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!
Nutrition intake can make or break your fitness achievements. Natural foods like nuts, berries, fresh vegetables and lean meats and fish are a great start. Don't sabatoge your fitness potential by eating poorly. Instead, keep it real... Your body needs fuel to perform well and you will definitely feel the difference when you are intentional about what you eat.
Alright, now that Valentine's Day is over (and it was wonderful), let's get down to business and work off all those extra champagne and chocolate calories! Today is lunges, squats, pushups and abs, abs, abs!! Just do it.
Have you ever taken a class or did some type of workout and really regretted it afterwards? Either you pushed yourself too hard, you didn't follow correct form, or for whatever reason, you didn't listen to your body when it was telling you, maybe SCREAMING at you... to STOP? And then you were injured. I know that there are students in classes every day that get "caught up" in either the competetiveness or the adrenaline rush. They go too hard, or complete exercises that are contraindicated for their conditions, or maybe too advanced for their fitness levels. This is a great way to set yourself back! We should always be listening to our bodies! Whether we are in a stretch class, a yoga class, a strength training session, kickboxing...it doesn't matter. We are there for our own workout. It really doesn't matter what the person next to you is doing. Only I know how my body reacts to certain movements. It is my responsibility to pull back when my body is saying "no!" It takes some practice and experience to figure this out, but you will benefit far more by working within your range of intensity, without the risk of getting hurt! You can go hard, and go strong, but go smart, too.
We all struggle periodically for inspiration...some new reason to get us to the gym when we aren't in the mood. What about Gabby Gifford... Isn't she inspirational?! With so many hurdles, she has come an amazingly long way in a short time. She has the determination and spirit that many of us strive for. Kudos to Gabby Gifford in her progress to get better and accidently inspire the rest of us along the way! Let's accomplish something great today... because we can!
Happy Monday! Today is the beginning of the 3rd week of the new year...how are those new year's resolutions going? A few tips to help you succeed are: 1)Arm yourself with a support system! A spouse, friend or trainer meeting you at the gym will encourage you to go on those off days when you feel tired or just not in the mood. 2)Write your workouts down in your day planner so you know they are a priority that you cannot skip. 3) Keep an exercise and food log. Whether or not you are trying to lose weight, by writing everything down that you eat, you will have a better understanding of what you can improve on for better health. 4) Take vitamins. Most of us are deficient in certain vitamins because we don't get them all in our diet. Start with a good multiple and build from there. 5) Think positive! If you miss a workout, don't beat yourself up about it. Get back on track the next day and go hard.
We're one week in... Congrat's if you've stuck to your New Year's Resolutions so far! Use a partner to stay accountable, if you are struggling. We can do this together!
What a blessing it has been in 2011 to work with all of the beautiful people in my life who are so supportive of eachother as well as dedicated to self-improvement! I am truly looking forward to another amazing year of family, friends and fitness! Let's make 2012 memorable!