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{May 29, 2012}   Getting back on the horse

I haven’t posted in far too long. I sprained my ankle working out, causing not only a loss of exercise time for the last couple of weeks, but a profound loss of motivation. While I couldn’t do my usual workouts, I found myself unmovtivated in other areas of my life. I realized that having that exercise routine made me more organized, more focused, and more able to reach my goals. Without that motivation I used to have, skipping ab and arm workouts became much easier. But my ankle is mostly back to normal, and I am more than ready to get back on track with my routine. Everybody loses motivation sometimes; I am a perfect example of this. But I am going to make time to bring those workouts back and motivate myself to continue. How do you keep yourself motivated?

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{April 3, 2012}   Changing it up

Working out can get pretty boring. Each routine is the same: get on the treadmill for half an hour, take a breather with some ab work outs and call it a day. You might be surprised, however, to learn that a very important part of your healthy lifestyle is varying your work out. It’s surprising how easily your body can get used to your workout regimen. The whole point of exercising is to improve your physical condition, not just of one or two key areas but of your entire body. Don’t settle for one boring routine when you can change up your conditioning and get better workouts at the same time. Remember, cardio isn’t everything. In fact, adding resistance training to your workout will build more muscle and make you more fit, faster. Exercising isn’t about getting on the elliptical and calling it a day; it requires working out the great variety of muscles your body has, and giving yourself the best possible results for the time you spend.



{March 22, 2012}   Resisting the temptation

Every time I go to the gym, I get on the elliptical first. Even though I pop in my music, I can’t help but watch whatever the TV has to offer, and normally, the commercials feature a wide array of restaurants and fast food joints begging for patronage. For some reason, it seems a lot harder to get motivated to work out when you’re staring at Olive Garden’s latest pasta special for a great new low price. But here’s the thing: resisting the urge to race out of the gym and sprint to the nearest restaurant is what makes you stronger. Will power isn’t developed overnight. Just like the muscles you work out, it gets stronger every time you use it. So don’t get discouraged. Be smart, be healthy, and resist all those temptations that could undo your diet and lifestyle. Eventually, saying no will become easier than you ever thought possible.



So you get to the gym after a long, hard day and you realize you forgot a water bottle. Eh, so what? You’ll grab a drink after you’re done. Everybody says that hydration is important when working out. But is it really that important? In short, yes. Staying hydrated is something you should keep up with all the time, whether in the gym or just sitting at home. When you’re thirsty, your body is trying to tell you it is already dehydrated, so drink slowly and steadily throughout your workout. But remember: don’t down a whole glass of H2O before you get to the elliptical; too much liquids can cause cramping.While we’re on the subject of water, you might be surprised that it actually has benefits beyond that of quenching your thirst. Studies show that it can actually have a positive affect on your mood. So next time you’re feeling blue, take a bottle of Aquafina and head to the gym. Check out this video for more on hydration!

 



{February 24, 2012}   The Old College Try

This past Monday I went to the gym alone, as I always do on Mondays. I hadn’t been to the gym for the past two days (I always take Saturday and Sunday off), and I most certainly felt the time away. The elliptical felt 10 times harder than usual, and I had very little motivation to work on my crunches and other ab exercises. It was, in no uncertain terms, a fail. But I stuck it out until I was done, sweating and panting all the way. And the next day, my workout was that much easier. So here’s what I’m getting at: the more you go, the more you push yourself, the easier your workouts will become. If you give yourself a reason to quit, the next day will prove even easier to give up and go home, and eventually you’ll stop working out altogether. It’s very important to stick to your routine and turn that workout schedule into habit. A couple of weeks after I started working out, I became frustrated with the lack of visible results. This is a common problem for people trying to lose weight : If I don’t look better, why stick with it? But the only way to see a change, is to make that change happen. Be your own motivation. And remember, being healthy is not just a diet or a workout routine: It’s a way of life.



{February 20, 2012}   Working out…the smart way

When most of us work out after being away from the gym for a while, we feel invincible. Stepping onto that eliptical, we feel motivated and ready to take on a new year of health and fitness. But about a minute into the workout, all that gung ho spirit seems to disappear with our energy. So when you’re working out for the first time, or even for the first time in a few weeks, remember to take it slow. Your body isn’t going to be used to such exertion, and taking your first few workouts too far can lead to pulled muscles and a lot of frustration. Perhaps the most important thing to do before starting any workout routine, is to make sure you know what you’re doing. Playing the guessing game when it comes to your workouts is never smart or healthy. Do your research and find out which workout routine will fit your body and lifestyle. Build up to a workout schedule you know you can stick to, and write down which days and times you plan on going. If you make it a priority, you will find time to do it. Know your body and its limits. It’s good to push yourself, but remember the goal is to make yourself fit, not run yourself into the ground. Instead of looking at working out as a temporary chore, make it a part of your weekly schedule.

And while you have healthy living on your mind, check out this video offering a quick, healthy snack option.



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