Today starts DAY 1 for an entire group of people (32 participants!!) that have decided to take the FIRST step in choosing HEALTH! I can’t begin to express how overjoyed I am that my team continues to have this many people actively working toward their health and fitness goals! The beautiful thing is that there are participants of ALL fitness and health levels
“When I was doing P90X, one thing Tony said really resonated with me. And, no, it wasn’t “Don’t smash your face,” although that’s good advice. It was “Too many people stop way before they should.”
It’s true. If you’re really struggling to get that last rep up and you’re feeling totally hammered, stop. But, if you’re just tired, and want to quit, it’s your mind getting in the way of your results. You almost certainly have more left in the tank than you think, and those last reps are where the magic happens.
Don’t get so hungry you get hungry. When the urge to snack strikes, be prepared with healthy snacks so you don’t go rogue and knock over a vending machine trying to score the last bag of peanut M&Ms. Keep fresh fruit on hand at all times and develop an arsenal of other go-to snacks like raw, unsalted nuts, homemade energy bars, and of course, Shakeology.
Here are some easy-to-prepare snacks that have less than 100 calories:
How can something as seemingly simple as meditation help you stay on track with your fitness goals? It doesn’t burn extra calories, or make cupcakes magically turn into carrots, but numerous studies have shown meditation to be an effective way to reduce stress and improve mental focus. Stress causes spikes in cortisol, which has been linked to increased abdominal fat. Could reducing stress through meditation be the secret to a flat stomach? We won’t go that far, but reducing stress can help to improve your digestion and stop you from stress-eating an entire tube of Pringles. Greater focus can help you keep your eyes on the prize so you stick with your plan to exercise and eat clean every day. It can also help you stay
You know you should drink water. But, do you? Do you drink enough? You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water a day. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should aim to drink 60 ounces of water each day. One easy way to do this is to set an alarm to go off the beginning of each hour you’re awake and drink 8 ounces of water when it does. By the time you reach the end of the day, you’ll have successfully drank at least the amount of water your body needs.
Day 1, I slid that Total Synergistics DVD into the player and watched it as I laced up, had my E&E for that bit of extra UMPH, and stared with my jaw open just a little. Catching flies, my Grandmother would say. Yup, Tony Horton knows how to PUSH you, he knows fitness…and yet, he DOESN’T ask you to do anything that you are truly INCAPABLE of doing – only that you haven’t figured out how to accomplish YET! I backed up the DVD and turned on my HRM (Heart Rate Monitor), before I chickened out; certain I’d lost my mind but I was hellbent on SUCCESS. It was this or fail and remain fat, unhappy, and in pain. Failure by default was not an option!
Need to renew your focus? Motivation flagging? Try taking your workout outside! Whether you bring your laptop out into your backyard and do your favorite Beachbody program on the deck, or you change it up with a different kind of cardio workout – a bike ride, run, day at the pool, or a game of soccer, perhaps? – changing up your routine can help reinvigorate your dedication to getting fit. And, it’s a great way to enjoy this new spring weather!
Want a rock hard stomach and a strong core? Whether you practice holding a standard plank, a side plank, or the elbow plank, you’re on your way there. Now, you can’t spot reduce fat, but you can target and tone up specific muscles so when the fat burns off, you’re left with a sexy, toned core underneath.
If you’re holding a standard plank, here are some tips from expert Steve Edwards you’ll want to keep in mind so you get the best results.
Does it really matter when you stop eating at night? Yes. Even though mathematically it seems to makes sense that if you eat less calories than you burn, it shouldn’t matter if you eat them throughout the day or if you ate them all at once. But that’s not how the body works. Some research believe that eating before you sleep causes weight can because it can knock your circadian rhythms out of whack and reduce your levels of leptin, the hormone that tells you you’re full. The result? Midnight fridge raids in your future.
We all do it. It’s easy to call up (or text) your friend or significant other and suggest you two go out for dinner or grab a drink. But, dining out (and drinking) won’t help you get the results you want by summer! So, when you can, suggest an activity that doesn’t center around eating or drinking. Here’s a few you might want to consider. Tell us your own favorites below!