Fitness & Wellness

Unlimited Motivation

Unlimited Motivation

%image_alt%Are you looking for a source of unlimited motivation? Try working out in a group led by a personal trainer. There’s nothing better than working with other people to help you build your resolve and push yourself toward the your maximum potential. It’s amazing that people often achieve their best when they’re in a group. I was watching the Olympic bike races and was saddened by the American biker that lost in the last few seconds of the race. She had led all the way. Once announcer may have pegged it right when it said part of the problem was she was unaware of the others behind her, so she didn’t pick up her pace. Working out with others makes you aware of what can be accomplished and pushes you toward greatness.

Working in a group is more than just stirring up competitive juices.

Even though everyone has his or her own personal agenda, sometimes there is competition among the individuals in a group, albeit friendly competition. However, group workouts also provide the empathy of the group. You’ll often find encouraging words from others, particularly since they know how hard it is to achieve personal goals. Group workouts led by personal trainers also provide the accountability and motivation of the trainer. You’ll be amazed at how much you can achieved when you actually believe you can and work toward that goal.

You don’t have to workout in a group to work with a personal trainer and see great results.

Trainers provide individual workout programs that not only track your progress to keep you accountable, while adding a boost of motivation. You may not realize how much you’ve achieved because the changes aren’t overnight. Improved endurance, strength, flexibility and balance are all tracked by trainers, just as weight and inches are. The trainer tracks these changes for a reason. He or she uses that information to know when to adjust your fitness program. Normally, it’s when you reach one fitness goal and are ready for bigger challenges.

Success is the ultimate motivation.

If you start a fitness program, you obviously have a motivating reason, but unfortunately for most people, it’s a short lived focus that may not last a week. However, when you work with a personal trainer, he or she can help fill the gap until you see success, which by the way, is the most powerful motivator. You’ll also see success faster with a trainer and if you’re like most people, it will improve your level of resolve and drive you forward at each step.

If you want to track your own success and create powerful motivators, start noting how long you last working at top speed and track it. After a few weeks, measure that time again. You’ll see substantial improvement.

For those that want to lose weight, clothing size is a motivator. Try on an jeans or other article of clothing that should be slightly snug. Workout for four weeks and try on the same item, you’ll probably find it’s either loose or you need a smaller size. PURE MOTIVATION!

If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t weigh every day. Instead, pick a time of day one day a week to weigh. There are some weight fluctuations throughout a day and week that don’t indicate actual weight gain, but can shatter your motivation.

Judge by your energy and inches not your pounds. You can actually lose inches without ever losing a pound. That’s because muscle tissue weighs more per cubic inch than fat does, so one pound requires a smaller container.


Are You Ready To Change Your Life

Are You Ready To Change Your Life

%image_alt%If you want to change your life, but aren’t sure where to start, you’re not alone. Thousands of people want to improve their lives, but don’t know where to start. It doesn’t matter what your goal, becoming healthier and fitter is a great starting point. That means improved nutritional habits and getting moving. Almost every study on health points in the direction of exercise. Even people with physical limitations will find exercise can help them feel better and improve their health. That’s not to say a person with a heart condition should ever attempt to run a marathon, but instead, use guided exercise designed specifically for their fitness level, needs and goals. That’s why using a personal trainer has become so important.

Think clearer when you exercise more.

Not only does exercise increase circulation, bringing more nutrients to the brain, it also helps slow age related and increases the level of serotonin in the brain. Increased serotonin levels can improve cognitive functioning and the older you are, the better results you’ll see. Exercise is also a stress buster. Stress creates the fight or flight response. While that response was important for early man, and still is in some instances, it also can cause health issues and foggy brain syndrome when you don’t run or fight to burn off the hormones. Many stresses today don’t require fighting or running, neither of which is appropriate when confronting a traffic jam, angry boss or crying baby. You’ll sleep better at night when you exercise regularly.

You’ll build your strength and endurance.

Nothing is harder than trying to make changes when you’re too tired to think or move. Exercise builds your stamina so you have the energy to make your life better, try new things and enjoy life in general. You’ll also find depression melts away after exercising, which adds to the confidence working out provides.

If you don’t know where to start or have health issues, get the advice of a professional.

Before you start any program of exercise, particularly if you have health issues, always get the okay from your primary health care professional. In most instances, he or she will not only give you the okay, but also encourage it. Starting out on your own can be scary, particularly if you have physical limitations, but you can change all that by using a personal trainer to help you. The trainer assesses your overall fitness, while considering physical limitations. He or she may even work with your doctor. Short sessions lead to longer sessions of exercise. Light weights lead to heavier lifting, which also increases bone density. You don’t have to accept limitations, but you do have to work with them until your body becomes stronger.

You’ll build self-confidence when you exercise and self-image as you see the changes. The longer you stick with a program, the more you’ll have.

Exercise stimulates the production of hormones that make you feel good and give a sense of peace.

Exercise slims and trims your body, while building more muscle tissue. It also gives you a sense of presence to others.

As you experience the achievements in fitness goals, you’ll start believing in yourself and attempt other goals in life because you’ll realize anything is possible.


It's Not Too Late

It’s Not Too Late

It's Not Too Late

If you want to feel great and look fantastic, but feel like you’re too old and old of shape to do it, you’re wrong. It’s not too late! While it might be tougher getting into shape and becoming fitter, all you have to do is start. In fact, you might be surprised to find that Ernestine Shepherd, a 74 year old body builder, didn’t start body building until the age of 56. Today, at 80 she still looks fantastic. You don’t have to wait until you’re in your 50s to get started, but it’s a great reminder that anything is possible when you put your mind to it and have the knowledge to help you achieve your goals.

You can lose weight, while you tone your body.

Losing weight doesn’t seem like it should be tough. It’s a matter of eating fewer calories than you burn. Even though the concept is easy, that doesn’t make the task that easy, but it’s doable and can even be fun. You don’t have to go on a strict diet. In fact, strict diets are often counterproductive because they leave you feeling deprived, hungry and if the calorie count is too low, can put your body into starvation mode, making it even harder to lose weight. The key to weight loss is to eat healthier and combine that healthy eating with exercise. You’ll be toning your body, while shedding pounds.

I believe that any progress is a step in the right direction.

Maybe you can only do a little today, but if you push yourself and increase your level of difficulty or workout time, even by just a minute, each day, you’ll be making progress. Progress, when it comes to getting fitter, isn’t achieved by the mile but the inch initially. After a few weeks, you’ll see an amazing difference from the first time you worked out and feel fantastic. Losing weight and looking great is just a small part of the benefits. Feeling fantastic, healthy and having the energy to achieve more is the real blessing.

It’s not all about sweating and shedding pounds.

Of course, you started to workout to lose some weight and get into shape, but it’s more than that. It’s about achieving your goal and becoming more confident. Feeling healthy and energetic is part of the benefit you get when you exercise on a regular basis. The confidence you gain as you see yourself getting closer to your goal each day flows over to other areas of your life. When you start to believe in yourself, nothing is impossible.

You’ll be amazed at how much healthier you’ll feel and be when you workout and eat nutritious meals. Many people find that old ailments and pains start to disappear. One woman said that her vision even improved!

You’ll blast away stress hormones when you work out. Stress hormones, such as cortisol, not only make you feel horrible, they also affect your body. In fact, cortisol is linked to abdominal fat, too.

You’ll realize that nothing is out of your reach when you accomplish your fitness goals. Even if you’re incredibly out of shape or older, watching your body trim and slim can help inspire you to great achievements.

You’ll have fun. It may be tough, but it’s fun too. There’s plenty of comradery at workouts and a friendly social atmosphere.


Jumpstart Your Metabolism

Jumpstart Your Metabolism

Jumpstart Your Metabolism

If you’re having problems shedding pounds, it’s time to jumpstart Your metabolism. I hate hearing excuses about having a slow metabolism that slows weight loss, even though that may be true at the time. The reason I hate it is because I know it can be changed if you want to change it. The change won’t occur overnight, but comes in baby steps for the first few weeks. You’ll notice you have more energy and be able to accomplish more every day. Even though the progress may be small, it’s progress. Any great journey is accomplished one small step at a time.

You’ll build muscle as you burn calories.

Losing weight is all about burning more calories and eating fewer. You won’t achieve it with starvation diets. Super low calorie diets do just what their name implies, starve you! They make the body hunker down and lower the overall caloric use to make sure you have enough calories for your organs. In other words, they put you in starvation mode and that means lowering your metabolism. Healthy eating combined with regular exercise is the only way to lose weight and keep it from returning.

Exercise does more than just burn extra calories.

A program of regular exercise builds muscle tissue too. Muscle tissue requires more calories for maintenance than fat tissue does, so you’ll be burning more calories 24/7 as you build it. That means you’ll be raising your metabolism, making it easier to lose weight. You’ll also look far thinner, even if you never shed a single pound. Not only does muscle tissue require more calories, it also weighs more, so one pound of muscle tissue requires a far smaller container than a pound of fat tissue.

You’ll have energy to spare the fitter you become.

If it took forever to do a few tasks around the house, you’ll be amazed at how much quicker you can do them the fitter you become. Of course, the first few weeks you’ll be moving slower until your muscles start to become adjusted to working out, but after that….LOOK OUT WORLD! Regular exercise also helps you zip through mental tasks. It’s been proven that when you exercise you increase your brain power and productivity.

Many ailments seem to disappear as you become fitter. Back problems are one of those. That’s because you’re strengthening your core muscles. Strong stomach muscles can help prevent back problems by providing additional support.

Eating healthier isn’t dieting. You won’t restrict your foods, just make better choices when it comes to eating.

You’ll have more fun. When you’re fit, you won’t get weary and crabby as easily. That means you’ll be enjoying life more.

You’ll sleep better at night when you exercise on a regular basis. A good night’s sleep not only helps your overall health, it helps keep you sharp and focused.


Are You Ready To Chisel!

Are You Ready To Chisel!

%image_alt%Get ready to chisel you body for a fantastic summer appearance, but also be aware that it offers some great benefits. Exercising is more than just for good looks. It’s all about having vitality, strength and flexibility, but, of course, those are attractive traits too

One of the benefits of exercising regularly is looking years younger.

When you start a program of regular exercise,you’re not only improving the way you look now, but also improving the way the older version of you looks and old you’s health. Each minute you exercise extends your life by anywhere between seven and fourteen minutes, depending on the intensity. It adds quality to those years. If you maintain regular exercise throughout life, you’ll look years younger than others your age.

Lose weight faster with a program of regular exercise.

If you’re tired of having that extra roll around your waist that isn’t a flotation device for swimming in the pool, get started exercising immediately. The right type of exercise can boost your metabolism, while you build your muscle tissue. Not only does muscle tissue use more calories than fat tissue does, which is what boosts the metabolism, it also is more compact. One cubic inch of muscle tissue weighs more than one cubic inch of fat. That means it requires a smaller container. It’s similar to comparing a pound of feathers with a pound of metal, the pound of metal will be smaller. Even if you never lost a pound exercising, you’ll look slimmer.

You’ll boost your energy level and have more to spare for other fun things.

The body is so amazing. The more you work it, the more energy it seems to have. Regular exercise not only builds muscle and increases flexibility, it also builds endurance. You’ll have plenty of energy at the end of the work day or work week, to do other fun things, such as dance the night away or spend a day at the beach or hiking.

A good program to get you chiseled and fit also includes nutritional information. That’s not a diet but a way of learning to make smarter food choices, which also lower calories and help you shed pounds.

You’ll burn off the hormones created by stress. Stress not only negatively affects your health, one of the hormones it creates, cortisol, is associated with abdominal fat.

Getting chiseled isn’t always easy on your own. That’s why many people sign up for group sessions or private sessions with a personal trainer.

You’ll walk taller and have improved posture, which not only makes you look thinner, gives you an air of confidence and self-assurance. That’s really sexy.


Where Do You Get Your Arms

Where Do You Get Your Arms

Get Your Arms

If you want every part of your body to look great, you need a program of regular exercise. While women don’t bulk up, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t tone up. If you find yourself wearing long sleeve shirts in the summer, for fear that they’ll see the loose skin and dangling flesh from your arm. It’s time to take action. You’ll have people asking you “Where did you get your arms?” after you workout for a while. You’ll also have them admiring your chiseled body and overall fitness. Fit is the new sexy that will never go out of style.

While many programs focus on just flattening tummies, you need one that works the entire body.

Fitness isn’t just having great abs, it’s having all the body healthy and toned. That’s why you want a program that works all parts of the body and provides all types of exercises; strength, flexibility, endurance and balance. No single part of your body is more important, whether it’s arms, legs or abdomen. A personal trainer identifies your weaker area and will help you bring them up to strength with the other muscle groups, while also improving your overall fitness in every area of your body.

Eating healthier not only helps you lose weight; it provides the fuel to help you build muscle tissue.

Your body is like a machine in many ways, but a machine that does its own repair. When you eat healthier, it has the nourishment to do those repairs. Just like an automobile, if you put sugar in the tank, it will cause it to break. Even the wrong type of gasoline can cause damage. Everyone knows that a diet of sugar is bad for your health and weight loss program, but not everyone knows the right type of fuel for the body. A personal trainer can help you learn how to eat healthier to get results faster.

You’ll find out fitness is fun if you workout with a group or a personal trainer.

Group workouts are a blast. You make new friends and have fun getting fit. Everyone encourages each other. Since a personal trainer runs a group, he or she designs a special program for each member of the group. While everyone may be doing push-ups, some will be a bent-knee version, while others will vary by repetitions and intensity. That means no one will be asked to do more than they’re capable of doing or be bored with the sessions. There’s always one or two people that have friendly competition in the group.

Whether you’re a man or woman, feeling stronger provides huge benefits. You have more confidence in all situations.

Working out is also a great stress buster. It burns off the hormones created by stress and replaces them with ones that make you feel good.

You’ll stay healthier and lower your potential for injury from simple tasks. The right type of exercise increases your range of motion, which helps prevent injury from doing common tasks, such as carrying groceries. It also builds your immune system to keep you healthier.

Your skin will even improve when you exercise. Not only does exercise make you sweat, to flush out toxins; it also stimulates circulation, which carries nutrient and oxygen laden blood to all surfaces of the skin.


Melt Your Fat Away

Melt Your Fat Away

Melt Your Fat Away

Don’t you wish there were a method to simply melt your fat away? Well there is, but it’s a little more complicated than just sitting in a sauna to melt it. It involves a program of regular exercise and a healthy diet. A healthy diet does more than just provide more nutrients, it also lower caloric intake, even though you may be eating more than you did previously. That’s because you’re making smarter food choices. Regular exercise helps burn extra calories, but does even more than that to help you lose weight and keep it from returning.

Regular exercise builds muscle tissue.

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to eat all the time and never gain weight? Some people say they just have a good metabolism. You don’t have to envy them, but can build your own calorie burning furnace by exercising on a regular basis. You see, exercise builds muscle tissue and burns fat tissue. Muscle tissue requires more calories than fat tissue does. So, the more muscle tissue you have the more calories you burn.

Eating healthier isn’t dieting. DIETS DON’T WORK!

If you’ve ever been on a diet, you probably remember just how deprived you felt. It was probably restrictive and may even have been a fad diet that consisted of some “miracle” food. Most people on a diet are always hungry, too. The worse part of dieting is that it ends. At that point, you go back to eating the way you did before and that’s what put the weight on in the first place. Sometimes extremely low calorie diets even slow your metabolism, so when it ends, you not only regain the weight you lost, you gain even more. Eating healthier provides a wide selection of food. However, you’ll learn to make substitutions that really won’t affect the flavor, such as brown rice for white rice. It’s all the small changes you make that add up to big calorie savings.

Exercise regularly to burn off the unhealthy hormones created by stress.

Early man benefited greatly from the changes created by stress. In those days, attack from a wild animal was a stress and the hormones prepared their body to fight or for flight. Today, it’s not that simple. We don’t run or fight when the boss is angry, traffic slows or babies cry, even though it might seem like a relief to do so. The hormones never are burned and cause many negative changes. In fact, cortisol, one of the hormones from stress, is associated with the accumulation of abdominal fat. Exercise burns off those hormones and puts you back to normal. That can also help prevent stress eating.

You’ll develop more energy the fitter you become. The more energy you have, the more you’ll do and the more calories you’ll burn. It’s a wonderful cycle.

You’ll sleep better at night. Not only does that give you more energy and help prevent serious illnesses, it also helps you steer clear of sugary treats because you won’t need them to keep you awake.

You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll lose weight when you workout with a personal trainer. That’s because trainers create a program that burns the most calories the quickest.

You’ll look slimmer, even if you don’t shed a pound. That’s because muscle tissue weighs more than fat tissue does, so one pound of muscle takes up less space than one pound of fat. You’ll be losing inches besides losing pounds.


Get The Confidence Boost You Need

Get The Confidence Boost You Need

%image_alt%If you want to get the confidence boost you need, consider adding a workout program to your daily activities. While reading motivational books and practicing their teachings may help, if something is still missing, exercising may be the answer. When you workout, several things happen. The first is that you burn off the hormones created by stress that leave you feeling unsure, uncomfortable and sometimes fearful. It can help immediately. These hormones come from the fight or flight response created by stress, which was excellent when stress came from an attack by a wild animal or enemy, where running or fighting was important, but not so great when it comes from a crying baby, traffic jam or angry boss.

Build muscles and lose weight with regular exercise.

You’ll start to notice the excess pounds fall off your body. That can be a huge confidence boost. Your clothing will fit looser even if you don’t lose weight. That’s because muscle tissue weighs more per cubic inch than fat tissue does, so the more muscular you are, the thinner you look. Better yet, the more muscle you start to develop, the easier it is to lose weight. Muscle tissue also requires more calories for maintenance, so essentially, you’ll be boosting your metabolism.

You’ll walk taller and have better posture.

Being fit gives you presence. That could also read being fit gives you presents! The first presence is the commanding presence you’ll develop that speaks louder than any words. It’s the posture you build and the way you carry yourself that says you’re in charge. Of course, the second presents are the gifts of good health and feeling of well being that comes with regular exercise.

The stronger you feel, the more confidence you seem to have.

Not only will you walk taller and look more confident, you’ll feel more confident too. One of my clients worked in a male dominated occupation in sales. She knew she had to bring more to the table than they did. She was small, but ready to make the most of everything she had available. Part of her plan was to become stronger, even though the job was more mental than physical since it was sales. Not only did that make her feel more confident, it made her look more confident. Clients recognized that confidence and it boosted her sales beyond her male competitors.

You’ll not only burn off stress hormones, you’ll replace those with ones that make you feel good about yourself and the world around you.

You’ll have an improved self-image. One study showed that people often improved their self-image just by starting a program of regular exercise…even before they saw results.

You’ll be more energetic. When you’re too tired to do anything, you often take a negative look at life. The more energy you have, the better you will feel about everything in general, including yourself.

You’ll look fantastic and see a difference quickly with the right program. Results are one thing that can boost your confidence and give you an improved mental picture of yourself.


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