My Active Weekend Episode 1

My Active weekend began with some 5K interval training on Saturday and  ended with a Sunday of Salsa.  Dancing is a great way to be productive and remain active, burn some extra calories, while socializing and making new friends.  A few hours of Salsa dancing is fun and it really gets the heart rate going. It’s exercise without feeling like you’re exercising. Not only that it challenges your mind to learn new things, new patterns of movement and also frees your mind to be creative while expressing your emotion. Check out the video below.


Rich’s Mango Salsa: The Recipe

Mango Salsa created by Rich Thurman

Ok guys…looking back over the past couple of weeks it seems to me that all the rage is surrounding Mango Salsa.  There have been a few requests for the recipe. Notice that there are no measurements. Remember that Salsa is what you make of it. We all get the basics and we are free to bring our own style and flavor to the table, so without further ado here it is. Read more of this post

The Lifestyle Tree: Part I

Life is truly an amazing thing. We have been granted a life, a vehicle to transport our life’s spirit, and given free rein to do whatever we choose to do within our lifetime. Many of us use phrases like, “live life to the fullest” or “you only live once”, but we typically use those terms when viewing life from what in my opinion seems to be a negative perspective instead of the positive.

We use phrases like those to justify our reckless behavioral patterns when it comes to all aspects of our health. We use them to justify our smoking habit, our drinking habits, our sleeping habits and our working habits. When we indulge heavily in the richness of food and the poison of alcohol or we suffer from lack of sleep for work or even play, we are essentially wearing down our body. I hear people ask the question why should I eat healthy, live healthy when I could die tomorrow. Well that’s a fairly pessimistic and bleak way of looking at your life and a person who thinks in this way should take a moment to sit down and examine their life a little deeper.

I look at life as Read more of this post

Active Lifestyle Rock Wall July 31, 2010

The personal trainers of Active Lifestyle don’t just talk it, we live it. I’ve heard trainers say things like, “I get about 4 or 5 hours of sleep and that’s enough for me to feel refreshed and ready to go”.  Obviously, if this is coming from your trainer or coach then you need to re-evaluate your coaching choice. If your trainer is preaching lifestyle to you, yet is a work-a-holic then think again? It’s like a doctor telling you not to smoke when they themselves smoke. We’re not saying don’t live your life, but what we are saying is that making the right choices, the healthy choices, is all in your hands.

So at Todd and I not only incorporate activity throughout our week along with our busy work schedules, but we encourage our community members to get involved and get active as well. We don’t just tell you to take time to relax, but we make time to relax ourselves. We don’t just tell you, get more sleep, but we give you tips on how to get more sleep.

Todd explaining technical skills of the wall.

So when we recommend getting active, we also show you what we do to stay active. Over the weekend we decided to go to the local rock wall in Bangkok located at The Racquet Club on Sukhumvit soi 49.

Todd was a competitive speed climber and although he’s been in Bangkok for a while he hasn’t had the chance to go climb.

I was looking for some change from my workout routine and my 5K training and so we both decided to do a little 2 man team building activity together.

It’s difficult to find active things to do here within the Bangkok city limits, but the rock wall proved to provide just the answer we needed for a Saturday afternoon.

The staff was friendly and helpful and we both found it to be an awesome afternoon. The wall was challenging but doable.

Have a look at more of our pictures here on Picasa

Less Stress, Lose Fat & Maintain Muscle

Stress & Fat LossAt Active Lifestyle, we often talk about stress levels and how they affect your body, health and overall fitness gains or fat loss. Stress is a serious roadblock to most gains both physically and internally. When your body is under stress, it tends to react neurologically in ways that can affect our fat loss or muscle gains, strength gains as well as mood and energy levels.

Usually people talk about the release of cortisol during stressful situations. Cortisol has been believed to switch on the body’s fat storage system, causing the body to hold on to more fat. If fat loss is your goal, then your job, relationships or even your foods could be hindering your progress. Read more of this post

Calorie Counting 101: Part 1 Busting Myths about Fat Loss

Class is in session guys, so get your pens and paper out and listen carefully. In today’s lesson we’ll be discussing a few myths associated with calorie counting.  Fitness Coaches and Personal Trainers rarely delve into these areas clearly enough for you to grasp, so at Active Lifestyle we’ve made it simple just for you. All weight loss isn’t good weight loss, but if it’s from body fat loss then you’re on the right track. Many Bangkok Personal Trainers are all about Fat Loss or Weight Loss and not about Lifestyle. We aren’t called Active Lifestyle just for the hell of it. Our coaches and clients live it daily. So here’s a few myths cleared up for you. Read more of this post

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