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.
As the temperature reaches 90 degrees, I want to remind my clients who are training outdoors to drink extra water! You might need an electrolyte replacement drink if your workouts exceed 60 minutes, but take care to not intake too much sugar. Instead of gatorade, I recommend vitamin water, coconut water, and smart water. Enjoy your workouts!
With all of the recent research proving that our brain DOES benefit from exercise, there is really no possible excuse to NOT workout! We should all be excited and see this as good news... not only are we benefitting physically and emotionally from our workouts, but mentally in the long-term as well! This is just one more reason to get moving. Find some activity that you really enjoy and do it regularly so your brain is as strong as your body!
When so many of my clients come into the gym, their stress levels are high. It just happens to be the world we live in. Sometimes, it is family stress, sometimes it is job or personal issues. It doesn't really matter where the stress comes from. We need to manage it, and working out is a great outlet for managing stress! Hit the weights and mindfully attack your workout and you will always feel so much better. You are doing something positive for yourself because you get the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Don't forget about the stress hormone, cortisol, which can actually make you fatter if you aren't doing something about it...Just another reason to workout today!