With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the LOVE bug has struck many making it a great opportunity to address the benefits of working out together with your special someone. Spending quality time with your honey will help to keep you both healthy and fit and will benefit all areas of your life including your marriage or relationship! Most studies report that working out together will help each of you stick to the program – it’s harder to cop out when you know someone is counting on you. Plus working out with someone else makes it fun – you almost forget you’re working out! And you may even find that you each work out a lot harder side by side versus being alone – it’s a competitive thing.
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Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Seven
Become a Lover of Knowledge
Many of us have spent the beginning parts of 2014 thinking about how we can resolve to be better, do more, or achieve greater things. It’s a perfect opportunity to review the critical steps to achieving your goals and dream life that we’ve discussed in the past 6 weeks. You can view all previous issues here:
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Achieving your Goals and Dream Life – Step Two
Last week we discussed the importance of creating a map for all realms of your life so that every initiative and action you take points you towards your goals and your dream life. Do not underestimate the power of Step #1 – that’s why it’s number one!
Today, we move onto….
Step Two: Get Physical!
Since I’m a fitness professional, you had to know we’d be going here right? But it’s true that it’s hard to be great if you don’t feel great. It’s hard to live your best life and achieve all your dreams if you’re not at your physical best. Unfortunately, more than half of our population is overweight or obese and out of shape. The International Journal of Obesity released a report that says we expend about 500-800 calories less per day than we did a few decades ago. All the labor saving devises like remote controls, escalators, elevators, moving walkways and the internet that are supposed to be making our lives easier are in fact making us sick and slowly killing us. If you think about it, that’s equivalent to a 5-8 mile run! That’s how much less we move our bodies today! Daily movement is absolutely critical to counteract our sedentary society.
The Surgeon General released a finding that said we need to move our bodies about 30 minutes a day to increase our health. The finding wasn’t referring to exercise but rather just being active with household chores, walking the dog, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn etc. I remember thinking that I can’t believe a government official would have to make a public announcement to just move our bodies 30 minutes a day. But the sad reality is that most people don’t. Think of the average North American day. We wake up, sit to have breakfast, get in the car and drive to work, sit at a computer all day perhaps working right through lunch with interoffice email not even requiring us to leave our desk to communicate with a co-worker, get back in our cars to drive home, sit to eat dinner and then lay on the couch all night watching TV. When you add up the actual minutes of movement it doesn’t even add up to 30 minutes. That’s a sad reality. But in America, instead of fixing the problem, we accommodate the problem. There are entire industries creating products and offering services to accommodate our bigger butts. We don’t want to make someone feel uncomfortable so we build bigger chairs and airline seats!
Something’s got to give and hopefully it won’t be our hearts.
So yes, you have to move your bodies – every day! And one of the things I’ve learned after being a fitness professional for 25 years is that exercise is 10% physical and 90% mental. My biggest obstacle when working with clients is helping them to change their mindset so they catch the ‘fitness bug’ and exercise becomes a lifestyle habit like brushing their teeth or taking a shower. In the beginning most people find exercise a chore and they actually hate it but eventually, if you stick with it long enough, you will notice your days are better when you workout, you may look forward to workouts and actually enjoy them! Eventually, you want to workout and actually need exercise and then you’re hooked for life!
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Improve Your Balance:
Consider these statistics:
- One in three adults over the age of 65 will fall at least once a year.
- Twenty percent of persons 75 years or older require medical treatment due to falls and over 50% of those hospitalized from a fall will die within one year of the fall due to secondary complications.
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As the days get longer and warmer, many head outdoors for workouts. But many people wonder why, after starting an outdoor jogging routine, they develop shin splints or knee pain shortly after.
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What are the Best Exercises for a toned abs/abdominal region?
Spring has arrived and that means summer is just around the corner. I’m sure that makes many of you just as happy as me! It’s also motivation for many of us to shed some of those winter layers and get into beach-body shape. Desiring a toned, fit physique is normal and for many, the stomach region is a major problem area. Abdominal crunches have become the gold standard of ab exercises, but they may not be doing as much as we think to give us the toned mid-section and strong torso we need to play sports, walk, lift or perform other daily activities.
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Getting to the gym on cold winter days can be a daunting task. But Remy Maguire, personal trainer for four years and competitive cyclist and triathlete, shares this effective and quick strength and cardio workout to help you keep your fitness commitment in 2013. Do her workout three times this week on alternating days and if you liked her workout you will LOVE the “no excuses workout” I posted last week!
Choose three of your favorite cardio machines; I love the indoor rower, treadmill and good old-fashioned jump rope. After warming up with some jumping jacks, high-knees, or jogging in place to get warmed up: Row/run/bike for four minutes (make a note of how far you go miles/meters/etc.), then switch machines, give it your best effort for another four minutes (note how far you go), finish with two minutes of jumping rope. Repeat this 10-minute circuit two or three more times. Each time try to match or best your last distance!
Follow your cardio circuit with these total-body core-strengthening exercises to get more bang for your time!
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We all have one. The excuse that stops us from exercising. What’s your excuse? Not enough time? Well, if this was your excuse….it isn’t anymore!
Beth Goldstein, NSCA personal trainer for more than 21/2 years, will help you enjoy an amazing year with this simple but effective cardio and resistance routine.
Complete her workout three times this week on alternating days.
Start with an easy 5-minute warm-up. Then choose your favorite cardio regime: running, walking, cycling, or stair climbing. You will do the “Tabata Drill” — for 20 seconds, increase the intensity of the machine and/or increase the speed to a level that is high intensity. At the end of the 20 seconds, slow the pace down to a steady recovery rate for just 10 seconds. Repeat this circuit a total of eight times. At the end of your eighth time, go slow and steady for 2 full minutes of recovery. Repeat this entire drill, including the 2-minute rest intervals, twice more for a total of 18 minutes. This drill is effective for maximum calorie burn in a short amount of time.
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Need something to refresh your workout and bust the boredom? How about a hill workout to build strength and cardiovascular efficiency? There is no zoning out on the hills!
Sara Fletcher has been a NASM Certified Personal Trainer for 3.5 years and is a competitive road cyclist who sees a steep hill and wants to ride it! Perform her workout 3x this week on alternating days to refresh your workout!
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I bet you were sore sore sore after Leah’s workout last week huh? Well, get ready for another sweet workout from one of our most popular and trusted Personal Trainers!
Ted Schatz has been a personal trainer for more than 10 years; holds a bachelor’s degree in physical activity, exercise and community health from Portland State University; and is an avid rower, climber and cyclist. He shares with you an awesome workout that you should complete three times this week on alternating days.
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