From Baltimore to Bridgewater, The Celebrate Life Book Tour Continues!

(right) Marcello Pedalino with Aldo Ryan, (left top) Luncheon attendees, (bottom left) Entertainment by Jason and Elysa Hochman

What a delightful afternoon with some of the best entertainers, entrepreneurs, and Dads on the east coast.

I got to hang out with some very distinguished gentlemen, sign a few books, and offer a toast that included wellness tips from each chapter of Celebrate Life.

Author Marcello Pedalino and friends/colleagues at the 2018 Celebrate Life Luncheon

Special thanks to Maggiano’s for the delicious luncheon and to Jasonand Elysa Hochman for the fabulous flamenco guitar entertainment! Onwards and upwards!

Cheers,

From Washington D.C. to Baltimore, The Celebrate Life Book Tour Continues…

A few minutes of highlights from the live appearance on Good Day Baltimore!

3 Ways to Spring Into Fitness from Marcello Pedalino, CFT, author of Celebrate Life:

1) Hydrate and Eat Properly

Be sure to drink plenty of water. It helps boost your immune system, it’s good for your skin, and it helps with weight loss. Many people often confuse being hungry with being thirsty.

Eat healthy snacks and drink protein shakes that are tasty and convenient. Take a few minutes in the morning to pack smart for the day and avoid going through unhealthy drive through.

2) Try Yoga, Swimming, or a 5k

The best way to ease into a fitness routine is to do full body workouts that are gentle on the joints. Yoga and swimming are the best.

You can also try walking, jogging, or running a local 5k. I recommend doing it with a few friends or family members so you have some accountability partners to keep you on track during training.

The cool thing about a 5k is that you can also raise money for a great cause at the same time. One of the best ways to feel good about yourself is doing something good to someone else.

3) Cross Train and Keep it Fun!

Going to the gym can get pretty boring pretty quick if you don’t mix up your workouts Variety is the spice of life. And remember, Spring is Mother Nature’s way of saying, “Hey! Let’s Party!” Get outside! Try hiking, biking, & kayaking. It’s a great way to avoid muscle complacency and stay motivated.

You can even dance your way into a better body! Try doing the Cha Cha Slide “Plank Challenge!”

The Celebrate Life Book Tour Heads to Washington D.C.!

59 seconds of highlights from the Great Day Washington Live #booktour stop with Markette Sheppard and Kristen Berset-Harris. We riffed about #yoga, how deep #breathing can make you say #lifeisgood, what a #healthysnack is, getting your butt up off the couch by #walking or #jogging a #5k , making a boring #plank workout fun, and the awesomeness of #premierprotein.

Cheers,

3 Ways to Come Back Refreshed and Recharged After Vacation

No Gym? No Problem! Marcello Pedalino, author of Celebrate Life, with 3 Tips for Travel Wellness from MMP Entertainment: Marcello on Vimeo.

So maybe you just spent the last 3 months working your butt off to get back into to shape for your friend’s wedding, because you’re turning 30/40/50, or because you wanted to look good in your bathing suit for an upcoming vacation… then you come home and the wheels fall off again. Why? This little article might help you keep up the momentum during your transition back to home and work.

1) No gym? No problem.  Take a look around and work with what you have.  Explore your new location and get creative.  Just the fact that you are breathing in fresh air and feeling the bright  sunshine on your face instead of being inside a dark and smelly spin class room will make for a great way to start the day!

Click here to see how much fun riding a bike can be when you’re not anchored to the floor.  🙂 

Whatever you do, try to avoid the typical tourist trap of passing out by the pool without any sun screen on in the middle of the day after a night of drinking too much… especially, on the last day of your trip.  Returning to work the day after with a sunburn, headache, and a bloated belly might affect your mood and productivity level just a tad.

2) Eat, Drink, and Be Merry… but Be Responsible.  You’re on vacation so of course you can treat yourself to a few nice dinners and indulge in life’s deliciousness.  However, try to find a hotel/condo where you can walk or bike into town each day, buy fresh ingredients, and cook your own tasty meals.  Not only will you enjoy meeting the locals and learning about their culture, you’ll be in charge of the food portions when it’s time to eat.  (Destination restaurants, like those in the states, are infamous for piling things on and encouraging guests to overeat.)

3) Unplug and Look Up.  Don’t spend the majority of your vacation staring down at your phone mindlessly thumbing and scrolling though your social media feeds with your headphones on.  Not only will you miss out on most of the sights and sounds of your destination, you’ll be one of the worst travel companions to your friends or family. If you want to completely ignore everyone and be obsessed with your phone, you can do that at home and save yourself a bunch of money.  Find a book (an actual book), a magazine about one of your  favorite hobbies, or go old-school and play some games that are fun and keep your brain from turning to mush ( for the times that just sitting still and relaxing aren’t good enough for you ).

Safe travels!

Cheers,

 

 

 

Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate Life.  He is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainer. He delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority.

How To Stay Happy, Healthy, and Safe This Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and other big holidays right around the corner, the invitations to eat, drink, and be merry should start hitting your inbox very soon.   If you ever wondered if it were possible to avoid the annual year-end roller coaster ride of weight gain and some common buffet line pitfalls, read these three tips below.  You’ll also learn how to stay alive and make it to next year’s holiday season.

1) Keep Good Company: The worst possible time to hang around lazy and negative people and to be less active than usual is the holiday season.  If you’re hanging around with people who would rather stay inside eating fast food while scrolling through their drama on Instagram and Facebook during lunchtime instead of hanging around people who eat well and enjoy going outside for a walk, you’re cheating your body out of all the productive energy and positive mood boosters that exercise and fresh air have to offer.

Try This:  Go out of your way to associate with friends and co-workers who make nutrition, fitness, and celebrating life a priority.  Remember, you are who you surround yourself with.

2) Pace Yourself: No, we’re not talking about exercise here.  We’re talking about food.  Chances are you’ll find yourself in front of multiple buffets this holiday season.  Don’t let your eyes be bigger than your stomach.  Try not to compete with the person next to you to see who can pile the most stuff onto their plate. Portion control is paramount during the holidays.

Try This:  Make an effort to start your buffet line excursion by simply making a small salad on your first run.  Eat slowly, have some of your water, then return for round two.  Try for one piece of chicken, beef, or fish, and then a large spoonful of veggies on the side.  Eat slowly.  Finish your glass of water.  Drink another glass of water slowly while enjoying the company and conversation around you.  Wait for 10 minutes.   If you are being honest with yourself, you’ll realize that you’re not hungry anymore and don’t even want or need to eat dessert.  *Now, if you are invited to multiple parties and you happen to enjoy dessert as much as I do, it’s okay to have dessert at one or two of them.   (Especially, if your wife makes a ridiculous homemade apple pie.)  If your regular daily nutrition is on point, a few desserts over the holidays won’t hurt. Moderation is key.  Just keep in mind, the extra calories add up fast!

3) Call Uber:  If you’re not getting enough sleep, if you like to text while driving, or you enjoy drinking during the holidays, DON’T DRIVE.  The amount of car accidents and deaths each year during the holiday season due to impaired driving is staggering.  The worst part is that most of them could have been avoided with common sense.

Try This:  If you’re driving home later than usual after attending a party and you feel your eyes getting very heavy, pull over as soon as you can find a safe place to take a little power nap.  If you know in advance that you’ll be getting home later than usual, call an Uber for your round trip transportation.  Most people don’t realize that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  Speaking of drunk driving, STOP IT.  Don’t think you’re the exception and you can get yourself home after a few drinks just because you’ve been extremely lucky all these years.  Call an Uber.  And speaking of being lucky, if you haven’t crashed or killed anyone yet from texting while driving you’re playing with fire.  Either pull over and type your reply or just call an Uber so you can text your heart out.  Remember, an Uber might be more expensive, but you can’t put a price on your life, the lives of others, and your future.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!

Cheers,

Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate Life. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainer. He delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority.  *In addition to being an amazing pediatrician, his wife, Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino, makes the best homemade meatballs, sauce, and apple pie in Jersey.  🙂

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