December 12, 2017

Your Fitness: Keep moving forward!

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Keep moving forward!

Moving forward, no matter how slowly, is better than standing still. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Keep moving forward. If can’t do 5 more reps, do 1 more rep. If you can’t do 10 more minutes of cardio, do 2 more minutes. Find a way,  an opportunity, a will, a motivation to muster up some grit and keep moving your fitness forward.

Focus your motivation

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Focus your motivation FORWARD!

Focus your motivation to keep moving forward. Your thoughts and words matter, so keep both positive and use words like “I am…” .  Make a decision right now to focus on what is possible for your fitness. Here’s how to start:

Commit daily to your goal.

Speak your goal aloud often.

Take at least one action step toward your goal each day.

Practice gratitude for each successful step accomplished toward your goal.

Instead of focusing on what you’re unable to do, focus on what you’re able to do! How can you keep moving forward?

 

 

Healthy Choices Add Up

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Healthy Choices Add Up

Not tomorrow, today! What can you do RIGHT NOW to CHOOSE healthy?

Drink a glass of water.

Take 5 deep breaths.

Stand up.

Walk down the hallway.

Reset your posture: Pull your shoulders up to your ears, and then pull your shoulders down and back.

Eat veggies.

Say no to sugary snacks and beverages.

Call, email or text someone who makes you happy.

Watch a funny video on YouTube that makes you laugh.

Download a fitness or food tracking app.

Stand up for yourself.

Clean your desk.

Sit up straight.

Help someone else.

Pet your dog or cat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need an attitude adjustment?

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Need an attitude adjustment? GO WORKOUT!

If you’re looking for a way to improve your mood, change your perspective or simply adjust your attitude, look no further than your workout. Exercise forces deep breathing due to the effort required. The result of deep breathing is stress reduction and a brain chemical mood boost. Exercise also brings emotions forward that need to be processed. Further, exercise clears your mind, allowing creative solutions to challenges to come to the forefront of our thinking. So, next time you find yourself grumpy, in a negative space or with a poor perspective, GO WORKOUT and enjoy the exhale!

 

Add in Agility!

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Add Agility!

Agility, how well you move, is an important part of fitness. If you’re playing a sport that involves frequent cutting or changing direction like tennis, basketball or soccer, agility is essential. You’ll move easier, faster, and reduce risk of injury. Adding agility into your workout is as simple as working a pattern on the floor around objects, a course, or a specific direction. Use an agility ladder, cones, rings or any objects that are safe and secure on the floor. Set your pattern, start your timer and GO! Be creative and add an agility component to your workout, and you’ll see and feel results fast.

 

Get your mind right!

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Set your mind to reach your fitness goals!

Get your mind right in your fitness, and you’re half way there! A supportive mindset can be accomplished in spending a few minutes every day. Sit quietly and visualize accomplishing your goal- How will you feel? What will you see? What will you say? It’s important to include all your senses in your visualization and make it feel “real” to your mind. Get your mind right to reach your goals!

 

Go PLAY!

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Go PLAY!

Take a note from kids and add the PLAY to your workout!

Every once in awhile forget counting reps, sets and logging rest time, and go PLAY! Let loose and run, jump, skip and hop. Implementing one PLAY day per month is a great way to keep workout motivation high. Adding play to your workout is also a great way to take the pressure off of regulating intensity and such. Let your mind wander, get lost in your thoughts or the scenery around you. Invite friends and chat it up while getting active. Take a walk around your neighborhood, play with your kids, hit up the outdoor obstacle course at your local park!

Incorporate a Stability Ball

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Incorporate a Stability Ball into your Workout!

Exercising on a stability ball adds a challenge to your core muscles. Here are your safety considerations:

To find the correct size: Sit on the ball. Your thighs should be parallel to the floor, or your hips should be an inch or two above your knees.

Don’t leave the ball in the sun, or use on a sharp uneven surface.

Use the ball on a non-skid floor.

Do the exercise first without weight or load to determine your ability to get into and out of the position safely.

The ball should be held stable and not be used to bounce while lifting weights.

 

 

Get healthy living on your schedule!

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Calendar it.

Put your priorities into a set schedule. If you schedule your priorities, you’ll find it easier to carve out the time on a regular basis. Find what works for you and be consistent! Here are 3 healthy lifestyle actions to keep consistent in your schedule:

Weekly Meal Prep. Eat healthy by having nutritious meals and snacks on hand during your week. Sunday afternoon is a popular time for many to shop, chop, cook and portion out their meals and snacks for the week.

Workouts. Schedule your workouts at the beginning of each week. For many, morning workouts means fewer interruptions and distractions.

Bedtime. Bedtimes are not just for kids! Set a bedtime to guarantee rest and recovery. Set a goal to achieve 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

 

Slow Down Your Weight Training

Get Fit Quick Tip:

SLOW DOWN your weight training!

Completing your strength training exercises at a slow, controlled pace makes sure the goal muscle is working to the max. Here’s how to know:

Lift the weight for a 2-3 second count, pause, and then lower the weight for a 3-4 second count, pause. Performing your strength exercise at a slower pace means your muscles are under tension for a longer time. You’ll also break momentum, prevent sloppy form and increase the work all of your stabilizing muscles do, not just the muscle targeted in the exercise.