Thought for the day:
Work hard because you LOVE YOUR BODY,
not because you HATE your body!
This isn't any old Monday... It's Cyber Monday. Aka the Monday after Thanksgiving! We've all been shopping, eating and watching football games. It was a lot of fun, but now we all need a good workout...and it always helps to have a positive attitude going into our work week! How about an intention for the day... I love this:
"Work Hard, Stay Humble"
Hope you make time to hit the gym today. I know I will! And when you're there, maybe you could do or say something kind to another person. That's my plan! Have a GREAT day.
Did you know that if you commit your goals to writing you are 40% more likely to achieve them? And if you tell someone else you are 60% more likely to achieve them. This is one reason why I ask my new clients what their goals are... Food for thought.
Here we go again... It is almost November, which means the holiday season is looming and we begin to shift our focus to shopping and holiday parties and celebrations. This is a busy, fun time of year, so why do we get so stressed out? Not enough hours in the day? Not enough money in the bank? Poor family relations? Well, there are lots of reasons why we might feel holiday anxiety, but maybe we can help eachother through this crazy fun time! What if we take things one day at a time. Plan ahead, yes! But approach each day as a new beginning and feel grateful for time with family and friends. Isn't that what it is really all about? Smile and enjoy this time of year because it will be gone again before we know it! (And by the way, working out will decrease your stress levels, so don't forget to hit the gym before the next party!)
A contemporary writer named Joel Osteen once said: "Arrange your mind so that you choose happiness each and every day." I believe that it is possible to train mentally as well as physically. HAPPY FRIDAY, EVERYONE!
Are you bored with your workout? If so, I'm sure it's time to change it up. If you do the same thing day after day, week after week, you will not see results. I am a true believer in the importance of shocking your body. If you want to get leaner, stronger, faster, whatever your goals are... make some changes! If you don't know how, hire a trainer! Your results will be well worth the money spent!!
I love the most recent article by Dr. Len Kravitz recognizing the mental benefits of exercise! He is one of my all time favorite exercise science professors and I always enjoy the research he brings to the forefront of our field. Keep those articles coming, Lenny! If you haven't seen his latest research, check it out in my September newsletter.
I am so excited to have experienced the training seminar with the Titleist Performance Institute! What an amazing organization. I am looking forward to putting this new certification to use with all of my golf clients. Are you ready to take your game to the next level?
What mixed reviews I constantly hear from clients about muscle soreness!! Personally, I always hope to feel my workout the next day because then I know I worked hard enough to produce changes in my body! But so many of my clients resent the soreness that comes after a hard workout session. Maybe if we shifted our attitude a bit to acknowledge soreness as a necessary step towards accomplishing our goals, we might welcome it and learn to accept it. Remember, muscle soreness is a sign that you are creating physical changes. Embrace the idea and you may reach your goals sooner!
As exercise physiologists, we usually expect our students to feel recovered within a couple of hours after the workout session. So if you are especially exhausted 2 hours following a workout, here are a few things to ask yourself... Am I drinking enough water? (If you are dehydrated, you may get a headache, dizzy, very low energy levels, etc.) Am I fueling my body with adequate nutrients? (If you are dieting or eating poorly, your workouts will suffer due to inadequate available energy sources.) Am I working at the right intensity? (If you are new to exercise and you are going too hard, you may need to back off and progress at a slower pace.) Talk to your trainer if you are unsure about your exercise intensity and he/she can adjust the intensity as necessary.