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!
As a trainer, most of my work day is spent one on one with my clients as I coach them through their individual workouts in hopes of advancing their fitness levels. I always offer nutritional and wellness advice as well, but what happens after that hour with me when they go about the rest of their day? Fitness professionals rely on our clients as a part of the team when striving towards their goals. So much of the results you desire lies in the work you are willing to do outside of the gym. In other words, a great workout could easily be sabotaged by an insufficient diet, lack of sleep, uncontrolled stress, and other unhealthy habits. When trying to advance your fitness level, I believe that the first step is acknowledging the importance of lifestyle changes! It's an integrated approach that turns goals into accomplishments. Let's work together to gain all of the benefits of the workout. Your results will be worth it... I promise!
Do you ever get tired of the same workout? If so, you probably need to mix up your routine. Try something new, or take that old workout and tweak it. Your body and mind will respond to the changes and you will start to feel improvements quickly. Don't forget, there are three main components to physical fitness... cardio, strength training, and flexibility. Be sure to incorporate all three regularly.
I've been talking alot with my clients lately about the great advantages of exercise on our brain. It seems like every day more research proves how important exercise is to our mental health as we age. A great slideshow is located on webmd if you are interested in finding out more details! Just type in "brainfoods." In the meantime, consider adding blueberries, whole grains, nuts, seeds and fish to your diet on a regular basis. Your brain will thank you.
When beginning a yoga class, I always try to encourage each student to leave their expectations and judgments outside of the yoga studio. Go for your personal best, while listening to the needs of your body and spirit today. Wouldn't it be great if we could maintain that attitude throughout the rest our day? No judgements, no set expectations... I challenge my students during the month of December to happily receive what each class or personal training session has to offer because there are numerous benefits! Each day is a new day, each workout a unique experience. Enjoy the ride!