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Fitness Tip#80 - March 26, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Consider this your wakeup call: A good workout program must include some type of squat.

This isn’t just about your legs, even though squats are the best way to build stronger quads, hamstrings and glutes. From a functional training standpoint, you can’t do better.

Squatting is a fundamental pattern that’s basic to human movement. Regularly performing squats keeps your body moving the way it was designed to, while helping to protect you from injuries related to a sedentary lifestyle.

Squats are also heart healthy. Forget the butt-numbing stationary bike or elipitical machine; sets of higher rep squats will jack up your heart rate to near sprint-like levels.

Finally, squatting is just plain fun. It’s good old-fashioned hard work that requires every ounce of focus you got, and almost makes you feel like an athlete at the same time. What’s not to love?

Some people assume that squatting is beyond their current capabilities. But guess what: If you’ve picked something up off the ground, sat in a chair, or straddled a toilet seat today, congrats. You’ve performed a squat.

But the real magic happens when you begin loading the basic squat with weight. This is what improves performance, increases muscle mass, burns fat, and helps offset postural imbalances.

“Squats are so demanding that they trigger the release of hormones like testosterone. Once those hormones enter the bloodstream, they support the growth of your whole body.”


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Fitness Tip#79 - March 23, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Exercise Motivation Tip No. 10: Reward Yourself

Rewarding yourself for making the effort to exercise -- not with a piece
of chocolate cake, but with something that you enjoy, like a movie or flowers.
Try to think of treats that will reinforce a mind-body connection so you can
savor the rewards of your hard work. Plan a short trip, or just an hour in
a botanical garden. Go to a ballgame. And remind yourself with each
precious moment that you are enjoying this time because of all the
great things you have been doing for yourself.

Hope EVERYONE has a FaNtAsTiC weekend!!!!

I NEED all prayer worriers to pray for my first 10k race tomorrow :)

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Fitness Tip#78 - March 22, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Exercise Motivation Tip No. 9: Forget the Past

Don't let previous bad experiences with exercise hinder you.
So maybe you weren’t the most athletic kid in high school,
and were the last chosen for class games. That was years ago.
Your goal now is not to win a letter jacket or make the cheerleading
squad -- you want to exercise to stay healthy and enjoy your life.


Your health journey is a life changing experience. Not just 30 days, 60 days, or for 90 days. Make the choice to be healthier for the right reasons.


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Fitness Tip#77 - March 21, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Exercise Motivation Tip No. 8: Make It Convenient

Do whatever you can to remove obstacles to exercise, and make it as
convenient as possible. So if you are time-pressed, for example,
don't spend time driving to a gym; try exercising at home to
fitness DVDs instead. If you're too tired to work out at the end
of the day, set your alarm a little earlier and exercise in the morning.

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Fitness Tip#76 - March 20, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Exercise Motivation Tip No. 7: Break It Up

You can make it easier on yourself by splitting your exercise session
into two or three sessions. Research supports the idea that this can
be as beneficial as one long workout. So if you don’t feel like
exercising for an hour on any given day, do three sessions of
20 minutes each.

I do agree that if you can't do the hr workout, then go ahead and split it up. I would recommend to try though. The longer your workout is....the more tired you get...the more energy you have to use....the more calories you will burn. On the flip side of that, I would recommend your workout be 60 to 90 minutes.

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