Up Your Tennis Game

If you’re into tennis but haven’t done any pre-conditioning before you play your first match, you could be in for some disappointing performances, not to mention injuries.

On the other hand, if you follow an effective training program, you can expect improved technique and power, making you a better athlete. You’ll also avoid common tennis injuries, which mostly result from overuse, improper mechanics and a lack of sufficient flexibility and strength.

Go HERE to read my suggestions on getting ready for a strong tennis season!

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Spring Training to Lower your Golf Score

Spring is in the air, and many of us are now realizing summer is on its way. Tennis, cycling, jogging, golfing, in-line skating, baseball, swimming, hiking … I can’t wait!

With the longer days, many of us have a renewed sense of energy. So, along with the spring cleaning you may be tackling around the house, it’s time to get your body in tip-top shape if you want a fun-filled summer. Over the next several weeks, I will provide a number of exercises to prepare you for your favorite summer activities. Today we’ll begin with golf.

Click below for a list of critical exercises and a photo gallery for golfers.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/mar/26/spring-training-week-one-golf/

Yours in health and fitness,

Sherri McMillan

Laws of Success with your exercise and nutrition program

Spring is on the way and the longer days give many people a renewed sense of energy and many will start a spring training program.  But did you know that 70% of people who start an exercise program drop out within the first two to three months?  These are not good odds!  It’s now widely accepted that the problem has nothing to do with the person but rather with the process.  You see, most people who want to start exercising just start.  Imagine if you wanted to build a house.  You’d start out with an architectural plan first to know exactly what you wanted your house to look like.  Or what if you wanted to start a business?  The banks would require a business plan first, right?  They’d want to ensure that you’ve really thought it through carefully and you’ve got a good plan to enhance success.  Well, these same guidelines apply to exercise.  You’ve got to have a plan for success.  This is why the first few months of your fitness experience are so important.  This is when most people drop out.  You definitely want to focus on getting past this initial stage to the point where you’re experiencing great results – and that alone, will help to motivate you to keep going.  The problem is most people stop exercising before they even had the chance to see the changes to their body.  Let’s not let that happen to you!

After working with various clients for a number of years, I’ve noticed a  number of characteristics that separate those who succeed with their fitness program from those who do not.  Those who succeed buy into the “Four Laws of Success”.  You must be ready to accept these laws without exception.

Read the rest of Laws of Success with your exercise and nutrition program

Exercise and nutrition tips to help you lose weight and lean up for summer

“We have aspects of ourselves hidden deep within, waiting to blossom.” -Ken Dychtwald

I love this quote and I encourage you all to allow your best self to surface and shine bright for all to see. By doing so you will inspire others to reach for their best!

I wanted to send you the last few posts to add to your 8 week “New Year, New You” program.

First, click on the link below for an extensive shopping list that you should take with you on your next grocery store trip.  These are items to stock in your fridge and cupboards to help you look better and increase your energy levels.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/mar/05/sherri-mcmillans-grocery-shopping-list/

Click on the link below for Week Seven’s exercise and nutrition tips.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/mar/05/sherri-mcmillans-new-you-workout-week-seven/

Click on the link below for the final week of exercise and nutrition tips.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/mar/12/sherri-mcmillans-new-you-workout-week-eight/

Stay tuned for the next “Spring Training” series.

Yours in health and fitness,

Sherri McMillan

 

Week 6 of the “New Year, New You” health, fitness and nutrition program

“The greatest irritant to most people is not a lack of money or status, but ill health. Nothing shines brightly if we do not feel well…” – Margaret Stortz

The quote above is so true. The very person who is too busy to exercise but then is hospitalized for a triple bypass surgery and who is no longer able to take care of work or family responsibilities and their life is never the same is the very same person who wishes he would have taken the time to exercise and take better care of himself. So if you’re not doing it now, start your journey to a better life today.

Click on the link below for excellent exercise and nutrition tips to help you look and feel your best!

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/feb/27/sherri-mcmillans-new-you-workout-week-six/

Yours in health and fitness,

Sherri McMillan

 

“New Year, New You” health and fitness makeover plan – Week 5

Along any journey, there’s a point when you need to assess your progress and measure your results.  It will allow you to determine what you need to start doing, stop doing and keep doing.  So since we’re half way through the 8 week ‘New Year, New You’ program, it’s a great opportunity to check in with yourself.

Remember this saying “”Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” — Cavett Robert

So it’s not what you do in January that matters.  It’s not what you do during the first 4 weeks of this program or the last 4 weeks of this program.  It’s what you commit to forever.  Being healthy and fit has NO FINISH LINE!  It just becomes who you are!  And you are amazing enough to take the time out to do what you need to do to be at your best!

Here’s the link to Week 5 of the program.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/feb/20/new-year-new-you-week-five/

Yours in health and fitness,

Sherri McMillan

Week Four of the “New Year, New You” health and fitness makeover plan

“Do not be afraid to demand great things of yourself. Powers which you never dreamed you possessed will leap to your assistance…” —Orison S. Marden

Always remember that you are stronger than you think you are. Take the time to do what you need to do to be at your best. And just know that it will positively impact every part of your life!

Click below for the new exercise and nutrition tips from Week Four of the “New Year, New You” health and fitness makeover plan.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/feb/13/sherri-mcmillans-new-you-workout-week-four/

Yours in health and fitness,

Sherri McMillan

 

Week 3 of the ‘New Year, New You’ fitness and nutrition program

We are now at Week 3 of the “New Year, New You” health and fitness makeover program. Each week, I will add to the program and provide you with more exercise and nutrition tips to advance your program and ultimately reach your goal of looking and feeling your best. Click below to review the entire program and photos of all the exercises.

One important point….with fitness, sometimes you have to change your mindset. For example, I tell our clients that the wrong question to ask yourself everyday is “Should I workout today?” The answer to that question is almost always “Yes!” Everyday you should do something active and move your body. So instead, the correct question should be “What exercise am I going to do today?” Bottom line, you should always try to do something to move your body.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/feb/06/sherri-mcmillans-week-three-workout/

Yours in health and fitness,

Sherri McMillan

Week 2 of the “New Year, New You” health and fitness program

Last week we started your eight-week “New Year, New You” health and fitness makeover program. Each week, I will add to the program and provide you with more exercise and nutrition tips to advance your program and ultimately reach your goal of looking and feeling your best. Click below to review the entire program and photos of all the exercises.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/jan/30/new-year-new-you-week-two/

Yours in health and fitness,

Sherri

8 weeks to a New You!

On Jan. 1, many of us resolved to make some major changes in our lives. Maybe we decided to start an exercise program, stop eating junk food or lose a substantial amount of weight. Perhaps you invested in a gym membership or personal trainer, started an at-home exercise program or purchased P90X to get you started and help you meet your resolutions of looking and feeling better this year.

Well, consider me your own personal coach overseeing your entire program. Over the next eight weeks, I have partnered with the Columbian newspaper to provide you with a fitness program to help you achieve your health and fitness goals and compliment whatever else you may or may not be doing.

You can do this workout anywhere and it will definitely transform your body. You will need hand weights, an exercise tube and a bench (all which can be purchased inexpensively at your local department or sports store). Each week will include cardiovascular and muscle conditioning segments, a stretch and a nutrition and lifestyle tip.

Click this link to review the entire program.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/jan/23/new-year-new-you-week-one/

Yours in health and fitness,

Sherri McMillan