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Learn to Love Exercise

20 Oct
Rock Climbing in Utah

Climb trees as a kid like me? Try some rock climbing or wall climbing!

Say what?! That’s right… whether you are a hater or just need some variety to get your sweat on, here are some questions to ask yourself so you can discover your inner athlete and get your body moving.

1. What Do You Enjoy and How Can You Incorporate That Into Your Life? Did you love to dance as a child? Then check out a Zumba, Barre or Modern dance class. Maybe you’ve never liked a physical activity you’ve tried, but you do dig Robert Downey, Jr.’s moves in Sherlock Holmes or watching Buffy kick vampire butt (back when vampires were evil and didn’t sparkle). Then try kickboxing or join a martial arts studio. Love to walk and spend time with your family? Then walk around the block together before sitting down to a healthy family dinner.

2. What Are You Willing to Invest In Your Health? It’s not just about the Benjamins, but expertise and time as well. So you found an activity you like–awesome! Find an expert who will teach you correct technique to reduce injury, but also so it is scheduled and organized (i.e. walking into a gym and not knowing what to do can be intimidating and wastes your precious time). Brilliant! Your health is the most important investment, so schedule it like any other crucial appointment in your life. If you like to lift weights, invest in a few private or semi-private sessions with a trainer (having a workout buddy makes exercise even more fun and cost-effective). If you enjoy yoga or Pilates, go to a studio with a knowledgable instructor. If the instructor teaching the class isn’t walking around correcting form or if your trainer is on their cell phone, then find a new teacher. You are hiring them to give you a safe and effective workout, not paying them to do their own workout or text their friends on your time.

3. What One Simple Thing Can You Do Right Now to Incorporate It? The best way to build an exercise habit, is to start slow. Maybe you go to your Martial Arts or Barre class one time per week for two weeks before adding in a second class. That’s cool. And if that is too much of a time commitment, then pop in some Daft Punk, dance your little heart out for 15 minutes and see where your dance parties take you. And if you honestly do not have the money right now to invest, then try this 30-minute workout I designed to get you moving towards your fitness kingdom. Doing something is always better than nothing.

If you incorporate these three steps, you will slowly build lifelong exercise habits and be an inspiring example for your loved ones too. Exercise doesn’t have to be something you sweat (…too cheesy of a pun?). You can choose fun activities and you can choose to make it a part of your life. Now go out there and be awesome!

For more info, please contact Stephanie Bell (hey, that’s me!) at 402-819-8970.

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Top 3 Workout Mistakes That Hinder Results

12 Aug

If yofruit dumbbellsu are exercising daily, but not seeing the results you want, then you might be making these common workout mistakes.

1. Performing Long Duration Cardio for Fat Loss. Running has always been perceived as the Holy Grail for fat loss, but it may very well be one of the biggest factors as to why you ARE NOT burning fat. Say what?! While cardiovascular exercise is an important part of a well-rounded exercise program, pounding the pavement or doing any repetitive movement consistently for 60 minutes will actually make you an efficient fat burner. Less energy needed to do an activity = fewer calories burned. Long duration cardio also produces more cortisol which makes a nice, squishy home around your mid-section. Not cool. Rather than kickin’ it on the treadmill for 60 minutes every day, opt for strength training and interval training instead. Strength training builds muscle for an around-the-clock fat burning party and interval training improves cardiovascular health without boring the body. A perfect pairing is 3 days of strength training and 2 days of intervals. Add in stress-reducing walks or yoga on your recovery days.

2. Skipping Your Post-Workout Meal. Not eating within 30-45 minutes after your workout is like Daniel Craig keeping his shirt on throughout an entire movie–a complete muscle waster! Resistance training breaks down muscle fibers so we can rebuild them and gain strength. The only way we can repair our bodies is through proper nutrition and recovery. So after you finish your challenging weight training session or metabolic intervals, grab some grub. An ideal recovery meal consists of clean and lean protein, vegetables, fruit and a healthy starch like a yam. If the thought of a full meal after your sweatfest makes your stomach churn, blend a protein shake with pea protein, fresh and frozen fruit, raw unsweetened cacao, kale/ spinach and 6 oz of water/ coconut water/ almond milk.

3. Staying in Your Comfort Zone. Change happens when you push yourself out of your comfort zone. This can be accomplished by increasing weights in small intervals, switching your exercise program every 4-6 weeks and putting forth 100% effort. If you are squatting for 10 reps and feel like you could do 10 more reps, then the weight isn’t heavy enough–challenge yourself and increase it so you can only do 1-2 more reps with good form. Not tired after your 20 second interval and feel like 30 seconds is too long of a break–push yourself and go faster (without sacrificing form). Going out of your comfort zone doesn’t mean entering your pain zone. “No pain, no gain” is lame. Challenge yourself to be your best. You are your greatest competition.

Incorporating these 3 tips along with healthy eating (you can’t out-train a poor diet) will help you achieve the life you deserve. After all, a little daily sweat equity and optimal nutrition is well worth a lifetime of happiness.

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