Try some new things, and if you are in the gym a lot. Use these videos as inspiration. Learn to become functional. Jump higher, and do chin ups. Trust me, both things make you feel athletic. It makes the gym not just about showing up, but about accomplishments. Find a place where you fit the environment.
I have run out of gas in my life. If I didn't know the gas gauge was on E, and had you said a block before I ran out of gas I'd be dead at the side of the road, I'd never believe it. Our bodies are just like that. We ignore the problems, or don't feel them starting. One day we are golden then next we call an ambulance.
My daughter's little brain is making sense of the world every single second, taking in verbal and non-verbal cues about how things work and what things mean. And when it comes to exercise, I want her to grow up seeing it as a joy, and not a utility. I want her to do it for the love of it, not to fit into a dress. I want her to grow up knowing that.
If worrying were a workout, we'd all be runway models. But the effects of constant low-grade stress and the body image tug-of-war eventually take their toll. A recent study from the U.K. found that women will spend an average of one year of their lives worrying about their weight. That's 21 minutes a day, two hours a week, and over 120 hours a year.
If you are starting from a standpoint of not doing any exercise or not paying any attention to your diet, you might find my tips helpful in starting to be healthier. I have found a couple of keys to starting on the road to health: first, start in tiny micro-steps; and second, discover what you personally like to do -- what works for you.
There is no easy and straightforward way to surrender our collective obsession with fat. But here are some of the strategies that point the way. Regulation, used properly, has a role in such efforts. First, the prejudice against fat people needs to end. We need to accept individuals of many shape and sizes; judging them by their qualifications and not their weight.
Making muscles grow does involve weight training -- to that I'll agree. But stay with me. It also involves lifting weights at a particular intensity (that means how heavy the weights are), combined with a particular volume (that means just how many sets of a given exercise you do in each workout). Remove one of those two factors, and your muscles won't grow.
Many people just go through the motions when they work out because they don't realize how important it is to be conscious of the muscles they are recruiting, but as my client Amanda discovered, when you concentrate and become mindful of your movements, the quality of the exercise you are doing improves.
Working out can sometimes be, well, not fun. Long days at work, kids going crazy, family emergencies. It all adds up to a mentally drained and exhausted you. What if I told you, as an honest trainer, the gym was the fourth most important thing to take care of in your healthy living? In fact, getting into a gym is the icing on the cake or the cherry on top of a sundae.
Ever wonder what "those people" really do? The extremely fit people that you only hear about. Well, they live it daily, and they love it. The smartest ones find balance, but the common element is lots of intensity. This article is not for those who are just starting out in fitness. If you are just beginning, let this be something to aspire to.