Jay Bradley is an anti-aging, wellness, and lifestyle coach in Los Angeles. His passion in life is helping others to live longer, look younger, and feel better! Jay’s belief is that in order for all of us to look and feel our best, we must start from the inside out by releasing fears, blocks, and obstacles while also taking full control of the outside…our health, lifestyle, and overall appearance.
A contributing expert for numerous magazine articles and TV and radio shows, Jay recently published his first book, LIVE, LOOK & FEEL. It is an inspiring and interactive workbook that focuses on anti-aging, healthy lifestyles, physical wellness, and healing—both inside and out.
What are some of the most impactful lifestyle changes you recommend people make in order to defy the aging process and achieve longevity?
The first and most important lifestyle change that I suggest to all of my clients is to create a morning practice of meditation, journaling, and quiet reflection. Beginning our day this way ensures that the rest of the day will unfold more calmly and synchronistically and from this place we’ll be able to make more intuitive choices that will support our life. I also highly recommend a multivitamin, krill oil, and a potent probiotic. I suggest that people do whatever they can to reduce toxic overload in their bodies including buying organic, chemical-free foods, cleaning, and personal care products and reducing exposure to EMFs from things like cell phones.
You have suggested that thoughts and emotions play a role in our health and happiness. Will you please expound on this and offer our readers some suggestions for creating a positive mental state?
I definitely believe that our thoughts act like magnets. Most often positive thoughts attract positive results. Learning to catch our negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions and turn them into positives, will enhance our level of joy, health, and overall fulfillment. It can also be one of the most challenging things that we do because many of us live out of habit. Most of our negative thoughts have been programmed since childhood. Meditation, prayer, journaling, and reading uplifting books act like a “spirit charger” and ensure that we get plugged in and recharged every day.
Will you share with us the importance of resistance training and what type of protocol you recommend for your clients?
Resistance and weight training are essential for those who want to age well. Doing strength training on machines or free weights strengthens our bones and helps to keep us strong, lean, and agile as the years go on. I recommend that people work out on each muscle group at least once per week. I suggest high repetitions (at least 12) and 3 sets of each exercise. Not only does resistance training keep our bones strong by increasing blood supply but it helps to pump toxins from our system, and of course makes us look years younger, too.
You encourage people to eat more raw foods. What benefits do raw foods provide in helping us to look young and feel healthy?
I encourage people to bring in at least 30% of their daily diet from raw foods. This would include fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and more. One fresh smoothie per day is a great way to up your raw intake. Often when foods are cooked they lose much of their nutritional value and so by eating more raw foods we get the live vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients that our body yearns for.
As a successful wellness coach, you have found ways to motivate your clients to stay committed and make the necessary changes to improve their health. Will you share some motivational tips with our readers?
Motivation and commitment can be the most challenging part of keeping a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few things that I recommend to my clients in order to stay on track:
- Keep it simple! By not overcomplicating your eating, workout, and health plan, you are much more likely to stick with it!
- Consistency over hard work. Nobody really likes hard work so by learning that consistency is the key rather than hard work, we understand that it’s the small, day-to-day choices that make all the difference.
- Write it down. Keeping a food journal for a short time is a great idea. Also by writing down our feelings and struggles, we can get it out of our heads and onto paper. The act of writing makes us more accountable and improves our chances of success.
- Find the motivation. This is probably the most important. If people can find their inner “why” and if it is important enough, they are very likely to stick with their lifestyle changes. For example, a mother who has been unhealthy and ailing discovers a deep motivation to stick around for her kids…each morning she’ll think of this “why” and get to the tasks at hand of becoming more healthy. Sometimes even vanity is enough to get people to make changes and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!
We thank Jay for his wonderful perspective on staying young and healthy! His youthfulness and vigor are a testimony to his philosophy. Most people are amazed to learn that Jay is 47 years old.
You can learn more about Jay and his program at jaybradleylifestyle.com.
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