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How to Overcome Cravings, the Benefits of Track Sprints, and Why You Need to RELAX: Joovv AMA with Jill Coleman

Joovv AMA with Jill Coleman

Jill Coleman's career in health and fitness began at the tender age of 15.  Without a clue as to what she was doing, she managed to mold her body in a way she never felt was possible in just 6 short months.  And she hasn't looked back sense.  In addition to running a wildly popular website, Jill has been featured in publications like SELF, SHAPE, and LiveStrong.

She's not only a force when it comes to fitness, but Jill is just as good at helping you elevate your mental and emotional game as well.  She's funny, insightful, and has a radically transparent approach that can only be described as refreshing.

Despite her busy schedule, Jill was kind enough to participate in a Joovv AMA.  So without further ado, here are Jill's answers to your questions:

I know you’re a fan of HIIT workouts.  What is the one fitness activity that you hate doing the most, but yields the best results?  

My favorite workout that I dread, but gets me the fastest results, are track sprints.  I’ll head to the track once a week and do anything from 100 meter repeats to 400 meter laps.  But nothing ever longer than one time around the track.  When I do these, I always notice a huge change in my mid-section.  Plus, the sprints keep my joints healthy.  They’re never fun, but I definitely notice a huge change in my mood when I do them.

If I opened up your fridge right now, what would I see?

I don’t cook, so you probably wouldn’t see a lot of food.  Right now, I have a few bottles of wine, some bottles of Smart Water and Vitamin Zero (for when I feel like I want to taste something sweet), and some half-and-half, which I add to my coffee in the morning.  I also have some protein bars that I like to keep cool, some eggs, and a variety of salad dressing for my BAS, or big-ass salads, as I like to call them. :)

What person(s) of influence are you closely following right now?

I’m closely watching what Gary Vaynerchuk is doing and how he’s using different social media platforms for cross promotion.  One of the biggest parts of my business involves coaching for fitness professionals.  So I’m always trying to stay current on the latest and greatest.  And Gary is brilliant at that.  Over 6 months ago, I remember he was talking about SnapChat and how it was the next big social channel.  And look what it’s become.  Outside of watching Gary pretty closely, I don’t follow a lot of celebrities, but I do pay attention to how they connect with their fans and how they let their followers into their personal lives.  I think that’s pretty important, especially for people with personal brands.  So, I’m mostly following people that are making deep connections with their fans and followers and offering valuable content at the same time.

I usually eat pretty healthy, but as of late, it seems like my cravings have doubled.  Do you have 2-3 recommendations that might help?

Cravings are interesting and they are super multifaceted.  I look at them from a few different perspectives.  Cravings typically come from a hormonal response, namely cortisol, which is a stress hormone.  So even if you’re not under emotional stress, your body might be under stress if you are over-exercising, if you are not eating frequently enough, or if you are going through cycles of low carbs.  There are a lot of different ways your body can be under stress and that will directly impact your levels of cortisol.  

Another thing you should consider is in regards to taking the “hunger edge” off a bit earlier.  One of the key tenets of our nutrition philosophy is something called pre-emptive cheats.  In other words, eat something sweet a little earlier in the day so you don’t end up at 9 o’clock at night eating everything in the cupboard.  You should try to aim for what I call the “satisfaction factor”.  Each time you sit down to eat, you should try to get your satisfaction factor as high as possible in a healthy fashion.  Satisfaction for me is sort of the midpoint between starving and being stuffed.  So if you find yourself binging either at nights or on the weekends, chances are you’re feeling a little bit too deprived during the day or during the week.

In summary, I think evaluating your exercise volume and using pre-emptive cheats will help you to overcome some of those cravings.

Have you used red light therapy?  If so, did it work?

No, I haven’t.  I have read some of the research, which looks to be positive.  Obviously, I don’t think that anything can take the place of a healthy diet, exercise, and solid supplementation.  But if you have the ability to try some other things in addition to these three, then I think it can probably be beneficial.

Do you get 8 hours of sleep per night?

Yes, I do.  That one of my non-negotiables.  I work a lot, especially over the last few months with one of my new programs called #treadLIFT.  And then I hosted 2 in-person events, so it’s been pretty hectic.  But I’m committed to 8 hours of sleep each night.  I get up at 5am, so I’m always, always in bed by 8:30-9pm.  There are other things I’m a little more flexible with, like wine for example.  But 8 hours of sleep is a non-negotiable for me.

I’m dying to know...what’s the title of the romance novel you never published?

Haha.  Well, I’ll probably never publish it, but it’s called Soulmate.  Not very original, but it’s actually the first in a series of novels I was thinking about writing.

What 3 supplements can you not afford to live without?

I think a high-quality fish oil is very important. I personally use a couple different ones.  Also, I always supplement with L-Glutamine powder.  For me, I’m typically doing very high-intensity exercise for short periods of time, like 20-30 minutes.  And L-Glutamine is super important in terms of my recovery from intense workouts.  Lastly, I use a high-quality multivitamin with iron.  I’m a big fan of supplements that are very good from a quality standpoint.  You don’t have to supplement a lot, but I’d recommend that you pay a little extra for the higher quality.

If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?

Without a doubt, it would say, RELAX!  In the fitness industry, or really any type of industry, there is a lot of urgency all the time.  I work with women who constantly feel the urgency to accomplish everything in a short amount of time.  Whether it’s in business or in their personal lives.  And I always encourage them to relax, breathe, be patient, and take your time.  Enjoy the journey.  So where would I put it?  I’m not sure.  How about in a Facebook ad that shows up in everyone’s feed!

(insert Scott)

Thanks for submitting your questions for Jill!  And thanks again to Jill Coleman for being a part of the Joovv AMA family!  Don't forget to check out Jill's site as well as her blog.  We think you'll enjoy her transparent, authentic style!

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