Winter and weight loss go hand in hand

exercisewinter_0217Weight loss in the winter may seem like a misstatement. After all, hearty casseroles and stews always hit the spot as you warm your toes by the fire. But winter can be an ideal time to shed extra pounds when you exercise and make Whole Health part of your lifestyle.

Let the temperatures do the training

Get outside and play in the snow. You may be tempted to stay indoors to exercise on your stationary bike, but exercising in the cold can jump-start your metabolism which causes your body to burn more calories. Run or walk in the afternoon, being cautious of wet and icy patches. Studies have shown that we expend five times more energy when shivering, compared to when we are resting.1

Benefits to exercising outside during the winter

  • You’ll burn more calories. As the body works harder to regulate its core temperature, you’ll burn more calories during your wintry workout compared to exercising indoors.
  • You’ll make your heart muscle stronger. Cold weather makes the heart work harder which isn’t necessarily good for someone with heart trouble. But, regular exercise in colder weather can make the heart stronger, better preparing the body for more strenuous workouts in the future.
  • You’ll drink more water. You can still get dehydrated in the wintertime, so drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout. You may not feel it, but you still sweat when it’s cold outside; it just evaporates quicker in dry, chilly air.
  • You’ll get your vitamin D. Yes, even in the wintertime. But remember, too, that you still need to apply sunscreen.
  • You’ll feel more energized. Cold air is stimulating and can boost your mood. As the body works harder to stay warm, the amount of endorphins increases.
  • You’ll lessen your chances of the winter blues. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may be caused by lack of sun, activity and proper nutrition.3

Fuel your fire with Rally28. The expert-approved, 28-day program works and will keep you going strong right into spring. Replace that hot chocolate with a fresh cup of PURE Café. You’ll suppress your appetite so you can limit the amount of calories you are eating throughout the day.

Dress appropriately. Wear water-resistant clothes and dress in layers so you can take pieces off as you get hot. Your body loses a lot of heat from your head, so a hat is a must, as are gloves. If you are into winter sports, cross-country skiing and ice skating burn the most calories.2

This infographic lists calories burned by Olympic winter sports activities. Find a friend or neighbor to run or walk with and be sure to create a goal. For instance, commit to 20 minutes of exercise three times a week. Use an app on your phone. There are many fitness apps, from calorie counters, to distance trackers, and more.

Make exercise a priority in the winter so you stay fit and healthy year ‘round. Always talk with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program. You need to make sure the exercise you choose is safe for you.

1http://www.cell.com/trends/endocrinology-metabolism/fulltext/S1043-2760(14)00010-1

2http://calorielab.com/burned/?mo=se&gr=19&ti=winter+activities&q=&wt=150&un=lb&kg=68

3http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/causes/con-20021047

Healthy change is within reach

thumbnailIt’s a lot easier than you might think…that is, participating in Rally28. We hear about what we “should” be doing in order to manage our weight, but in this hectic world it’s nice to know that there are things we don’t have to do. Phew, right?

And, guess what? It’s a short list.

You don’t need to give up your favorite foods. The Rally28 system allows one cheat day per week when you can eat whatever you like. Enjoy your favorites butfav_foods_vegpizza switch it up. Have a burger but make it a turkey burger and skip the mayo. Enjoy pizza but make it a thin crust and add some veggies. Have a sweet snack but make it a frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. What you don’t want is six cheat days and only one day of proper nutrition; it won’t make your cheat day quite as exciting, and you won’t form those good habits.

You don’t have to go without sweets. Reread number one. Go ahead and cheatday_sweetsenjoy your favorite candy bar on your cheat day if you want to. No one is judging. And it won’t set you back if you follow the program correctly on the others days. Besides, you deserve the reward.

 

You don’t need to join a fancy gym. It’s not necessary, if you don’t want to. That applies to the personal trainer, too. You can do it all by yourself. Take a walk_dog_nogymbrisk walk, do some pushups and planks in your living room, or take a bike ride. Just remember that whatever the activity, consistency is key.

 

Say no-no to the yo-yo. Forget the diets, they just don’t work. Strugglnoyoyodietsing with repetitive losses and gains is for the birds. No more! With the Rally28 system, you will learn how to eat and exercise correctly, for results that last.

 

You don’t have to starve yourself. When you do, the body panics and retains every last calorie it can, storing them as fat cells. Your energy levels drop, too. With the Rally28 system, you’ll enjoy eating a lot of whole, natural, healthy foods that are delicious! You may find that after your firdontstarvest couple of cheat days, the cheat isn’t quite as exciting. But it is ok to have a cheat day a week with six days of staying on target. The trouble is when we have six cheat days and one day of proper nutrition.

 

You don’t have to live on salad alone. Unless, of course, you want to. Don’t get me wrong, salads are delicious, they are rich in fiber, are tasty, and easy saladto make. But you will deprive your body of the essential nutrients you need to feel and look your best. You need protein in your diet to provide amino acids, which your body uses to maintain healthy tissues, to boost your immune system and to help transport oxygen via your blood.

You don’t have to measure everything. Portion size is important but as you follow the Rally28 system, you will lmeasure_foodearn to recognize how large a cup is (the size of your fist). This will become routine and you’ll find that you don’t need to weigh your food every time.

You don’t have to feel ashamed anymore. We’re all in this together. It noexcusesdoesn’t matter if you’ve failed in the past. It doesn’t matter if your goal is to lose weight, eat healthier, or exercise more. No more excuses. Rally28 is easy, anyone can do it and you have tons of support. There’s a community of like-minded people who are just waiting to inspire and motivate.

You don’t have to suffer with insomnia. Whenmorningenergy you start Rally28, you will begin to feel more energy which, believe it or not, will help you sleep like a baby. A brisk 30-minute walk every day can make a big difference.

 

You don’t have to deal with low energy. You know that rundown, I-don’t-want-to-get-out-of-bed-in-the-morninr28_communityg feeling? Well, say goodbye to that because once you start Rally28, you’ll be revved and ready to conquer the world.

 

You deserve the best. Don’t think of making a change as something you need. More importantly, living a life of Whole Health is something you truly deserve. Your body deserve the best food, your body deserves to be active, your body deserves Rally28!

Get ready to rally!

Rally28 is a lifestyle, not a diet. During the 28-day program, participants consume products daily, eat small portions throughout the day, and are encouraged to exercise, drink plenty of water, and get adequate sleep. Participants also receive support from a community of ‘ralliers’ around the world, along with access to helpful resources, including a meal planner, recipes, a customized journal, and more.

Take a turn, get results. Order your Rally28 system today!

 

Rally28 Take a Turn Tour

tat-blogIt’s the word on the street, if you haven’t heard! The Genesis PURE™ Rally28 Take a Turn Tour is coming to a city near you, and we want to see you there! Are you still debating whether or not you should come? Maybe you think you’ve been to a meeting before and have all the information you need. Or maybe you’ve never been to a Genesis PURE event and just aren’t sure. Whatever the reason, you’ll absolutely regret it if you don’t come!

Genesis PURE Director of Sales and Marketing, Tony Solis, Mark “Coach P” Paulsen and senior leaders, including CEO Daren Hogge who will be at select locations, will provide in-depth Rally28 training on how to use the Rally28 system and the products to not only transform your health and wellness, but transform your business and the lives of others.

Here are 10 reasons why YOU should be at the Rally28 Take a Turn Tour this year:

  1. Introduce Genesis PURE to friends and family. Invite others to the party and show them the great products and opportunity they could take advantage of.
  2. Network with Genesis PURE’s top leaders – This is your chance to talk face-to-face with executives and IBOs. This is your chance to get their insight on how to succeed with your business using the Rally28 system.
  3. Rub shoulders with like-minded people – Surround yourself with people who love Genesis PURE products and want to make a difference in their health, their weight, their lifestyle, and their business.
  4. Learn new skills – Take a Turn Tour will be the perfect opportunity to learn firsthand how to use the Rally28 system, the success guide and tracking tools.
  5. Be inspired – Feel the energy and hear success stories from the stage and the audience.   There’s a big difference in hearing the messages online versus in person.
  6. Recognize others – Experience how Rally28 is already making a difference in the lives of others. Hear stories, encourage and recognize their efforts, and celebrate their results.
  7. Feel supported – Imagine meeting people who face some of the same challenges you’re facing now in growing your business or improving your lifestyle. Share ideas and achievements with them.
  8. Get information you can’t find online – Come away with the experiences of real lessons learned, dozens of ideas, and innovative solutions that you and your team can use immediately.
  9. Leave with prizes – There will be raffles and giveaways that only those who attend can receive.
  10. Enjoy a fun getaway – Spend some time in a city you haven’t visited before. Make a one-day trip out of it with family and friends.
  11. It’s FREE – FREE prizes, FREE attendance, FREE information, and FREE gift in April (see below).

Serious about business building? Then you need to be at this event. As a bonus, when you attend one of the Take a Turn Tour events and BE Fearless 2017 in May, you’ll receive a special gift at the BE Fearless event in Branson, Missouri.

Already registered? What are some things that you are looking forward to?

Check out the cities we’ll be in, then register and get ready to fill your plate with Rally28!

Can you name the biggest health-and-fitness trend to rule 2017?

2017_fitness-trends-blogEvery year, there are new trends in fitness and nutrition that take the world by storm. Last year it was coconut oil, juice cleanses, barre workouts, meditation, and bone broth, just to name a few. What will become mainstream in 2017?

Let’s look ahead. Have you ever heard of or taken a sound bath? Hint…there is no water involved.  A sound bath is a type of meditation that employs sound waves (more on that below). You will likely see these in 2017, along with wellness vacations, magnesium supplements and adaptogenic herbs.

The biggest trend of all?

Genesis PURE’s new Rally28™ weight-management system, of course! This easy, flexible, 28-day program helps you reach your weight-loss goals with products that feature Craving-Control Technology, help you burn fat and curb cravings, and help you power through fatigue. It has everything you need including a blender bottle so you can take your meals on the go, and a tape measure so you can track your results.

Participants everywhere are throwing their unhealthy habits into reverse and getting back on track to a lifestyle of Whole Health. They are learning the secret to a healthy lifestyle, from the help of Genesis PURE’s top-quality products, satisfying eats, tracking tools, and a supportive community.  Learn more here.

More trends you will see in 2017

  • Adaptogens. These are botanical compounds from nature that help the body handle stress and fight fatigue, slowly and gently. Much like a thermostat works to balance the temperature inside a home, adaptogens help balance the body’s adrenal system, which is in charge of managing the body’s response to stress and fatigue. Genesis PURE’s Moomiyo Edge, a product in the GPS line, combines moomiyo extract, an adaptogen, with an array of other adaptogens such as golden root, reishi, cordyceps and codonopsis to boost your workout performance and help improve recovery time.* Ginseng is also an adaptogen which is used in many Genesis PURE formulations. ENERGY contains American ginseng. ENERGY contains Indian ginseng, or Ashwagandha (an adaptogen). Daily Build, Fasting Solution and ENERGY contain Siberian ginseng.
  • The wellness vacation. These all-in-one vacation/spa/retreat/boot camps are a popular way to refresh the mind and body. Companies such as Well & Being are bringing customized fitness, nutrition, integrative medicine, mind-body therapies, and advanced skincare to luxury resorts. Even Marriott hotels offer amenities such as air purifiers, organic mattresses and posture-supportive flooring, for a minimal upgrade.1
  • Dream meditation. This new kind of meditation is all about training your brain to dream consciously. Dream Reality Cinema, is a company hoping to help teach us how to lucid dream (control exactly what happens in your dream). This new form promises to unlock information stored in the subconscious while helping with sleep and stress disorders.
  • Magnesium. Americans are deficient in magnesium which can cause negative side effects like muscle cramping and insomnia. Magnesium helps relax muscles for restful sleep and regulates blood pressure already in normal range.* A great way to get your magnesium is by taking Genesis PURE’s Coral Calcium liquid dietary supplement.
  • Sound Baths. This is a trendy form of meditation that utilizes sound waves to put the body into harmony. The vibrations from crystal bowls, which are “played” with a mallet in various patterns is thought to reduce anxiety, pain and aid sleep disorders.
  • Longevity Foods. This is a new name for superfoods. Things like black garlic, avocado oil, nutritional yeast, dragonfruit will make a big difference in diets everywhere. Black garlic has been aged and is loaded with more antioxidants the raw garlic. Avocado oil contains high concentrations of unsaturated fats and vitamin E. Nutritional yeast is packed with nutrition, particularly B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. It is low in fat and contains no added sugars or preservatives. It tastes great on popcorn or added to soups, gravies, and sauces. Dragon fruit contains Vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, fiber and antioxidants.
  • Boot camps. Getting a full-body training session in a team environment is really popular. Plus, you will meet like-minded people. When they see you are missing, it gives accountability a community vibe.

Do any of these inspire you to try something new? If there is a trend we did not mention and you would like to share, please do so.

One thing is for sure. These trends all point toward a shift to a healthier lifestyle, something important to all of us here at Genesis PURE. We believe that experiencing a life of Whole Health all comes down to the basics: getting proper nutrition, quality exercise and adequate sleep.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

1http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/07/hotels/stay-well-healthy-hotel/index.html

Are you ready to rally?

aaronI decided to take the plunge, feet first, into Rally28.

Within the past year I gained 45 pounds (thanks to fried okra and French fries). I felt tired, heavy and depressed. I just couldn’t keep trudging along feeling out of shape, even a bit out of control. I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t believe in diets or weight loss programs, but Rally28 is different. It’s about “Whole Health”. I promised myself that I wouldn’t concentrate on the weight loss, rather I would focus on living as healthy as I could moment by moment.

At first my mind (ego) tried to make the system more complicated than it had to be. After I read the guide and talked to my team captains, I realized how simple it was — a system that I could follow even after the 28 days. Through this process, I discovered that my eating, exercising and sleeping was less than “perfect”. Some days I exercised over an hour and other days I barely made it 30 minutes. I knew if I wanted to complete the 28 days and actually make a lifestyle change, I would have to listen to my body. I trusted when I was sore, tired and not feeling 100 percent. That feeling of being off-beat would eventually pass.

The vegan challenge

As a vegan, I had to adjust what Genesis PURE products I could take. The Rally28 system is flexible enough that even the pickiest eater, such as myself, can find something they like. Even though the system suggests to eat six small meals daily, I never found myself hungry. I took advantage of the unlimited vegetables tip in the guide. Taste is important to me, so if I didn’t like the way something tasted, I knew the plan would not stay in place. To eat healthy, I had to find new recipes online; Rally28 participants also post healthy recipes on the Rally28 Facebook page (we’re in this together).

The one thing I love about working here at Genesis PURE is that I can try all the products. I did take Metabolic Boost (now Metabolic ONE) and had positive results. During the 28 days, I lost 20 pounds and the extra weight is still melting away (fingers crossed). I took HealthTrim® Cleanse at the beginning, as recommended. I also took Daily Build and the superfruit juices and throughout the 28 days and counted those toward my fruit intake. I added Mila to my cereal for extra protein. I also drank water daily and took Organic Sulfur which seemed to help with achiness, especially after a tough workout.

Exercise

Before Rally28, I slowly started to condition my body, since I haven’t exercised in a while. I stretched well and warmed up because I’m not a spring chicken. This helped me ward off any pulls or strains. After a couple of weeks I was increasing the intensity of my exercise and I started do more interval-type training. I began to see results and felt better physically. My body started to crave the workouts, just as I was craving vegetables. I promise you, if I can survive and thrive with Rally28, anyone can!

Sleep

I focused on getting better sleep, too. I noticed the closer I got to eight hours of sleep a night, my days seemed to go more smoothly and the less I seemed drag during the day and while exercising. The better my workout, the better sleep I would get.

Whole Health, diet, exercise and sleep had an obvious effect on each other. For me, balance plays a major part in living a healthier lifestyle for the long haul. To achieve Whole Health is a daily practice. I know that my routine is not always perfect, but when I slip I just get right back in the saddle. I just focus on the simple daily actions and the results seem to come naturally without needing to obsess over them.

Journal

Rally28’s guide and Facebook group encouraged me to stay accountable and responsible for my daily habits. Recording my daily food, water, supplement intake, and sleep was eye-opening. The guide gave me targets to shoot for and inspiration to keep me going. Having a community of people around me also helped. They supported my efforts as I did of theirs.

I am very grateful for Rally28. This system really has helped me practice a more healthy and prosperous way of life. Every day I practice this healthier way of life. My hope is that everyone who participates in Rally28 sees positive changes with their health one step at a time. You can improve your health, I truly believe that!

Are you ready to rally?

 

Aaron is a Sales Support Representative at Genesis PURE. He has dedicated himself in the last eight years to being healthy, expressing joy and improving himself since losing more than 200 pounds. He enjoys vegan food, skateboarding, reading self-help books (applying that knowledge), making people laugh until they cry, and collecting gemstones everywhere he goes.

 

Making your 2017 New Year’s Resolution(s) Stick

resolutions2017_1216The year 2016 has flown by and I am ready for the excitement that 2017 will bring! I am carrying forward several accomplishments from the year: I took two great vacations, I made some new life-long friends, and I achieved a cycling personal record.

I usually start writing my resolutions list on January 1. I will likely include things like: Finish that novel; eat more salad; and, lose weight.

Research has shown that 45% of Americans will make a New Year’s resolution; some of the top ones include losing weight, getting organized, saving money, staying fit, learning a new skill, and enjoying life to the fullest.1

People who make resolutions are ten times more likely to retain their goals than people who don’t make resolutions. The end of every year is a great time to assess prior accomplishments, whether personal or professional, and plan for the coming year.

Here are some tips to help you stick with your resolution(s), and succeed, in 2017:

  1. Break it down: Don’t use the New Year to create a large bucket list of goals to accomplish, either personal or professional. You may have a big goal, but breaking it down into milestones will help keep your spirits up and easily see your own progress. For example, if you set a weight loss goal, exercise more, quit smoking, and manage your stress, chances are you will not meet those expectations set for yourself.  Trying to tackle too many goals at once can leave you overwhelmed and eventually abandoning all goals.  Instead pick one or two goals to manage at a time.
  2. Be Specific: Setting specific goals can lead to greater performance. If you want to lose weight, for example, change “I want to lose 20 pounds in 3 weeks,” to “I want to be able to do 100 pushups within 3 months,” or “I want to be able to complete a 5K in my hometown.”
  3. Find a partner: Share your weight loss goals with a family member and/or friend. Find a buddy with similar goals so you can motivate each other to stay on track. By asking for support, you’re able to strengthen your own resiliency.
  4. Don’t let the bumps in the road get you off track. Make sure you’re able to attach personal value to your goals and focus on progress each step of the way. Be sure to self-reflect throughout the year, not just on December 31. Ask yourself: Am I on track with my goals? What changes can help me achieve success? Are there other changes in my life I can tackle?
  5. Find a program that helps you stay on track. Genesis PURE’s new Rally28 weight-management system offers a simple, yet effective way to help you change your body and your life. A winning combination of Genesis PURE’s proprietary Craving-Control Technology and sustainable fat-burning ingredients support weight loss while you develop healthier habits for real, lasting results. Learn more at rally28.com.

Once you’ve accomplished your goals, be sure to check in periodically to ensure you don’t backtrack. I hope these guidelines can be put to good use and help you achieve your goals for 2017.

All of us at Genesis PURE wish you a New Year of Whole Health!

1http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

5 Ways to Take the “Work” Out of Networking.

businessblog_1216 How many networking functions or social events did you attend last month?  Have you given yourself a quota of phone calls to make each day?  New people to connect with on social media?

Whether you’ve been in direct sales for decades, or just a few days, you know the holy grail of business building is networking.

But knowing and actually doing are two different things. So many of us fall into the trap of believing that networking is simply making phone calls, going to networking functions, collecting business cards, or spending an afternoon on LinkedIn.

Not that these things don’t work – they do. But, because networking to build your business is not an option, it helps to know, or to be reminded of, some new ways to approach meeting new people.

All of this may be simple for you if you’re a “Super Connector”, a person who seems to be able to effortlessly connect the dots in the universe to establish tons of new relationships. But if you’re like most of us, and could use a suggestion to light the fire, then here are a few tactics to consider as you work to build your relationship base.

Think relationships.

Facebook is one thing, but meeting face-to-face is still the best way to build a relationship with someone. It’s the difference between developing a relationship and a lead, and can ultimately be the difference in your earning power.

It’s not about the number of connections you have on LinkedIn. It’s about how deep those connections go. And the best way to start to develop deeper connections is to meet in person, and to ask yourself, “How can I help this person?” rather than, “How can this person help me?”

Add value. Bring ideas. Solve problems. It works.

Listen online.

Doing more and listening less is a symptom of our super busy lives, but to build new relationships, learning to slow down and really listen is critical.

You can listen in person, but it’s also possible to listen online.  Log on to Facebook, the best business-to-consumer site, to see how many people are talking about health and wellness, Genesis PURE, and the competition. You’ll start to see certain viewpoints emerge.  This social listening is an effective way to put your finger on the pulse of the marketplace, and perhaps join in the conversation, leading to a new relationship.

Focus on a diverse audience

The Millennial generation, transitioning military, and people who are stuck in a career that gets them down, can all find an opportunity within the networking marketing industry.

Millennials are looking for alternatives to the classic “work at a corporate job until you retire” scenario. They are also a very influential group in the health and nutrition and retail categories.

Veterans, transitioning military and military spouses find that owning your own business means they can take their job anywhere. It gives them the opportunity to put family first and work on their own schedule, and it helps them meet people in their new environment as they share their business.

An opportunity to launch an independent business in any field empowers millions who have felt discriminated against because of their lack of education or expensive job training, or their inability to adhere to a fixed employment schedule due to family or personal obligations.

By developing relationships with more people and different groups, you could tap into markets that are ripe to try something new.

Trade in your sticky notes for a tool that helps you stay organized

Through Genesis PURE, you can sign up for an online system called LIVE PURE PRO. It’s a must-have tool to help generate leads, maximize engagement, leverage pre-written email templates, automatically respond to new prospects, and simplify tasks to drive recruitment and more.

A SmartSender function allows the user to send links, pdf’s, videos, and images from their computer or mobile device to customers and social media. It also enables the creation of customizable emails and you can filter through resources for quick navigation.

Genesis PURE Independent Business Owners can sign up for this new tool at livepurepro.com. An information webinar is also available at http://networx.enterthemeeting.com/m/A7P4DHXZ — a great way to learn how this online tool can help build your business.

Focus on the person. Not just products.

Genesis PURE products are fabulous, and we’re all passionate about them. But many people you talk to are not necessarily aware of Genesis PURE, or of the benefits inherent in incorporating these products into their lives. So start by finding out what makes this person – or this group of people – tick.

What is it about their health that keeps them up at night? What do they wish they could change most?  Ask open-ended questions, rather than those that can be answered with just yes or no.

This leads directly to the solution – and chances are, there’s a Genesis PURE product that will help provide it.

Rally28

Use Genesis PURE’s Rally28 weight-management system to build your network. Ultimately, we want to lead a movement in better health and long-term weight management. Find someone who is  interested in weight loss or nutrition. Find people who want to better control their eating habits or wish to gain energy. Find someone interested in gaining muscle mass. Share the program and make a difference in someone’s life.

Follow up. Really.

Easy enough. Or is it?

Some say sending a quick email or a LinkedIn request to connect within 24 hours of meeting a person is a good rule of thumb. And remember, you may need to follow up more than once. Walking that fine line between following up and becoming annoying is always a challenge, but persistence truly can pay off.

Listen to your IBO colleagues, your Sponsor Tree, and others in the business to see what tactics they use to keep themselves motivated, inspired, and able to share the passion that we all have for Genesis PURE.

Then, share your ideas. We’d love to hear them!