I'm here to tell you that it is never too late and you are never too far gone to find your inner athlete and passion.
But now, in addition to aqua therapy, there is circuit training in the pool, aerobic training, strength training and some other fun ways to exercise so that you don't even realize that you're even working out.
Last week I set out with my partner to do a 20-mile trail run in the South Yuba River canyon, from Little Washington to Purdon Crossing.
Oh, it's the question I've heard most often for the nearly 40 years I've been encouraging Americans to lose weight and get in shape. "Richard, can you motivate me to lose this weight?"
How you self talk in the face of your inner mean girl or guy will have a direct result on your ability to get back to your efforts. If you are brutal to yourself, it is likely that you will totally shut down, and want to avoid this whole thing entirely.
It was sometime when the needle stuck in my metatarsal joint, filling it with cortisone, that I blurted "maybe I should pick another sport."
What were you thinking? Mount Kilimanjaro? I wasn't even sure where Mount Kilimanjaro was.
When I posed the question "What is your problem area?" on my Facebook page it was unanimous: the answer was the belly.
You can have the most expensive workout program in the world, personally written for you by the greatest fitness guru in the world, but it's not worth the paper it's written on if you are not properly motivated or mentally prepared to execute it.
As for fitness, I'm a firm believer that you can treat exercise much more like a bank account than you can with sleep.
A group of amazing women have take on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilamanjaro in celebration of life and survival.
So many people are content just going through a routine, giving up on their dreams and never putting themselves out there.
With fitness, every single aspect of your life is positively impacted.
People who walk for exercise call it "a" walk. People who hate to walk just ... walk. But people like Dori who are passionate about moving their body claim them a walk as their own, as a part of who they are.
It was a rainy spring afternoon on the day that my life as I knew it changed.
How old were you when you learned to run? Do you even remember learning to run? Are you "good" at it?
Once you have made the most important step in the transformation journey -- choosing to change -- it is time to map the course.
Running is not about winning. It's about finishing.
I walked three miles today, more than I have been able to exercise since they put a bag on my belly and took a tumor and my rectum out of my bottom in September 2007. It felt good.
As an L.A.-based celebrity trainer, with A-list clients such as Jessica Alba and Halle Berry, choosing "don't do it for a 'Hollywood body'" as a topic for my first blog may sound like a contradiction.