Saturday, 5 March 2011

Fitness Motivation - How hard is it- the Biggest LOSER challenge!

Is it really that difficult to put one foot in front of the other?  Is it that hard to decide to workout?

If the only goal you had today was to put ONE foot in Front of the other, just ONE time.. could you do it?  Most likely you would say 'yes', drag your ass out of bed at some point, and do it.

Now, once you are up and just about to sit down,,, what if I said,, "come on,, how about one more step? " You may give me this look like,, 'really?' and maybe ok, you would do it,,, just as you are about to turn back i say,,, '"STOP!!, I'll give you a million bucks if you walk to the door."  No brainer right?(assuming you think i have a million to give).   This is how they get people on THE BIGGEST LOSER to start moving their asses.  These people have tried every single motivational thing they could prior to getting on the show.., that million bucks just seems to get the ball rolling, and once they are there, they learn that there are OTHER motivations beyond the million bucks.  But it takes, walking the walk to learn it, and really there is no other way. Dieting, or exercising a few times and giving up will never get you past the hump,  You have to workout, exercise and get off your ass when you don't want to, day after day after day after day,..  You need to do it even when you don't want to and eventually, at some point, you will feel strangely unsatisfied if you don't.  You will realize that the benefits of moving you ass, far out way the cons because there are NONE.  So regardless of whether you actually feel like working out or not, you need to realize that you have no choice.  To actually LIVE LIFE you have to move your body if it is capable of moving.  It wants to move!!!    So please, for the love of g-d people, if you are reading this, and want to feel better, or get in shape, be happier, and feel better about yourself, and you have not 'moved your body ' today,, get off your ass, and move it around a bit!!!

Do you think this is too harsh, or do you agree?  If you are an unhealthy person as a result of your weight, how do you feel?  If I actually gave you a million bucks, or half a million for every two workouts that you did,, would you try to work out, or would you stay at home like you have been doing?


Friday, 4 March 2011

Should I exercise when I'm feeling sick?

Do you wake up sometimes and wonder. "Should I workout today?"  The other day I had a client come in for a workout who didn't want to be there, but had already paid and didn't want to be out of pocket.  She dragged herself into the gym.  I ended up changing what I had planned for her that day and shifting to a Pilates style workout,  minimal cardio and a lot of stretching.  She left thanking me, saying how happy she was to have come and that she felt better.

In reality, we should move our bodies every day in order to maintain a healthy life.   Try rephrasing the question to "What type of workout should I have today?".  If you are truly ill, then by all means take a day off, but the general rule of thumb is if it's below the neck, take a break, if it's a regular old cold above the neck, lace up your shoes and get to work.  These days, workout facilities are offering more variety then ever.  Even smaller niche facilities like Point Grey Fitness are offering pilots, small group workouts yoga and more.  

The latest study to find benefit from daily exercise was published a few months ago in  the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers recruited about 1,000 volunteers between age 18 and 85 to complete a daily log of symptoms throughout cold and flu season
"Everything from runny nose, sore throat, coughing, fever, headaches," says researcher David Nieman of Appalachian State University.
At the end of the three-month study, the researchers found that the more the participants exercised, the less they reported getting sick. Those who exercised five days a week for 20 minutes or more experienced about 40 percent fewer days of illness compared with those putting in less than one day a week of activity.

So the next time you feel just a little unsure of your workout, keep in mind that you can always change the type of workout to suit how you are feeling that day. Down some oregano and hit the gym.  What do you think? Do you workout when you feel mildly sick? 

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Welcome - my first blog

Hungry after dinner?  Go brush and floss your teeth!! You'll soon forget about that chocolate craving and likely be more excited about a cup of water before you tuck yourself into bed!