Category Archives: Healthy Living

Top 5 reasons for being out of shape after 50…

and 5 honest solutions

So who wants to keep looking good, feeling good, and kicking @$%&! after 50? I don’t mean just walks in the park, going fishing or a round of golf. That’s good too, but I’m talking about having a strong, lean, healthy physique with the energy and drive to live an exciting, active, spontaneous life. A lean, mean, 50’s machine! Want it? It’s yours for the taking. First thing to do is put on your thick skin, this could sting a little. 

Only about 22% of all Americans are getting the minimum amounts of exercise required to be fit, which according to the national guidelines, is about 3 hrs of moderate cardio and 2 strength training workouts per week. That leaves 78% that are shy of the mark, pretty sad. If that’s you stay with me, we’re going to fix it. Those who are in shape over 50, have either thought one of these, heard it from someone else, or both… give them a hand they’ve moved on.

As a personal trainer for over 20 years, I’ve heard every funny, sad, and ridiculous justification for not getting fit and they all have one thing in common, they all say “don’t” instead of “do”. The over 50 crowd is especially resigned to their complacency. Ironically, they need fitness the most! 

Here are a few you may recognize.

#1: “My life is too busy, I don’t have time to workout” 

#2: “I don’t know what to do, nothing works” 

#3: “I don’t like being sore”

#4: “I don’t have to, I’m happy the way I am” …Sure?

#5: “I don’t have a metabolism, it won’t help” 

If these apply, life is passing you by… 

Solution #1: According to a Nielsen report, US adults watch 4.5 hours of TV per day. You don’t have time.. Priorities folks. Ok, I admit there are plenty of other factors that make up a busy life but I’ve found that simply leaving your cell phone in another room can give you an uninterrupted, social media silent hour per day. Also, 26% of all Americans get up between 6:30-7:30 while only 8% get up at 5am. Get up earlier… the early bird gets the worm or in this case the body. Early morning is the absolute best meal prep and workout time because no one knows you’re awake! 

Solution #2: Could you build your own house, remodel your kitchen, install a pool, or make your own clothes without a few years of experience, the proper tools and time? Nope, couldn’t happen, so don’t expect to build your body without the same arsenal. It’s much more complex than any of these other tasks and it’s going to take longer. Bottom line, you haven’t tried everything, just the easiest thing. Get real help from a pro. Put in the effort and time, you love the result.  

Solution #3: Soreness is a pretty good sign that you’re alive so let’s show some appreciation for this one. It’s also most often associated with stretching and we need our flexibility more than ever after 50 to avoid injuries from unexpected movements. Truth is, you only get really sore when you skip workouts or try something totally new so it’s not all that often that we suffer for the benefit of being fit. Get used to it, living hurts sometimes. 

Solution #4: Yes, happiness is a state of mind, and if you’re truly happy, awesome! However, for those who might have settled for just acting happy, here are some tantalizing facts. Happy is dramatically affected by stress and we all experience that daily, making us unhappy quite a bit. The typical go-tos for relief are comfort food, television/YouTube, smoking cigarettes or mayjuanna, alcohol and drugs (prescription or non). None of these will fix the problem, they only act as a bandaid for the short term.  If you’re down, work it out! Exercise mimics the effects of antidepressants in the brain and actually makes you feel happy! When you reach the point of physical stress from exercise, your brain releases the protein BDNF, this reset switch eases your mind and clears your thinking. At the same time, endorphins provide a natural pain reliever that is sometimes associated with a feeling of euphoria. Physically fighting back also gives us a sense of accomplishment and elevates our self esteem. This not only makes us feel empowered, but as a result… happier. 

Solution #5: Men and women burn just 400 calories less after 50 than they did at 25. Well… that’s not it so what is it? Lifestyle change. We were always on the move at 25 and now… well now we’re not. One proper 45-50 minute cardio workout per day burns 425-500 calories… that’s one way to reclaim that 400 calories. Oh, one double cheeseburger from McDonald’s is 500 calories give or take. Cut it out, that’s fix #2. The fix list is long… call me for more 🙂 

Get it done, early morning or night you pick it

Stop making excuses, try working out instead. How about this for a change:

  • I do want to make time for workouts and I’ll start today.
  • I do want to learn about fitness and this article is the beginning of that journey.
  • I do want strength, agility, and flexibility so… bring on the soreness!
  • I do want to rev up my metabolism and get fit, its a priority for me now.
  • I do want to be the happiest me.

I can assure you that being lean, tough, and fit after 50 is a great feeling. I’d say it’s even better than when you were 25, because you finally appreciate it 🙂 Try it, let me know how it makes you feel to accomplish a physical goal in a set amount of time. Feel free to reach out with any questions, I’ll do my best to help. 

Life is good, don’t waste it… 

Coach ~ Bodytek PT


Lazovick, Meg “WAKE ME UP: What time do Americans start their day?” March 26, 2015 Web. Retrieved from:

Mcreynolds, Ginny “Making That New Year’s Resolution Stick: Getting In the Best Shape of Your Life After 50” January 3, 2020 Web. Retrieved from:

Chodosh, Sara “These charts reveal America’s complicated relationship with exercise” June 29, 2018 Web. Retrieved from:

Coleman, Erin, “Typical Calories Burned by a Sedentary Lifestyle” December 12, 2018 Web. Retrieved from:
Widrich, Leo, “What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise And How It Makes Us Happier” February 2, 2014 Web. Retrieved from:


Long Live Obsession!

Lee and Jake Brinn Surf obsessionistsI once had a client say to me: “Lee, you must admit…you’re a little over the top” and I said “Well I’m just as obsessed with getting you to your dream as I am with living mine if that makes you feel any better”.
I’ve found that when our focus is precisely directed at the one thing that we want; we get it! If you’re completely consumed by it then you become it! Oh, you may appear slightly insane at times or “a bit over the top” but who cares! I can tell you with certainty that most onlookers secretly wish they were as committed as you and someday will ask “How do you do it?” Life’s crossing guards with their good intentions beg us to choose safe routes, social acceptance, and paths free of danger. However by doing so, we get side tracked with tasks that keep us busy as bees but fail to provide true fulfillment in our lives. Every treasure in my life was challenging to attain and keep. I sincerely believe that the reward is equal to the effort. Still we unceasingly feel we’ve worked hard enough…when we’ve almost done so. As a tadpole struggling to catch my first wave I was treated to a profound bit of advice by a 19 year old wise man & surfer. As he paddled up alongside me he said;

Continue reading Long Live Obsession!


Snow Cream!

We enjoy this seasonal snow treat, once maybe twice a year if we’re lucky! Hey… we live in Virginia :- )


To make 3-ingredient Vanilla Snow Cream, you’ll need:

8-12 cups of fresh, white, new-fallen snow (a cup here in North America is 8 oz.)
300 ml  can of sweetened condensed milk (10 ounces)
1 tsp vanilla
Large bowl
measuring cup
wooden spoon
freezer-proof container for storing your leftovers
ingredients for snow ice cream – snow, condensed milk and vanilla

Fill a huge salad bowl with fresh snow. Gather about 10-12 cups of snow. Very light and fluffy and impossible to pack.  Your snow might be heavier, and you may not need as much as I did. Don’t worry too much about being precise. You can always add more snow to your ice cream if need be.

Sprinkle a tsp of vanilla onto the snow.

Then drizzle half the condensed milk over top.

With the wooden spoon, fold the condensed milk and vanilla into the snow, kind of chopping, stirring and mixing to combine everything, mixing condensed milk and snow together.

Then we transfer the whole mixture back into the big bowl of remaining snow, and add the rest of the condensed milk as desired.  The condensed milk does not melt the snow, and make it watery.  It’s quite the opposite, actually.  The snow sort of freezes the condensed milk, making it thick and icy.

This is an updated version of the Brinn family Snow Cream recipe – This one is easier and makes for a chunkier bowl of snow cream! Courtesy of 


Artistry in Motion, Locally Crafted Custom Surfboards

If you’re a Surfer or wish to be a surfer some day, the first thing that you need to know is that all surfboards won’t engender those visionary nose rides, hits, hacks, carves, and aerials on that tasty wish list of yours. You’ll need a “real” surfboard for that…

Last weekend I paddled out at one of our local spots for a test ride on my new “Poker Chip”; the most recent addition to my quiver. My first takeoff was so automatic and natural that I’d swear it was one of my old whips; each ride after, being a repeat celebration. The uniqueness of this first ride was that the board’s dimensions were completely different from any of my other boards; a completely new design and yet it new me! Continue reading Artistry in Motion, Locally Crafted Custom Surfboards


Freemies! Learning to take time for you.

Take time out for you

OMG I’m killing you right? But please, how long have you been generously donating your free time? Just a little for yourself…maybe? Let’s talk about being successful at anything: It takes time and you’ll have to make that yourself. Knowing you need “Me Time” is the first step. That one’s easy! Next; if you’re hoping they’ll notice that you’re about to jump; forget it. Not even a Spock mind meld will crack the casing on those skulls ladies. They (family, work, and friends) may not have even noticed that Wonder Woman is out of options and ready to snap! So, we’ll begin by choosing some “Freemees” for your free time. What are Freemees? Fun things you’d love to do with an extra hour a day. Confidence abounds once you’ve defined your purpose. Plus, a solid plan of attack says I mean business! Most times they’ll surrender without a fight. Don’t give up if they challenge however, remember they’re spoiled and it may take them a minute or two to adjust; meaning a week to a month. Just stand fast and carry out your decree. “Take a deep breath and go for it! Hey guys, I’ll be taking some time for myself from now on”, smile and walk away. That’s all they need to know for now. Wonderful! Now let’s talk about what free time is? Yeah what is that anyway? It’s FREE; not for anything in particular so don’t start earmarking it with one of your hobbies or else we’re back where we started. Give your self 1 hour per day; yes you can. I began making changes in my daily routine at 28 yrs old and it’s just that easy. I was running my business (actually it was running me) and was tired as a dog all of the time. One year I had pneumonia two times. Ok, that’s a sign! My friend was always preaching about naps so I lay down; forced my eyes shut for the first time in my adult life, and called it “my time”. Amazing! I felt like Hercules in just a couple weeks! And today; 24 years later my naps are still a selfish luxury. No longer free time; they are cemented in my daily schedule. Now my free time is spent chatting with friends over coffee, petting my neighbor’s dogs (four of them so it takes a while) or whatever, but I don’t use that time for work or give it to anyone. It’s mine. I’m a much happier person for it and much more productive too. Free time should be just that; free. So what’s stopping you? Just you… so make a list and get on with your plans for self improvement and happier days. Don’t you deserve it by now?

My top 10 “Freemees” list, see anything you like?

  1. Go surfing with my son
  2. Play guitar
  3. Listen to my son play piano
  4. Journal
  5. Coffee with friends
  6. Pet the neighbor’s dogs
  7. Take a stroll around the yard watching my sprinkler system
  8. Silently watch the sunset or sunrise with my wife
  9. Listen to my son play the piano more
  10. Read something other than business related material

Lee Brinn – Bodytek Personal Training


If it scares you…do it!

Bodytek Personal training

The content here will improve any career, relationship, hobby, sport, challenge, or adventure that you apply it to. By overcoming our fears we free ourselves to be and do anything, no matter how fantastic it seems. Achieving the goals we fear may bring us results in true personal growth, willpower, and strength that lasts a lifetime. Thank you “Bud Bilanich” for laying it down so clearly, Lee

If you want to become self confident, you need to do three things:
1) become an optimist;
2) face your fears and deal with them; and
3) surround yourself with positive people.
Today, I’d like to focus on fear — that uncomfortable feeling that prevents you from taking the action necessary to get what you want in life.

What scares you? What have you done to overcome this fear?

Continue reading If it scares you…do it!