Why are so many people unhappy with their bodies today?

I was interested in a report just published by Report Linker who surveyed a representative sample of the U.S. adult population in May 2017.  The survey was related to exercise, how people feel about their bodies and how adults manage their fitness today.

See it here:  http://www.reportlinker.com/insight/shape-americans-exercise-get-fit.html

The following points were of particular interest:

  • 3 out of 4 respondents said, “having a good shape and looking good are particularly important to them”

  • 73% of respondents said they’ve wanted to change something about their bodies

  • 87% of them said they are “too fat”

There is clearly an overwhelming sense of disatisfaction out there. For the vast majority of the population, this isn’t for lack of trying. These are people who truly have the desire to be fit, they just haven’t found the right solution. They’ve paid for memberships at mainstream gyms time and time again, but without success. We’ve long known that if it was possible to take the proverbial “magic pill” to get in shape, many would. People want that magic solution.

This article does not present any new news, but it undoubtedly reinforces why what we do at Koko FitClub is so important, because there are loads of people who have failed in the mainstream gym world, where they lack direction or guidance.

Wanting to get in shape is half the battle. The other half is knowing how to do it. And that is the biggest problem for the more than 80% of adults who don’t have a gym membership or fitness solution today: they simply haven’t found a place or a plan that works, or that motivates them to stick with it.

They want exercise that makes them feel empowered in a place where they feel welcomed and supported.  A place that sets them up for success and builds habits that stick. A place where they are coached individually to success so they can meet THEIR goals in a way that fits into the reality of their demanding lives. So, it has to be convenient and time efficient — just show up and get a great workout, built exactly for you, without any thinking or planning required.

We built Koko to address these needs. A place for you, with a plan for you.

The vast majority of the population needs far more than a place where there’s equipment. They need the warmth, support and individual focus so they can be coached to success — something that Koko has been designed to provide.  And it works.  There is good news.  Thousands and thousands of people have experienced success at last and have changed the way they feel. You see, there is a magic solution after all.

Stay Koko Strong!

Mary Obana
President & Co-Founder, Koko FitClub

Let’s kick off our Summer grill outs with a lemon garlic tilapia!

It’s time for the season of fresh recipes and cookouts! Here is a great way to brighten up that dinner table!

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The Stronger Life Project: Family Wellness Month

Happy May!

May is such a great month – for so many reasons!

First, it represents the end of cold weather – particularly here in the Northeast! – and the emergence of spring and warmth at last.

May is also a special month because it’s when we celebrate Mother’s Day – a time for us to reflect on our moms and how much we love and appreciate them!

May is also Family Wellness Month. And given that, I thought is only appropriate to spend just a few moments sharing what we can do as parents to ensure the wellness of our families.

I can’t tell you how many parents, and moms in particular, who are always so crazy busy; balancing work, the responsibilities to their kids and family – always seems time to themselves is so rare. And, when it come to fitness, they say they don’t have time – because they’re always putting others in front of themselves.

As parents, I know the thing we want more for our kids than anything is their health and happiness. Well the truth is, when it comes to helping our kids have healthy lives, there’s nothing more important that for US to be taking care of ourselves. And here’s why:

Not only does focusing on your health enable you to be there for your families for the long haul, more specifically MODELING healthy behavior, is possibly the greatest gift you can give your children.

Our kids learn more from what they SEE us doing, than what they hear us saying. And when – especially when – you are busy, SHOWING your kids that you put your health first is important. Showing your kids that you can fit exercise and healthy eating in the busiest of lives, SHOWS them how they too can build the life long habits of good health.

So when you are thinking, and wondering next time whether you have time to get that workout in, time that day to take care of yourself, think twice. If you don’t show your family how you do it, and how important it is for you, they will never learn how important it is for them.

I am reminded of a letter I received from a member – how her behavior influenced her family in unexpected and delightful ways. Here it is:

Dear Koko,

I originally became a member with the goal of losing 30 pounds by my 40th birthday. And, yes, that 30 pounds is gone, but what I really want to share with you are the other changes.

I read a perfect analogy in a book recently: life can be related to dominos lined up to fall in perfect succession. The first domino must fall for all the dominos to fall in order.  If you start at the 4th domino, the first 3 still remain.  Koko was that first domino for me.

Slowly my pantry and freezer were less stocked, opting for fresh, organic ingredients, my veggie drawers were filled and fruit took the place of chips.

My daughter’s lunch was packed with bottled water in lieu of the sugary drinks she’d become accustomed to.  And before I knew it, water was all she wanted.

Memorial weekend we went hiking, zip lining, and boating.  Several times during the hike my kids would yell at me – because I was ahead of them – “Koko it up Mom!”  That’s the new, cool thing to say to me.  And my daughter’s friends have said they’re jealous of our “adventurous” family.

Of course there are other dominos falling as well.   My resting heart rate is a wonderful 54bpm, down from 83.  My blood pressure is a cool 110/62.  My pants are smaller, and even my watch is in desperate need of sizing.  It’s crazy!

If Koko wasn’t a part of my life absolutely none of this would have happened and I couldn’t be more excited about where my life is right now.

It all starts with that first domino, and I want to thank you so very much from my family and myself, for truly making a workout that does just boil down to my showing up and doing it and enabling me to be an example for my family.
I’ll spend the next year looking ahead, but will occasionally look back and reflect on all the domino’s that have fallen and will always see that Koko was the beginning of it all.

Thank you so much!

So when we think about our lives, and the dominos we set in motion for our family – start with the first one…that is with YOU. With you manging your health wisely. Modeling what great decisions look like – for food and fitness; modeling great healthy habits… this won’t just serve you, but will serve your children, and in turn their children, for generations and generations.

This month I salute all of you – for showing your kids and family how to live a healthy life. And finally – last but not least – a huge shout out to all the mothers out there. A very Happy Mother’s Day to you!

Mary Obana
President & Co-Founder, Koko FitClub

Mindfulness. A Path to Health and Happiness.

We are all so busy these days.  Running from one thing to the next, being pulled in multiple directions, and it seems we are rarely more than an arm’s reach away from our phones which connect us constantly to…. everything.  Text messages, emails, news alerts…

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