Jan, 2, 2013
Here we go again.
Many of us have resolved to make some major changes in our lives. Maybe we have decided to start an exercise program, stop eating junk food, quit smoking or lose a substantial amount of weight.
Regardless of the goal, have you ever wondered why most people set the same New Year’s resolutions year after year? That’s because by March 1, 80 percent of people have thrown in the towel on their original ambitions.
With that kind of failure rate, I’m convinced that it’s not a problem with the person but the process. Most people set themselves up for failure before the clock even strikes midnight because they attempt too much too quickly. They don’t plan, and they have no idea how to monitor their progress.
Your chances for success will improve dramatically if you break the process into a few simple steps.
Step 1: Determine what it’s going to take to keep you motivated.
If you want to change something
Posted in Motivation
Dec, 24, 2012
The parties are almost here, and if you’ve remained committed to the program (5 weeks to go, 4 weeks to go, 3 weeks to go, 2 weeks to go)….you should be feeling great.
Happy Holidays, and I’ll see you next year! Be sure to stay tuned for my “Getting Lean & Mean in 2013″ program starting soon!
Follow the last four weeks’ exercises and add today’s exercises to the program while trying this cardio variation below.
Start with a short, easy five-minute warm-up. Then begin your 20-minute cardio segment involving any activity of your choice, such as running, walking, cycling, or stair climbing. Start with four minutes at an easy pace and then for one minute, pick up the pace and perform a high-intensity interval. Perform this set four times for a 20-minute workout. Do this workout three times this week on alternating days.
Bicep curl + plie squat:
Start with your feet positioned
Dec, 17, 2012
The holiday season can be crazy, making it very difficult to stick to a fitness program. I know you’re busy, but your health is worth a small commitment of three workouts this week. Try this week’s cardio focus, follow weeks the workouts I gave you for 5 weeks to go, 4 weeks to go and 3 weeks to go. Then add today’s exercises to the program.
Click HERE for images of each exercise.
Start with a short, easy five-minute warm-up. Then begin your 20-minute cardio segment involving any activity of your choice, such as running, walking, cycling, or stair climbing. Start with 20 seconds at an easy pace, and then for 40 seconds pick up the pace and perform a high-intensity interval. Perform this set 20 times for a 20-minute workout. Do this workout three times this week on alternating days.
Step ups + bicep curls:
Position yourself in front of a crate
Dec, 10, 2012
Hopefully you have been doing the workouts I gave you for 5 weeks to go until New Year’s and 4 weeks to go until New Year’s. Now you have 3 weeks left until New Year’s Eve and you want to look smashing right? Well, this week’s workout will help get you there.
To see all images of each exercise please click HERE to see my full column in the Columbian
Start with a short, easy 5-minute warm-up.
Then begin your 20-minute cardio segment involving any activity of your choice such as running, walking, cycling, or stair climbing. Start with 40 seconds at an easy pace and then for 20 seconds pick up the pace and perform a high-intensity interval. Perform this set 20 times for a 20-minute workout. Do this workout three times this week on alternating days.
Quad stance — opposite arm and leg lift:
Dec, 3, 2012
How did you do with last week’s workout? Didn’t do it or didn’t know about it? The good news is that there are still 4 weeks left before New Year’s so there is still time to shape up before the big parties! Here is this week’s workout.
Click HERE for images of each exercise.
Start with a short, easy five-minute warm-up. Then begin your 20-minute cardio segment involving any activity of your choice, including running, walking, cycling, or stair climbing. Start with three minutes at a moderate/easy pace; and then for two minutes, pick up the pace and perform a high-intensity interval. Perform this set four times for a 20-minute workout. Do this workout three times this week on alternating days.
Nov, 26, 2012
It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to be celebrating in Times Square, Las Vegas, Sydney or Maui — you’re going to want to look your very best to bring in the new year. We’ve only got five weeks, so we’ve got to get to it.
But I’m also aware of the fact that we’re heading into the holiday season, and most of you are going to struggle to try and fit in your workouts on top of all the parties and shopping and other commitments. So the workout I’m designing is going to focus on getting results in the most time-efficient manner.
Posted in weight loss
Nov, 20, 2012
Whether or not you buy into the holiday season, we all probably experience some level of stress at this time of year. Here’s how to ensure the holidays don’t get you down.
Exercise: Bet you guessed this would be at the top of my list. Exercise is the best de-stressor at any time of year and this still holds true during the holidays. But don’t get yourself worked up if you can’t keep up with your regular fitness regime. Instead, set some minimums. For example, instead of following your regular five workouts a week, over the holidays it’s OK to allow yourself to drop back to two to three workouts a week to maintain your fitness. Or, instead of your usual hour-plus routines, opt for a quick 30-minute express workout. This will keep your energy levels up and you won’t feel like you’ve got to start all over in the new year.
Nutrition: It’s perfectly OK
Nov, 12, 2012
It’s estimated that the average American can consume 5,000-plus calories on Thanksgiving Day. Most people enjoy a bigger-than-usual breakfast, Thanksgiving meal — and we can’t forget the leftovers later in the evening. Now if you were an Olympic athlete, this wouldn’t be too much of a problem. But since the only activity most people do on Thanksgiving is the walk from the kitchen to the TV, Thanksgiving can wreak havoc on your health.
This year, I’m going to help you be more proactive:
- Schedule the meal earlier in the day. Thanksgiving Dinner between 2 and 5 p.m. will allow some time for the body to digest the heavy meal before you hit the sack.
- Minimize the carb overload.
- While guests are arriving, have a vegetable platter available for them to munch on.
- Serve a delicious soup as the appetizer.
- Serve a beautiful salad.
- Serve two or three different types of vegetables at the table.
- Use skim or semi-skim milk for all your recipes.
- Serve water with dinner.
- Desert: Yes, you can have it, but before dessert is served, insist everyone go for a beautiful walk around the neighborhood. My theory is dessert is OK, but you’ve got to earn it!
- Get your workout in: Head to the gym for a quick workout or take a run, walk or bike ride around the neighborhood.
So get planning and this year you will feel the best you ever have on Thanksgiving!
Want more details on these tips? Read my latest column in the Columbian “Thanksgiving Can be Healthful and Fun”
Still hungry for more healthy Thanksgiving ideas? I give a great receipe in this past blog post or watch my pumpkin workout video HERE.
Yours in Health & Fitness,
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Posted in weight loss
Oct, 29, 2012
Snow, snow, snow on the mountains. For many of us in the Northwest, the only thing that can get us through the wet months that lay ahead is knowing that if it’s raining down here, it’s snowing in the mountains!
Skiing and snowboarding are amazing sports and they are very intense. Be prepared to hit the mountain with some strength this winter. Try these workouts to get you there!
After a light warm-up, do these exercises below 3 times per week on alternating days. Do each of the four exercises for one minute with a 30 second table top in between each exercise. That will take you about 6 minutes. Take a 2 minute break, and then do it again. It will only take you 15 minutes, but it should be a fast-paced, intense workout to make it count. Be sure to fit in