September 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
This past Summer I was asked (almost on a daily basis) what I do to get and keep my body in shape. At the time I was almost shy about the compliments (I can be really hard on myself and think my flaws stick out like a sore thumb). Since I include fitness as part of my lifestyle, I would tell people if you put the time in at the gym, you will eventually start to see the results you want. Most of my friends and family hate that I say this because as a fitness instructor I get a sweet little incentive for working out (also known as, a Paycheck).
Yesterday I had a little reminder of what it truly takes to reach and maintain fitness goals and I wanted to share a few tips for staying on track and not letting life take over. My husband wanted to meet a friend for a bike ride and since the mornings are cool and crisp there wasn’t anyway I was taking my little man outside. That is when I made the decision to put on the sneakers and pop in a DVD! I almost made it through the entire 30 minute workout before Cash woke up. Once I was done I felt fantastic and ready to start my day. Believe me, it isn’t easy to workout at home, but when time and and babysitting don’t work out it’s the next best thing.
Here are my top 5 tips to staying on track of your fitness goals:
1. Have a plan-schedule a time for working out! Making a workout part of your day will help you stick to your commitment.
2. Do push-ups every morning. I wake up and immediately do 25 or more push-ups before I do anything else. This is a great way to wake up your body and jump start your metabolism. Also, if you can’t get in a workout you at least started your day on the right track.
3. Have options! I have a small collection of workout DVD’s on hand so I never have a reason not to workout.
4. Have option! This one if for your kitchen. Having healthy options on hand makes it easy to reach goals. Remember, most goals are reached in the kitchen. Again, if you can’t get in a workout, you won’t be taking a step backwards if you are eating the right foods.
5. Make the decision that fitness is part of your lifestyle! Once your friends and family know how important is it to you, it will be easier for them to understand. When you only include fitness part-time it is easy for friends to talk you out of working out.
Hope these tips help and go get your fitness on!
January 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
When you find something good, don’t keep it a secret. These are words I live by; and to be true to my word I must let everyone know about the AH-MA-ZING workout I had this morning. When the weekend finally rolls around the last thing I want to do is get up early on Saturday and go to the gym. Since I have a day job and teach group exercise classes at night, I am pretty tired by the end of the week. I like to get in one good workout on either Saturday or Sunday and I usually do this at home or outside.
Last night I stopped by the store to pick up a few things and as I was walking past the fitness section I saw workout DVDs by Jillian Michaels. Now I know Jillian is not everyones cup of tea but I decided for $9 I would get one of her workouts and give it a try (get it here). This DVD consists of 7 circuits that require no gym equipment, just your body weight. I burned just over 800 calories following this workout (here is the heart rate monitor I wear)*.
Jillian Michaels has an array of workout DVDs and exercise equipment available. It’s always nice to have options and variety when it comes to working out so if you are looking to change things up a bit, give this a try.
* Calorie burn will vary for everyone. I followed the DVD as instructed by pushing myself to do as many repetitions as possible for each exercise; performing them faster than Jillian. Only increase your intensity if you can do so without sacrificing good form. Proper form will create good results no matter how fast you go.