I've had so many clients ask me how to get ripped, strong abs. Truth is, most of your success defining your abs comes from your nutritional intake... I would say about 80%. Yes, we need to work our abs to develop strength and muscle tone, but also doing some hard cardio to burn the fat, and eating healthy, lean meals is key. I suggest lean proteins, fruits and green leafy vegetables, unsalted nuts, and plenty of water. Also, hitting the weights 3 times a week to boost your metabolism, which burns fat around the clock is essential.
If you are 10 days in and feeling discouraged with your progress towards your New Year's Goal (fitness related or not), remember that it's not going to be easy, but it will definitely be worth it!
Run A Little
Run A Lot
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.