Motivation Monday

Posted: September 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

I loves me some superheroes!

Hey-o! How was your Fall weekend? Was it chilly and full of apples!? Seriously, I just loves me some apples. I have some WHOA fun facts and crazy awesome people to bring you some motivation for your week. Time to hit you with some knowledge!

What the!? Yen Nguyen left war-torn Vietnam in 1975 and started running to get in shape in 1996. She now averages two marathons or ultras a month and just hit her 400th
marathon-or-longer race
in September 4. “Running was not a choice until I came to America. During the war, we were constantly in fear. This sport has taught me what
freedom really means.”

Holy wow! Amy McDonaugh, 34, has been legally blind (she has partial vision in one eye) since age 22, and won the May 2011 Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati with a time of 2:58.
Which workouts burn the most… during and after?
Spinning
(45-min. class)—519 calories burned during; 190 after-burn affect
Interval running (60 min.: 20 one-min. sprints, two-min. rest between each)—515 calories burned during; 75 after-burn affect
Steady running (30 min., 70% effort)—485 calories burned during; 35 after-burn affect
Walking (40 min.)—369 calories burned during; 49 after-burn affect
Strength training (50 min., two-min. rest between sets)—161 calories burned during; 14 after-burn affect
Circuit training (19 min., 30-sec. rest between sets)—109 calories burned during; 25 after-burn affect

 

The Anytime Fitness Co-founders’/Editors’ Note from this Month’s Get Active! Magazine
“The fitness industry is too obsessed with ripped biceps and toned abs. While everyone wants to look better on the outside, what happens on the inside when you exercise regularly? Let us try to describe the feeling.

“Think back to some of the big projects you’ve completed in your life: re-painting a room in your home, creating a garden, completing a lengthy report for high school or college, or finishing an important project at work. Or consider smaller tasks, like mowing your lawn, organizing your garage, or helping your son or daughter finish a school science project. Each of these tasks took serious effort, but you were gratified by a sense of accomplishment and pride when it was over. When we finish something—even something as routine as mowing the lawn—seeing the completed task makes us feel better about ourselves because we earned it.

“This is the same feeling you get after every single workout. It’s like taking a syringe of energy and self-confidence and injecting it into your body three to four times per week. It’s this
internal reward—the regular dose of accomplishment and pride—that turns regular people into fitness addicts. And when we feel better about ourselves, we make better decisions, have healthier relationships, and become more productive or proficient at work and play.

“It’s perfectly acceptable to use personal vanity as motivation, but looking better in the mirror is just a positive side effect.

“It’s the calories of the soul that will change your life.

In Good Health,
Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortensen, Co-founders”

 

*Did you know that…
…Exercise focuses the brain…
…Exercising while learning boosts test scores…
…Aerobic exercise can increase brain size…
…Exercise keeps the aging brain sharp…
…Work our in the morning for a better night’s sleep…
…Exercising after meals helps control blood sugar…
…Yoga can settle dangerous irregular heartbeats…
…Exercise elevates your mood and can help relieve symptoms of depression…
…The chemical reaction that you get from smoking weed can also result from eating high-fat treats like ice cream and potato chips by activating endocannabinoids, the same chemicals in the brain that are triggered by ingesting marijuana…
…70 is the average number of side effects listed on RX drug labels. Antivirals and antidepressants have the most; drugs for the skin or eyes have the fewest…
…Water is a waist slimmer, endurance enhancer, headache stopper, and kidney saver…
…Patients who took up a 10-week running program reported a drop of about 40% in the quantity and intensity of migraines…
…33% of restaurant workers who reported not separating common allergens (such as eggs, wheat, milk, and nuts) from other foods…
…Peppermint may numb nerve endings in the gut and decrease pain for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)…
…The average number of extra calories women eat after only four hours of sleep per night compared to eight per night is 329…
…The best dogs to have as running buddies are muscular dogs with lean frames are built to go the distance. Think border collies, Irish setters, standard poodles, and Weimaraners…
…80% of cardiac woes are preventable…
…You can safeguard your heart with these tips: have more sex, drink wine with dinner, skip the salt, snag enough sleep, get a move on, calm your mind, and floss every day…
…Even one little cigarette may be enough to narrow blood vessels and cut off blood flow to the heart…
…There’s no proof that antioxidant supplements offer any heart benefits, according the American Heart Association (AHA)…
…There ARE all-you-can-eat snacks out there: air-popped popcorn, raw veggies, steamed artichoke, and fresh berries…
…A study found that those who kept a daily food logs lost twice as much as those who didn’t…
…To beat bloat avoid excess salt, limit foods like broccoli and beans, and add lemon to your water (it acts as a natural diuretic)…
…Ginger is an alternative Rx for motion sickness, fruit juice is an alternative Rx for a hangover, a hard-boiled egg is an alternative Rx for a headache, and parsley is an alternative Rx for stinky breath…

 

What’s your main goal for this week and how are you motivating yourself to achieve it? For me, it’s learning all of the choreographed moves for BODYPUMP by this coming Saturday and I’m doing that by practicing EVERY DAY!

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