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Fitness Tip#284 - January 3, 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Becoming aware that there’s more in life that you want.

10 simple strategies that can help with your awareness:

1. Write 5 things you want to improve
2. Create a list of what you love--and then assess how many of those items are actually part of your life
3. Email your friends and share your goals that you haven't achieved
4. Set deadlines for personal, non-work-related goals
5. Ask your friends to list off areas in your life that you overlook
6. Visit your doctor and ask for a thorough physical of your health
7. Take a “before” picture of yourself
8. Set a challenge--it could be anything
9. Plan out a list of future goals for your career, health, and social life
10. Make a bucket list

There are an endless number of ways to create motivation. All of them revolve around a simple mindset: Pursuing the life you want. But creating a list is just the start. From here, most people typically take the wrong approach.
They condemn themselves for the existence they created; place undue pressure and stress on achieving these goals. This is not a sustainable way to stay motivated. After all, stress is the poison--not the elixir. You should be moving towards mastery, not masochism

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 1/3/2013 5:06PM

    Thanks. Good advice.

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Fitness Tip#283 - January 2, 2013

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

How To Improve Motivation

Maybe you've felt the same way. Maybe you've struggled to eat better, workout more, or take care of yourself in a way that creates hurdles that prevent you from living the life you want. Maybe you don’t know any other reality.

What will make the difference?

Find what makes you happy. This is the real secret to motivation.
If you struggle with motivation--and we all do on some level or in passing moments--it's important that you put your role in this world into context. That's why I recommend making declarations that acknowledge your deficits and areas where you'd like to improve.

Most of us settle in life. Settle for what's easy. Settle for what's convenient. Or settle for the only reality that we know. Improving motivation means changing that reality and becoming aware that there’s more in life that you want.

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Fitness Tip#282 - January 1st, 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Diet is More Important Than Exercise


Getting back in shape is not an equal relationship. If you want to lose weight or gain muscle, diet is the more important element of the equation. That's not to say exercise isn't important. It's extremely valuable for many reasons. But as the saying goes, "You can't out-exercise a bad diet." It's true. And it's the reason why many people who do everything right in the gym still are frustrated with how they look and feel.


Track your foods to improve your awareness of what you eat. Focus on small behavioral changes. And be patient. Diet changes don't have to be difficult. And they don't have to include complete withdrawal of all your favorite foods. But change must occur on some level if your goals are aesthetically based. Sorry, but gym time alone won't cut it.

HAPPY 2013!!!

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LIV2RIDE 1/2/2013 9:20AM

    for so long I have been one of those people. I never had to worry about my weight and love working out. Now that I'm into my 40s I notice I need to be a bit more diligent about not eating processed carbs. They like to hang out on my body.

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Fitness Tip#281 - December 31th, 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

Being In Good Shape Makes Life Easier


This isn’t arrogance–it’s just the cold, hard truth. The leaner you are the easier it becomes to maintain your body, pack on new muscle, and eat the foods that you like. A variety of factors play into this, but improved insulin sensitivity (from lower levels of fat) is a big influence.

Is this meant to discourage you? No! It should provide you with even more motivation to get into the type of shape you want. Because once you do, everything becomes easier. In reality, it's no different than anything else in life. With your job, you typically have to grind until you reach the top. Once you do, you have more perks and benefits. Your body is the same way. Remember that, and take an "intern" mentality to your work ethic, your workouts, and your diet. Like your career, a relentless attitude will pay off and be worth the time and effort you spent.

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 12/31/2012 5:38PM

    Thanks

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GRACEISENUF 12/31/2012 4:47PM

    Great advice and I needed to hear it.

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Happy New Year to you and your family!

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FCARMICH 12/31/2012 4:27PM

  Happy Healthy New Year to you!

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Fitness Tip#280 - December 28th, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Muscle "Tone" is Misleading

Sorry, muscle "tone" is one of the most misleading concepts in fitness. Most people are familiar with this idea: Train high reps for "muscle tone." Only problem? High reps oftentimes won't make your muscles look more toned. It'll do the opposite.

In reality, there are two types of "tone": neurogenic and myogenic. That's a lot of jargon that fitness and science nerds tend to care about. What it means: You want myogenic tone, but that happens best with heavier weights at lower reps. That's exactly why women should be lifting weights--and not just the tiny ones.
Does this mean you can't get "toned" without lifting heavy? Of course not. Plenty of women have shown that this can happen with higher reps. But many more have proven that you'll get the lean look you want--FASTER--by using heavier weights. Push the intensity--whether you're a man or woman--and you'll be surprised how quickly your body will change in the way you want.

Have a GREAT weekend SPARKERS!!!!!!!!


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RUN4FOOD 12/28/2012 8:51PM

    One of my goals for 2013, mostly due to your blogs, is to lift heavier weights with fewer reps.
Thanks.
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