Memorial Day is a day of reflection for me.I think about all those men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrific for our country, allowing us to live freely and make choices. Choices we often take for granted. We are very lucky for their service and what it brings to our lives.What does this have to do with your fitness? Those choices that we are granted, give us the opportunity to change our lives every single day.
So the other day I went over the meaning of FITTE and how to apply that when designing your fitness routine. If you haven’t read that one don’t worry…you can wait for the movie version when I release it in theatres in the summer. Now I want to go over some strategies or behaviors you can adopt in order to help keep your weight loss goals on track.
Some of my UNM Stress Management students have struck gold on stress reduction techniques at our half-way class point, and others are still waiting to find their "solution".
Here are some thoughts on "Journeys and Journals". Our path lengths are all varied, but continue to "seek and you shall find!" ;D
You know the drill. January comes along and it’s time to set some healthy fitness goals for yourself for the next 365 days. Maybe 2014 was a good year for you, but chances are that there were certain things you set out to do which never materialized.So what’s wrong?
Happy New Year! It's time to reflect on the past year, and think ahead to our goals and aspirations for a wonderful new year. Want to be successful in achieving your goals? Whether you want to lose weight, add muscle and definition, run that race, or eat healthier--you need to have goals and a plan. You need SMART goals. SMART goal setting is an effective method to help you define and achieve your goals step by step.
A couple years ago I wrote a status on Facebook that went a little something like this:New Year's Resolutions are a joke. You shouldn't need a new year to bring upon a better life for yourself or a better you in general. You should be living to the best of your ability each and every day. Whether it's being kinder, healthier, or more spontaneous, you should be doing these things at every moment. Be the best person you can be. Love what you do. A new year is not a new beginning. Be thankful for who you are and what you do and strive to be better at all times.
So, here you are at the dawn of a New Year (I am till in poetic mode after my Shakespeare impersonation). You have decided it’s time to do something about those ……… (fill in the blanks such as extra 20 lbs., cigarettes, sodas) and you are determined to change. You were a little reluctant because those goals seem to repeat themselves year after year. You start off great, and then you fall off. Setting goals is great but there is a way to increase the odds of you actually achieving them, and here are some tips:
To make or not to make – that is the question:Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous portionOr to take up arms against a sea of gobbles,And, by opposing, end them. Oh Shakespeare, please forgive me. ‘Tis this time of year again. And the question in many minds is whether or not to make a New Year’s Resolution. The biggest argument I hear against it that people know that they will not be sticking to it anyway, so why bother making them in the first place.
Not too long ago, a fellow trainer and coach extraordinaire, Eric Cressey posted about “How Being an Optimist Will Help You in Strength and Conditioning”. I read the blog post and definitely agreed how Cressey relating strength and conditioning and being an optimalist will create a better overall environment. A better environment means more results.
Before starting a new exercise program or diet of the week, ask yourself, am I really ready to change my lifestyle? Because that’s exactly what it’s going to take to reach your goal. If you’re not ready and you begin a new program or diet you will not be successful. You will end up cheating or quitting and then you’ll be disappointed in yourself and frustrated.
So, let’s get real. 4 minute abs doesn’t mean you will get a six pack in 4 minutes.