Sometimes simple advice is just smart. We all know that we have to decrease energy balance and increase exercise if losing weight is the goal. Some great advice from a star-studded Ph.D panel recently speaking on Energy Balance and Weight-Loss Confusion at ACSM's 16th Health & Fitness Summit, including Nancy Rodriguiz;University of Connecticut, Laura Kruskall;University of Las Vegas, Nanna Meyer; University of Colorado, and Kris Clark of Penn State.
Three months into the year I ask you to consider “Where am I with my resolutions for 2012?” Your sneakers may not have seen the gym in a few weeks or perhaps that laundry list of items you were going to organize is long gone. For whatever reason, March and April always seem to bring a downswing to people’s motivation. How can you stay motivated or breathe some new life into your resolution? Try one or more of these:
On January 4, 2012 I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Breast Cancer - Stage 2 Triple Negative Ductal Carcinoma. When I first heard those words, I had no idea what they meant, let alone what I would be up against in the immediate future. I am one of the healthiest, fittest people I know and my job is to help my clients and my students be the healthiest and most fit they can be. What would cancer mean to me, my livelihood, my family, my career? I had so much confusion swirling around in my head that first week.
Both clients and trainers seem to have distinct preferences for how they start/stop/interrupt their cardio session on a treadmill. Do you "hop" on or off the side rails? Do you stay put and let the treadmill begin rolling to start and then let it put on the brakes for you at the end?
Great day indeed! A new milestone in my life, 49 years old, March 31st...This has been an incredible journey, along the road there have been pitfalls, successes, milestones, triumph's, downfalls, joy, peace, discontent, elation and sprinkle in a regret or two (but not many). Having reflected on all of this not much would change for me, yes of course we can always say more money, but that does not elimate stress or bring comfort or security to the intangible things we encounter in life, not at all.
As a fitness instructor and personal trainer, I have many people approach me daily on many different types of health questions. From injuries, to exercises, to nutrition, I realize that it is very easy for people to become confused on what is best for them. Who do you trust? What information is true?
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Beginning an exercise program is hard, but I promise it gets easier. After the first two weeks you will move a little better and your endurance will improve. Stick with it and you will see results, it gets easier I promise.