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Get Fit To Live Through Winter

Get Fit To Live Through Winter

I’m looking at scenes of the blizzard on CNN today and learning about all the deaths due to this historic Mid-Atlantic storm. Unless you’re elderly or living with an illness or injury, if you’re having trouble with things like shoveling snow, this should be a wake up call to get into better shape.  According to WebMD, more than 11,000 adults and children wind up going to the hospital every year due to snow shoveling injuries.  We’re talking bad backs, broken bones, head injuries and event heart attacks.

Being physically fit isn’t about looking good in Facebook photos (well, maybe it’s partly about that), it’s about the ability to survive natural disasters and other things that life (or death) can throw at you. Back in the day, we had to be ready for anything, like the possibility of being eaten by a dinosaur. These days, it’s just as important to have the strength to take care of yourself and those you love in case of an emergency. GET FIT so that you can help lift a car off of someone, escape a burning building, or shovel snow without possibly having a heart attack.

This is even more important the older you get — and we’re not talking old-old either.  According to WebMD, people over the age of 55 are more than 4x more likely to have heart issues while shoveling snow than young people.

A.J. Ali

A.J. Ali, "The Wellness Motivator!" is an award-winning writer, producer, actor, host, voice over artist, emcee and creative visionary. He is the Founder and Executive Producer of EclipseVSC since 1999. A.J. is currently producing and hosting the multimedia wellness entity "Wellness 101" with a vision of helping to change the focus of healthcare in America from sickness to wellness ( To launch the Wellness 101 brand, A.J. did the impossible. Starting with only $500, he traveled through all 50 states in 101 days June 16 through September 24, 2014 -- starting in Melbourne Beach, FL and ending up on a sun soaked beach in Hawaii after changing lives in all 50 states. His "True Champion's 30-Day Challenge" book is transforming lives nationwide ( Now, Wellness 101 is taking human transformation to another level through holistic wellness. A.J. has more than 30 years experience in sports and entertainment as an athlete, artist and social entrepreneur. He has founded and owned two pro soccer teams and has spearheaded hundreds of successful projects. A.J. created and starred in the TV show "Good Fellas of Baltimore" on Fox in 2011, which raised more than $250,000 for charities in Baltimore and inspired fans to join the cast to help people in need. As an on-air talent and voice over artist, his enthusiastic love of people makes him believable and inspirational. As a wellness speaker and emcee, he is inspiring. An accomplished writer with a conversational style, his work is transformative. His 2007 song "Through the Darkness, Into the Light," compilation music CD "Survivor Celebration" and Survivor Celebration campaign helping cancer survivors won the coveted Hollywood FAME Award for National Community Service. As a philanthropist and entrepreneur, A.J. has raised more than $25 million for charities. He teaches his charity event success methods through a workshop called "MAKE IT RAIN." He is proud to be a U.S. Air Force Veteran (83-87). His mantra is "LOVE is the answer." He is an avid golfer.

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