A New Year’s resolution we can all share

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I’m sure almost everyone has their list for 2016 resolutions. Most of us share the same typical resolutions of better diets, increasing exercise frequency, improving income, and the most popular: quitting bad habits.

Of course, all of these resolutions are important for a better quality and possibly longevity of life. But, I want us all to share a simple and easy New Year’s resolution with the most amazing results.

It literally doesn’t take any extra effort, sweat or cost money, and people will love and enjoy your presence. My proposal to all of you for this year’s resolution is to show more kindness and compassion for all people.

Now don’t stop reading and think this is another same old “be a kinder person” message. I want you to really think about this and embrace it.

Look, I don’t know about you, but this has been a very challenging year of people in this world showing and indulging in too much hatred. There’s no need for me to go into the specifics, but I choose to not be one of the negative statistics, and neither should you.

Let’s come together and be as one. Don’t be a person who sits, observes and only gives opinions.

You will be astonished on how your positive actions, acts of kindness and beauty can change others’ lives and attitudes. Let you be the difference maker by being the pebble thrown in a pond with ripples spreading goodness along with an infectious, positive personality.

Sometimes when the kids and I are sitting around the dinner table, I ask them to share a story of an act of kindness they did at school. Once they become aware of their importance, then it becomes a daily routine.

We can all do this, and it starts today with each of us changing our own lives to better others.

I’m known to greet people with warm handshakes and sincere hugs. Join me, my friends, and let’s be the catalyst for making 2016 the best year ever.

Use Christmas gifts for fitness motivation

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 

Oh yes, it’s Christmas holiday time and Santa’s bringing gifts with cheer.

There are many of you who will be receiving something in the arena of fitness. This could be anything from athletic clothes to exercise equipment.

My advice is to take whatever the gift may be and use it for motivation.

I often hear from people explaining how some new exercise gadget is really working, plus it’s made their muscles sore and helped lose weight.

I always ask “were you doing any type of exercise before you bought the gadget?” The typical answer is “no.” So, this means it became your motivation.

For example, there’s an abundance of abdominal equipment that claim to give tighter abs and lose weight. And, when people do try them, they feel soreness and some benefit for the very first time.

Yes, this is exciting and great news that it’s working. But, again, my question is “when’s the last time you performed a situp?” It’s probably been years.

Did you know that if you would just lie down, put your feet under the couch and start doing situps that you might feel the same soreness? Plus, it wouldn’t cost any money.

My message is not to discourage or make you feel ignorant for spending money on possibly unnecessary exercise equipment, but really, just the opposite.

I want you to embrace whatever gift received or personally bought and use it as motivation.

I don’t care how odd the gadget may seem. Just get on it, put it on and use it to get your body in motion. Use it every day and make it a part of your daily routine.

What will follow is the habit of exercising. Then you’ll build confidence and start exploring other areas of fitness. Fitness, diet and exercising will become a way of life and the world will open new doors.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, now get excited for the new exercise toys and start changing your life.

Just like in football, there’s a 2-minute warning in life

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

We are all familiar with the 2-minute warning in the game of football. It’s when there’s only 2 minutes left on the game clock in the second and fourth quarter.

This time period is critical because teams must strategize according to the score, especially the fourth quarter since it will determine a win or loss.

To me, we all receive a 2-minute warning in the game of life. How many of you have serious health issues, and your doctor has told you to change your lifestyle or a major surgery or even death will follow?

How about an abusive relationship in which the last episode was one too many?

Maybe your employer is not recognizing your qualifications and experience and keeps passing you on promotions and pay raises?

It’s possible, that under certain circumstances, it’s not wise to make a haste decision by quitting or walking away too soon. The quick results could be devastating.

Now it’s time to keep a cool head, a wise mind and put a winning strategy in place.

If it’s pertaining to your health, seek out professional help to not only change your diet and exercise regime, but for mental support as well.

If its relationship issues, then reach out to family and certain friends and put a plan in place to remove yourself. Some or most of the time children are involved and your decisions affects their well-being.

Of course, it’s possible higher authoritative help is needed. Just depends on individual circumstances.

When it comes to occupational changes, it might be time to update a resume, join LinkedIn and start networking with people in your field of choice.

Now, this is your 2-minute warning. Start strategizing, work on your plan and win this awesome but challenging game of life.

Life is too precious, and we all deserve the best life possible.

Success comes with a short memory

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Saturday, December 5, 2015

One of the characteristics needed to be successful is having a short memory.

If you’ve watched enough football games, you would have heard this term many times about great quarterbacks.

All quarterbacks will make mistakes, creating interceptions, sacks and fumbles. But, the very next play could be a game winning touchdown throw.

The commentators will label these quarterbacks with short memories because they don’t dwell on the last play’s mishaps. Instead, they have enough confidence in themselves to pull out the winning play.

We all make mistakes on a daily basis with some more severe than others. It’s part of our maturity and life experiences. Sometimes, you have to shake off the dust and get back in the game of life.

I’m sure there are plenty of you still struggling to get your diet back in check from Thanksgiving holidays. Maybe you’re dealing with personal issues and you keep beating yourself up for not having control.

How about those of you who feel you’re giving this world everything you’ve got, but it seems to keep crashing down. It could be a job loss, bad relationships or any tragedy thinkable.

The good news is we are all born with the capability to conquer. It’s programmed into our DNA. You wouldn’t be alive today if someone in your ancestry didn’t dig deep to survive, and now, it’s your turn.

Take life’s challenges head on and forget yesterday’s defeats. Learn to turn defeats into opportunities, and let the experiences help you grow stronger.

When people try to take you down, laugh it off and keep your head high. Remember, you’re the best person you know.

Now, go score a touchdown and keep winning the day.

Now is the time to start New Year’s resolutions

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Well, I hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving feast and all the tasty nondiet foods. Last week I gave you a pass to eat anything and as much as you want without any guilt.

Now, what typically happens to most people is you consider the holiday season and cold weather months as a time to blow off healthy diets.

You’re already trying to fool yourself that January will be different this time. This is a huge mistake in which you set yourself up for failure once again.

Be honest, this is the same destructive cycle you do every year. Snap out of it. It’s never worked, so why is this year different?

The truly best way to reach your 2016 diet and exercise goals is to start right now.

Developing habits and routine takes some time. If you get started now, then you’ll be in the zone by January to accomplish all those goals.

Yes, I know, there will be Christmas and office parties, family gatherings, and lots of homemade cookies and milk for Santa. But that’s even more reason to start now to improve diets and exercise.

The only way to battle through all the holiday calories is a consistent exercise program. Your biggest obstacle will be cleaning up your diet, but at least the party season will be over and excuses should stop.

Believe me, I understand the challenges. I made an eating fool of myself at Nanna’s house, but I started exercising the very next day. Oh my goodness, I was so sluggish and felt like a fat slob.

I went to the gym and walked 20 minutes on the treadmill, 20 minutes on an eclipse machine, 30 minutes on a stationary bike and ended in the sauna.

Even though I didn’t feel like going back to the gym yet, I knew it’s time to start getting back on the path of a healthier lifestyle. It has taken a few days, but I’ve already made a commitment to make 2016 the best year ever.

Don’t wait until 2016 to make New Year’s resolutions. Make a promise to yourself to change your life now.

Allow the month of December for diet and exercise failures. You need this time to stumble while better habits are being formed. Start crawling, so when January comes, you’ll be running.

There’s a beautiful person staring back at you in the mirror. Fall in love with yourself, take care of that amazing body and make tomorrow the best day ever.