our brain only consciously processes 40. Habits, good or bad, make you who you are.

Research shows that it takes 30 days to break a bad habit and/or get into a good habit. So if you've been thinking about excercising more, eating better, taking up meditation, whatever it is, it's time to create a 30 day action plan to reach your goals! Keep your goals specific (ie: don't eat late at night vs. eating better), realisitic (lose 15 lbs. this month vs. lose 100 pounds this month), and focus on one goal one month at a time. Before you know it, breaking one bad habit leads to better habits in other parts of your life.

Thursday, 25 August 2011 00:00

Using a Foam Roller to get the knots out

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It's cheap, it's easy, and it's like a getting a deep tissue masage. It's the Foam Roller.For something like $20 you can pick up a foam roller at a sporting good store or order online.

What it does is called Myofascial Release in your muscles. Essentially, it's a form of soft tissue therapy that is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of the muscles and the overlaying fascia (soft tissue).So taking a few minutes each day and doing this self myofascial release using the foam roller can help your muscles rejuvinate and help your body as a whole function optimally.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 00:00

GO AHEAD AND YAWN..IT'S HEALTHY!

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Yawn. Yawn some more. Don't be bashful..yawn even more! Newberg and Waldman call yawning "one of the best kept secrets in neuroscience" for both relaxation and heightened cognitive awareness. It helps you stay focused, as well as more introspective and self-aware. Waldman says that studies of deliberate yawning at Moorpark College are producing surprising results. Students who yawned before taking tests raised their grade point averages; Cs moved up to Bs, and Bs to As. He also asks his "profoundly anxious" therapy clients to yawn and has found that it reduces their anxiety by a significant amount

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