Maximizing for Health and Longevity

There are to things we all know about the relationship between exercise and longevity:

  1. Exercise can increase your life expectancy.
  2. Exercise can drive back cognitive decline more than anything.

There are best exercises for every goal – whether it be stress reduction, better skin, a stronger stomach or a healthier heart. For lasting weight loss, movement in conjunction with good eating habits and consistency will always be the staple.

No doubt, the hardest part is just getting started but once you get past that, you’ll notice a difference between your expectations and reality. The other 23 hours of the day is where it goes all wrong.

Look at your food.
Seriously, go look at it, that’s where our health starts. Whatever goes into our body is reflected on the outside… sooner or later. The trick is to eat foods that fuel the development and retention of lean muscle, while minimizing added sugars and unhealthy carbs.

If your focus is on weight loss, the make-up of each pound lost is typically 3/4 fat, 1/4 muscle. The best way to protect and prevent loss of lean tissue is to eat roughly 1 gram of lean protein per-pound of  Lean Muscle Level (LML), every day.

Here’s the reality: 1 lbs of chicken breast = roughly 139 grams of protein.

If your LML is 139 lbs and you only ate chicken, you would need to eat 1 lb of it throughout the day. That’s a lot of food.

Take a peek at where you’re at now by keeping a food journal for 4-6 weeks. During the first two weeks, identify any gaps in protein then fill the hole.

In addition to gaps in protein, you may or may not recognize gaps in necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs for fuel — but you’re not alone. The average adult in the U.S. consumes only about 30% of the daily recommendation.

And that’s why most physicians recommend a multi-vitamin and fish oil. 

Consider all of these options when you make your food decisions and of course, minimize unhealthy carbs and added sugar. Don’t overlook closing gaps with dietary support.

Movement.
Movement is the reason a person at the age of 65 can still touch their toes. Walk a full round of golf pain free. Dance at their kids wedding and be there to watch their grandkids take that first step. Movement is life.

Nutrition can only take you so far. You cannot keep up your lean muscle mass without proper strength training. And high levels of lean muscle mass increase your metabolism, which in turn, helps you lose weight and keep it off.

It also keeps you heart healthy and your body ache free.

Koko has a system that specifically targets development of lean muscle mass and an outlet where functional training can keep you moving like you should so you can look great, feel strong and do all the things you love, longer.

The fountain of youth is here and the equation is simple.

Exercise + Right Nutrition = A long and healthy life.

-Nick Konarski
COO & Master FitCoach, Koko FitClub

Motion is Lotion

In ’53 there was a study that showed British postmen tended to die less from heart attacks and heart failure VS. others who had sedentary jobs, such as mail-sorters. It was studies like this that established the link between activity and disease prevention.

Decades later, it became common knowledge that disease responds strongly to exercise. There’s irrefutable evidence that it lowers blood pressure, stroke rates and heart attack risks – all drop. There’s even strong evidence that suggests exercise is a powerful rival in the battle against heart disease – the number-one killer in the United States.

With the average life expectancy in the U.S. at about 79 years and on the list of longevity, among all nations, we’re ranked #42. It’s time to think about movement and nutrition as preventative medicine.

As a coach, I won’t tell you anything you don’t already know. There’s no silver bullet, but I find almost every person who walks thru the door has missed expectations on how much time it takes and how to get there.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week (about 30 minutes over 5 days). Walks, jogs, runs, hitting the stairs at lunch. Although there are best exercises for every goal, whether it’s stress reduction, better skin, a stronger stomach or a healthier heart – for lasting weight loss, movement in conjunction with good eating habits and consistency will always be the staple.

That’s why at Koko, we have an entire system that’s completely customized for you:

Smartrainer™ and Koko X
The most effective strength workouts you’ll ever do.

Koko Cardio
Fully-guided 15-minute HIIT cardio.

Koko Fuel
A fully integrated nutrition solution customized for your activity levels along with dietary support to help you close nutritional gaps.

FitCheck
The right way to measure your results.

All with highly-trained and certified coaches to help you learn how to create new habits, defy age, debunk myths and get results.

No matter your age, no matter your shape and no matter your size, maximize your dosage. We are a place for you. We have a plan for you.

Find a club, get moving and don’t stop.

Nick Konarski
COO, Koko FitClub

The 5 most important things you should know about sleep

One thing we all could use a lot more of is sleep. Life seems like an endless cycle of never getting enough sleep.

But how much sleep is actually enough? What are the benefits we get out of sleeping soundly through the night, every night?

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13 Ways to Eat Well and Be Well (Infographic)

When it comes to living a happy, healthy and fit lifestyle, what you eat is as important as how you exercise. Do one without the other, and you may never truly succeed on your body transformation goals..

A proper  nutrition plan, comprised of nourishing, whole foods, should provide  the right balance of macro- and micro-nutrients needed to properly fuel your  workouts. Whether fat-burning or muscle-building, optimum nutrition will improve the quality of your workout — and the results.

The following infographic outlines the key pillars of our nutrition philosophy at Koko FitClub, and can help you create some good eating habits to fuel your workouts, too.

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Stay Koko Fit!

Nick Konarski
COO & Master FitCoach, Koko FitClub

3 Steps to Fix a Broken Diet

A few weeks ago, I read a Facebook post from Roy B., a member of Koko FitClub in Wyckoff, New Jersey. His post included a before-and-after photo, proof of his dedication to health and fitness,  with results that were nothing short of amazing.

I asked Roy,  “What three things do you know now that you wish you knew three years ago when you first started Koko? Continue reading