A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

Posted: January 19, 2012 in Articles, Facts

Write this down and read it every day. It’s all about respect and keeping it honest.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day… especially for runners. It not only fuels your body, but it helps your muscles recover. The first meal of the day also helps you lose weight and keep it off.

Three ways to stick to your workout plan/resolutions: 1) Break it down – make mini goals that you can achieve; 2) Buddy up – train with someone! There are numerous benefits to the buddy system, including support, motivation, and the social aspect; 3) Mark your progress – logs, calendars, journals, sticky notes, whatever suits your fancy – you should write down how you’re doing in regards to your goals.

3 weeks = the amount of time you must stick to a new activity to make it a habit.
6 months = the time it takes for a routine to become second nature.

Be grateful. Run, walk, lift weights, MOVE! for those who can’t. Recognize that being able to move your body and keep it fit and active is a gift and you can do it anytime you want, for as long as you want. Be thankful for this and respect your body by taking care of it.

Strength training may help manage your nicotine cravings and also help your withdrawal symptoms like sleeplessness and mood swings.

Yes, indeed, it’s true: “The physically active have less chronic pain than those who are inactive: Norwegian study”

I see it and hear it all of the time — people who want to lose their gut immediately say, “I need to work on my core.” Yes, you do, but there are more pressing things to work on first in the gym. Like cardio. And total-body weight training. Strength training can condition and make your abs stronger, which is important, but if you have a few layers of fat over them, you won’t be able to see them either way. That’s where cardio comes in. It’s the number one, most important way to lose weight when you first start working out. When the layers of fat start to disappear, then you can focus more on strength training for your whole body and working your abs in more ways than just crunches — add planks, twists, pushups, and balance exercises to hit all regions of your abs (front, back, side, internal, and external).

Five-minute fat burners (courtesy of Health magazine, December 2011):

  • Jump rope as fast as you can: 68 calories
  • Do walking lunges down the hallway: 43 calories
  • Run around the block: 62 calories
  • Shovel snow: 34 calories
  • Rock some Zumba on the Wii: 45 calories
  • Vacuum: 20 calories
  • Dance in the kitchen while making dinner: 26 calories
  • Pick up the pace in the grocery store: 22 calories
  • SNOWBALL FIGHT!: 34 calories
  • Jumping jacks: 45 calories
  • Walk up and down the stairs: 36 calories
  • Speed-clean your kitchen: 23 calories
  • Brisk walking up, down, around, or across the street: 22 calories
  • Jog in place while waiting for the water to boil or your nails to dry: 45 calories
  • A quick sled run down the hill in your backyard: 40 calories
  • Bounce on a stability ball during commercials: 58 calories
  • A rousing game of ping-pong: 23 calories
  • Do as many pushups as you can: 45 calories

Combine a few daily and become a multitasking, calorie-burning machine 🙂

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Comments
  1. Ben says:

    I needed this today. Thank you.

    Off to the gym I go…

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