May 6, 2013 by Leave a Comment
Here it is another Monday morning, and all over the world bazillions of people are starting a weight loss program RIGHT NOW. The take away from every single healthy weight loss plan is that you must incorporate the dynamic duo — “diet” and exercise–in order to reach your goals. Sure, there are other ways to get there, but this pair is the most effective, efficient and healthiest! If today is that day for you, don’t get too caught up in which exercise is best. No matter what exercise you choose, you’ll be burning calories while you simultaneously make your heart and lungs more fit, your bones and muscles stronger and lower your risk for diabetes, Alzheimer’s and all types of cancer. I am often frustrated by articles, trainers and facilities that are trying to reinvent the wheel. Certainly, there are many, many different ways to get our daily dose of exercise, and certainly some will burn more calories than others, some will offer more core work, some will find us on fancy equipment and some may find us working out like our favorite celebrity, but at the end of the day, it’s the exercise that you will do regularly that will help you reach your weight goals. So if today is the day that YOU are starting or restarting your weight loss program, make sure to dust off your sneakers and get moving. There is NOTHING wrong with a brisk walk, or tuning into your favorite music and dancing your ass off for about 30 minutes. Any movement that raises your heart rate and keeps it in a “training” zone is a perfect workout.
It’s Monday morning and like Nike says and says
it best….it’s time to JUST DO IT!
April 10, 2013 by Leave a Comment
About 30 years ago, when I worked a gym called Cosmopolitan Lady, I met a fellow fitness instructor by the name of Marla. Though we only worked together for a short time, I remember being impressed by her energy and her kind spirit. Some 20 or so years later, our paths would cross once again, when we were both instructors at the Quadrangle, a great little landmark gym in Coral Springs. Though Marla has since moved away to North Carolina, thanks to FaceBook we are still connected. It’s nice to see pictures and keep up with friends on the Book, but recently she inspired me again with a simple post she wrote. It has stuck in my head, and today I wanted to share it with you. What a better world it would be if we all woke up with this thought in our head…
What can I do today to make a difference in someone’s life? Even if it is a very very small difference. I try to think about that every morning when I start my day.
For some reason this really stuck with me and I am trying to make it my daily mantra. Thanks, Marla, for being a light in this life.
February 16, 2013 by Leave a Comment
DON’T BE A RAT IN A MAZE
Routines are great and I happen to love them, but every once in a while, in fitness (and in life) you gotta mix things up. Yesterday, I decided to do just that and instead of leaving the gym after my class, I stayed and did the elliptical and then went in the sauna (and stretched) in there. It felt good at the time but is also good in the long run. One of the best ways to prevent overuse injuries is to mix things up. If your shoulder is bothering you, put down the weights and do more cardio or leg work. If your ankle is tentative, try some upper body weight work on a bench or in a seated position. You get the idea.
Yes, sometimes rest is the answer, but sometimes we just don’t want to, or the time frame is too long. Remember that mixing things up is a great way around an injury, but even more importantly, it’s a great way to prevent one.
And yes, the same goes for life. If we do the same thing every day, what is there to look forward to? One of the greatest anti-aging tips I have heard, repeatedly, is always have something to look forward to. What is it that YOU are looking forward to?