The Definition of True Health

Hey you guys! I have something fun and different on the site today! I have Jake Kocherhans from InShape guest posting on my site! We are talking about the true definition of health. I know that a lot of us want to be healthier; eat healthier, look healthier, live healthier, but we aren't sure how to achieve it. We get sucked into the social media world that tells us that we need to be thinner, stronger, taller, tighter and it's overwhelming. Jake breaks down what the true meaning of being healthy is! It's awesome and I think you guys will like it! Click read more to check out Jake's post!

Jake is a Certified Fitness Nutrition & Weight Loss Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is also a certified nutritionist through Precision Nutrition, and specialized in helping people find a sustainable approach to their health & weight loss goals. He has also launched his own weight loss program and website called InShape, where you can get a full progressive workout plan, weekly live Q&A videos, a nutritional guide, and a video exercise library. At it's only $10 a month! If you want to learn more about his plan, you can head to his website right here ---> 

Here's Jake-- 
Health. A goal that we all strive for in one form or another. To most, health is strictly about looking a certain way. It’s a number on the scale, or inches on the waistline. As easy as it is to look at someone with a shredded six pack and immediately deem that person as “healthy”, I’m here to tell you that there is WAY more to health than a physical appearance.
I’ve been training clients and helping people transform their bodies for a little over 5 years. I’ve worked with all different types of people, each having their own personal motives for why they want to get in shape and be healthy. However as I’ve continued to train, one thing I’ve noticed is that there are generally only two core reasons that motivate someone to start a new diet or exercise program: LOVE or HATE.
How many times have you heard someone say they’re going to start a new diet because they’re disgusted with how they look? They punish themselves in the gym, doing hours of cardio because they feel fat or ugly. Instead of doing it to take care of their body, working out has become a punishment for their “lack of discipline”.
This is a very common situation, but I’m telling you right now it can be a slippery slope. People like this tend to lean towards the extremes. They succumb to crash diets & unhealthy approaches to exercise in an attempt to accelerate their progress, and feel that they will only be happy IF and WHEN they get to this arbitrary weight/body size that they’ve created for themselves.
Now, think of the flip side of this situation. This person is extremely healthy, and has made fitness and good nutrition a part of their daily life. They exercise each morning because they ENJOY the progress they see each day in both their strength, and physical appearance. They choose foods based on how they make them FEEL rather than impulsively choosing whatever they think will taste best in that moment. They prioritize sleep because it allows them to feel energized, vibrant, and stress-free. This person truly loves their body, and makes these conscious choices because they want to make sure they keep it healthy.
The way we frame a situation is EVERYTHING. It’s an important distinction to make, and I can tell you from working with others as well as my own experience, self-love ALWAYS comes from within. Look guys, I can promise that if you don’t start loving and appreciating yourself RIGHT NOW, dropping that extra 15-20 lbs will not do the trick. No matter how shredded you are, how big you are, or how ripped your six pack is, if it’s all to simply seek validation from others you’re setting yourself up to fail. Without a doubt, the most important part of this entire process is learning to truly appreciate and have love for yourself and your body.
If one of your goals for 2018 is to be a fitter, healthier person, then I implore you to make the goal right under it to have more self-love. Find happiness with whatever stage your body’s at. Eat healthy because you want to nourish your body and feel good, not because you’re punishing yourself for that snickers bar you ate yesterday. Living healthy should not be a punishment, it should be a reward.
Remember, true fulfillment does not, and will never come from outside validation. It comes from personal growth, and knowing that you love yourself enough to make choices without the effect of someone else’s opinions… and besides! we’re all going to end up old and wrinkly anyways…. so keep that in mind 😉
Jake Kocherhans
Weight Loss/Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Transformation Coach

Jake is so awesome! Being healthy is so much more than just being a person that works out! Being healthy is taking care of yourself and your body. This includes all areas of life, what you eat, drink, what you do, say, and so much more! I love that he says that we need to love ourselves before we will see any real changes. We need to love ourselves for who we are first. Once we do that, then all our efforts of eating healthy and working out will start to make a different, both inside and out. I am being featured over on Jake's blog, talking about meal prepping and my favorite prep free meal prep recipe! Check it out right here 

Now, onto the fun part! Here is one of my favorite full body workouts that you can follow along with at home or in the gym! 


50 jump ropes
15 air squats
20 total jumping lunges
12 bicep curls (5lbs)
10 overhead press (5lbs)
10 chest flys (5lbs)
10 inch worms with push ups 
30 total wacky jacks 
1 minute walking plank
10 burpees


I have a video of myself performing this workout is on my Instagram profile, in my story highlights! Check it out if you need a demonstration here 

1 comment

  1. I have found this article extremely useful, informative and effective. Thanks for sharing. I can very much understand the fact that there are many people who are greatly concerned about gaining extra weight and are looking for ways to shed that. I have recently come across a fat loss system called "Fat Decimator System by Wes Virgin." I have personally tried that out at once and found it to be extremely useful and effective. Therefore I would definitely recommend it to others.


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