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, 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

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 00:00

HOW DO OTHERS PERCEIVE YOU UNDER STRESS?

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You telegraph feelings and behaviors to others under stress that you may not be aware of. Which one of these are you? If you are outgoing and what they call a "type A" personality, you may be perceived as being: ABRASIVE, CONTROLLING, OPINIONATED If you are outgoing and a "people pleaser", you may be perceived as being: OVERLY CONFIDENT, POOR LISTENER, TALKATIVE, SELF-PROMOTING If you are introverted and a "people person", you may be perceived as being: POSSESIVE, STUBBORN, INSENSATIVE, DETACHED If you are introverted and "like to follow procedures and not make mistakes", you may be perceived as being:PERFECTIONIST, STRICT, DEFENSIVE, HARD TO PLEASE Contact me today if you 'd like to take a personalized behavior assessment and discover more about yourself, your strengths, and limitations.  Jack@getfitwithWitt.com or call  818-760-3891

Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

Strict Parenting=Chubbier Kids

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Are you the kind of parent who regularly chides your kids about what they eat? A new study in the June issue of the journal "Pediatrics" suggests that parents who favor a strict parenting style may actually contribute to weight gain in their own children.

After observing four parenting styles (authoritative, authoritarian, permissive and neglecting) among 872 first graders, researchers identified a correlation between obesity in children and lack of flexibility in parents.

Sunday, 17 July 2011 00:00

HONEY-I LOVE YOU!

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An often overlooked health promotor and ailment reducer, Honey is more than just a great sweet taste! HONEY builds up the immunity system with antioxident and antibacterial properties.HONEY is anti-cancer as it possesses carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumor properties.HONEY is a great energy booster for performance and endurance by way of it's natural fruit sugars, and helps reduce muscle fatique. It also helps to keep your blood sugar levels constant to avoid those "crashes" during the day.HONEY has a remedy history for ailments such as cuts and burns, yeast infection, sore throats, and arthritis pain. And it works great for hangovers too by speeding up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver.So the next time you see a honey bee, give it a thumbs up (from afar) for producing one of the worlds greatest natural medicines!

Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

"YOUR MOTHER ALWAYS SAID "SIT UP STRAIGHT"

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Mothers..pat yourselves on the back. You've always said "Sit up Straight", and sitting up straight is indeed very important, especially as we spend more and more time in front of our computers. A slouched sitting posture not only affects your back, but your neck as well, and interupts proper breathing.

Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

EXERCISES TO DO ON A PLANE

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Alleviate poor circulation, sore joints, swelling and just feeling "blah" by doing some simple exercises on your next long flight. If anything, you'll entertain your fellow passengers around you.

Thursday, 30 June 2011 00:00

Workout Playing Cards..Vegas meets the Gym

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exerciseTime to exchange that poker face for a sweaty face! Try this fun workout for a change of pace, you'll get your heart rate up, burn calories, and tone your body up. If you have a deck of cards handy you can do this workout almost anywhere. You have to be committed to doing at least half the deck solo, or the full deck if your with a workout buddy. Ok, here we go...shuffle them up.....lets workout!

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